James “Beetle” Bolden
Covington (Ky.) Holmes
Averaged 18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.6 steals per game last season. … Was named first-team all-state, one of three sophomore over the last 25 years to be so honored in Kentucky. … “He scores at every level,” Holmes coach Jason Booher said. “He’ll hit pull-up 15-footers, he can take you all the way to the hole, of course he can pull up off a move for a three-pointer. So he’s got the three-point, the mid-range and go ahead and attack to the rim. He’s one of, if not the best ball handlers I’ve ever been around as well. He can handle it big-time — and he’s a great defender as well.” … Has offers from West Virginia, Purdue, Butler, Xavier and Ohio U.
Godwin Boahen and Nelson Kaputo
St. Michael’s College School
5-9 Jr./6-1 Jr.
These two from the Toronto school are most commonly spoken of as one, i.e., “The dynamic junior backcourt.” … “I think you’ll be really impressed with their quickness and their scoring ability,” St. Michael’s coach Jeff Zowner said. … “Godwin is about 5-foot-9 but just a true warrior. In terms of somebody at the Division I level taking a chance on him, he’s got that potential. Obviously the size is a limitation but when you see him play you’ll be very impressed.” … “Nelson is a scoring guard who can light it up, he can shoot the three, very, very quick. I think he’ll be a Division I player down the road.” … Kaputo was named MVP of the All Ontario Catholic Classic … Boahen was a Tournament All-Star at the Humber Classic.
Christ The King
Among those recruiting the big man are St. John’s, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, Purdue, SMU, Fordham and Hofstra. … Averaged eight points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. … Breakout performance in postseason helped the Royals to last season’s State Federation championship. … Included was 14-point, 15-rebound outing in CHSAA Class AA intersectional final Brooklyn’s Bishop Loughlin. … “Adonis is ready to take the step as that championship guy, that senior that wants to lead and win,” CTK coach Joe Arbitello said.
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Now one of the nation’s top-ranked sophomores, Alkins introduced himself in earnest as freshman to spectators during the State Federation tournament. … One of those games resulted in 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in final against Long Island Lutheran. … Has attracted interest from Kentucky, Cincinnati, Villanova, Hofstra and Fordham. … “Rawle is a really good basketball player, but he’s playing his role, which is better than anything else,” coach Joe Arbitello said. “A lot of guys ranked (high) in the country act a different way than he does. He’s about the team and wanting to win.”
Started on last season’s team that reached the NYSPHSAA Class AA championship game in Glens Falls. … Early this season had 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals against North Rockland. … Named to Section 1 All-Tournament team last winter upon completion of 14-point game in the final against Mount Vernon.
Long Island Lutheran
Was reserve center last season at Montverde Academy in Florida. … Has demonstrated dominant strength and a knack for finishing around the rim. … Runs the floor fluidly and a major defensive presence. … Turned in 13-point, 14-rebound effort in season-opening win over Chaminade. … Native of Berlin, Germany. … Among those collegiate programs that have expressed interest are Colorado, Texas Tech and Oregon State.
Math, Civics & Science (Phila.)
One scouting service described Wakins as “long, raw and really athletic. … consistently getting better every time he steps on the court. … very skilled shot blocker and good rebounder. … Looks great running the floor and has decent hands.” … Has made an oral commitment to Penn State University. … Transferred from John Bartram High in Philadelphia. … Miami, Temple, St. Joe’s, Villanova and Drexel were reportedly interested before Watkins committed to Penn State in June.
Shooting guard has committed to attend Binghamton University. … Opened season with back-to-back 32-point games against Henninger and West Genesee with a combined nine 3-pointers in those games. … Also had 27-point, 10-rebound game against Nottingham, with five 3-pointers. … Averaged 20.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season, and shot 47 percent from the floor (44 percent on 3-pointers). He also made 90 percent of his free throws.