The annual National Prep Showcase took place at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, and as always it was one of the most talented events in the country before most high school basketball even gets started. The three day…
The annual National Prep Showcase took place at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, and as always it was one of the most talented events in the country before most high school basketball even gets started.
The three day event featured the best post graduate teams from all over the country, ranging from the New England perennial powerhouses to teams in VA, FL, OH, PA, NJ, MD, KS and more.
With so many teams and so much high level talent, I have broken down the standouts into different regions and parts within the regions to make following easier.
We take a look at part six of the standouts in New England, which featured tons of teams mostly from the NEPSAC.
If you’d like to watch the entire event, you can stream the playback on the CBG Live Network here.
Jayshane Woodard | 6’6” WF | Woodstock Academy 2022
Woodard was an excellent glue guy for Woodstock off the bench, as he brings a mismatch style and a good motor on both ends of the floor. He can play on the perimeter where he’s efficient in his opportunities, he moves well off the basketball and runs hard in transition and he impacts the game in a number of different ways. He averaged 6.5 points and 7.5 points per game while going 5-for-6 from the field on the weekend.
Dominic Strothers | 6’8” PF | Woodstock Academy 2022
Strothers had one of the best performances I have seen from him to date in their second game, a close loss to Mt. Zion Prep. The 6’8” power forward showed his ability to play both in the paint and on the perimeter, he made shots from deep and was a mismatch off the bounce and he was good on the defensive end showing he can guard multiple positions. He finished with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field in that game.
| 6’6” PF | Woodstock Academy 2022
Opurum was fantastic for Woodstock over the weekend as his energy and high motor on both ends of the floor made him an impact guy. While he’s a little undersized in the post he’s strong and physical, he’s explosive and quick off of his feet and he contests shots and rebounds the ball very well for a guy his size. He can score it from 15 feet and in and his energy is infectious to his team.
Keenan Emmanuel | 6’0” PG | Woodstock Academy 2024
Emmanuel was a player who didn’t take long to turn heads, as the young guard from Canada has some swagger to his game and is able to score it in a number of different ways. He’s very shifty off the bounce and knows how to get to his spots, he shoots the pull-up well from both the midrange and from deep and he can get hot quickly and fill it up in bunches. He finished with 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field in their first game against Hargrave.
| 6’4” WG | Worcester Academy 2022
Becil helped end the event on a big note with Worcester taking down Blair Academy, and they wouldn’t have been able to do it without the hot hand of Becil. The under the radar senior caught fire from deep and took the game over, going for 34 points on 7-for-11 shooting from deep and showed a quick release, deep range and the ability to attack closeouts and he hit a number of big shots down the stretch. He received an offer from D2 Mercyhurst following his performance.
| 6’3” PG | Worcester Academy 2023
Norman was very good for Worcester as the point of attack and setting the tone on both ends of the floor, as the strong 6’3” lead guard made plays on both ends of the floor and stepped up big down the stretch. He’s a physical guard who can get downhill and finish through traffic, he rebounds extremely well from the guard position and plays with a good motor and puts pressure on the defense with his ability to get in the paint. He finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds in their win over Blair.
| 6’4” WG | Worcester Academy 2023
Mulready was one of my favorite players I got to see at the event, as the junior wing was fantastic on both ends using his athleticism and skill set to make a ton of big plays. He has great tools defensively and is a very good shot blocker for his position, he can make shots from multiple levels and was able to get a bucket whenever his team needed him to and he brought great energy that was infectious to his team. He finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in their win.