Stock Risers Class of 2010
As was the case with our 2009 list, these players were able to not just have great seasons, but also show us and college coaches that they’re projected level of play in college could be higher than originally thought.
Consequently, when our updated rankings come out next week, don’t be surprised to see these guys surge up the charts.
Carson Desrosiers, Central Catholic (MA): It’s hard to get much higher when you’re already the fourth ranked player in New England, but you can’t get a triple double almost every night out and not see your stock go up a little bit, regardless of who you’re playing against.
Demir Smajovic, Essex (VT): The sleeper of Vermont has good size for the backcourt, a nice combination of skills, and some deceptive bounce. Not many coaches saw him during the high school season, but if he produces as efficiently this summer, he’ll continue to rise.
Robert Alers, Central Falls (RI): Alers was the backbone of a Central Falls team that had a great year before getting upset in the state tournament. The junior guard put up good numbers all year long and had people talking about him in the ocean state.
Evan Smotrycz, New Hampton (NH): One of the most accurate sayings we have ever heard about prep school basketball is this, “there is a fine line between exposure and exposed”. So many players transfer to the NESCAC only to find their level of success reduced by the higher level of competition. It was just the opposite for Smotrycz who raised his game to a new level in his first season at New Hampton.
Andre King, Sabis International Charter (MA): We heard his name for the first time this fall, and now everyone knows who he is after he put up huge numbers and led Sabis to the state final this year.
Isaiah Salafia, Cromwell (CT): He might have been the fastest rising junior in the CIAC this year as he led his team to a state championship and picked up his first division I scholarship offer in the process.
Indiana Faithful (ME): It doesn’t look like Keegan Hyland is going to be the only scholarship player to come out of Maine next year as Indiana Faithful has really emerged as a player to be reckoned with. Of course, he’ll need to get it done against better competition on the summer circuit, but all signs point to him doing just that.
Jakarri McCallop, East Hartford (CT): The junior forward has shown flashes for years now, but he put it all together on a consistent basis this year for East Hartford, establishing himself as a consistent 20-10 guy (20 points & 10 rebounds per night).
Alex Levine, Weston (MA): He has continued to grow and that’s always very helpful when we’re talking about a big man’s long term prospectus. Equally important, is the fact that he’s become more assertive in the paint while also extending his shooting range on the perimeter.
Eric Dean, New Hampton (NH): After repeating his junior year at New Hampton, Dean has shown that he is capable of being successful against the highest levels of competition. He’s got additional value because he is a flat out winner who does all the little things that make such a big difference for teams.