- Adam Finkelstein
HANOVER, Mass. -- The Elite 75 Showcase: Frosh/Soph edition has assembled the best young talent New England has to offer for the past six years. With that tradition in mind, we examine some of the top performances from this year’s event by measuring their upside to stars from previous years:
F Jerome Desrosiers (St. Hyacinthe, Canada/Northfield Mount Hermon)
6-foot-6, 205 pounds
Comparison -- Nate Lubick, Georgetown
Lubick was powerful, smart, skilled inside and out, and known for his “nasty” toughness. Desrosiers might be more perimeter-oriented, but he’s otherwise cut from a similar cloth in almost all areas, which is a big part of the reason why he was so impactful on Sunday.
F Tomas Murphy (Wakefield, R.I./Prout)
6-foot-8, 180 pounds
Comparison -- Erik Murphy, Florida/Chicago Bulls & Alex Murphy, Duke
The youngest of the Murphy brothers could be the best of the three, drawing from both of his older brothers to form an incredible combination of inside-out tools and budding confidence at such a young age.
F Kimani Lawrence (Providence, R.I./Cushing Academy)
6-foot-6, 180 pounds
Comparison -- Ricky Ledo, Providence/Dallas Mavericks
Ledo was athletic and skilled before a late growth spurt gave him such great size on the perimeter. Lawrence’s game might not be quite as far along at this stage, but he’s already got the size along with a lot of the same natural tools and instincts which made Ledo so unique.
F Hassahn French (Middletown, N.Y./Commonwealth Academy)
6-foot-6, 200 pounds
Comparison -- Rakim Sanders, Boston College/Fairfield
An ESPN 100 product in 2007, Sanders was a bull in a china shop built like an NFL defensive end. French is equally aggressive and physically dominant and consequently arrived with his reputation already well intact from his early success with Team Scan.
PF Sunday Okeke (Darien, Conn./Greens Farms Academy)
6-foot-7, 205 pounds
Comparison -- Noah Vonleh, Indiana
It might not be a fair comparison just yet, but Okeke does strike a certain resemblance to Vonleh as a 14-year-old freshman. He has a similarly long and cut-up build which could explode down the road, covers the court in a similar style, and even has the same subtle signs of handle that Vonleh had at a young age.
F Jermaine Samuels (Franklin, Mass./Rivers)
6-foot-6, 180 pounds
Comparison -- Wayne Selden, Kansas
Selden has been the alpha male since he first arrived on the high school leve,l and Samuels appears to have a similar mindset. Like Selden, his size, strength, and motor are among his biggest assets now, while he’ll need to follow a similar path of gradually expanding his game away from the basket.
PG Jordan Vidal (Bronx, N.Y./Commonwealth Academy)
5-foot-10, 175 pounds
Comparison -- Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Napier was far from a celebrated young prospect but had a way of showing up and producing regardless. Vidal is cut from the same cloth and ended up making a name for himself as a result with some wiry strength to his frame, good poise and presence at the point, and well-rounded skill set.