The deep talent pool in New York City will always produce stars of tomorrow. At Hoop Group’s New York Junior Elite Top 100, some of those rising prospects showed what they had and gave a glimpse into a promising future for the Big Apple.
In both stations and gameplay, the players below made a strong case to prove that New York is still the basketball capital of the world:
9th Grade | St. Alban’s, NY | St. Raymond’s (NY)
McKennon was one of the most impressive players at the New York Junior Elite. He is a tough rebounder and a bully inside, getting offensive rebounds and putting them back through contact. He also showed the ability to step out into the mid-range with a smooth lefty jumper.
7th Grade | Brooklyn, NY
Watson is a good dribbler who uses that skill to create for himself and others. As he gets older, he will find his ability to hold onto the ball and not turn it over will do him good.
8th Grade | New York, NY
Clyburn is an athlete. His long arms and good length help him to attack the basket and make him a matchup problem for opposing defenses.
9th Grade | Flushing, NY
Nettleton is a creative finisher at the basket and that brings a good deal of versatility to his game. Because he is difficult to defend around the basket, defenses need to adjust and it opens up opportunities for him and his teammates.
9th Grade | Bronx NY | St. Raymond’s (NY)
In addition to being athletic, Thomas can use both his left and right hand to finish around the rim. He uses his body to impose his will on the defense, and uses his size on the defensive end to block an occasional shot from the weak side.