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1. Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, NH)
Head Coach: Jason Smith
Key Players: Jalen Adams, 6’-2”, Sr., G, UCONN; Justin Simon, 6’-5”, Sr., G, ARIZONA; Donovan Mitchell, 6’-5”, Sr., G, LOUISVILLE.
This year’s Brewster Academy team is like a mini-finishing school for future elite high-major guards, and appears to be the most talented non-college basketball team in the country. With tons of talent Brewster Academy was the easy selection as pre-season No. 1.
Three top-30 caliber talents in Jalen Adams, Justin Simon and Donovan Mitchell should create some hellacious challenges on the practice court, with each player among the nation’s elite at his respective position. Future Washington guard David Crisp is also available to spell the terrific trio, and he can more than hold his own.
The frontline may not get the billing the backcourt does, but it is full of quality future high-major players in its own right. Alex Illikainen (Wisconsin), Marcus Derrickson (Georgetown) and Jarred Reuter (Virginia) all bring size, talent and a spot for the vaunted backcourt to distribute the ball for above the rim finishes.
2. Northfield Mount Hermon (Northfield, MA)
Head Coach: John Carroll
Key Players: Josh Sharma, 6’-11”, Sr., C, STANFORD; Aaron Falzon, 6’-8”, Sr., F, NORTHWESTERN; Daquon Ervin, 5’-11”, Sr., G.
After reaching the semifinals of the National Prep Championship last year, the deep group of returners to Northfield Mount Hermon have aspirations to be the top prep school team in the nation this year.
Two big men in Josh Sharma and Aaron Falzon will keep Northfield Mount Hermon ready to do battle against its opponents. Sharma has tremendous athleticism for his size while Falzon seemingly knocks down any shot that comes his way.
Three Ivy League players will ply their trades this year, as guards Jackson Donahue (Penn) and Chris Sullivan (Brown) bolster the backcourt and 6’-10” post Colin McManus (Penn) can change things up with Sharma effectively.
Daquon Ervin is a high-major prospect at guard, and will certainly have many colleges coming his way this season to check his game out. He’ll lead the offense. The young talent on this squad is also able, with sophomore Tomas Murphy nationally ranked by many sources.
3. Fishburne Military (Waynesboro, VA)
Head Coach: Ed Huckaby
Key Players: Devenir Duruisseau, 6’-9”, Sr., C, WASHINGTON; Lyrik Shreiner, 6’-4”, Sr., G; Jeremy Harris, 6’-7”, Sr., F, COASTAL CAROLINA.
The Cassions have loaded up on size for their 2014-2015 campaign, with a roster that features a bevy big men likely to land at various levels in the D-1 ranks next season. Fishburne Military has made consecutive trips to the National Prep Championships and is likely aiming for more than just a selection to the event this year.
The aforementioned interior is deep and talented, with Devenir Duruisseau committed to Washington, after previously planning on attending San Jose State out of high school. Pernell Adgei has committed Loyola-IL and Ellis Dozier has decided to take his game to Ohio. The post positions are so solid that Jeremy Harris and Chris Shields give Fishburne Military college-like height at small forward.
The backcourt has Phoenix-native Lyrik Shreiner, who starred at Westwind Prep (AZ) last season. He’s entertaining a variety of D-1 offers. Future Holy Cross guard Marcellis Perkins is also a key member on the backcourt that can score, and the same can be said for Maryland-Eastern Shore pledge Ahmad Frost.
4. Hargrave Military (Chatham, VA)
Head Coach: A.W. Hamilton
Key Players: Danjel Purifoy, 6’-6”, Sr., SF, AUBURN; Jon Davis, 6’-2”, Sr., G; Kejuan Johnson, 6’-6”, Sr., PF, RUTGERS.
Always a strong post-graduate program, Hargrave Military may be a sleeper pick to capture the National Prep Championship this year if their pieces come together. While they may not have the depth that Brewster Academy or others have, Hargrave Military has a tremendous talent at the top and can beat anybody.
Guard Jon Davis inked with DePaul out of high school before taking the prep school route. He’s just dandy in both guard slots. Superb athlete Tyrone Taylor is committed to Wichita State, and can fly above the rim and finish with authority. One of the top high school guards in Georgia last year, Hassani Gravett, is committed to Louisiana and can really go.
The forward crop is also exceptionally deep. Elite run and jump athlete Danjel Purifoy has the ability to score and rebound. Kejuan Johnson was a top 5 national prospect as a freshman in high school, and is taking his game to Rutgers after this season. Additionally, Hargrave Military will send wing forward Trey Grundy to play for their former head coach, Kevin Keatts, at UNC-Wilmington after this season.
5. Sunrise Christian (Bel Aire, KS)
Head Coach: Luke Barnwell
Key Players: Dupree McBrayer, 6’-4”, Sr., G, MINNESOTA; Jahmal McMurray, 6’-0”, Sr., G, SOUTH FLORIDA; Matthew Neufeld, 6’-11”, Sr., C, SAINT LOUIS.
While prep school basketball’s traditional power area is on the East Coast, Sunrise Christian has fielded strong high school and post graduate teams on the Great Plains in recent years.
A nice mix of international talent spurs a good crop of overall talent this season. Two backcourt members Dupree McBrayer and Jahmal McMurray are both headed to the Division-1 ranks, and if they can’t get it going, wings Travis Munnings and Nathan Bain (Stephen F. Austin) both have the potential to blow up this season, given the opportunity
The interior won’t take a back seat to anyone. Canadian center Matthew Neufeld made an early pledge to Saint Louis, while Eric Hamilton originally inked with Wichita State as a member of the 2014 class but ended up at Sunrise Christian for a post-graduate year. There’s more depth, as well, for Sunrise Christian to utilize against their schedule this year.
- Elev8 Prep (FL)
- IMG Academy (FL)
- New Hampton School (NH)
- Thomas More (CT)
- Vermont Academy (VT)