Boston High School: Kareem Canty

Local bigs highlight new ESPNU 2012 rankings

May, 25, 2011
ESPN's basketball recruiting analysts have unveiled the first ESPNU 100 rankings for the Class of 2012, and to nobody's surprise much-hyped big man Andre Drummond of St. Thomas More (Conn.) maintains a vice grip on the No. 1 spot.

New England prep school talent is littered throughout the list, including Brewster Academy's Mitch McGary (4), St. Mark's Kaleb Tarczewski (9) and Nik Stauskas (100), Notre Dame Prep's Ricardo Ledo (13), South Kent's Anrio Adams, Hotchkiss' Mike Tobey, and Bridgton Academy's Kareem Canty. But what sticks out the most in this list is the number of quality big men, including Drummond, Tarczewski and McGary.

Dave Telep has previously opined that Drummond -- already profiled several times in Sports Illustrated, and tabbed by some as a once-a-generation talent -- can separate himself widely from the rest of the pack when he chooses to. Now, he writes, it's time to turn it up a gear:

ESPN analyst John Stovall summed it up best in a recent meeting when he said Drummond and [Isaiah] Austin clearly have the biggest ceilings as prospects. However, both can no longer live on potential and it's time they begin producing to meet their level of expectations. These two bigs are NBA prospects and have physical attributes and talents no one else in the class possesses. The next step is proving it beyond a shadow of a doubt. They're built like pros, they look like pros and we don't need them to play likes pros -- though it's not too much to ask for consistent, impactful efforts.

ESPN's Paul Biancardi has similar thoughts:

Drummond is a physical specimen who has a college/NBA-ready body and has the complete package for a post player. He's a great athlete who scores by finishing a break at the rim, or with his skills in the high or low post. You notice his passing instincts whether he has his back to the basket or is facing the action. Drummond has the speed to outrun defenders, and the length and timing to block shots and rebound. Overall, he has an outstanding combination of size and skill level. He'll need to challenge himself on a daily basis to get better, but he has the potential to be a dominant college freshman.

Telep and Biancardi also make note of Brewster's McGary, who has seen his stock explode since transferring into the Wolfeboro, N.H. prep school from his native Indiana and re-classifying. Perhaps nobody's made a bigger leap so far, as Telep writes:

We've postulated for a long time that 2012 would be the year of the big man and our No. 4 prospect is far and away the fastest-rising player in America. Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy) reclassified to the 2012 class and enrolled at Brewster Academy, which has paid off. Armed with an attitude and a restructured body, the Indiana native made the biggest leap onto our list.

Biancardi similarly praises the big man's frenetic energy on the court:

McGary has always been a solid prospect, but the high-energy power forward has used the spring evaluation period to catapult up the rankings. He has become one of the better rebounders in the 2012 class and can stretch the defense with his ability knock down the face-up jumper out to the 3-point line.

Not to be forgotten either is the 7-foot Tarczewski, still a developing prospect but still an ever-intriguing post player drawing praise as a true five. Biancardi writes:

Because of his size and ability to dominate the paint, Tarczewski might be the top true center prospect in the 2012 class. Whereas most big guys want to show their guard skills, he understands his strengths and rarely deviates from them. Tarczewski has shown consistent improvement every year throughout his high school career and earned his top-10 ranking.

Telep discussed the new rankings in a live chat this afternoon, a transcript of which can be found here.

National Prep Showcase: Day 1 notes

November, 19, 2010
The ninth annual National Prep Showcase began on Friday at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. The event, which is considered to be one of the premier post-graduate showcases in the nation, featured seven games on day one with over 75 college coaches on hand to scout the prospects.

The day began with Northfield Mount Hermon scoring a 80-73 win over Fork Union Military Academy from Virginia behind a 23 point performance from Seton Hall signee Aaron Cosby. Notre Dame Prep followed suit to make Massachusetts 2-0 in the second game with a 75-66 win over Fishburne Military Academy. Khem Birch led the way for the Crusaders with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks while Myles Davis scored 19 points on four of six shooting from three-point line. New England suffered its first loss when Westwind Prep (Arizona) knocked off Bridgton Academy behind 30 points from John Green, who is committed to UC Santa Barbara.

The day’s most entertaining game was a shootout between Hargrave Military Academy and the South Kent School which saw Hargrave come away with a 115-105 victory. North Carolina bound shooting guard P.J. Hairston drilled six threes and 29 points for the winners while Ricardo Ledo scored a game high 30 for the Cardinals. Two local New England natives locked up next with St. Thomas More defeating Lee Academy 82-57. Damion Lee scored a game high 19 points for the Chancellors. The sixth game of the day saw Winchendon fall to Princeton Day Academy of Maryland by a 67-63 margin.

Top three Performers of the Day:
Ricardo Ledo, South Kent (CT)
Stat Line:
30 pts (11-26 FG, 3-13 3pt, 5-8 FT), 4 rebs (3 off), 2 assts/1 to
Evaluation: Ledo has incredible talent. At 6-foot-6 he has the size and explosiveness to eventually play the game at the highest level. He is tremendously talented with the ball in his hands and able to create his own shots at virtually anytime. Because the game comes so easily for him, he plays with almost an unintentional complacency which causes him to settle for contested jumpers instead of attacking his defender like he is capable of. As he continues to mature and become more efficient with his attack, the sky is the limit for his development.

Myles Davis, Notre Dame Prep (MA)
Stat Line:
19 pts (6-12 FG, 4-6 3pt, 3-3 FT), 4 reb (0 off), 4 asts/1 to
Evaluation: Davis is as pure of a shooter as you will find and he proved it by making the defense pay every time he was allowed to set his feet. He has historically played off the ball but did a very nice job of running the point today, handling the ball against pressure and making good decisions. Davis also showed a compact dribble pull-up game in the mid-range area and, although he isn’t an especially quick on the ball defender, rotated very efficiently from the weak-side.

Kareem Canty, Bridgton Academy (ME)
Stat Line:
23 pts (8-18 FG, 3-4 3pt, 4-4 FT), 5 reb (1 off), 4 asts/5 to
Evaluation: Canty is a scoring guard who is extremely shifty with the ball in his hands. While he is at his best going north to south he is also able to keep defenders on their heels in the half-court with constant use of inside-out dribbles. Canty’s Achilles heel has always been his perimeter jumper so the fact that he made shots consistently tonight made him virtually un-guardable. The only knock on his performance was some inconsistency in his decision making, both in terms of shot selection and over-pounding his dribble.