WATERVLIET, NY - On Saturday, the first annual New York State Top 24 featured a variety of talent among Big Apple players in the classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017. In a camp setting, recruits showed off their skill set and proved how good they were, despite their age. Here's a rundown of the top performers.
2015 Monsignor Scanlon (NY) power forward Jonathan Nwankwo was by far the most impressive performer. An extremely well built specimen at 6-foot-9, Nwankwo's strength compliments his post moves, athleticism and constantly improving jump shot. From the look of it, he is bound for a breakout season following his first offer from Minnesota last week. Improving his footwork is the next step in the process. Along with the Gophers, the junior has received offers from Monmouth, Fordham, Manhattan and Niagara, along with interest from Seton Hall, St. Peter's, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Lehigh. He will visit Seton Hall on October 4th, followed by an October 18th trip to Harvard.
2014 Lake George (NY) point guard Joel Wincowski comes from a small area, but has picked up some buzz lately because of his play on the court and his first two offers. As Albany and Siena were first to get on board for him, Wincowski does a good job of micromanaging his team as the floor general, but can also score the ball as he shoots it well enough. Bucknell, Colgate, Northeastern and Boston have shown interest, and he has visited all of the schools except for Albany, which will get a visit from him next week.
2015 Blair Academy (NJ) power forward Elijah Burns is a completely different player since the summer. As he reclassified, and left New York for prep school, Burns has become a legitimate mid-major plus, and possible high-major prospect. Stronger and much more physical on the court, his improved post play matched up with his expanding shooting range and consistency is catching the attention of most. While his offers are still from the mid-major schools of Siena, Boston, James Madison and Albany, interest is picking up. He recently visited Syracuse, Georgetown, Temple and James Madison. Interest is also coming in from Marquette, Providence, Princeton and Rhode Island. As soon as the season starts, look for Burns' stock to take a major turn for the best.
2017 White Plains (NY) guard Jordan Tucker was one of the more impressive prospects at the camp, especially being only one of five freshmen present. He does a job of putting the ball on the floor for his size at 6-foot-6. He makes quick, accurate passes and can score the ball by shooting or driving to the basket. He showed an ability to create his own shot but didn't get it off as well as he could have when rushed. His upside is through the roof as he lets the game come to him. So far, the freshman holds offers from Oklahoma, Manhattan, Providence and Detroit, while the likes of Miami, Fordham, Xavier and Arizona are interested. Tucker is the next big prospect out of New York state from the looks of it.
2016 Canisius (NY) point guard Howard Washington was another underclassmen who showed a great amount of upside. Once he fills out and continues to pick up confidence on the court, he has a chance to be a high-major player. A traditional point guard with a high IQ, who can score, Washington gets his teammates involved and does a good all-around job of controlling the tempo of the game whenever the ball touches his hands. The sophomore is smooth with the ball, makes smart decisions with it and is being highly sought after because of it. Boston College, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Canisius and Charlotte have offered him, while West Virginia, Boston College, Dayton, Penn State, Notre Dame, Texas, Syracuse and others are evaluating him. During the month of October, Washington Jr. will visit both Boston College and Butler. Buffalo and Canisius - the local mid-majors - have already had him on campus.
2015 Pulaski (NY) power forward Caleb Sedore is bound to pickup a few scholarships in the Division One ranks very soon. A high-academic big man who must get stronger and play more physical, he has a lot of positive dimensions to his game. He runs the floor well, plays hard, boxes out, and can finish around the rim a bit. Cornell, Boston and Binghamton are entertaining him thus far, and the Big Red will host him for an unofficial visit on Monday.
2015 Scotia Glenville (NY) guard Joe Cremo is a big, tough, physical guard who is a team player. His only interest, at this point, comes from Elon. However, he can do a lot at 6-foot-3. Cremo handles the ball well, can shoot it and get to the basket, where he makes good decisions with the ball. His dribble-drive first attitude sets up teammates to score. He has all the tools to be a low-major guard.
Other standouts from the event included Anthony Lamb, Quinton Rose, Stafford Trueheart and Hameir Wright.
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