ESPN's basketball recruiting section has updated its Top 100 rankings for the Class of 2012, and a handful of New Englanders are making moves in the latest list.
The complete rankings can be found here.
St. Mark's Nik Stauskas (85), Tilton's Georges Niang (83), King Philip's Jake Layman (54) and Wilbraham & Monson's Kris Dunn (30) all made significant jumps into the rankings, while Brewster Academy's T.J. Warren (24) and Notre Dame Prep's Ricardo Ledo (23) stayed the course. St. Mark's prized 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski remains in the Top 10 at No. 7, while Brewster Academy's Mitch McGary has jumped up all the way to No. 3.
The biggest move may be at the top, however, as Las Vegas native Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman (Nev.) has supplanted Connecticut's own Andre Drummond as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2012. It wasn't too long ago that the 6-foot-11 Drummond -- who is transferring to Wilbraham & Monson this fall -- was thought to have a tight grip on the No. 1 spot.
Senior analyst Dave Telep explains the move:
It should be noted that former No. 1, and current No. 2, Andre Drummond (Middletown, Conn./St. Thomas More) didn't hand over the ranking to Muhammad. After a sluggish outing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Drummond refocused. His efforts in late July at the adidas Super 64 were tremendous. There's a school of thought, and it's one that we at ESPN also share, that Drummond is still the best pure prospect in this class. The 6-foot-10, 275-pounder moves with the athleticism, power and grace of a potential star in college and beyond. This race for No. 1 experienced a change heading into the season and by no means is the marathon over; Muhammad sprinted out to a lead but there's a long season ahead.
Telep also named Ledo the class's shooting guard "with as much natural talent as any", Layman one of the fastest risers, and suggest Dunn's best days are still yet ahead of him:
The point guard with the most upside is Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./Wilbraham & Monson), who found his groove during the latter stages of July. His athleticism, size, and ability to guard and get to the rim trump everyone on the list. If he can improve on the mental aspects of his position, the top spot could be his.
ESPN's Paul Biancardi put out a list of superlatives, and several New England stars make the list:
Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy)
0 It is difficult to find players who bring all-out effort and energy on a consistent basis, but McGary does it better than anyone. Not only does he bring energy to his own game, he gives it to his teammates. His motor never stops as he constantly works the backboard, runs the floor and dives on the floor for loose balls. His enthusiasm even carries over when he's on the bench as he cheers on his teammates and remains vocal. McGary has talent and physical tools, but his motor makes him special and will make him money one day.
Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's)
The true 7-footer has all the physical tools for the center position and listens to the message, not the tone of his coaches. Tarczewski is receptive to constructive criticism, which allows him to apply the concepts to his game. He has shown great improvement each season and there may not be another big man who has improved more over the last two years. One of the quickest ways to reach your potential is to be completely teachable in your approach. As a result, the big fella is going to have a very good basketball career at the next level.