By Chad Graham (@CCraham_Sports)
It's getting closer to decision day for high school students and several of the area's top players are still looking for their future college homes. Here's a list of some of the top seniors in Southeastern PA still available:
Sultan Adewale (Neumann-Goretti)
A 6’8 forward and Catholic League first-team honoree, Adewale impacts winning on both ends as a rim-protector and rim-runner. He offers scheme versatility as the low-man in PNR and as a weak-side shot-blocker. Averaging almost as many offensive rebounds as defensive rebounds, Adewale’s always active on the glass. And he’s easy to get involved in half-court offense as a screener/roller or from the dunker spot. His mobility and verticality make him a lob threat in a variety of offensive sets.
Plymouth Whitemarsh senior Qudire Bennett was one of District 1's top scorers this past season. (Photo: CoBL File)
Qudire Bennett (Plymouth Whitemarsh)
With more than 1,000 points in his career, Bennett is a high volume scorer from all three-levels. He has a quick trigger and shoots a soft ball from deep and from the mid-range. Bennett’s able to get his threes off in every which way possible - catch-and-shoot, off-movement, and pull up. He can then capitalize on the threat of his jumper by getting to the paint. Bennett uses simple bumps to push defenders off their spots before absorbing contact and using touch to finish. Furthermore, he freely shares the ball, understanding how his scoring ability tilts the defense.
Adam ‘Budd’ Clark (West Catholic)
Clark ran the show for West Catholic over the last two seasons, leading them to their first state championship in school history. The 5’10 floor general does most of his damage, offensively, with his in-between game. He keeps rim-protectors off-balance with his quick mid-range pull-ups and floaters. That’s only second to his instincts as a defender. Whether he’s shading someone from the help-side or locked-in at the point of attack, Clark’s steals and deflections limit what opposing teams can do. He recently picked up offers from Fairleigh Dickenson, and Bucknell.
Jackson Gaffney (Radnor)
Gaffney was a guard earlier in his development but he just kept growing. Now he’s 6’7 with abilities that every team covets on the wing. Extremely unselfish, Gaffney has a knack for impacting the game without dribbling. He spaces the floor from mid-range and behind the arc. His high and quick release off-the-catch allow him to get the shot off at volume and he can play above the rim with his off-ball movement. On the other end, he can protect the rim from the weak-side and defends big wings and forwards on the perimeter.
Rocktop Academy's Earle Greer had a breakout season this winter. (Photo: CoBL File)
Earle “EJay” Greer (Rocktop Academy)
Greer’s game has grown by leaps and bounds since arriving at Rocktop. He offers positional versatility as a 6’7 shot-maker who can get to his spots off-the-bounce as a 2-guard or play off of others at the 3. What makes his jumper special is that he can get it off on his own with 3 dribbles or less. And when defenders crowd him, he can counter simply stride and extend his way to the rim. No less important, Greer is a plus positional rebounder with the way he attacks the glass as a guard.
Justin Molen (Hill School)
Molen came over to PA for a prep year after a standout career at Salesianum (DE). The former Delaware Gatorade POY is a “connector” or glue guy. Standing 6’6 with a solid build, he’s a good team defender on the wing who matches up well on-ball against almost any style of perimeter player. Molen amplifies the skillsets of those around him with his ability to space the floor from three, attack closeouts, and make reactive passes. He also has the feel and bounce to threaten the defense as a cutter.
Jaren Morton (Springside Chestnut Hill)
After coming into his own as a senior, Morton is a dynamic off-ball wing. He’s effective as a team defender because of his length and vertical pop. Offensively, he’s a knock down shooter running off screens and/or spotting up. His career-high of 34 points on 7-of-9 threes against Malvern Prep showed as much. When defenders try to run him off the line or aggressively deny him the ball, Morton can counter by attacking the closeout or cut back door to finish over and around whoever's at the basket.
Andrew Phillips (Malvern Prep)
A former multi-sport athlete who was coming off a collarbone injury as a junior, Phillips decided to focus on only hoops during 2022, and it paid off as he became one of the top scorers in the Inter-Ac as a senior. The versatile 6-4 wing has an interesting offensive game, as he can take and make some tough shots, and he's best from the mid-range and in, though he's also a solid 3-point shooter with his feet set; he's got good ball skills and can finish at the rim, and he's becoming a more efficient player over time. At the moment, Phillips is set to take a walk-on spot at Delaware, though he's playing out the April live periods to see if he can get any Division I schools to offer him a scholarship instead.
Perkiomen School's Preist Ryan earned his first D1 offer late in March. (Photo: CoBL File)
Preist Ryan (Perkiomen School)
Originally from Western PA, Ryan is a swiss army knife at the 4 spot. The 6’6 combo forward is a matchup problem with the way he can mix it up inside. He’s too quick for traditional bigs and too strong for wings. But his motor runs hot regardless. Ryan adds value as a screener, able to roll to the basket for dunks or pop from the mid-range and behind the arc. He can operate some as a shot-roller as well, keeping the ball in motion or getting to his faceup game. He received an offer from Saint Francis (Pa.)
Yahmir Satterfield (Imhotep)
Wherever the Panthers went on their national schedule, Satterfield’s three-ball came with them. And whenever they needed a big shot, one of their guards would kick it out to him in the corner and he’d cash it in. Satterfield is so valuable because he is great at relocating to open spaces and he is always shot ready. In addition to the shooting, he’s a good team defender. He uses his strong hands to dig and help on drives. The 6’2 wing also able to guard bigger perimeter players.
Jermai Stewart-Herring (Roman Catholic)
Corner threes and lob-dunks are the flashy part of Stewart-Herring’s game; and he gets plenty of those each game. However, he’s capable of much more. After making the move from St. Elizabeth’s in Delaware, the 6’4 wing quickly made a name for himself as a play-finisher and a stingy on-ball defender. Stewart-Herring is effective chasing his man around screens and denying him the ball; and if he catches, he has the length to recover and force a bad shot or turnover. His slashing is another underrated part of his game. He can attack a tilted defense and instantly get to the cup.
Deywilk Tavarez (Academy of the New Church)
With his assertiveness on both ends and well-rounded offensive package, Tavarez can play either guard position in college. He creates space as a slasher and pull-up shooter but is refined enough of an off-ball mover to run off staggers and pin downs. His willingness to hunt for his shot drove ANC’s offense without making them one-dimensional because he made the reads to the open man when he drew extra defenders. And even if his shot wasn’t falling (which didn’t happen often), the 6’2 combo guard’s instincts as a point of attack and nail defender generated transition opportunities.
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