Massachusetts 2019 Class is Deep and Talented
When it comes to the class of 2019, the state of Massachusetts sets the standard with a group that is deep and talented. We've ranked the top 20 prospects in the state, all of whom have commitable division I offers on the table, and yet there are even more to come.
The battle for the top spot is currently a three horse race behind NMH's Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd and the MacDuffie duo of James Bouknight and Ismael Massoud. Lorca-Lloyd got the slight nod this time around as the long and athletic big man's emergence this season was undeniable against the very highest levels of competition. Bouknight's first season in the prep ranks quickly propelled his recruitment to the highest levels and if he gets healthy and plays up to his potential he might very well be the future top ranked prospect in the state. Massoud is also in the mix given his perimeter size, length, and skill.
Tabor Academy guard Noah Fernandes has continued to show why we've been so high on him as his skill set and overall feel for the game continue to differentiate him. Dexter big man Charles Coleman continues to make steady strides while his running mate, Noah Kamba, provides more of a breakdown style lead guard who is coming of a huge junior campaign.
Ryan Greer came on very strong for NMH down the stretch of the season with his physicality, aggressiveness, and overall versatility. O'Brant's Rivalso Soares had a predictably big year in the MIAA ranks and will have the opportunity to prove himself against top national competition this spring in the EYBL while Wilbraham and Monson's Idan Tretout continued to evolve into more of a true big guard. Bradford Christian's Gob Gabriel rounds out the top ten but is still perhaps the biggest enigma in the class with the late-blooming talent that is reminiscient of his older brother but a motor that isn't anywhere near as consistent just yet.
Lawrence's Luis Reynoso is another player from the MIAA ranks who had a big junior season and will now get the chance to back that up against national caliber competition. Worcester Academy's Mitch Doherty is as smart of a big man as you'll find just about anywhere while Tabor's Chris Herren Jr. was in the midst of a huge year before injury cut it short.
Up next comes a collection of wings who all have their own unique attributes but haven't yet separated themselves from each other in terms of future level. Dexter's Jordan Mason is a physically strong shot-maker. Brook's Preston Santos is a rangy wing with good size and a nearly ambidextrous game. Cushing's Kyle Murphy just produces and has a high basketball I.Q. Wellesley's Alex Stoddard may have the highest upside of the bunch with his perimeter size and pure shooting stroke. Daman Tate is a potential big guard with a wealth of natural talent. Thayer's Moses Flowers is a high level athlete with developing guard skills.
The list is rounded out by a high-motor forward in Brimmer & May's Jordan Minor but this is really just the tip of the iceberg in the Massachusetts' junior class. James Lee, Hason Ward, Levar Williams, Chris Camille, Kyle Layman, Isa Maguire, Casey McLaren, Goran Miladinovic, Patrick Mogan, Matt Niemczura, Connor Peterson, John Packard, Tanahj Pettway, Joe Pridgen, Michael Rabinovich, Jalen Samuels, Christian Beck, Rhett Carter, Dan Schlakman, Marty Silvera, and Dan Klosk are all prospects who show various amounts of potential for the scholarship level and so this is a list that has a chance to look much different in a few months.
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