Its GO time for these 13 players
The NYC 2019 class can stand toe to toe with any city’s top prospects as they boast an impressive number of potential mid to high major prospects. With two years of high school hoops under their belt, the third year is the year these players should progress and come into their own. Here are the top 13 rising juniors in New York.
#13) Chris Ledlum 19′ St Peters – NY Jayhawks 16u
The two sport star is an extremely underrated prospect who’s high flying act has gone unnoticed to many hoops fans outside of Staten Island. Those who have faced off against Ledlum know not to get in his way in the air. His play with the Jayhawks has been scoring him a number of offers, the most recent coming from Columbia. Expect his reputation to grow throughout the other four boroughs, one dunk at a time.
#12) Jaylen Davis 19′ Christ The King HS – NY Jayhawks 16u
With the departure of Georgia Tech commit Jose Alvarado, the guard spots at Christ the King HS are wide open for some new star power. Jaylen played a solid role last year but King didn’t quite finish where they might’ve hoped. The Royals lacked veterans as one of the youngest teams in the league, but Davis can help change things this year. Last season’s experience and a productive summer has helped mature the deadly shooter’s game, and nets will be torched in Middle Village this year as a result.
#11) Kareem Reid 19′ John Bowne HS – NY Rens 16u
John Bowne blew up last season but with their versatile forward Christian Hinckson transferring, the load will fall largely on Reid in the frontcourt. At 6’9, Reid’s defensive instincts and presence makes the paint a no no for the opposition. Being apart of the Rens 16u squad definitely has helped his development, and the big fella keeps Bowne in contention for the Queens chip.
#10) Julian and Justin Champagnie 19′ Bishop Loughlin HS – NY Lightning 16u
The Champagnie twins of Bishop Loughlin share this spot, but both Julian and Justin have their own unique skills, making them a sick one two punch. Julian has the look of a point forward, with his handle and passing serving as an asset for his squad while Justin is an explosive threat in transition. The duo’s chemistry on the court is very strong, and this year should be a breakthrough year for the both of them.
#9) Richard Springs 19′ Bishop Loughlin HS – Team Rio 16u
Richard Springs made the switch this AAU season from the NY Lightning to Team Rio and after dominating the first few games in the UAA, he seems to have made the right decision. At 6’8 Springs in an uber athletic forward who’s sophomore season was cut short due to a knee injury. He recently attended the Hoop Group Elite camp and reminded everyone just how good he is. Springs at 100% spells danger for CHSAA opponents as him and the Champagnie twins will be looking to dominate opposing forwards.
#8) Glen ‘’JoJo’’ Anderson 19’ Brooklyn Collegiate – New Height 16u
Glen Anderson may be listed at 5’9 but his heart is something that truly cannot be measured. The floor general is fearless and gifted with an incredibly high IQ which he displayed all season long. He was another coach on the floor who led the PSAL in assist and free-throw percentage as a sophomore. The Brooklyn Collegiate basketball program is infused with some good young talent and Jojo is the catalyst of it all. He holds offers from Iona and Howard University, a list which will surely expand soon.
#7) Joe Toussaint 19′ Cardinal Hayes – PSA Cardinals 17u
Joe turned heads this HS season when he led Cardinal Hayes to a shocking CHSAA Class ‘’AA’’ championship. He made the switch to the PSA Cardinals this summer from the Rens, which paired him with a fellow CHSAA guard in Cole Anthony. The PSA back court was loaded but when Toussaint had his opportunity, it was evident why he is regarded as one of NYC’s top guard prospects. A smaller guard with elite quickness, Joe keeps defenders on their heels with his elusive ball handling. His change of speeds, accurate pull up jumper and leadership is why he currently holds 6 Division 1 scholarships.
#6) Kofi Cockburn 19′ Christ The King HS – NY Rens 17u
Kofi Cockburn is a Jamaican born 6’11 250 pound throwback center. He boast an NBA body which he uses to his full advantage on the court as he usually bully’s feeble opponents down low. Cockburn is your traditional center who blocks shots, rebounds, scores, and for a guy his size , makes a fair amount of his free throws. Despite being slightly raw on offense, he still averaged close to 12 points in the EYBL to go with 9 boards. He had the pleasure of playing with Jose Alvarado one of NYC’S best guards last year and it benefited him immensely. With offers from UCLA, St.Johns, Syracuse, Georgetown and Oregon, look for Kofi to bring the Christ the King Royals back to the throne next season as he will be one of the leaders of that squad.
#5) Alejandro Vasquez 19′ John Bowne HS – NY Rens 16u
The 6’3 combo guard gave the PSAL headaches last season with his high scoring outburst. Vasquez is a jack-knife on offense, with the ability to do everything from slashing to putting up long bombs. A solid summer with the Rens 16u squad did nothing but increase his reputation nationally, earning him D1 offers from Arkansas State to go with schools such as Iona and UMass. Vasquez was our number one sleeper, and he lived up to the hype, now that he’s known nationally, what’s next?
#4) Bryce Willis 19′ Iona prep – NY Rens 17u
With around 20 scholarship offers, and a near perfect GPA, Bryce Wills is the student athlete you want on your basketball program. He’s 6’6 and can handle the rock like a PG, gaining 2nd Team All-League honors at the conclusion of his sophomore campaign. Willis played up as apart of a Rens 17u squad that just missed out on Peach Jam. This year is the year he should really tap into his potential and put it all together.
#3) Aidan Igiehon 19′ LWA – NY Lightning 17u
One of the fastest rising big men in America is Aidan Igiehon. Igiehon led Woodmere Academy to a ‘’C’’ Division title in the PSAA last season averaging 21.1 points and 16.9 rebounds. The Ireland native only picked up a basketball a few years ago, and as cliché as it may sound, hard work is what got him to where he is. He’s displayed flashes of absolute brilliance, but consistency will hopefully be key this year. When his switch is on, he shows nothing less than pro potential. At the rate he’s improving though, he should have it all figured out soon and become an even scarier version of himself.
#2) Isaiah Stewart 19′ McQuaid Jesuit – City Rocks 17u
The young big was a key piece in the Albany City Rocks 17u EYBL season. The City Rocks were one of 3 New York EYBL teams that made peach jam, and Stewart contributed with solid stats. He scored close to 12 points, snatched around 10 rebounds blocked 2 shots a game for a loaded squad. Stewart only recently turned 16, and already has garnered interest and offers from big time schools and rightfully so. There were talks of a transfer from McQuaid Jesuit to a prep school to further develop his talents, but from the looks of things, he should be staying put. A good move for him and NY basketball as a whole.
#1) Cole Anthony 19′ Archbishop Molloy HS – PSA Cardinals 17u
Anthony’s name has been ringing on the NYC basketball scene for what feels like forever now, and rightfully so. The 6’2 guard is unstoppable in transition, jaw droppingly athletic and also is sound fundamentally. He became the first underclassman to win EYBL DPOY and dominated at every camp he attended this summer, a few reasons why Cole is regarded as the number one PG in his class. He led peach jam in scoring averaging an impressive 25.6 points a game and 60% from the field. New York has found its next elite guard in Cole Anthony and if you ever have time to see him play, go watch him while its free, because it won’t be for long.