- Jared Exler
Under the Radar 2023 New England Players to Watch this High School Season
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Gavin Carter 5’11 Point Guard (Milton Academy): Carter is an outstanding passer. Gets into the lane well with his good burst and quick crossover move. He finds teammates effectively for high percentage layups on drop-offs in the lane or pocket passes out of ball screens. Does a nice job hitting teammates for layups on the break from push-ahead passes as well. Carter is also a threat as a scorer. Has the ability to make the open three-pointer when the ball is swung to him on the perimeter, in addition to having a soft floater in the lane when bigger defenders collapse on him.
Jake Peterson 6’5 Wing (Hanover HS): Peterson is a very good shooter from long-range, needing very little time and space to get his attempts off. Makes treys off movement or when spotting up. When opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter, he shows flashes of being able to put the ball on the floor and make crafty finishes around the rim. Defensively, Peterson does a nice job using his size and length when closing out to force opponents into lower percentage attempts from the perimeter.
Kalvin Catchings 6’8 Center/Power Forward (Gardiner HS): Catchings uses his good burst and leaping ability to take opposing forwards off the dribble and score proficiently around the rim. He has soft touch in the mid-range with his floater and pull-up jumper. Also can finish at a good rate with his back to the basket, using a nice jump-hook move. Defensively, Catchings does a good job using his instincts and leaping ability to block or alter opponents’ shots around the basket. Also is a reliable rebounder, working hard to get advantageous position on opponents when a shot goes up.
Bryce Thomas 5’10 Point Guard (Lawrence Academy): Thomas is a creative playmaker. Gets into the lane consistently with his quick first step and shifty handle. Finds others effectively in the halfcourt with precise passes to cutting teammates or on drive and kicks for open three-pointers. He makes standstill treys at a solid rate, in addition to having a soft pull-up jumper in the mid-range. Also does a nice job of being a coach on the floor, making sure everyone is in the right spots when running the offense.
Mason Blondeau 6’4 Wing (Goffstown HS): Blondeau is a reliable threat from long-range, making standstill three-pointers at a good rate. He attacks closeouts well, scoring effectively around the rim with his soft touch off the glass using either hand. Can also take smaller defenders into the post, finishing proficiently with a nice up and under move. Blondeau makes his presence felt on the defensive glass, using his high motor to rebound the ball at a solid rate.
Jack Graham 6’3 Shooting Guard (Milton Academy): Graham is a solid shooter from beyond the arc with compact form. He makes three-pointers effectively when spotting up. Also can take opponents off the dribble and finish at a good rate around the basket with his quick first step and explosiveness. Defensively, Graham makes it difficult for opponents to shoot over the top of him with his leaping ability. Is rarely out of position on his rotations when one pass away or coming over from the help side.
Beau O’Beirne 6’1 Combo Guard (Williston Northampton): O’Beirne is an excellent shooter from long-range. The southpaw makes treys when spotting up, coming off screens, or when pulling-up off of ball screens. He attacks closeouts well, finishing effectively around the rim with good body control and touch off the glass. Also is a solid playmaker, finding teammates for high percentage layups in the halfcourt from drop-offs or in transition on push-ahead passes. Defensively, O’Beirne creates steals at a solid rate, jumping into passing lanes when an opponent telegraphs where they are going to throw the ball.
Joe Nugent 6’6 Small Forward (Tabor Academy): Nugent is a consistent floor spacer from beyond the arc. The southpaw makes treys off movement or when spotting up. Complements his long-distance shooting ability when defenders close out hard on him with a smooth pull-up in the mid-range. Defensively, Nugent uses his length well to limit opponents from rising up over him for shots. Also makes his presence felt on the glass, showing good instincts and toughness to rebound at a solid rate.
Jason Robinson 6’4 Wing (Crosby HS): With his deep range, Robinson is a sniper from downtown. He makes three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up and off the bounce when creating space with his quick through the legs crossover move. Uses his good burst in the half-court and end-to-end speed in transition to get to the rim effectively, creating high percentage layup opportunities for himself. Defensively, Robinson creates steals well, ripping the ball away from opponents when they are weak with their handle.
Tyson Mobley 6’1 Point Guard (Choate Rosemary Hall): Mobley has a smooth stroke from long-range with a high release point on his shot. He makes three-pointers on pull-ups off of ball screens or when spotting up. Gets into the lane effectively to create for himself and others using a good change of pace on his ball handling moves. Also has a soft pull-up jumper in his mid-range arsenal when opponents collapse on him in the lane. Mobley is a good playmaker, finding teammates for open threes on drive and kicks or high percentage layups from push-ahead passes in transition. Defensively, he moves his feet well laterally, making it difficult for opposing point guards to get dribble penetration on him. Also uses active hands to create steals and deflections at a solid rate.
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