One person’s list of must-see high school basketball players can be a target to blast on Twitter for another.
It is understood a few suggestions are coming this way. There were disagreements about this list even before its publication.
So understand there is acknowledgement of the performance of Rush-Henrietta guard Reggie Robinson during the last season-and-a-half. The same goes for Honeoye Falls-Lima senior Tommy Eastman.
There have been big statistics produced by Edison’s Marique Simkin and Donte Crumpler, Churchville-Chili’s Malek Williams and Penfield’s De’Quan Smith. Performances by East High’s Zion Morrison and Christian Simmons of School of the Arts have not gone unnoticed, either. The same goes for Bishop Kearney’s Rian Carter and Webster Schroeder’s Brandon Gartland. It is known that Aquinas junior Jalen Pickett is a good player, too.
“I think Matthew Keenan (at Fairport) is playing at a different level, at times,” Victor coach and former All-Greater Rochester Co-Player of the Year Kevin Downey said. “He’s a scholarship basketball player.”
This list includes a scholarship player or two. There is a player in his first year of high school. There is a high-flier in this bunch and another player we’ve watched improve since he joined his team as an underclassmen.
This list may not include the area’s five top players, but they are worth jumping into your car to go see them play. Just one opinion. Let me know who would be on your list and why. We can have a blast on Twitter.
School: Bishop Kearney.
Position: Guard. Jersey number: 0.
Height/weight: 6-6/180 pounds.
Statistics: Averaging 19.0 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Coach speak: “The young man is 6-6 and can handle the ball like a point guard,” Bishop Kearney coach Kevin Goode.
From the notebook: Verbal commitment to Temple University of the Division I American Athletic Conference. … You kind of wonder what happens to the slender Rose, if a game turns physical. Goode said an ability to finish drives to the basket is proof of Rose’s increased strength through off-season weight training. … 2015 All-Greater Rochester first team selection, after averaging 15.4 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. … “He’s playing with a sense of urgency because this is his last year,” Goode said. … Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Stanford and George Washington also showed interest in the fourth-year varsity member.
School: Greece Arcadia.
Position: Forward. Jersey number: 3.
Height/weight: 6-2/180 pounds.
Statistics: Averaging 21.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and four assists.
Coach speak: “He’s been something. He could be a player (at the Division I level). When he dunks, he puts on a show. He’s freed up other kids, and is very unselfish. He shares the ball, he’s not afraid to make the extra pass. You have to see him play,” Arcadia coach Roger Klimek said.
From the notebook: Scored 39 points in a tight loss to Greece Athena. … Also has scored 31 in a game earlier this season, scored 30 or more three times last season as a junior at Leadership Academy in Rochester. … 2015 AGR team after he averaged 19 points and five assists for the Lions, who played in the Class B state semifinals. … Would have been Leadership’s lone returning starter this season. “If he were still with us, we would be competing for a state title,” Leadership coach Reggie Simmons said. “He handles the ball. He shoots. He rebounds. He’s very athletic. He’s come a long way, in terms of playing defense. A very impactful player. You know where he is on the floor at all times.” … Son of Chauncey Leslie, an AGR guard at Marshall High, who played at the University of Iowa.
School: Greece Athena.
Position: Forward. Jersey number: 2.
Height/weight: 6-6/230 pounds.
Statistics: Averaging 31.7 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
Coach speak; “I think he’s the best, he’s ready for college. One reason is his maturity right now, he doesn’t let things rattle him. He understands that going to college, you need a whole ‘nother work-level,” McQuaid Jesuit coach Jack Leasure said.
From the notebook: Verbal commitment to University of Vermont of the Division I America East Conference. …Shooting percentage from the field this season is at 64. …. Season-high 48 points in Athena’s season-opener and has topped 30 points in six games. … 2015 first-team all-state and AGR Player of the Year. … “We probably have the best rebounder in Section V,” Greece Athena coach Jim Johnson said. … Practice habits led to a transformation of his body and a more athletic game. … “No one else but me (on this year’s Athena team) has really played on varsity. I feel like we have to gain more experience in the coming weeks, so we can be ready for sectionals and states. That’s all we are really missing. We have enough talent, but we’re just not used to the pressure or playing teams with shooters like (Fairport).”
Position: Guard. Jersey number: 20.
Height/weight: 6-2/180 pounds.
Statistics:Averaging 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and four assists.
Coach speak: “He’s a competitor, and I think people see that. He’s not the quickest. He’s not 6-8 and jumping out of the gym, but he’s not going to back down from anyone. He’s strong physically and he’s strong mentally,” Fairport coach Scott Fitch said.
From the notebook: His poise was apparent during his freshman season on the Fairport varsity. … Helped Fairport reach Section V tournament finals each of the last two seasons. … Fairport’s leading scorer this season. … Named to the 2015 AGR team after he averaged 15.5 points, seven rebounds and four assists. … “He kind of plays the whole game, including making teammates better,” Fitch said. … Grandson of former Rochester Royals guard Al Masino, a Section V Basketball Hall of Fame player at East High and coach at Eastridge.
School: McQuaid Jesuit.
Position: Forward. Jersey number: 33.
Height/weight: 6-7/215 pounds.
Statistics: Averaging 13.9 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Coach speak: “When you watch him play you can see he has a ton of talent, a ton of ability. He’s a young player, but he makes good decisions, too (especially passing from the post),” McQuaid coach Jack Leasure.
From the notebook: Players and coaches were talking about Stewart, even after a couple of losses for McQuaid, earlier this season. … Leasure said he is trying to get the McQuaid team “to surrender the me, for the we,” so he won’t go overboard with praise for Stewart, but “you can tell right away he can be something special. You can tell he wants to get better.” … Made 55 percent of his shots from the field so far. .. His production is almost to certain to go up, as he settles in. Finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and four blocks against rival East High recently.