The Best Left on the Board Wings
Wing players generally play the shooting guard or small forward positions and typically lack the handle or mindset to play the point or the size to play in the paint. This may be the deepest spot left on the board as there are several mid-major type prospects and as many as 20 division I prospects still available. Here they are:
Twany Beckham – New Hampton (NH): He has probably been New Hampton’s best player this year. He is at his best when slashing to the basket, but with a good ability to create shots for his teammates and a much improved perimeter stroke he is a well rounded talent. If his strong play continues he may reach his high-major aspirations.
Larry Anderson - Winchendon (MA): The California native is another player with the potential to play at the high major level. He has had one of the best seasons of any player in the NEPSAC averaging over 22 points and 11 rebounds as of two weeks ago. His outstanding play at the Hoop Hall Classic showed coaches all over the country what many of us already knew...this is an exceptionally talented player.
Jerell Gomes – Feinstein HS (Providence, RI): He could also be considered a combo-guard because he has enough ball skills to bring the ball up the floor against pressure. But he is a scorer by nature and consequently best suited on the wing. On ability alone, he could be an A-10 level player.
B.J. Monteiro – Crosby HS (Waterbury, CT): Until recently, many people seemed to have forgotten him…which was a mistake. He is a pure scorer who could find a way to put the ball in the basket every time up the floor. With good size and deceptive athleticism he remains an intriguing prospect.
Cardell McFarland – Bridgton Academy (ME): The Indiana native is one of the best dribble drive players around. He plays with toughness as he attacks the paint hard and challenges shot blockers when finishing around the cup. He has had interest from a variety of mid-majors and even some high-majors.
Stacey Waters – Bridgton Academy (ME): The other half of Bridgton’s wing tandem can catch fire from the perimeter. In fact, it is surprising he is still available given the amount of shots he made on the AAU circuit last summer. But with a quick first step he can create his own shot at virtually anytime as well.
Ryan Allen – Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA): The younger brother of the Boston Celtics’ Tony Allen, Ryan doesn’t take a back seat to anyone. In fact, he has attracted the attention of schools as high as the Big East with his impressive play this year. Although he can beat his defender in a number of ways he has one of the best mid-range games in the area.
Keiran Ramsey – South Kent (CT): Perhaps the most physically powerful player on this list, Ramsey is an absolute bull who can get a lot done in the paint. But with his high arching perimeter stroke, the South Kent captain is equally effective from behind the three-point line as well.
Chauncey Gilliam – Brewster Academy (NJ): The New Jersey native had previously committed to Albany, but opened up his recruitment earlier this year. His explosive power and athleticism makes him perhaps the best finisher on this list.
Ivan Gombovic – Winchendon (MA): Although Gombovic has been starting at the power forward position for Winchendon this year he projects as a wing player at the next level. He makes open shots, is an athletic rebounder, and a terrific defender. In fact, he held Devin Ebanks to a season low 13 points in Winchendon’s match-up with St. Thomas More.
Kyle Mayers – South Kent (CT): The Canadian native is a physical specimen and a phenomenal athlete. Standing at 6’7” he could even play some face-up four, although he is more naturally suited to the wing area. But he is the type of player every coach loves as he is a terrific defender, good rebounder, and hard worker.
Mike Myers-Keitt – Marianapolis Prep (Thompson, CT): The Fairfield Prep graduate is an explosive athlete who has seen his stock rise rapidly in the last month. After having fully recovered from a severe head injury of two years ago, he is now soaring above the rim, handling the ball with confidence, and demonstrating a much improved jump shot.
Jervan Jackson – South Kent (CT): He is a terrific on-the-ball defender who has great size for the wing positions (6’6”). Offensively, he is a smooth dribble drive player who thrives in the open floor but also gets to the rim in a half-court set. He is a jump shot away from being a mid-major kid.
Tim McKinney – Boston College HS (MA): He is a very versatile player who can do a little bit of everything. He guards the opposition’s best player on most nights, he handles some of the ball-handling responsibilities, he sees the floor and passes well, and he can score in multiple ways.
Francisco Luano – Boston Trinity (MA): The first year player at Boston Trinity is a little known commodity to most area coaches. But with good size (6’6”), athleticism, and an intriguing skill set he has caught the eye of those coaches that have seen him play.
Others: Adalberto Bueno – Feinstein HS (RI); Van Dellenbeck-Ouellette – MCI (ME); Altorique Anderson – MCI (ME); Raoul Edou-Oloa – Phillips Exeter (NH); Mike Ryce – Choate Rosemary Hall (CT); Lucas Reiff – MCI (ME); Terrence Jones – Notre Dame Prep (MA); Luis Leao – Winchendon (MA); Casey Fox – Lee Academy (ME); Elliott Jones Jr. – Bridgton Academy (ME); Kevin Hariston – Notre Dame Prep (MA); Jordan Payton – Hebron Academy (ME); Danny Evans – MCI (ME); Isiah Wallace – Bridgton Academy (ME); Ennis Whatley – New Hampton (NH); Jon Pike – Phillips Exeter (NH); Terrell Rankin – Notre Dame Prep (MA); Anthony Panebianco – St. Thomas More (CT); Tom Henneberry – Marianapolis Prep (CT); Kyle Kesses – Choate Rosemary Hall (CT); Marcus James – Wilby HS (CT); Pat Donnelly – West Springfield HS (MA); Tucker Esborn – Branford HS (CT); Bruno Naylor – Northfield Mount Hermon (MA); Andre Shaw – Vermont Academy (VT).