Rankings Hold Steady in New Hampshire 2013
Despite a talented crop of prep talent in New Hampshire’s class of 2013, Nerlens Noel is an easy choice as the state’s top ranked talent since he could very well be the top overall prospect in the country.
There isn’t much left to say about Noel that hasn’t already been said. He’s an incredible defensive player with phenomenal instincts, mobility, and shot-blocking ability. He can dominate a game without having to score a point but nonetheless has an offensive game that continues to evolve at a consistent rate.
Next up is Brewster Academy forward Deonte Burton. A highly talented youngster who received tremendous on the job training this year playing on a loaded roster, Bruton is expected to take on a much bigger role next year. Already the subject of a wide range of high-major recruitment, the six-foot-five forward combines tremendous strength with explosive athleticism.
Checking in at the third spot is Tilton’s Goodluck Okonoboh. Sharing the frontline with Noel and Georges Niang, Okonoboh is, incredibly, flying a little bit below the radar, but as an athletic and relatively skilled big man he definitely figures to be among the most widely pursued players in New England’s class of 2013.
The top NHIAA prospect is Merrimack guard Dimitri Floras. A skilled playmaker who is equally smooth with his handle, long range jumper, and pull-up game, Floras put up big numbers during his sophomore campaign and has continued to impress this spring.
Holding down the final spot in New Hampshire’s top five is Trinity forward Mabor Gabriel. Long and mobile with the skills to face the basket, Gabriel is an intriguing prospect for the next level. But he he’ll need to turn potential into production with more regularity to hold off his challengers as Kimball Union’s Devin Thomas, St. Paul’s Harrison Taggart, and Proctor’s Mike Geanellis are all hoping to crack the list.