Today we take a final look back at the boys basketball Class of 2014 from NH. This wasn't the deepest class but when you consider the fact that it contains four Division I players, five total scholarship players and Syracuse's starting point guard it was definitely on of the most talented classes in recent memory.
Kaleb Joseph (Nashua, NH) is a tremendous role model for local youth players coming up. He's an extremely determined, hard working yet at the same time humble and grounded players. He has shown it is possible to go from growing up in NH to starting for Syracuse as a freshman - and you don't have to be 6-foot-11 to do it.
Mike LeBlanc (Dover, NH), Mike Auger (Hopkinton, NH) and Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, NH) join Joseph to make it four D-I recruits from this class. All four of them played together at one point with the Rivals Basketball Club, while LeBlanc and Auger were also teammates at New Hampton School.
Christian Iozza makes it five scholarship players from this class, with all five of them being kids who started out in the Class of 2013 but then transferred to prep schools and reclassified to 2014. The other player who fits that description is Matt Dean, who was a 2-sport star at Gilford HS and then New Hampton where he played alongside LeBlanc and Auger on the hoops team.
Eric Gendron could end up being a steal for Trinity College. He won a NHIAA state title in 2012 while playing alongside Floras. Meanwhile Eli Hodgson also won a pair of NHIAA state titles for Conant High. Three players on the list will all playing together at NHTI - Yordy Tavarez, Jordan Lates and Gabe Nichols. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam Knollmeyer are playing together at Wentworth and Plymouth State continues to recruit heavily in-state as Collin Sullivan and Max Coleman join their squad. Coleman and Drew Coveney both played high school ball at Londonderry, while Bedford High has two kids on the list - Taylor Grande and Cameron Meservey (both playing at Colby Sawyer).
Congratulations to all of the players and best of luck with their college careers. Without any further ado, here is the New Hampshire Notebook's final boys basketball recruiting rankings list for the Class of 2014:
1. Kaleb Joseph, 6'3" Guard, Cushing Academy...Syracuse
2. Mike LeBlanc 6'6" Guard/Forward New Hampton School...Princeton
3. Mike Auger, 6'6" Forward, New Hampton School...Pennsylvania
4. Dimitri Floras, 6'1" Guard, MacDuffie School...Quinnipiac
5. Christian Iozza, 6'3" Guard, Proctor Academy...Seton Hill University
6. Eric Gendron, 6’3” Guard, Merrimack HS...Trinity College
7. Eli Hodgson, 6'4" Forward, Conant HS...Salve Regina University
8. Cameron Meservey, 6'2" Guard, Bedford HS...Colby Sawyer College
9. Drew Coveney, 6'0" Guard, Londonderry HS...University of New England
10. Yordy Tavarez, 6'0" Guard, Nashua High South...NHTI
11. Sam Knollmeyer, 6’0” Guard, Winnacunnet HS..Wentworth Institute of Technology
12. Jordan Lates, 5'10" Guard, Nashua High North...NHTI
13. Gabe Nichols, 6'5" Guard/Forward, Hopkinton HS...NHTI
14. Matt Dean, 5'11" Guard, New Hampton School...Wentworth Institute of Technology
15. Taylor Grande, 5'8" Guard, Bedford HS...Colby Sawyer College
16. Shea Whalen, 6'5" Forward, Hollis-Brookline HS...Clark University
17. Collin Sullivan, 5'10" Guard, Plymouth HS...Plymouth State University
18. Max Coleman, 6'2" Guard, Londonderry HS...Plymouth State University