The 16th annual National Prep Championship took place again this year, this time at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and brought together 16 of the top post graduate programs in the country to name an outright national champion. Hundreds of…
The 16th annual National Prep Championship took place again this year, this time at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and brought together 16 of the top post graduate programs in the country to name an outright national champion. Hundreds of college coaches attended the event which has always been one of the best tournaments to recruit at, and this year was no different.
Putnam Science Academy (CT) came away as the national champs in thrilling fashion, winning their third straight championship and 4 of the last 5.
Here’s a look at part four of some of the standouts from the many New England programs in attendance.
If you’re looking to replay any of the games, they are available for playback on the CBG Live Network.
Taylor Bowen Taylor Bowen 6'9" | SF Brewster Academy | 2023 State #32 Nation NLG | 6’9” PF | Brewster ’23
Brewster came in as one of the most talented teams in the event and lost a tough one to rival Putnam Science in the quarterfinals, but their stars shined and Bowen was one of the most impressive ones. The 6’9” forward who’s committed to Florida State showed his versatility as he handled the ball in transition, showed his athletic finishing ability above the rim with multiple highlight reel slams and he showed his ability to make plays for himself and others with the ball in his hands. His not only versatile offensively but he is defensively too, as he showed his ability to switch onto pretty much any position and was good in help side as a rim protector too.
JP Estrella JP Estrella 6'11" | C Brewster Academy | 2023 State #45 Nation NLG | 6’10” C | Brewster ’23
The Tennessee commit is another versatile big man for Brewster, as he’s a classic stretch and pick-and-pop big who opens the lane and can impact the game in a number of ways. He’s an excellent screener who makes good contact and can roll or pop, he’s a knock down shooter from deep when he’s set and he has good touch in the paint and at the high post too. He showed good playmaking ability as a passer and was a good rebounder too.
Aaron Clark Aaron Clark 6'6" | SG Brewster Academy | 2023 State #135 Nation NLG | 6’4” CG | Brewster ’23
The Wake Forest commit played extremely well in his role off the bench for Brewster, as he showed the ability to play both guard positions and make plays on both ends of the floor. The lefty showed good wiggle off the bounce and made good decisions when he got in the lane, he worked well off the ball to get open and shot it well on the move and he showed good tools defensively with good instincts and length. He’s improved a lot over the past few years and could be a guy who competes for immediate time for the Demon Deacons.
Jeremiah Jenkins Jeremiah Jenkins 6'0" | PG Brewster Academy (NH) | 2024 State #177 Nation NLG | 5’11” PG | Brewster ’24
Jenkins has been the floor general for Brewster all year, and he was excellent for them handling pressure, controlling the tempo and getting them into their sets. He is quick and shifty off the bounce making him hard to pressure with his breakdown ability, he is excellent in the pick-and-roll as a threat to make plays for others and knock down shots coming off the screen and he’s a blur in transition who makes the easy read and gets his teammates shots. He’s a good on ball defender who can guard 94 feet and he’s a calming presence who makes winning plays.
Jordan Clayton Jordan Clayton 6'2" | CG Bradford Christian Academy | 2023 State NLG | 6’2” PG | Bradford Christian ’23
Bradford Christian made an impressive run to the semifinals of the tournament before falling to eventual champ Putnam Science, and Clayton was the leader and gas that made them go throughout their three games. The Northwestern commit has that “it” factor as a lead guard as he’s tough as nails and competes on both ends of the floor, he pushes the ball in transition and gets to the rim where he’s a good finisher and he can create shots for himself and others off the bounce. His ability to get in the paint and also create space on the perimeter makes him very tough to guard in isolation situations.
Isaac Bonilla Isaac Bonilla 6'0" | SG Bradford Christian | 2023 State NLG | 6’1” CG | Bradford Christian ’23
Maine looks like they got a good one in Bonilla, who has shown he’s one of the best shooters in New England and it was no different this weekend. He has a great motor and is always moving on the offensive end to get open, he can set his feet quickly on the move allowing him to get to spots on a dead sprint and get on balance to make shots and he has great range and doesn’t need a lot of space to get his shot off. He competes on both ends of the floor and he can change the game with his shot making ability.
Umari Seney Umari Seney 6'2" | PG Bradford Christian | 2024 State NLG | 6’2” PG | Bradford Christian ’24
Seney is one of those guards that can be tough to evaluate because he doesn’t really have one thing that stands out in his game, but he’s constantly making plays in some way, shape or form. The 6’2” lefty plays with a lot of energy on both ends as he’s constantly putting pressure on the other team whether it’s guarding or pushing the ball in transition, he is a good shot maker from deep and in the midrange area and he’s able to make plays for others off the bounce too. His unorthodox style makes him that much more difficult to guard and he always seems to be around the basketball and in the right place at the right time.
George Turkson George Turkson 6'6" | PF Bradford Christian | 2024 State #34 Nation NLG | 6’8” C | Bradford Christian ’24
Bradford is a run and gun type of team that takes a lot of threes and pressures the basketball a lot, and a team like that needs a player like Turkson is who is an athletic and versatile big man that can play at that tempo. He showed the ability to run the floor with his guards and get easy baskets in transition, he hit the glass on both ends of the floor, he showed he can stretch the floor and is improving as a shooter and he finished well around the rim too. He really shines defensively with his ability to switch onto guards and wings and also protect the rim at the same time.