New Hampton Loading Up on Youth
Vonleh and Terrell were the top two MIAA prospects in the class of 2013 this year starring for Haverhill and Weymouth respectively.
Vonleh is currently ranked 18th overall in the country according to the most recent ESPN Super 60 and is coming off a big performance at this weekend’s Nike Elite 100, an event held for the top underclassmen in the country.
ESPN’s senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep had this to say about Vonleh following his performance in St. Louis: “He has made himself into one of the better young players in the country. Moving into the Class of 2014 raises his profile even further.”
Just how much his profile rises is still to be determined, but a national top ten ranking would seem to be the minimum.
Terrell is expected to make a national splash of his own upon joining 2014. He has had a tremendous spring on the grassroots circuit, accumulating his first batch of high-major interest as a result and projects as one of the most probable breakout prospects of the summer.
While not yet ranked nationally, it would seem to be only a matter of time since Terrell is the unique young prospect who balances production with potential, already putting up big numbers on a consistent basis but also owning the physical tools to take his game to even higher levels down the road.
Vonleh and Terrell aren’t the only young players heading to New Hampton next year as they will be joined by Mike Auger, an up and coming New Hampshire native who will transfer from Hopkinton High School and reclassify to the class of 2014.
St. Mark’s Reloading with Youth
New Hampton isn’t the only NEPSAC school bringing in some of New England’s top young talent as St. Mark’s has made big additions of their own.
St. Mark’s looks poised to challenge in AA again next year behind a senior core that includes Kaleb Tarczewski, Nikolas Stauskas, Eli Lubick, Jaymie Spears, and Eric Green but simultaneously they are also building the program for years to come by returning the rising sophomore duo of Jarred Reuter and Kevin Zabo and adding incoming freshmen Aaron Falzon and Aaron McLean.
Falzon transfers from Newton North High School where he started this year as a freshman and helped lead the team to the Division I South finals. He is a highly skilled young big man who hopes to follow the likes of Nate Lubick and Erik Murphy who saw their size and skill blossom during their careers at St. Mark’s.
McLean is more in the mold of Melsahn Basabe as a long and athletic young big man with the physical tools to have a high ceiling. A native of nearby Ashland, McLean projects as one of the best true freshmen in New England next year.
Other Prep School Commitments
• Brockton point guard Jonathan Joseph will transfer to Putnam Science Academy next year according to a release from the school. Joseph averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists as a freshman at Brockton but brought his game to another level in the postseason averaging just under 19 points per game. Joseph is close friends with PSA’s returning rising sophomore Tyree Robinson after starring together on the AAU circuit.
• Kimball Union has added three players for next season, all of whom project capable of making a big impact. Devin Gilligan, one of the top rising seniors in the NHIAA, will be transferring from Hopkinton and repeating his junior season. KUA will also add two reclassified sophomores in Abdul-Malik Abu and Duby Maduegbunam, who will be transferring from Marblehead High School and Boston Trinity respectively. Abu is a physically gifted big man with a great motor and high ceiling while Maduegbunam is an athletic swingman with a solid one on one skill set. Both project to be highly recruited division I prospects in the class of 2014.
• Duby's older brother Akosa Maduegbunam will be leaving Charlestown High School and heading to Winchendon. Maduegbunam will remain in the class of 2012 where he has solidified himself as one of the top available swingmen in the region. A high level athlete who developed his skill set in recent years, Maduegbunam figures to make a big impact at Winchendon next season.