New kids on the block: NY’s top rising sophomores


The youngest in charge

Its a fairly difficult task to project a sophomore’s potential after a freshman season that oftentimes only features glimmers of brilliance. NY has a few in the 2020 class who’s names are buzzing regionally though, and others who have already made a name nationally. Here are nine of the city’s finest young bucks. Feel free to comment on who should be in that coveted tenth spot, we want to hear your feedback.


9.Marcus burnett 20’ Thomas Jefferson Hs – New Heights 15u


Marcus Burnett is looking to be a staple next year for PSAL power house Thomas Jefferson HS. With a full AAU season with New heights 15u under his belt, Burnet’s game improved, and the 6’3 sharp shooting two guard will put the PSAL on notice.

8.Andre Curbelo 20’ LUHI – NY Jayhawks 15u


The future of LUHI and a bright spot for Puerto Rican basketball as a whole is Andre Curbelo. The quick and crafty PG makes his teammates want to play with him and his drive and dish game. Curbelo plays at his own pace and has already impressed for his national team. Expect to hear alot more from him this year.

7.Jefferson Koulibaly 20’ Our Savior New America


Another big guard from OSNA is Jefferson Koulibaly. The 6’2 Canadian combo guard may be a new name to some, but the kid can ball. Well built at 185 pounds, Jefferson seems to be a natural scorer even at this stage in his development. Jefferson was a part of Canada’s u16 World Cup squad and played a vital role in it’s success. With the rise of Canadian basketball (Which you can read more about HERE) you’re gonna want to remember this name, because Jefferson Koulibaly will be huge part of it.

6. Demarco Watson 20’ St. Raymonds HS – NY Gauchos 15U

Watson has been building on the promise he showed this past year at St Rays, as he’s put in work all Spring/Summer. Leading the NY Gauchos 15u to a 10-2 record, he averaged a respectable 11 points a game including 17 and 16 point games against some of the better 15u squads in the UAA association. Look for Demarco to be that spark off the bench or even make his way into the starting five. Regardless, he will make an impact next year in the CHSAA for the St.Raymond Ravens.

5. John Wilson 20’ Abraham Lincoln – Juice All-Stars 16u


The shifty Brooklyn native Wilson will be the featured guard for this years Lincoln squad. He plays for the Lincoln based AAU team, Juice All-Stars on the Adidas circuit and showed his elite floor general capabilities. With more room for him to operate after the departure of some of NYC’s top guards in Donald Flores and Kclejuan Brown, Wilson will get his chance to shine.

4.Andre Jackson 20’ Albany Academy for Boys – City Rocks(NY) 15u


A bit under the radar, but not for long is Andre Jackson of Albany Academy. The 15 year old might just has the most potential on this list. Andre has a smooth game but is also extremely athletic for a 6’5 guard at his age. His thin frame indicates that he has room to grow, and with the tools he has, Jackson can be a 5-Star prospect when its all said and done in the class of 2020. Remember where you heard it first.

3.Rj Davis 20’ Stepinac HS – PSA cardinals 15U


Davis is lead guard for the 15u PSA cardinals on the nike EYBL and lead them to not only a Peach Jam birth but also the final 8. R.J played like a senior in his freshman season, he was the starting point for Stepinac H.S and led them during a surprising playoff run. The calm and composed rising sophomore will turn more heads this coming season.

2.Posh Alexander 20’ Our savior Lutheran – NY Lightning 17u


Posh played with the big boys this year, being one of the few freshmen playing 17u EYBL. He showed he belonged  too, as he helped the Lighning to a Peach Jam birth, averaging 10 points and close to 3 assist. His Peach Jam included a number of awe inspiring moments, including an impressive head to head match up against Tre Jones in front of Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. Highly touted yet overlooked at times, Alexander plays with a chip on his shoulder, always looking to prove his name. Another year at the fast rising Our Savior Lutheran school will do him good as they are set to take on the top schools on the East Coast once again.

1.Nate Tabor 20’ Our Savior New America – NY Ren’s 16u


You’ve probably heard Nate’s name a few times this AAU season as he picked up a some high majors offers thanks to his stellar play for the Ren’s 16u squad. He recently came back to NY with a transfer from Sacred Heart (CT) to OSNA, and has the talent to start and contribute right away. At 6’6, Nate is a legit point guard, equipped with athleticism and an uncanny ability to see the floor. Offers from LSU,TCU and Auburn shows that college coaches already have an idea how high Nate’s ceiling can be.

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