Boys basketball 2013-14: The state’s top 25 CIAC players

Hillhouse's Raiquan Cklark goes over Prep's Paschal Chukwu  (Melanie Stengel/Register)

Hillhouse’s Raiquan Cklark goes over Prep’s Paschal Chukwu (Melanie Stengel/Register)

A list of the state’s top 25 boys basketball players, CIAC schools only. List compiled by Joe Morelli.

Tyler Ancrum, 5-9, Bridgeport Central, Sr., G

All about Tyler: On the FCIAC’s best team, Ancrum will be an integral part of the Hilltoppers’ Class LL title chances.

Arkel Ager, 6-5, St. Joseph, Jr., G/F

All about Arkel: May end up being the go-to guy for the Cadets now that Quincy McKnight has departed.

Kahari Beaufort, 6-4, East Hartford, Sr., G

All about Kahari: The best player in the Central Connecticut Conference? Maybe.

Shane Christie, 6-2, Hillhouse, Sr., G

All about Shane: Must shoulder more of the offensive responsibility now that Andre Anderson and Bobby Bynum have departed.

Paschal Chukwu, 7-1, Fairfield Prep, Sr., C

All about Paschal: Providence-bound Chukwu blocks everything in his path. The key to the Jesuits’ SCC and Class LL championship hopes.

Raiquan Clark, 6-4, Hillhouse, Sr., G/F

All about Raiquan: Became an offensive force during Hillhouse’s postseason run to conference and state titles last season. The sky is the limit for Clark.

E.J. Crawford, 6-0, Simsbury, Jr., G

All about E.J.: The Trojans emerged in the CCC in large part due to Crawford. Now, can he lead them to some postseason success?

Steve Enoch, 6-8, Norwalk, Jr., C

All about Steve: Should be interesting when Enoch goes up against Greenwich’s Alex Wolf in the pivot on Jan. 21.

Tremaine Fraser, 6-2, Trinity Catholic, Sr., G

All about Tremaine: One of the holdovers from last year’s Class L state finalist.

Andre Frederick, 6-8, Hand, Sr., C

All about Andre: Transfer from Detroit has already signed with Robert Morris.

Josh Fleming, 6-1, Wilbur Cross, Sr., G:

All about Josh: Sharpshooter one-half of the dynamic offensive duo with Chan Williams-Bey for the Governors.

Ian Gardner, 6-1, Kolbe Cathedral, Sr., G

All about Ian: The Cougars’ top player can score in a variety of different ways. Almost impossible for SWC opponents to stop.

Levy Gillespie Jr., 6-3, Capital Prep, Sr., G

All about Levi: Must shoulder more of the offensive load now that Khalil Dukes has moved on to Southern Cal.

Roy Kane, 6-5, Norwalk, Jr., F

All about Roy: Certainly one of the top scorers in Fairfield County this season.

Chris Lowry, 6-1, Woodstock Academy, Sr., G

All about Chris: Hoping to lead Woodstock Academy to back-to-back Class L state titles.

Obi Mamoh, 6-8, Farmington, Sr., F

All about Obi: Register All-State Third Team selection. Mamoh can make an argument that he is the top returnee in the CCC this season.

Winston Morgan, 6-0, East Catholic, Sr., G

All about Winston: Key member of a veteran group returning for East Catholic.

Ryan Murphy, 6-1, Fairfield Prep, So., G

All about Ryan: Part of the state’s best returning backcourt for the Register’s No. 1 preseason team.

Tom Nolan, 6-1, Fairfield Prep, Sr., G

All about Tom: Confident ballhandler, shooter and leader for the Jesuits.

Elijah Pemberton, 6-2, Xavier, Jr., G

All about Elijah: Can he be mentioned yet in the same sentence as the late, great former Xavier point guard Chauncey Hardy?

Tyshon Rogers, 6-5, Crosby, Sr., G-F

All about Tyshon: The best returning player in the Naugatuck Valley League by leaps and bounds.

Roosevelt Shider, 5-8, Wilcox Tech, Sr., G

All about Roosevelt: Good things come in small packages when it comes to Shider.

Issac Vann, 6-5, Bunnell, Sr., G/F

All about Issac: Helped Bunnell to its best season in program history a year ago. Can he carry the Bulldogs to further heights this season?

Chan Williams-Bey, 6-5, Wilbur Cross, Sr., F

All about Chan: Silky-smooth player on the perimeter and in the lane. Tough to stop one-on-one.

Alex Wolf, 6-9, Greenwich, Sr., C

All about Alex: Hopes to take the Cardinals to the upper echelon in the FCIAC this season.

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Comments

  1. Doug Scott says

    Joe,

    We still don’t understand why you ignore the prep schoolers. Sean Obi, #2 rated prospect in the state last year and was just named Conference USA Player of the Week as a freshman, but couldn’t make your list last year. Matt Tate gets offers from 36 colleges, but can’t make your list this year???

    Your list says “top players in the state”, so why is the content something other than that?

  2. PK says

    Should be titled Top 25 in the CIAC. That’s what Henry did for the girls. Most prep school kids aren’t even from CT, so understand why they aren’t featured.

  3. ACL says

    Sleeper player from Hillhouse, Isiah Lewis Jr, G. Lock down defender off the bench who can shoot. Needs to work on his handle but can get to the rim from the wing.

  4. RRaider says

    Mustafa Heron from West Haven who was playing for a prep school in Massachusetts just transferred to Sacred Heart….if you haven’t already, wait until you see this kid!

  5. Mark says

    Joe,

    Keep your eye out for Foran’s 6’7″ Sr. C/F – Bob Notholt. He has improved his game in the offseason and looks real solid.

  6. Jr says

    Good list. Ej is 6’5″ though. Lol. Mustafa would be #1. On that list but you cannot put him there. He might not have even registered at school yet.

    I don’t agree with the other comments of players that should be on the list. 36 offers? D3 maybe.

    A few kids to look at: Matt turner (Trumbull sophomore and better than keandre) Malik Petteway (sacred heart junior), Devin marsh (6’7 guard, junior east hartford)

    • Ballin say says

      Charles fisher is a good point guard at S Heart in Waterbury . I seen him several times this summer. Now he won’t get his shine bec a kid cant survive at a prep school. Why come back to play class S. Be fair to those kids coach.

      • RRaider says

        What point guard in there right mind wouldn’t want a kid like Heron to dish the ball to?
        Fishers game should only improve with his arrival. And what do you want the coach to do? Not play him? lol

      • TeamH says

        FYI! Mustapha played AAU basketball with most of the kids at the Heart in the past. His father, Bryan Heron/ college basketball hall of famer, has trained all the starters, including Fisher, on that team for months prior to the season and prior Mustapha thinking about transferring. Mustapha commented on another site why he left Wilberham & Munson “The enviorment became very toxic and I want to go somewhere where I can develop into a better basketball player”. He is not there to steal anyone’s “shine”. He is there to work on his game. If anything, his status will bring top college recruiting to the school who might not have visited the school otherwise. This will also help SH with recruiting good talent in the future. I think this is a win win for everyone and hopefully it with bring a Championship to the school. He is a humble kid who works hard in the classroom, on the court and in the gym EVERYDAY with one goal on his mind and that is to play/dominate at the NEXT level

  7. TeamH says

    If your wondering how he could improve his game in the NVL: Mustapha can play three positions I. Prep. This is one of the reasons why he was chosen to be on the national team (Versatility). He has nearly dominated in Prep at point guard with scoring 35 points in his first prep game this season. Here he will be able to play all five positions and work on his posting which he was only able to do intermittently during mismatch in Prep. This is just another reason why he won’t steal anyone’s shine or position and still stay on the floor to help with a “W”

  8. JOHN PHIFER says

    WHEN WILL CAREER GET SOME RESPECT FROM YOU GUYS/
    BEAT NOTRE DAME, FAIRFIELD ON THURSDAY & #9 BUNNELL SATURDAY, WITHOUT BIG MAN JUSTICE PHIFER.
    HOW FAR DO WE MOVE UP?

  9. Gege says

    Oops… Pha”Rod GoodjohnII is a jurnior at Eli Whitney, 6’1″ 235lbs…he is a leader on and off the court. He averages 20pts per game many reboudns and assists. He has great skill and potential. A great all around players. Has a great attitude.

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