Mid-Season Report: New Hampshire 2019
New Hampshire is a state that is annually dominating by the prep schools.
Brewster is always a powerhouse but they're really just the tip of the iceberg with New Hampton, Tilton, Exeter, KUA, Holderness and others guaranteeing a surplus of college prospects year after year.
And while some of those programs are experiencing some adversity this season, they're nonetheless still the source of the vast majority of the state's top talent.
It's a three horse race right now between a trio of Brewster teammates in Jalen Lecque, Kai Jones, and Alonzo Gaffney. Lecque is a truly elite athlete who combines his famous leaping ability with equally explosive changes of direction, long arms, increasing power, and positional size. He has some holes in his game with his inconsistent shooting and decision-making but is making strides and simply possesses the type of physical tools that will be unusual even at the very highest levels. Jones is the youngest and most raw of the three right now as he's still new to the game but loaded with mobility, agility, athleticism, and touch for a guy his size. Gaffney has all the physical tools in the world but has underachieved thus far as he's struggled to maintain the motor to maximize his abilities.
In short, Lecque gets the nod for now but all three of these guys have more questions than answers at the moment.
New Hampton's Tyson Walker may not have the same physical upside as several prospects on this list but there hasn't been a more consistently impactful player in the state so far this season. In a day and age where pure point guards are becoming virtually extinct, Walker is a throwback in the very best way possible. His ability to control a game without having to score is beautiful to watch as he has a high learned basketball I.Q., natural instincts, floor vision, passing skills, and leadership abilities alike.
New Names to Know
There are quite a few. All four of the aforementioned prospects are in their first year in the local prep ranks as too are fellow top-ten prospects Anthony Walker, Anthony Selden and Zane Meeks. Lecque and Walker are headed to the ACC in N.C. State and Miami respectively while Jones signed with Texas and Gaffney with Ohio State. Walker is a huge still for Northeastern in the CAA.
True Local Products
Joel Brown, Mika Adams-Woods, and Eric Beckett are the best returning prospects in the state but even they aren't originally from the area. In fact, the top 18 prospects in the state are all imported prep products while Spaulding's Arie Breakfield remains both the top ranked prospect in the NHIAA as well as the best of the true New Hampshire natives.