NEPSAC Class C Update

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

NEPSAC Class C Update

Our latest NEPSAC update comes in Class C where the defending champions look poised to have a good chance of repeating but have some key competitors hoping to stand in their way.

St. Luke’s – Reigning NEPSAC Class C and FAA Champions return their core of Walter Whyte ’17 (Boston University commit), Jonas Harper ’19, and Joel Boyce ’17. Whyte has been nothing short of dominant through his career while Harper is also a well-known commodity but Boyce has made significant strides since last season and is ready to emerge as a true star at this level in his own rite. Sharpshooter Andrew Varoli ’18 will be joined by transfer Jackson Ryan ’18, a tough 6’2’’ shooter, along with 6’7’’ stretch four Jackson Selvala ’18 and 6’10’’ Scott Vollmer ’19.  The Storm boast a challenging non-league schedule against some of NEPSAC’s top teams and already have victories over Dexter, Greens Farms, and Hamden Hall.

Greens Farms – Eager to return to its fifth straight NEPSAC Class C Final Four, Greens Farms Academy will rely on a team with very high collective basketball I.Q. After graduating four college-bound players from last year’s squad, the Dragons will look to Wake Forest bound recruited walk-on Sunday Okeke ‘17, along with Evan Roteman ’17, Henry Holzinger ’18, and Cole Prowitt-Smith ’19, to help them make a run for a FAA and NEPSAC crown.

Dexter – With a loaded and competitive non-league schedule, Dexter takes aim at becoming one of the premier teams in NEPSAC Class C. The maroon and silver return point guard Noah Kamba ’19 and 6’9’’ Charles Coleman ’19, while adding 6’4’’ sharpshooting transfer Jordan Mason ’19. While the future is certainly bright for Dexter, they have the talent to make a surprise tournament run this season.

Hamden Hall – After a first round exit in the NEPSAC Tournament to eventual champions St. Luke’s, the Hornets return virtually all of their key players from a year ago and have added some talent as well. Captains T.J. Rountree ’17 and Dan Draffan ’17, two guys receiving interest from various NESCAC schools, are headlining a squad capable of making noise in FAA and NEPSAC play. The addition of 6’7 transfer Vin Baker Jr. gives them a huge boost along the frontline while Andrew Rice ’18 is expected to be a defensive specialist as well.

Pingree – Pingree returns multiple starters from a team that lost in overtime to St. Luke’s in last year’s NEPSAC Class C Championship at Wheaton College. Senior captains Alonzo Jackson, Jackson Latimer, and Chad Dicenzo lead a group looking to make a trip to the Class C Final Four for a fifth time in seven seasons. All three players are currently receiving interest from high academic schools. Newcomers Ricky Arias and David Massillon should add some talent to the Highlanders core as well. They are off to a good start already with wins against Dexter, St. George’s, and Millbrook.

Hyde (ME) – The Phoenix begin their second season back in NEPSAC Class C after an impressive debut last season that featured a trip to the NEPSAC tournament as a seven seed. Hyde features a strong backcourt with Miguel Prieto ’17 and Noah West ’17 and some size and strength with Christian Beeke ’18 and Edwin Ezedonmwen ’18. With four starters returning from last year and the new additions, Hyde should be a factor in March.