Prep Coaches Poll (December)

Friday, December 1st, 2023

Prep Coaches Poll (December)

Following the National Prep Showcase, a select group of prep coaches contributed their insights to shape the inaugural edition of our Prep Coaches Poll, a ranking of the top 10 prep programs of the National Prep Championship Circuit. The NERR Prep Coaches Poll aims to be a reliable take on the current landscape of the prep basketball world and will be released on our social platforms monthly.


The first ranking is as follows…


1. Putnam Science - The reigning champions have reloaded and are poised to contend once again. The impending return of Oswin Erhunmwunse adds another layer to their formidable lineup including Ben Ahmed, Justin Johnson and Mekhi Conner, making them a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming season. (5 First Place Votes)


2. St. Thomas More - With a star-studded duo in Tyler Betsey and London Jemison, St. Thomas More enters the season with not just talent but also depth in Justin Menard and Ben Defty amongst others, positioning them as strong contenders in the NEPSAC this winter. (4 First Place Votes)


3. South Kent - Despite Badara Diakite and Jojo Wallace’s absences, South Kent showcased resilience with standout 30-point performances from Nate Guerengomba. The team's ability to thrive in challenging situations and veteran leadership speaks volumes about their potential. (1 First Place Vote)


4. Sunrise Christian: Last year's runner-up, Sunrise Christian, is back with a reloaded roster boasting intriguing talent. As they aim to go one step further this season, eyes will be on their core of Colin Hawkins, Makhi Myles, Max Pikaar amongst a really deep group of prospects. (4 First Place Votes)


5. Newman - The up-and-coming program made a statement with two significant wins led by the dynamic duo of high-major commits Ryan Mela and Luka Toews. Their early success signals a team on the rise with the potential to make waves throughout the NEBL and NEPSAC this season. (2 First Place Votes)


6. New Hampton - Keyshuan Tillery's standout performance on Saturday night of the event highlighted New Hampton's potential this year. With one of the best showings of the weekend, the Huskies are undoubtedly a team to watch, carrying the momentum forward. (2 First Place Votes)


7. Bradford Christian - Kur Teng's scoring prowess, coupled with notable contributions from Warren Keel, Umari Seney, and Antonio Pemberton showcased Bradford Christian's strength even in the absence of George Turkson. This team's depth and overall talent make them a contender.


8. Brewster Prep - The Brewster Prep team secured a significant win, propelled by standout efficient 20-point performances from Harris Jackson and Daniel Johnson. Their victory underscores the team's ability to deliver when it matters and versatility across the floor.


9. Mt. Zion Prep - Chris Jeffrey and Malachi Palmer generated excitement as Mt. Zion Prep, a Maryland powerhouse, demonstrated why they are once again a force to be reckoned with this season. Their electrifying play adds an element of anticipation to their campaign in the EPL.


10. Perkiomen -  In a hard-fought loss, KJ Cochran's impressive performance showcased Perkiomen's resilience and competitiveness. Despite the outcome, they remain a formidable presence, ready to leave their mark on the impending EPL season.


Also Receiving Votes are Blair Academy (NJ), Cushing Academy (MA), Fork Union Military Academy (VA), IMG Academy (FL), Link Year Prep (MO) (1), Vermont Academy (VT), Western Reserve Academy (OH) 


Stay tuned for the January Edition of the Prep Coaches Poll next month!