Who Is The Best Player In New York City?
WHO TAKES THE CROWN FOR THE BEST player in NYC? Usually this question is easy to answer at this point entering the new season. The players I am going to mention in this article all had great performances this summer on the AAU Circuit, but who is the clear cut BEST. Previous years, you kind of knew with players like Shamorie Ponds, Rawle Alkins, and Isaiah Whitehead. This year seems a little bit “different”! There are a few legitimate players that could be mentioned in this conversation, but first let’s mention the players who (for various reasons) opted to go to prep school.
Mohamed Bamba, The Big Man out of Harlem is on pace to becoming a top ten Lottery Pick. He is an elite defender in the paint and has a mid range jumper that extends beyond the free throw line.
Hamidou Diallo: Hands down the most explosive player in the Country. Diallo has really improved his jumper over the past few years but his highlight dunks is what most people come to see.
Nick Richards: The Kentucky bound 7’ footer from Queens by way of Jamaica, is a good low post defender and has started to get a better feel on the offensive end.
Each Player is nationally ranked in the top 12, All three could of played at any college they choose and it is a high possibility that each of their names could be called at the 2018 NBA Draft.
Keith Williams (Bishop Loughlin) has all the skills to become the best, he is a prolific scorer and a high level defender. Keith has nice size at the shooting guard position and when he is “on” not too many players in high school can stop him. After falling short in last year championship game, winning the 2017 CHSAA Title could solidify him as the best in the city.
Isaiah Washington (St Raymond’s) is the most exciting player in NYC. Washington has developed a reputation as an elite passer, but we are anxious to see how he does as the primary scorer now that his running mate Sid Wilson has departed for Brewster Academy. Washington has the ability to penetrate at will in the lane finishing with either hand. We should expect a big year from Isaiah Washington.
Moses Brown (Molloy) stocked has increased significantly over the summer and is being recruited by almost every major college program because of it. If he continues to develop as a low post threat he could easily average a double double this season in the CHSAA league.
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Markquis Nowell (Bishop Loughlin) comes to compete every game. Despite being the shortest player mentioned in the list, Nowell can score with the best of them. Nowell has a nice jump shot but can score in the lane as well. A “Fan Favorite” and “Crowd Pleaser”. New York City is expecting big things from him entering his junior year.
Cole Anthony (Molloy) is only a sophomore but his game earned him a starting spot on AAU Power House PSA Cardinals 17U Squad. Anthony shared the backcourt with Kentucky commit Green, so it’s possible he learned some thing’s that could translate to this years season. He has been compared to a young Steph Marbury during his days as Lincoln. If Cole Anthony continues to develop as expected, he could easily separate him self from the pack.