Mass 2018 Rankings Announced
Up next in our series of updated 2018 rankings is the state of Massachusetts where local products David Duke, A.J. Reeves, Nate Laszewski, and Cormac Ryan have been constants in national rankings over the years.
While there has been some reshuffling among the local quartet in recent months the bottom line is the same as it has always been, all four are consensus top 100 national prospects who should have very strong college careers.
Duke probably has the highest upside with his positional size, athleticism, and ability to stand out on both ends of the floor and ultimately his recent jump is an indication that we're betting on him continuing to realize that potential. Laszewski has come on strong in the last year and earn his raise as a result but long-term his basic DNP, as a 6-foot-9 shot-maker, is still what makes him especially unique and valuable the way the game is being played today at all levels. Reeves may be the purest scorer of the bunch with positional size and shot-making prowess of his own while Ryan could very well be the one to make the biggest impact next year as a college freshman as he heads off to Stanford.
While none have necessary separated themselves from each other so far, that process will only intensify in the coming years at the next level.
Northfield Mount Hermon post-grad and Harvard commit Noah Kirkwood isn't far off from this group either. He has terrific size on the wing at 6-foot-7 and equally impressive playmaking instincts, especially in the open floor, and facilitating ability. Marlboro's Chris Doherty and MacDuffie's Dana Tate, bound for Notre Dame and Rhode Island respectively, remain mainstays in the state's top 10 while Dalano Banton is new to the list after reclassifying up from 2018 earlier this fall and continuing to take his game to new levels.
Banton is joined by Newton North's Ethan Wright (committed to Princeton), NMH's Chuck Hannah (committed to Elon), and Lowell's Alex Rivera (committed to UMass Lowell) as four players who are all headed to levels where they should be able to make especially quick impacts next season.
In total, the updated Massachusetts rankings include 40 prospects including nearly half who remain uncommitted.