The upcoming basketball season is full of intrigue with teams around the state looking to take home state titles. The junior class is full of potential that could have a big 2022-23 season, especially in the front court. Here are…
The upcoming basketball season is full of intrigue with teams around the state looking to take home state titles. The junior class is full of potential that could have a big 2022-23 season, especially in the front court. Here are the 2024 forward prospects who could shoot up the rankings.
, 6’6 SF/PF Marlboro
Haugh had a strong summer with the Jersey Force , and it should transfer over into the winter. The 6’6 forward plays with a motor that doesn’t stop on either end of the floor and runs the floor hard. Haugh has a nice touch around the basket and is capable of finishing through contact. He moves his feet well on the defensive end and rises up for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Haugh is a physical forward prospect who is in store for a breakout junior campaign for Marlboro.
, 6’8 PF St. Rose
Hodge is a 2024 prospect to watch as he impacts the game around the rim at both ends. The 6’8 forward has a good face-up game as he can put the ball on the floor and elevate for a big-time jam above the rim. Hodge can also step outside the arc and knock down open shots from deep. He swats almost everything around the basket and is tough to box out at both ends of the floor. Hodge is a skilled forward prospect who will be a force to be reckoned with in the Shore Conference this season.
, 6’6 PF Don Bosco Prep
Mensah steps into an Ironmen lineup that is looking to take home the Non-Public A title. The 6’6 forward has a nice touch around the basket and knows how to get position down low. Mensah runs the floor hard and is not afraid of drawing fouls in the paint. He uses his length to influence shots around the basket and is a strong rebounder. Mensah will get touches on the offensive end this season, which should help his stock in a big way this season.
, 6’7 SF Rutgers Prep
Kelly is an intriguing prospect as he impacts the game in a variety of ways. The 6’7 forward has a good handle, which he uses to get into the lane and finish with authority around the basket. Kelly is more than just a slasher as he has a nice release on his jumper and makes opponents pay for giving him space on the perimeter. He is a solid rebounder and has the length to defend multiple positions on the floor. Kelly picked up an offer from NJIT in the fall and should see his recruitment rise with his play this winter for Rutgers Prep.
, 6’6 PF Westfield
Sheehan will be the go-to guy for the Blue Devils in the paint this season and he should make an impact in the UCC. The 6’6 forward has a good touch around the basket and knows how to get position down low. Sheehan runs the floor hard to set himself up for easy layups in transition and can knock down jumpers in the mid-range. He fights for rebounds on both ends of the floor and plays good footwork down low. Sheehan is a tough forward prospect whose ability to finish around the basket will be key to Westfield’s success this season.