New Hampshire Rising
The class of 2011 has gradually seen an influx of talent as new players have joined the class via the prep school route every year.
Last season it was Naadir Tharpe who made a much anticipated debut at Brewster Academy, immediately taking over the point guard position on one of the most talented teams in the country.
By mid-season another newcomer had made a name for himself as Imoh Silas would continue to impress throughout the next several months, leading Holderness all the way to the class C championship game and then standing out again this past summer.
This year Jordan Laguerre has transferred from Trinity High School to the New Hampton School and reclassified to the class of 2011. Ryan Canty also transferred into the Tilton School from nearby St. John’s Prep in Massachusetts. Also new to the class of 2011 are two Canadian natives now playing at Proctor Academy in Grandy Glaze and Kevin Thomas.
So with all of these new faces how does the state’s top ten now look? Here is your answer:
#1 Naadir Tharpe, Brewster Academy – He still has some questions to answer but his jump shot is no longer one of them. He is a playmaker with eyes all around his head.
#2 Jordan Laguerre, New Hampton School – Silas reportedly has high-major offers while Laguerre doesn’t but we think it’s only a matter of time.
#3 Imoh Silas, Holderness School – He changes the game defensively and is a monster on the glass. If his offense catches up he will be #2.
#4 Grandy Glaze, Proctor Academy – The Canadian Charles Barkley has a long list of high-majors who are closely monitoring his progress.
#5 Ryan Canty, Tilton School – Very similar to Silas. Defense far ahead of offense right now unless running in transition.
#6 Kevin Thomas, Proctor Academy – Glaze’s Team Takeover Canada teammate has the physical tools to blossom into an intriguing prospect.
#7 David Madol, Trinity High School – NHIAA’s top prospect has some size, athleticism, and signs of skill.
#8 Scott King, Holderness School – There are very few guys his size who can shoot the ball like he can and if he can become a little more assertive he could rise higher.
#9 Sean McClung, Bishop Guertin High School – He may not be the second best player in the NHIAA today but he has good potential with his best basketball clearly still ahead of him.
#10 Connor Green, Bishop Guertin High School – The versatile forward has done a nice job of expanding his game to perimeter in preparation for next level.
Honorable Mention – Ben Hill, Pittsfield; Steve Topercer, New Hampton; Steve Spirou, Pelham; Jamie Holder, Milford, Mike OLoughlin, Milford; John Wickey, Manchester Central; Mike Mitchell, Milford; Zach Stevens, Trinity.