Noel Headlines New Hampshires 2013 Class
It should come as no surprise that Nerlens Noel is the top ranked player in New Hampshire’s class of 2013. The latest Tilton star comes to New Hampshire by way of Everett, Massachusetts where he began his career before transferring to Tilton to start the 2010-2011 school year.
Well known in New England for the last two years, Noel exploded onto the national scene this summer at AAU Nationals where he led his BABC sixteen-and-under squad to a national championship while establishing himself as arguably the best shot blocker in the entire country.
Another imported prep talent comes in second on the list as Brewster Academy’s Deonte Burton is already a priority target for a variety of high-major programs. A power swingman with explosive athleticism, Burton has the physical tools and matching aggressiveness to be an immediate factor for the defending national champions of prep school basketball.
A very close third is Goodluck Okonoboh, who continues to be one of our favorites in the class of 2013. A terrific shot blocker and explosive athlete in his own right, what has been particularly impressive about Okonoboh in the last few months is the development of his offensive skills as he has shown some flashes of an inside-out skill set.
The NHIAA is represented with the fourth and fifth spots on the list. Nashua South’s Kaleb Joseph comes in at four. The young guard’s potential was immediately noticeable as a freshman but he seems to now be turning that potential into production this fall as he has impressed both times we’ve seen him in the last month.
Rounding out the top five is Merrimack’s Dimitri Floras, a creative point guard with a flair for playmaking who can produce both by attacking off the dribble or with his long range jump shot.