Friday, February 28, 2014

Class of 2016 Prospect Rankings Announced - Boys Basketball

The long awaited prospect rankings for the Class of 2016 are finally here. I know that in the past we have released basketball prospect rankings either right before, during or right after the players' freshman year, but we waited a little longer with this class. I wanted to wait for the players to develop a little more before releasing the rankings. I also wanted to wait a little longer so I had a chance to see more games, both in person and on film as well as gathering the opinions of area high school and AAU coaches.

So today we release the boys basketball rankings and soon we'll be posting the prospect rankings for girls basketball as well.

High school and prep school players are eligible for these lists, but they must be local New Hampshire kids. Also if a player is planning on playing a different sport in college such as soccer or baseball they are not considered a basketball 'prospect' and not eligible. The rankings are based on how the players project as potential college recruits.

Without any further ado, here are your initial prospect rankings of NH athletes from the Class of 2016...

1. Ian Sistare, 6’3” Guard, Northfield Mount Hermon
2. Luke Rosinski, 6’7” Forward, Pinkerton Academy
3. Joe Bell, 6’0” Guard, Bishop Brady HS
4. Keith Brown, 6’1” Guard, Pelham HS
5. Max Kirsch, 6’4” Guard/Forward, Phillips Exeter Academy
6. JT Thompson, 5’9” Guard, Phillips Exeter Academy
7. Ben Swett, 6’0” Guard, Exeter HS
8. Jack Zimmerman, 5’11” Guard, Bishop Guertin HS
9. Bryant Holmes, 6’0” Guard, Exeter HS
10. Austin Whaley, 6’2” Guard, Lebanon HS
11. Connor Walsh, 6’1” Forward, Trinity HS
12. Issaiah Chappell, 5’10” Guard, Sunapee HS
13. Anthony Primavera, 5’10” Guard, Winnacunnet HS
14. Malo Roumraj, 6’1” Guard, Manchester Memorial HS
15. Matt Rizzo, 6’1” Guard, Pinkerton Academy
16. Brennan Morris, 6’3” Guard, Pinkerton Academy
17. Jonathin Makori, 5’10” Guard, Manchester Central HS
18. Matt Tenney, 5’9” Guard, Sunapee HS
19. Tim Comeau, 6’3” Guard/Forward, Goffstown HS

Here is breakdown of each player...
1. Ian Sistare - easy pick here for the #1 spot. Sistare is hands down the best local talent in this class. The 6-foot-3 combo-guard already has a scholarship offer from Boston College, and has made unofficial visits to BC as well as Duke and Stanford. Sistare (Dublin, NH) has a strong, athletic frame, plays the game at a high level and can score and dish the ball with anybody. He's tough, can hit shots and also score off the bounce, rebounds and defends well. Just a great all-around player who keeps getting better. NH doesn't produce a ton of can't miss D-I kids, but Sistare is certainly one of them. He's a special talent.

2. Luke Rosinski, 6’7” Forward, Pinkerton Academy - this is not a class that has a lot of size, it's pretty much all guards. But one of the factors you need to consider when projecting a player's future progression is their upside and size certainly weights into that. At 6-foot-7, Rosinski has the size to play inside at a high level, and he also has the skill set and agility to also play out on the perimeter. As he adds muscle and continues to sharpen his ball handling, shooting and post moves his stock will only go up from here.

3. Joe Bell, 6’0” Guard, Bishop Brady HS - speaking of upside, one of the other factors here is athleticism and explosiveness. These just happen to be Bell's best attributes. Bell uses his explosiveness both when attacking the rim or when leaping up for rebounds (he plays much bigger than his 6-foot height). He is also as athletic as any kid in this class. The biggest difference between the college and high school is the speed of the game (as well as the physicality of it) but fortunately for Bell he already plays the game at a high level speed. He is also one of the top perimeter defenders in the state.

4. Keith Brown, 6’1” Guard, Pelham HS - you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who has seen this kid play who doesn't like his game. He's tough, he's one of the most competitive players around, he plays smart, he's a leader and has a great all-around game. Brown score, rebound and block shots inside, but he can also hit shots from anywhere on the floor. He's a winner and a play maker.

5. Max Kirsch, 6’4” Guard/Forward, Phillips Exeter Academy - this wing forward has a very high basketball I.Q., so it should be no surprise that he's a coach's son. Kirsch is a valuable contributor to a highly competitive prep school team at Exeter. He is a good passer, has vision, sets good screens and can knock down open shots. Kirsch is getting bigger/stronger and as he does so his inside game is improving to go along with his perimeter skills.

6. JT Thompson, 5’9” Guard, Phillips Exeter Academy - Thompson tore his ACL on January 29, but still has a very bright future. Prior to his injury Thompson had been playing a big role in Exeter's rotation, often times starting in the back court. Thompson is possibly the best on-the-ball defender in this class, and he also hit some big shots for Exeter from the perimeter and was able to make plays in the paint with his quickness. Thompson has a strong work ethic, so look for him to recover from his injury and again be one of the top recruits in this class.

7. Ben Swett, 6’0” Guard, Exeter HS - Swett is a combo-guard who can handle the basketball, shoot and also distribute it. Swett missed a few weeks earlier in the season with a back injury but has now emerged as one of the Blue Hawk's best players. He's a smart player but an even smarter student, as evidenced by his 4.0 GPA.

8. Jack Zimmerman, 5’11” Guard, Bishop Guertin HS - Zimmerman is one of the better young point guard prospects in the region. He is a pass-first guy who can handle the ball vs. pressure and run an offense but also can score if need be (from the outside or off the dribble). He played in the D-I championship game as a freshman and he's played in four overtime games as a sophomore - he's cool under pressure and doesn't get rattled.

9. Bryant Holmes, 6’0” Guard, Exeter HS - Holmes is a shooting guard with a smooth, compact shot from the outside. He can really heat up and hit shots in bunches. Holmes is is another kid who is a coach's son with a high basketball I.Q. He has a strong, athletic frame and will only continue to get better.

10. Austin Whaley, 6’2” Guard, Lebanon HS - Whaley is an intriguing prospect with his combination of strength, athleticism and versatility. Like Holmes he has a strong, athletic frame. He might not be the knock-down shooter that Holmes is, but Whaley is more versatile as he rebounds and defends very well and can play inside and outside.

11. Connor Walsh, 6’1” Forward, Trinity HS - Walsh is another kid with the ability to play both inside and outside. He has a strong, rugged frame and when you combine that with how physical he is on the low block, he plays bigger than his size at 6-foot-1. But at the same time he can also step outside and shoot it or put the ball on the floor.

12. Issaiah Chappell, 5’10” Guard, Sunapee HS - speaking of athleticism and explosiveness, Chappell is another kid who fits those attributes. He has the quickness and handle of a point guard with the scoring ability of a 2, and that versatility will serve him well as he develops over the next couple years. Chappell excels in transition, where he can attack the rim or hit the pull-up jumper.

13. Anthony Primavera, 5’10” Guard, Winnacunnet HS - another player who projects well as a pure point guard who also has the ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways. Primavera has worked his way into the starting lineup on a Winnacunnet squad loaded with talent in the back court. He's a plus scorer and defender who works hard.

14. Malo Roumraj, 6’1” Guard, Manchester Memorial HS - versatility and athleticism best describe Roumraj. This 6-foot-1 wing player is active on the offensive boards, can take his man off the dribble and is also a tough defender. Roumraj is an unselfish player but is not afraid to take the shot if it's there and is also a good finisher in transition.

15. Matt Rizzo, 6’1” Guard, Pinkerton Academy - Rizzo is a combo-guard. However with his size at 6-foot-1 he projects best as a point guard who will be able to see the floor over smaller point guards. He has good quickness, a solid handle so he's able to get in the lane and make plays.

16. Brennan Morris, 6’3” Guard, Pinkerton Academy - like Holmes, Morris is also a knock-down shooter from beyond the arc. Morris might not be as quick as Holmes but he's certainly taller at 6-foot-3 which bodes well for his upside. Morris is a gym rat, and he moves well without the ball to set up his jumper.

17. Jonathin Makori, 5’10” Guard, Manchester Central HS - Makori might not be getting as much playing time right now, but he is without question an intriguing prospect. Central is the best team in the state with a crowded back court, but look for him to have a productive AAU season this year and then break out next winter with Dawson Dickson and Mike lentzas graduating. Makori is lightning quick with a strong handle and a natural scoring ability.

18. Matt Tenney, 5’9” Guard, Sunapee HS - another one of the many quality point guard prospects in this class, as well as another one of the many players on this list who is a son of a coach. Tenney is a prototypical point guard. He pushes the ball well on the break, always keeping his head up and has good vision. he can hit the open man, is a very scrappy defender and can also hit shots if left open.

19. Tim Comeau, 6’3” Guard/Forward, Goffstown HS - another versatile kid who can play inside or out. Comeau is very active on the boards and really competes on both ends of the floor. Goffstown is a smaller team so he plays more inside but he definitely has the quickness and skills to play on the perimeter as well. Comeau can score, rebound, defend and has started since he was a freshman.


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