Prep Profiles 23-24 - Class AA (pt .2)

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024

Prep Profiles 23-24 - Class AA (pt .2)

Class AA of the NEPSAC has a similar feel to the last few years, with some of the same teams competing for the Class AA title. However, we have also seen some other squads rise to prominence in this elite conference. Bradford Christian and Worcester Academy are once again dominant, along with Cushing, Brimmer & May, and a new addition to the conference in CATS Academy. These five were all part of our recently released individual team previews. However, in this conference, no team can be slept on, as MacDuffie, Winchendon, Wilbraham & Monson, Lawrence Academy, and St. George’s have all proven themselves capable of competing with just about anyone, and it doesn’t end there.

Let’s take a look at some more rosters, finishing AA with the remaining schools in the western half of the conference. 


Cheshire Academy:


Led by a number of prospects in the 2024 class, Cheshire has had a good start to the young season. 

Central Connecticut-commit Roddy Jones has once again put his extreme shooting versatility from behind-the-arc on display with a number of high-scoring outputs for the Cats. 

Anthony Follett is an all-around wing/guard who does a bit of everything—whether it’s scoring, ripping down boards, or dishing the ball to others. 

Leo Vlogiantis has been a bright spot as well, as the point guard is another shooting threat next to Jones, getting hot quickly and serving as an effective facilitator.  

2027 big man Kamsi Awaka is one we will be tracking down the line, as he has been a force in the paint with good hands to secure boards and alter shots, and his touch at the rim continues to improve.


Darrow School:


The 2024s are headlined by 6’8” do-it-all wing Kerv Blanc and high-IQ point guard Sekou Kourouma, as Blanc has received an offer from Siena, and Kourouma has led the team with dominant 20+ point performances while Blanc finishes his knee recovery.

Blanc uses his superior size and athleticism as an advantage from the perimeter to slash effectively and have the option to create plays for others or finish strong at the rim, often creating emphatic dunk opportunities for himself, and Kourouma runs the offense with poise, hitting shots from just about every part of the floor each game. 

But that’s far from where the 2024s end, as guard Aydan Torres can always find a way to score, recently dropping 21 against St. Andrew’s, while sharp-shooting guards Muneer Ibrahem and Italy-native Elia Varisco have also had some key outings for the Ducks. 

6’7” wing/forward Cherano Calmez is one of the most freakishly athletic prospects in the NEPSAC along with twin brother Chevinio Calmez to close out the 2024s.

This is still only the beginning, as the 2025s have some big names to look out for throughout the rest of this year and next, including 6’10” high upside power forward Ibrahim Gati of the Nigerien national team and 6’5” guard/wing Anas Rezk of the Egyptian national team. Lastly, 6’8” wing Clive Thompson closes out the 2025s, as he continues to recover from injury. 

Noah Walker is the squad’s only underclassman, but the sophomore has already made a name for himself, earning a spot on the Elite 75 underclassmen list after his performance at the Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase in September. 


MacDuffie School: 


Jake Lemelman has been the focal point of the offense once again this season, as the southpaw guard continues to use his crafty skills to create plays and score.

Myles Mucius is a bigger guard with a ton of upside for the college level, and he has built on that more this season. With his athleticism and scoring prowess, he is one who the opposing defense has to be aware of at all times.

Newcomers Tahlan Pettway and Javon Perry have impressed early on—Pettway with his floater touch, feel for the game, and overall ability to impact winning, and Perry with his strength at the post powered by a bag of moves to get to the cup. 

Isaac Nyakundi has built on last season with his physicality in the post where he has proven he can score through contact, clean the glass, and play formidable defense, while fellow 2024 Cooper Galdenzi’s sneaky athleticism and shot-making have earned him DIII offers. 

Returning from injury, 2026 Johnny Akot Bol continues to be a prospect to watch as well, as the underclassman forward moves very well for his size with game-changing length at 7’0”. 


Master’s School (CT):


2024 Jaydon Buckle is the center of the Master’s team, as he provides an elite scoring threat at the lead guard spot. Buckle is relentless with the ball with knockdown pull-up shooting and seeking out contact on drives to the rim to go along with intrinsic defensive skills at the guard spot. 

Marcus Watts has also been impactful as a playmaker at the guard spot, as he can score in spurts, while big forward Calvin Pollard provides floor-stretching and protects the basket in the paint. 

Dylan Resendes’s guard abilities were impressive at the 2023 Elite 75 College Showcase, and Robert Hall is an underclassman prospect with upside to watch as he continues to improve his game. 


Northfield Mount Hermon: 


Headlined by Vincent Chaudhri, this squad is new to the elite NEPSAC-AA conference. The transfer from Trinity-Pawling in NY has been great thus far, and a 2025 of note in the class. He has been an efficient scorer who can punch it in from all three levels, also showing a quick first step with the ball and a consistent ability to have an impact defensively using his impressive length at the wing/guard position. 

Harvard-commit Kenan Parrish has been a welcome addition as the big is a bruiser down low—setting screens and clearing the post while also providing touch away from the basket. 

Greg Brooks is a sneaky guard who can maneuver his way through a defense with ease, using his lightning speed and tight handle on the ball. 

Carnegie Mellon-commit Evan Mirazimi impacts the game all over with his toughness and fluidity as a slasher, as fellow 2024 Emile Johnson has used his large frame/post game to impact contests when on the floor.


Wilbraham & Monson: 


One of the gems in the 2026 class, Sam Fleming made the short trek from Springfield to WMA this past summer. Fleming’s eye-catching versatility at the forward/wing position is one that can’t be missed as he has passing vision, impressive athleticism around the basket with a growing outside skillset, and defensive switchability.

Bosnian UMass-commit Luka Damjanac has been a formidable presence, impacting games with his post skills and touch around the basket. 

Unsigned seniors Evan Reeves and Korbin Dixon have both contributed big minutes as Reeves uses his athleticism to score inside/out and pose a double-double threat, while Dixon provides high-energy slashing ability, pull-up shooting, and stellar defense.

Gus Salem has picked up some high-academic looks at the guard position, sophomore transfer from Amherst-Regional Christian Martin has provided an outside scoring threat and Darius Ajakaiye another punch at the guard spot.