Friar Basketball

15 in 40: #5 An Eye on the NE High School Scene


Long gone are the days when one of the excuses why Providence did not have enough talent to compete on the national stage was that there was no talent in their own backyard. For the past several years, New England has become one of the major hotbeds of high school talent thanks in large part to the NEPSAC prep schools — and PC is located dead center in the middle of NEPSAC territory. This year is no exception, as there are once again several players that Providence is actively recruiting. Below are five things that PC fans should watch for in the New England prep ranks this season.

The Emergence of Paschal Chukwu: All of Friartown is going to be watching Fairfield Prep in Fairfield, CT very closely this year, as 7’2 Center Paschal Chukwu enters his senior year. Paschal has made tremendous progress during the course of the last year, and it will be interesting to watch how he continues to improve as a senior.

One thing to watch for is if Chukwu adds more weight to his 210-220 pound frame. He has said he wants to come into college weighing 240, which would be a huge benefit to him adjusting to college ball.

Another thing to watch will be how much he improves offensively. Chukwu is very limited offensively, but has shown signs of improvement. If he continues make strides with his offensive game he can have more of an impact at PC during his freshman year.

The Young Guns of RI: The class of 2017 is absolutely loaded in New England, and two of the very best are from Rhode Island. Tomas Murphy is a 6’7 forward who will be attending Prout High School this fall. He is the younger brother of Eric and Alex Murphy, and many have said he may wind up being the best of the three, as he is already playing at a higher level than his brothers were at this stage of their careers. Kimani Lawrence is a 6’6 swingman out of Providence who possesses athletic skills well beyond his years. He will be playing basketball this year at Cushing Academy. In a couple of years there very well may be two Rhode Islanders in the top 25 or 50 players in the country for the class of 2017.

Brewster Academy: Year after year Jason Smith has one of the top prep school programs in the country, and this year is no exception. This season he has two top players who happen to be two of PC’s prime recruits in the class of 2015. Donovan Mitchell is a 6’3 SG who may be PC’s number one target in the 2015 class. He has extraordinary athletic ability, can handle the ball, with improving jump shot, but his biggest strength right now is driving to the basket in transition, where he is just about unstoppable. Jarred Reuter is a 6’8 PF/C who is a bruising type of interior player that PC really needs. A very good passer for a big man, Jarred has a real nose for the ball and is an absolute beast underneath, possessing some great interior moves. He also has a high basketball IQ, and has the heart of a warrior.

Monitoring Jalen Adams: Jalen is another prime target for the Friars in the 2015 class, and may be PC’s top point guard prospect for the class. PC has been recruiting Adams for quite some time, and has built up a very strong relationship. Still growing, Adams is now a legitimate 6’2 and will wind up being one of the top point guards in the country for the class of 2015. This year Jalen will be playing at Cushing Academy alongside Lawrence.

Around the NEPSAC: There will be plenty of other targets in the New England prep schools who PC fans should keep an eye on. Some of the key names for Friar fans to watch for in the classes of 2015 and 2016 are:

Aaron Falzon, a 6’8 PF from Northfield Mount Hermon – class of 2015
Josh Sharma, a 6’11 Center from Northfield Mount Hermon – class of 2015
Jeremy Miller, a 6’9 PF from New Hampton Prep – class of 2015
Moses Toriola, a 6’10 C from Kimball Union Academy  -class of 2015
Curtis Cobb, a 6’4 SG from Wilbraham & Monson – class of 2015
Donovan Love, a 6’1 PG from New Hampton Prep – class of 2016
Terrell Brown, a 6’8 PF/C from St. Andrew’s – class of 2016
Saul Phiri, a 6’3 SG from Worcester Academy – class of 2016
Bruce Brown, a 6’3 SG from Vermont Academy – class of 2016
Sedee Keita, a 6’8 PF from Vermont Academy – class of 2016
Christian Vitale, a 6’2 PG from Vermont Academy  – class of 2016
Mustapha Heron, a 6’4 SG/SF from Wilbraham & Monson – class of 2016

Local PC fans will be able to catch most of these players once again at the New England Prep School Invitational at Rhode Island College January 30th through February 2nd.

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