Tilton, WMA stars shine at City of Palms Classic

ESPN's basketball recruiting analysts wrap up this week's City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., where several local players stood out among the 24-team tournament.

It was an all-Texas final between Grace Prep or Arlington and Prestonwood Christian of Plano, but several standout players on Tilton (N.H.)'s loaded squad, as well as Wilbraham & Monson Academy, made a splash.

From John Stovall's tournament recap:


Jaylen Brantley (Springfield, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson)

2013, PG, 5-10, 150 pounds

There's something about him; he's got the "it" factor. For his team, he's got to do more scoring than you'd like but when it comes time to make a play he answers the call. Brantley hit a floater with two seconds left against the German team for the win.

Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton School)

2013, C, 6-10, 215 pounds

Noel is the most dynamic defensive presence in the 2013 class; he literally takes away the rim. He has improved offensively and is a much better ballhandler and passer, making him unquestionably one of the top-five talents in America.


Wayne Selden (Boston/Tilton School)

2014, SG, 6-5, 225 pounds

Selden is a big, strong and athletic power shooting guard. With his strength and skill, he is able to practically get any shot he wants. He is another stud in the fantastic Class of 2014.

ESPNHS' Jason Jordan has his All-Tournament Team:


Wayne Selden, Tilton (Tilton, N.H.), 2014, SG

Selden was dynamic for the Rams all week, coming up with the big plays Tilton needed to win the City of Palms Signature Series. Selden averaged 20 points, six rebounds a five assists.

Nerlens Noel, Tilton (Tilton, N.H.), C, 2013

Noel dominated both ends of the court, blocking, changing and deflecting shots on defense and scoring and finding teammates offensively. Noel was also a rebounding machine snatching 15 rebounds a game.


Georges Niang, Tilton, (Tilton, N.H.), PF, 2012

Niang was one of the most versatile players on the court every time he played, which made him virtually impossible to stop. Niang averaged 21 points a game.

Jaylen Brantley, Willbraham & Monson (Willbraham, Mass.), 2013, PG

Brantley was the most clutch player at the City of Palms, and even hit the game-winning shot that sent his team to the finals. He was crafty, got his teammates involved and picked his spots exceptionally well.