Top Prospects in the MPA
Maine is up next as we continue to profile the six state association in New England. Without further ado, here’s a look at the top prospects in the Pine Tree State.
Class of 2015
Nicholas Mayo, Messalsonskee – The Eastern Kentucky bound big man established himself as a prospect on the rise last spring, made a big name for himself over the summer, and is now proving his dominance during his senior season.
Kyle Bouchard, Houlton – He puts up video game like numbers for Houlton, stuffing all columns of the stat sheet with points, rebounds, and assists alike. He led his team to a perfect season as a junior and has his eyes on another state title before heading to Bentley next year.
Justin Martin, Winslow – He was flying a little under the radar playing behind Mayo and Bouchard this summer but was quietly showing signs of both development and upside. Those signs are becoming more consistent now as he’s earning the late bloomer status.
Jack Simonds, Falmouth – The southpaw sniper has become more athletic and fluid in recent years and as a result far more versatile than just a one-dimensional three-point shooter. Now, he’s headed to Bowdoin next year where he’ll have a chance to play a big role right away.
Ben Malloy, Bonney Eagle – He’s been a complimentary piece almost his entire career, albeit an important one, on both the high school and AAU circuits. Now, with Dustin Cole in the college ranks, Malloy takes center stage in hopes of leading Bonney Eagle to another big year.
Best of the Rest – Riley Robinson, Dirigo; Ian Milekis, Edward Little; Dayne Savage, Caribou; Steve Alex, Portland; Markus D’Andrea, Windham; John Hepburn, Boothbay; Milani Hicks, Scarborough; Ethan Winglass, Morse; Liam Densmore, Deering; Lew Jensen, Edward Little
Class of 2016 & 2017
Andrew Fleming, Oxford Hills – The junior forward doesn’t have a big reputation outside of his home state just yet, but within Maine’s borders his talents are nothing but unknown. He’s athletic, versatile, and filled with upside still left to discover.
Nicholas Gilpin, Hampden Academy – He played a complimentary role for most of the AAU season, but is getting his chance to shine now and taking advantage of it. The junior point guard is physically strong, tough, full of intangibles, and one of the most complete players in the state.
Shyheim Ulrickson, Mt. Ararat – Another guy who has been putting up some major numbers thus far this season, Ulrickson is one of the top scoring guards in the state. He can overpower other guards off the dribble, knock down open threes, and make pull-ups alike.
Thomas Coyne, Falmouth – A throwback style point guard who understands what it means to run a team, Coyne helped Falmouth open the season with a 4-1 record. He’s as skilled as he is heady, draining tough jumpers as often as he is handing out assists.
Austin Boudreau, Cheverus – One of the top sophomore prospects in the state is already playing an important role on one of the state’s most storied programs. Boudreau is a highly skilled guard who is poised to make a name for himself in the next 2+ years.
Best of the Rest – Justin Guerette, Cape Elizabeth; Jack Lesure, Lake Region; Nicholas DePatsy, Medomak Valley; Sam Kilborn, Gorham; Zach MacKinnon, Kennebunk.