The Big Apple’s brightest stars
New York was well represented on the D1 level this year and next year might be an even better year for the city. Here is the Top 25 NY’ers ready for a BREAKOUT year
P.S. – This list does not include incoming freshmen, a separate list with freshmen will be dropping soon.
Honorable mention: Mustafa Jones, Central Connecticut State
Jones has quietly carved out a solid career at Central Connecticut. The versatile forwards stats and percentages have climbed every year, and he finished as a double digit scorer as a junior. With one more year of eligibility, his production should climb again as he will likely become a featured player in the CCSU system.
#25 Aaron Walker, Manhattan
Walker came into Manhattan with big expectations, a two way player who would fit in perfectly with the Jasper’s defensive style. The freshman did not disappoint, averaging 9 points and playing both ends of the floor. He got better as the season went along, so expect his second year to be even better.
#24 Kyle Allman, Cal State Fullerton
Allman flew under the radar during his years in NYC, even as he showed promise at St John’s prep and later High School of Construction. After earning a D-1 scholarship and lacing up for Cal State Fullerton, the secret is out: The kid can BALL. His sneaky athletic game was in full effect last year and as he moves into upperclassmen territory, it shouldn’t be long before he breaks out.
#23 Trey Dickerson, Georgetown
Dickerson has bounced around a bit, bringing his tough, South Jamaica style game to Iowa, Juco, South Dakota and now Georgetown. The newly minted head coach is none other than Patrick Ewing who hand picked Dickerson as a veteran presence for the Hoyas. Trey had a solid year in South Dakota but must have missed the high major competition. He has what he wished for at Georgetown and the stage is set for a great senior year for him.
#22 Jermaine Bishop, Saint Louis
Jermaine Bishop is a heady point guard out of Holy Cross high school who excels off the dribble and in transition. The New Yorker was steady for St. Louis this year, averaging 11.6 points and dishing four dimes a game. His squad did struggle though, but with two more years of Bishop running the show, the Billikens’ future is bright.
#21 Devonte Green, Indiana
Devonte Green seamlessly transitioned from being the leader on a loaded Long Island Lutheran team to watching and learning on a veteran Indiana Hoosiers squad. Even still the freshman came in, hit big shots and contributed good minutes for coach Tom Crean. The veterans are gone now and Green will step into their shoes with more responsibility. The sharpshooter should have no problem with that.
#20 Rasheem Dunn
Rasheem Dunn may have been overlooked a bit behind his pal and backcourt mate Shamorie Ponds in high school, but he wasted no time establishing himself as an alpha at St Francis. The aggressive former state champion was relentless, averaging 13 points as just a freshman, turning heads with his slashing and finishing ability. Next year, Dunn will only be more lethal for the Terriers.
#19 Rich Williams, Manhattan
Right when Rich Williams was on the cusp of stardom, the injury bug knocked on his door and forced a medical redshirt. Next year, the athletic wing should be back in full effect for the Jaspers, picking up at the solid 14 ppg he left off at. He already has a championship and number one play on Sportscenter under his belt, so anything less than another ring will be a let down for a talent of his caliber.
#18 Wes Myers, Maine
You may not have heard, so let us be the first to tell you; Wesley Myers has been silently KILLING up north. The Brooklyn bred hooper averaged 17 a game, but Maine struggled to make any noise as a team. With one more year to go, expect Myers to get his once again, and hopefully lead his team to the promise land.
#17 Ty Jerome, Virginia
Ty Jerome is no joke, and next year should be the year he really gets it going. The nationally ranked former Iona Prep star was unable to finish out his senior year due to injury and rehabbed vigorously leading up to his freshman year at UVA. This year, he’ll be healthy heading in and can focus on improving and preparing for a breakout sophomore year.
#16 Christian Vital, Uconn
Christian Vital made the most of an up and down year at Uconn, as he earned the opportunity to step up and contribute right away. Vital held down his end of the deal, posting nine a game and showcasing a solid shot and athleticism. Hopefully this will be the year in which Uconn returns back into its championship form. Either way, Vital will be a huge part of whether they succeed or not.
#15 Mike Williams, Rutgers
Mike Williams has been a pure shooter for as long as the city can remember, tearing up nets from Bishop Loughlin high all the way to Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights had an improved season and a lot of that had to do with the play of MW. Williams has never stepped foot in an NCAA tournament though, so next season, he’ll be playing for keeps.
#14 Bashir Ahmed, St Johns
Ahmed tested the waters of the NBA draft this season, but made the wise decision to head back to Queens and build on his solid year. The physical wing can hit the spot three, has a solid midrange game and can finish with contact at the rim. His 13 points and five boards should expand with a year of D1 in the books for him.
#13 Kevin Huerter, Maryland
Kevin Huerter was expectedly impressive as a freshman and Maryland exceeded expectations that were set in place for the young team. The former Mr Basketball for the state of New York was great in stretches, especially towards the end of the season. He ended his year with 19, 4 and 5 against Xavier, a stat line that could indicate what’s to come for his sophomore year.
#12 Jessie Govan, Georgetown
Govan came into Georgetown as a player that John Thompson III hoped to build around. Unfortunately, the Hoyas as a team weren’t able to get it done in time and Thompson was put out of his misery as the head coach. Govan did display a great touch and back to the basket game as he finished the season averaging double figures.
#11 Matt Scott, Niagara
Matt Scott, for lack of a better phrase, has that WORK. The lefty has a James Harden type of game, complete with all of the step backs and crossovers that make him hard to guard. He put up 17 and 7 this year in highlight fashion, but Niagara labored through another tough season as a whole. Scott has the hopes and dreams of the Purple Eagles on his back, so for them to succeed he’ll have to do even more as a senior.
#10 Terry Larrier
Terry Larrier was another player on the cusp of stardom before his career was put on hold due to injury. His effect was felt on the team immediately as Uconn struggled to stay afloat without their star forward. Larrier was averaging 13.5 and 5 boards before he went down and we’re all hoping he shakes back and continues his ascension to the top.
#9 Dupree McBrayer, Minnesota
Dupree McBrayer was one of the main scoring threats on a Minnesota squad that was outstanding all year. McBrayer’s main attribute was his versatility. He used his tall wiry frame to slash and shoot from the wing but also looked comfortable from the point where he made great decisions while looking over the defense. The Gophers have an exciting recruiting class coming in and McBrayer will be a leader with his smooth left handed drives that the Queens guard is known for.
#8 Justin Wright Foreman, Hofstra
Justin Wright Foreman is the perfect example of putting in work over the summer, staying put at the school you’re at and having a HUGE break out year. The Sophomore was easily the most improved scorer in the country as his scoring average grew from just one point a game as a freshman to 18 a game including some sick dunks and game winners. If Foreman’s improvement is anything similar to that this year, he’ll garner some serious national attention.
#7 Shavar Newkirk
Shavar Newkirk’s progression has been steady and impressive. His scoring has went from 3ppg to 8 and last year putting up 20 points, 5 boards and 3 assist a game. What’s even more impressive has been his leadership. With one more year to go in Philly, the Hawks will only go as far as Newkirk takes them.
#6 Eric Pachall, Villanova
Pachall’s stats don’t jump off the page, but the fact that he is a starter and key contributor for a squad with a pedigree like Villanova has to be considered. He also dropped 16 a game as a freshman at Fordham so his scoring ability is proven on the D1 level. Expect that type of production to translate to the high major level next year.
#5 Rakym Felder
Rakym Felder was one of the darlings of the entire NCAA tournament. The hard nosed Brooklyn guard consistently came off the bench with no fear, made big decisions and played with a Brooklyn flair in his game. He was a big reason why the gamecocks made the fantastic run that they did, but don’t expect him to be satisfied. The sophomore knows that he now comes in as a leader and with a target on his back. Expect Brooklyn’s finest to perform even better under pressure.
#4 Desi Rodriguez
Rodriguez was a major sleeper headed into Seton Hall and has surpassed any and all expectations. Dunkin Desi is true to his name and takes advantage of any opportunity to throw it on your head. He has also expanded his game to the three and improved his handle, making him a serious inside out threat. He has one more chance to bolster his resume for the pros and his teams resume for the tourney, so opponents, watch your head.
#3 Khadeen Carrington
Carrington went from being the Robin to Isaiah Whitehead’s Batman to being a legitimate Bruce Wayne in his own right. The lefty bucket getter somehow, some way gets it done despite defenders attempts to slow him down. Khadeen averaged 17 to go along with 3 boards, 3 assist and a few snatch back crossovers per game. To make his true mark among Seton Hall greats though, he’ll need a standout year complete with a another tournament birth.
#2 Rawle Alkins
Rawle Alkins is a ferocious slasher and relentless competitor who very well could have kept his name in the NBA draft. The freshman impressed at the combine but returned to improve his stock and bring a championship to Arizona. The Wildcats will be LOADED this year as many people have them as their preseason number one. The stats may be spread out among the team but Alkins’ impact will definitely be felt in Tucson.
#1 Shamorie Ponds
In terms of players on the cusp of really breaking through into national attention and NBA draft charts, Shamorie Ponds has to be number ONE. Ponds is a local hero for his smooth left handed game, his ability to score on all three levels and for staying home at St Johns University. The state champ has a great shot, good hands on defense and a natural feel for the game. As St Johns improves as a team, It’s only a matter of time before Ponds gets the national attention and love that he already receives in the five boroughs.
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