HSBI Ranks Rising Seniors
It's hard to believe the HSBI Report -- which rates high school and prep school talent in the East -- is beginning its 44th year. And Tom Konchalski, who is the premier talent evaluator ever in this region (Maine through Virginia and west to West Virginia), has just come out with his annual pre-summer rankings for rising seniors.
The ultra-dedicated Konchalski has given out his highest marks (5+, 5 and 5-) to the following players: 6-8 forward Chris Braswell, DeMatha (5-); 6-8 1/2 forward Ed Davis of Richmond Benedictine (5); 6-8 forward Devin Ebanks of St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Ct. (5); 6-5 guard Tyreke Evans of Aston, Pa. American Christian (5+); 6-7 forward Lance Goulbourne of Princeton, N.J. Hun (5-); 6-2 point guard Brandon Jennings of Oak Hill, Va. Academy (5/5+); 6-3 guard Eshaunte Jones of Hargrave, Va. Military (5-); 6-7 forward Kevin Jones of Mt. Vernon (5-); 6-6 forward Mookie Jones of Peekskill, N.Y. (5-); Sylven Landesberg of Holy Cross (5); guard Sean Mosley of Baltimore St. Frances (5-); 6-6 forward Emmanuel Negedu of Brewster, N.J. Academy (5); 6-6 forward Terrell Pryor of Jeanette, Pa. HS (5-); 6-2 guard Mike Rosario of St. Anthony's of Jersey City (5-); 6-9 center Samardo Samuels of Newark St. Benedict's (5/5+); 6-7 1/2 forward Quintell Thomas of St. Patrick's (5-); 6-8 1/2 forward Howard Thompkin of Oak Hill, Va. Academy (5); 5-7 point guard Ervin Walker of Christ the King (5-); 5-9 guard Isiah Thomas of South Kent, Conn. School (5-) and 6-0 point guard Kemba Walker of Rice (5-).
Other locals who made Konchalski's elite list of 200: 6-3 guard Melquan Bolding of Archbishop Stepinac; 6-2 guard Darryl Bryant of St. Raymond's; 6-0 guard Devon Elliott of Loughlin; 5-11 guard Trinity Fields and 6-7 forward James Southerland of Cardozo; 6-1 guard Chris Fouch of Rice; 6-6 forward Justin Greene of Lincoln; 6-6 forward David Imes of Boys and Girls; 6-5 Patrick Jackson of Xaverian; 5-11 point guard James Johnson of Loughlin; 6-8 Charles Joseph of South Shore; 6-0 guard Yves Jules of Canarsie; 6-9 Averon Mathews of Van Arsdale; 6-5 forward Curtis Loving of Wadleigh; 6-0 guard Justin Newton of Poly Prep; 6-5 1/2 Ryan Pearson of Christ the King; 6-4 forward Jayvon Roberts of Holy Cross; 5-9 point guard Tony Taylor of Stepinac; 6-4 guard Ryan Woods of Staten Island St. Peter's; 6-7 forward Kevin Phillip of Loughlin and 6-5 Matt Wafula of NYC St. Agnes.
Sure, there will be arguments about any list (we were hoping 5-8 point guard Jeffrey Paulino of Hayes -- one of our sleepers -- might make it), but the one thing we love about Konchalski is the fact he has actually seen every player he rates.