With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Pennsylvania.
We’ve broken down the state’s top 20 players into four teams based on their talent, and included a whole lot of others who just missed the cut. Keep in mind, these preseason selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.
For a list of the top senior basketball recruits in Pennsylvania, click here.
G: Ryan Arcidiacono, Neshaminy, 6-3/185, Senior
This Villanova pledge is the nation's No. 34 recruit in the ESPNU 100.
G: Rysheed Jordan, Vaux Roberts, 6-3/180, Junior
He averaged 16.3 points per game for the Cougars last season.
F: Savon Goodman, Constitution, 6-6/190, Senior
This multi-faceted scorer is the nation's No. 67 recruit in the ESPNU 100.
F: Amile Jefferson, Friends Central, 6-9/200, Senior
He is the state's top player — No. 24 in the ESPNU 100.
C: Daniel Ochefu, Westtown School, 6-9/225, Senior
This Villanova recruit lived in Nigeria for three years.
G: Daiquan Walker, Constitution, 6-1/170, Senior
This flashy PG averaged 17.7 ppg last season.
G: Maurice Watson, Boys Latin, 5-9/150, Senior
This diminutive point guard has pledged to Boston University.
F: Donovon Jack, Reading Central Catholic, 6-9/200, Senior
This Duquesne recruit averaged 16.2 ppg and 9.8 rpg last season.
F: Rondae Jefferson, Chester, 6-6/210, Junior
This flashy junior earned a tryout with the U16 National Team.
F: Devin Thomas, Central Dauphin, 6-7/225, Senior
He scored in double figures in all but one of the team's 27 games last winter.
G: Tyler Scott, Gateway, 6-5/190, Senior
He is one of the WPIAL's most consistent scorers.
G: Steve Vasturia, St. Joseph’s Prep, 6-5/185, Senior
He committed to Notre Dame in October.
F: John Davis, Neumann-Goretti, 6-4/185, Junior
He averaged 13.4 ppg last winter and will step into a leadership role this year.
F: Sheldon Jeter, Beaver Falls, 6-6/185, Senior
He returned from a broken hand to lead Beaver Falls to the state semis.
C: Devontae Watson, Lincoln Park, 6-10/205, Senior
This Temple pledge averaged 16 points, 18 boards and 10 blocks per game.
G: Micah Mason, Highlands, 6-1/170, Senior
He dropped 64 points in one game last season.
G: Ja’Quan Newton, Neumann-Goretti, 6-3/170, Sophomore
He led the Saints with 17 points in the PIAA Class AAA state title game.
F: Barnett Harris, Gateway, 6-10/195, Senior
This forward has the size and post moves to play high-level D-I hoops.
F: Terry Turner, Scranton, 6-6/200, Senior
This star forward averaged 16.8 ppg last year despite blindness in left eye.
F: Mike Zangari, Red Land, 6-9/215, Senior
This big man has nearly unlimited range.
Other Top Players
Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Allentown C.C., G, Sophomore
Brandon Austin, Imhotep Charter, F, Junior
Isaiah Baker, Shipley School, F, Senior
Hans Brase, Hill School, F, Senior
Nolan Cressler, Plum, G, Senior
Anthony Dallier, North Allegheny, F, Senior
Karonn Davis, Friends’ Central, G, Junior
Lincoln Davis, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, G, Senior
Quentin Davis, Math and Science, F, Senior
Eric Fanning, Perkiomen, F, Senior
Malik Garner, Chestnut Hill, F, Senior
Shep Garner, Roman Catholic, G, Sophomore
David George, Philadelphia Electric Charter, F, Senior
Marcus Gilbert, New Church, F, Senior
Arron Goodman, Council Rock North, F, Senior
Steven Griffin, Father Judge, G, Junior
Ryan Gumbita, Mt. Pleasant, G, Sophomore
Rich Hoskins, Comm. Tech, G, Senior
Brendan Kilpatrick, Malvern Prep, F, Senior
Kyle Kiehart, Lakeland, G, Junior
Jerry Kincel, Riverside, G, Senior
Tyler Kohl, Perkiomen, G, Sophomore
Marquis Marshall, Reading Central Catholic, F, Senior
Montana Mayfield, Roman Catholic, G, Senior
Ryan McClain, Mt. Union, G, Senior
P.J. McLaughlin, Greensburgh Central Catholic, F, Senior
Aaron Morgan, Council Rock North, G, Senior
Jamal Nwaniemeka, Conwell-Egan, F, Senior
Miles Overton, St. Joseph’s Prep, G, Junior
Jerry Price, Penn Wood, G, Junior
Jimmy Price, North Penn, F, Senior
Jesse Reed, Kiski School, F, Senior
Jordan Reed, Wissahickon, F, Senior
Kamall Richards, Pocono Mountain, F, Junior
Billy Shank, Neumann-Goretti, G, Senior
Derrick Stewart, Neumann-Goretti, F, Senior
Matt Stewart, Norwin, G, Junior
Logan Stumpf, Cedar Cliff, G, Senior
Carlos Taylor, Boys’ Latin, F, Senior
Shafeek Taylor, Roman Catholic, F, Junior
Geno Thorpe, Shaler, G, Junior
Damien Williams, Phelps, F, Senior
Gene Williams, St. Joseph’s Prep, G, Senior
Devin Wilson, Montour, G, Junior
Jeremiah Worthem, Math and Science, G, Junior
Erikk Wright, Chester, G, Senior
Tao Xu, Haverford School, C, Senior
Yilrep Yiljep, Westtown School, F, Junior
Michael Young, Shady Side, F, Junior