NEPSAC C & D Previews
With a rush of the top programs from previous years having now moved up a division, Class C isn’t what is used to be. Nevertheless, there are still a handful of talented programs to be found within their ranks.
Class is potentially even more scarce and yet there are still some diamonds in the rough to be found.
Here’s a look at some of the teams that could be competing for a NEPSAC championship in those two divisions when the season comes to an end.
Dexter School – The junior trio of Charles Coleman, Noah Kamba, and Jordan Mason gives Dexter the type of big three that is unmatched in the Class C ranks. All three already own multiple division I offers, some from the high-major level, and have improved at a consistent clip within the last year. Mason is a strong wing with deep range on his jumper who has been putting up huge numbers so far this season. Kamba runs the show as a breakdown style lead guard who has his handle on a string and can get a piece of the paint or create a shot virtually on demand. Coleman is the highest recruited of the three right now given his combination of size and skill not to mention a rapidly developing frame.
Hyde School – First year head coach Ray Pena has relatively good depth for the Class C ranks and a good amount of young talent to keep building up his program in future years. Edwin Ezedonmwen is a returning senior who will provide experience and leadership. Laqu Howard and 6-foot-7 big man Christian Beeke provide a pair of juniors who should both make immediate contributions, but the top long-term prospects in the program are sophomores Aidan Carpenter and Jalen Graham. Both were among the top 30 prospects in New England’s class of 2020 and have the physical attributes and raw talent to develop into very impactful players.
Winchendon – There’s a sleeper in Winchendon and he’s already signed with division I Bryant University. Nino Hernandez played three seasons at Garner High School in Massachusetts before transferring to Winchendon last year, where he earned second team All-New England honors in Class C. He has good size and strength for the perimeter and is known for his competitiveness. The key for Winchendon will be his supporting cast if they’re to make a run.
Rocky Hill – An influx of talent has made Rocky Hill the likely team to beat in Class D this season. It’s based on a trio of junior guards in Jay-Juan Hayes, Steven Lora, and Tedrick Wilcox. All three are already putting up big numbers and that’s not a surprise to anyone who has seen them on the grassroots circuit. Hayes is a compact guard with quick twitch like shiftiness and a ton of playmaking instincts. Lora is another guard who has taken his game to new levels within the last year and now has both a strong body and ability to make shots in bunches. Wilcox has more size and length on the perimeter along with a budding skill set and solid upside.
Other Class C Schools – Bancroft School, Berwick Academy, Boston University Academy, Cambridge School, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall, Christian Heritage, Eagle Hill-Hardwick, Forman School, Gann Academy, Harvey School, Hebron Academy, Kents Hill, Lexington Christian, Newman School, Providence Country Day, & Storm King.
Other Class D Schools – Boston Trinity, Chase Collegiate, Commonwealth School, Covenant Christian, Darrow School, Dublin School, Faith Christian Academy, Hoosac School, International School of Boston, Marie Philip School, Marvelwood School, New York Military Academy, Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie Day, Waldorf School, Waring School, Watkinson School, & Williams School.