Top 25 of 2012 Announced
New England’s class of 2012 was supposed to go down as the best in the region’s history.
Even without Khem Birch and Alex Murphy, who recently reclassified to 2011, it still may be just that. Andre Drummond’s ability to remain atop national ranking lists and Kaleb Tarczewski’s emergence gives New England what could very well be the two premier big men in the entire country. Add Ricardo Ledo to that mix and you have a player who could possibly be the most talented perimeter scorer in the country. Put together and they give New England, arguably, a better trio than any other region can offer.
Beyond the region’s big three there is also a clear cut number four as Brewster Academy big man Mitch McGary has attracted the attention of the very highest levels of college basketball. But after McGary things become much less clear.
We went with Hotchkiss big man Mike Tobey in the fifth spot based on his long term potential. While certainly not the fifth most effective player right now, it is important to remember that not only is Tobey a year younger than most in the class of 2012 and becoming increasingly athletic but he also has a combination of size and skill that just can’t be taught.
A pair of sharp-shooting guards aren’t far behind. Notre Dame Prep’s Myles Davis has showed well during this spring’s Nike EYBL season while St. Mark’s swingman Nikolas Stauskas proved his worth this year before making an early commitment to Michigan.
Georges Niang sits in the eighth spot. Having played his way into a steady dose of high-major recruitment, the Tilton forward has gotten it done with a long string of offensive production but he’ll need to keep that up this summer as a number of talented prospects are giving chase.
One such player is New Hampton’s Zach Auguste who offers the length, athleticism, and mobility that high-major programs covet. The Marlborough, Massachusetts native is starting to show flashes with more consistency now and will only see his suitors continue to grow as he turns potential into production.
Rounding out the top ten is Kris Dunn who has seen his stock take a big jump this spring after leading New London to a state championship in the winter.
Lee Academy’s Anthony Joseph Perez Cortesia comes in next at 11 followed by Bridgton’s Kareem Canty at 12. King Philip forward Jake Layman, a player who could continue to climb this list, is currently 13 while Clyde Smith is 14 coming off a big performance in Providence. New Hampton guard Olivier Hanlan checks in at 15.
Two power-forward are neck and neck at 16 and 17 in Timajh Parker-Rivera and Evan Cummins while a pair of swingmen are right behind in Domonique Bull and John Papale. Lee Academy’s Jean Yves Toupane completes the top 20.
Landing the final five spots in New England’s top 25 are Charlestown’s Akosa Maduegbunam, Vermont Academy’s Martin Dixon-Green, Northfield Mount Hermon’s Tommy Carpenter, Nokomis’ Chris Braley, and Fairfield Prep’s Terry Tarpey.