By: Nick Penkala
1. Jalen Adams- Roxbury Mass- Cushing Academy
Jalen Adams is ranked as the top player in Massachusetts by ESPN.com, and is now the top ranked player on Boston Madness. Adams hails from Roxbury, he plays his high school ball at Cushing Academy . He stands 6'2" and has verbally committed to play for the defending national champion UConn Huskies, after he finishes his last year at Cushing. Adams is going to bring outstanding passing ability along with some bounce to the Huskies frontcourt in 2016. Until then he will be focused on bringing Cushing their 3rd straight NEPSAC Class AA title.
2. Josh Sharma- Lexington Mass- Northfield Mt Hermon
Josh Sharma is an athletic 7 footer who could be special at the next level. Sharma plays his high school basketball at Northfield Mt Hermon. Unlike Adams, Sharma still is deciding where he should attend college. To me the front-runners are going to be Wisconsin, Boston College, UConn, and Stanford. Any of these schools will be lucky to land such a dominant big man down low.
3. Terance Mann- Lowell Mass- Tilton School
I got mixed reviews when looking up where Terance Mann was from. I ended up listening to ESPN who, said he is from Lowell which, makes him eligible for this list. Mann is a 6'5" shooting guard who still has not made his college choice. Front-runners include Boston College, Rhode Island, and Georgetown. Mann has a very quick first step; this will make him a problem for defends at the next level.
4. Aaron Falzon- Newton Mass- Northfield Mt Hermon
Aaron Falzon has been creating buzz around the country for quite some time now and finally got recognized this fall. ESPN rewarded Falzon, naming him the number 97th best player in the country for the class of 2015. He has scholarship offers from schools like Notre Dame, Marquette, and Georgia, but the front-runner seems to be hometown school Boston College. Falzon will be a forward at the next level standing 6'7", but he can flat out shoot a three. Whatever team signs him better set up some plays where he is on the perimeter.
5. Jeremy Miller- Milton Mass- New Hampton
Former Boston College verbal commit Jeremy Miller has sky-high potential. This 6'9" product out of Milton, Massachusetts plays his high school ball at New Hampton. After a coaching change at BC, Miller reopened his recruitment. The front-runners are currently Xavier, Florida, and still BC. Miller has the potential to be a lethal big man at the next level. His powerful moves to the hoop are easily the best on this list and maybe some of the best in the country.
6. Luis Montero- Wilbraham Mass- Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Like Miller Montero's potential is sky high. This power forward stands at 6'7" and is improving everyday. Montero is being actively recruited by a number of division one schools, front-runners include South Florida, and Maryland. I think that one more year playing high level prep school ball will be beneficial for Montero's growth as a player.
7. Chris Baldwin- Springfield, Mass- Springfield Central
Our first and only non-prep player Chris Baldwin plays his high school basketball at Springfield Central high school. Baldwin is another power forward standing at 6'7". Even with not playing at the highest level offered, Baldwin is still generating some buzz among division one teams. Baldwin has an offer from UMass, with Boston College and UConn also interested in the big mans services.
8. Curtis Cobb- Fall River Mass- Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Shooting guard Curtis Cobb could be the dark horse of this group. Cobb has played for the Mass Rivals under legendary AAU coach Vin Pastore last year, which really boosted his stock. Cobb likes to slash in the lane and hits those tough fall away jumpers. As for schools Cobb has offers from Uconn and Temple.
9. Djery Baptiste- Wilbraham Mass- Episcopal (Dallas TX)
All signs are pointing towards Djery Baptiste moving to Dallas, but he still made our list because he was born in Wilbraham Massachusetts. That being said Baptiste is a monster standing at 7 feet ball and he dunks everything. At the next level he will be an animal on the glass and a problem blocking shots. Front-runners for Baptiste seem to be UConn, Vanderbilt, and SMU.
10. Jesse Bunting- Marion Mass- Tabor Academy
Rounding out the list is 6'8" power forward Jesse Bunting. Bunting is a big man who likes to run the floor and find open space to slip through the cracks in the defense. At the next level I predict he will struggle a little bit adapting to the physical play but will adjust and be fine later in his career. As far as schools go, Holy Cross has offered and Maryland is showing interest.