The Garden State has seen a couple of commitments over the past few days as Babacar Mbengue Babacar Mbengue 7'0" | C Olympus Prep | 2023 State #155 Nation NJ committed to DePaul University the day after Akil Watson Akil…
The Garden State has seen a couple of commitments over the past few days as Babacar Mbengue Babacar Mbengue 7'0" | C Olympus Prep | 2023 State #155 Nation NJ committed to DePaul University the day after Akil Watson Akil Watson 6'7" | SF Roselle Catholic | 2023 State #105 Nation NJ committed to Arizona State. The 2023 forward frontcourt class still has plenty of available talent. Here are the top available post players in the 2023 class.
Aaron Bradshaw Aaron Bradshaw 7'0" | PF Camden | 2023 State #10 Nation NJ , 7’0 PF Camden
Bradshaw is one of the top remaining players in the nation and his recruitment will be one to watch. The 7’0 forward plays with a high motor as he runs the floor hard to set himself up for easy dunks in transition. Bradshaw has a good face-up game as he can put the ball on the floor to get to the basket and knock down jumpers on the perimeter. He is an elite shot-blocker as he swats almost everything around the rim and rips down rebounds on both ends of the floor. Bradshaw is a talented forward prospect who impacts the game every time he steps on the court.
Ladji Dembele Ladji Dembele 6'8" | PF St. Benedict's | 2023 State #192 Nation NJ , 6’8 PF St. Benedict’s
Dembele anchors the Gray Bees’ offense on the interior as he is dominant in the paint. The 6’8 forward uses his strong frame to get position down low and has a nice touch around the basket. Dembele is able to finish through contact down low and his range extends out to the three-point line. He is tough to box out on both ends of the floor and uses his athleticism to influence shots around the basket. Dembele is a tough forward prospect whose ability to impact the game in the paint at both ends makes him one of the top available players in New Jersey.
Emile Johnson Emile Johnson 6'10" | C Northfield Mount Hermon | 2023 State NLG , 6’10 C Quality Academy Prep
Johnson is the top available center prospect in the class after Mbengue’s commitment and has the potential to move up the board with a strong 2022-23 season. The 6’10 post finishes strong above the basket and runs the floor hard at both ends. Johnson has an underrated face-up game and is developing more confidence on his range. He uses his length to swat shots on the defensive end and is a solid rebounder. Johnson’s combination of athleticism, length and talent makes him an intriguing prospect to watch in the Garden State.
David Luberoff David Luberoff 6'9" | PF Blair Academy | 2023 State NJ , 6’9 PF Blair Academy
Luberoff is slated to have a 2022-23 campaign for the Buccaneers as he can impact the game inside and out. The 6’9 forward is comfortable on the perimeter as he has a nice release on his jumper and can get to the rim off the dribble. Luberoff can finish through contact around the basket and plays with good footwork down low. He is a strong rebounder and is a good shot-blocker with his combination of size and timing. Luberoff’s ability to stretch the floor and defend in the post is something that will help his game in a big way this season.
Ian Imegwu Ian Imegwu 6'8" | PF Blair Academy | 2023 State NJ , 6’8 PF Blair Academy
Imegwu is an interesting prospect to watch in the Garden State with his ability to play on the perimeter. The 6’8 lefty has a smooth release on his jumper and shoots the ball with confidence from distance. Imegwu can also get position down low and finish nicely around the basket. He holds his ground on the defensive end and fights for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Imegwu is a stretch-four prospect whose ability to knock down jumpers from behind the arc will help his game in a big way.
Other Prospects to Know:
Symeon Efstathiou Symeon Efstathiou 6'9" | PF Hun | 2023 State NJ , 6’9 PF Hun
Tyler Koenig Tyler Koenig 6'9" | PF Pioneer Academy | 2023 State NJ , 6’9 PF DePaul Catholic
Darrius Phillips Darrius Phillips 6'7" | PF Seton Hall Prep | 2023 State NJ , 6’7 PF Seton Hall Prep
Jordan Summers Jordan Summers 6'7" | PF Bound Brook | 2023 State NJ , 6’7 PF Bound Brook
Stesher Mathelier Stesher Mathelier 6'7" | PF Notre Dame | 2024 NY , 6’7 PF Notre Dame