NYC basketball’s top 15 sleepers


The future breakout stars of NYC

With the high school season over and AAU basketball in full swing, the stars of tomorrow are set to make their mark on NYC basketball. Sure you may know about the Moses Brown’s and Kofi Cockburns, but here are ten players who are set to become household names in NYC.

Honorable mention: Marcus Burnett, Thomas Jefferson (’20)


The highly touted freshman played varsity right away and proved he wasn’t scared of the big stage by putting up ten points in the city championship game. Expect for Burnett to break out next year, with a year of experience under his belt.

#15: Andre Curbello, Long Island Lutheran (’20)


The freshman showed poise on a LOADED Luhi team and has already picked up two D1 offers on the AAU trail. At this rate, the keys to the program will be his next year.

#14: Da’marco Watson, St Raymonds (’20)IMG_5693

The brother of St Rays star Dallas Watson showed no fear when his number was called. When Dallas went down with an arm injury, Da’marco was called up to varsity and hit big shots on stages such as the SNY invitational. Expect for the Watson brothers to team up with sharp shooting guard Omar Silverio and keep the Rays tradition alive.

#13: Jalen Nesmith, Cardinal Hayes (’19)


The flashy point guard had to share the spotlight with the vicious backcourt of Jontai Williams and Joe Toussaint last year for the CHSAA champions. Recently, he has been bringing his no look passes and street ball handle to various tournaments around NYC along with the New Heights AAU team. It’s only a matter of time before he breaks out for Hayes and becomes a fan favorite around the city.

#12: Jalen Davis, Christ the king (’19)


The sophomore started on a young but very talented CK team and turned heads with his poise and solid jumper. Next year, Davis in the backcourt with Tyson Walker is definitely a scary sight for any guard in the city.

#11: Jasiah Lewis, Lincoln (’18)


The smooth shooting two guard was a key piece for the state champion Railsplitters this year. While he may have taken a backseat to his backcourt mate Donald Flores, the stage is set for Lewis to have a breakout year as a senior.

#10: Hassan Diarra, Holy Cross (’19)


Diarra was overlooked on a Holy Cross team that struggled to get W’s all year. He did his part in putting up impressive numbers though. As the sophomore transitions into being an upperclassman, expect even more buckets being given out in Flushing.

#9 Taj Anderson, Cardozo (’19)


The Molloy transfer was only able to play half of the season as the Cardozo Judges struggled to find a rhythm all year. With Anderson on board from the beginning, the young Dozo squad will definitely be back towards the top of Queens. The shifty nephew of Kenny Anderson knows how to get a bucket. Pair him up with dozo star DJ Utley, and the Judges are set to take flight.

#8 John Wilson, Lincoln (’20)


The freshman came into Lincoln with hype and delivered early. Coming off the bench for a veteran Lincoln squad, Wilson made the Lincoln offense go. The brother of former West Virginia star Darryl “Truck” Bryant displayed veteran composure all year and with a backcourt of Wilson and Jasiah Lewis, L-House is locked and loaded for another run.

#7 Josh Alexander, Iona Prep (’18)


The versatile forward and running mate to Iona Prep star Bryce Willis had a terrific year for the Gaels. The junior already has about a dozen offers with the list growing by the day.  Next season should be his year to lead them to a deep playoff run.

#6 Malik Martin, Curtis (’18)


Martin has been a problem for a while now. Being out in Staten Island has resulted in him being largely overlooked but he’s proven that he can hoop with the best in the city any day. With one more year at Curtis, it’s now or never for him to bring his school to the promise land and put the island on the map

#5 Alan Griffin, Stepinac (’18)


When Stepinac’s star players transferred, it was expected for them to be finished. Alan Griffin however, had other plans. The versatile wing led them all year to a respectable season and has one more year. Look out for him to dominate once again, and to bring his squad even further.

#4 RJ Davis, Stepinac (’20)


The freshman ran the team to perfection all year, showing no fear when matched up against the star studded point guards of the CHSAA. With a season under his belt, Davis has all the tools to become the next sick point guard in the city. While he already boast a few offers, expect for him to blow up next year.

#3 Richard Springs Bishop Loughlin (’19)


The young big man displayed insane potential this season, even while sharing the scene with stars such as Markquis Nowell and Keith Williams. On the AAU scene, he continues to blow up as his athleticism and finishing ability has reached a national platform. Next year he will be involved in the offense a lot more and the offers will continue to roll in.

#2 Posh Alexander, Our Savior (’20)


In terms of talent, this freshman may have the most tools on this list to succeed at the next level. He showcased his speed and high level bounce in stretches this season but next year is when Posh should really thrust into the spotlight. While he is already ranked nationally, he isn’t exactly a sleeper, but lets just say the best for him is yet to come. 

#1 Alejandro Vasquez, John Bowne (’19)


This may surprise some, but only those who haven’t paid attention to Bowne this year. Vasquez is a born scorer who has put up HUGE numbers when it’s mattered the most. Despite his numbers, Vasquez has still remained very much under the radar outside of Queens. With two more years under his belt, trust and believe that his junior and senior will only get meaner.



  1. What a snub for Glen Anderson, 2019 PG out of Brooklyn Collegiate (PSAL AA) – not only have I seen him put clamps every PG on this list but the kid averaged 15ppg, led NYC in both assists/g (9.5) and FT%(87)… not to mention he’s got D1 offers already…

  2. Jared Rhoden is better than everybody on this list nd Aidan Igiehon u missed two of the best in NYC

  3. What about Anthony “Romey”Marshall from Brooklyn Democracy Academy (BDA) he also plays for NYL on the Nike EYBL definition of sleeper. The kid definitely needs a write up

  4. Kareem May 2020 5″10 pg , Femmi Odulake 2019 6″4 guard, Isaiah Richards 2019 6″9 center and kadary Richmond 6″4 guaRd!!! Don’t normally do this but ask around these are some hidden jewels in the city

  5. How in the world that #10 is number#1 all is ugly ass do is chuck the damn ball he doesn’t play defense at all just waits on the ball to pass to him this is ridiculous.smh

  6. Somebody needs a geography lesson. Long Island Lutheran is obviously not in New York City, Stepinac is in White Plains, and Iona Prep is in New Rochelle.

  7. Great Article but you are missing Bk law and Tech’s Larry Moreno and David Grady both under the radar D-1 prospects.