Top 10 Eastern Independent League Boys Varsity Basketball Players of 2013-14

This list is formed based on a combination of 3 areas: Production/Statistical Achievement and Awards, Basketball Skill, and Value to the Team. The first shows the overall dominance in the league, the second shows a players true ability, and the third shows how much of a game changer a player is.
The Top Ten
1 Malin Segal, Concord, Senior

Point guard Segal stands at just 5'6". At first glance, he doesn't strike anyone as an athlete until he steps onto the floor. He scored the second-most points in New England Class B as a junior with over 400, earning a spot on the All-League 1st team.

A two-time Boston Globe All-Star, Segal is a very confident player. His quickness is his greatest strength, making up for his lack of size by picking the pockets of any point guard he is matched up against. He has the ability to hit from the perimeter and, very impressively, finishes with creativity around the rim over far larger defenders.

He has committed to play for D3 Sarah Lawrence College in New York next season. Concord has no chance of being an A-Bracket EIL team without him.

2 Jacquil Taylor, Beaver Country Day, Senior

Beaver Country Day School power forward Jacquil Taylor, standing 6'9" with a 7'2" wingspan, dominates the paint and has a solid shooting touch. It's not often we see D1 prospects in the league, but Jacquil is committed to B1G threat Purdue. He had offers from North Carolina A&T, St. Joseph's, Boston University, and Siena. National runner-up Michigan, the Big East's Marquette, and Pac-12 teams Stanford and Washington also showed interest in the rim-rattling Taylor.

Ranked as the 6th best senior in Massachusetts by NERR and one of ESPN's top 50 power forwards in the Class of 2014, Taylor did not receive All-League honors due to sitting out most of last season with a foot injury.

3 Jeff Spellman, Beaver Country Day, Senior

Beaver Country Day School guard Jeff Spellman, standing 6'2", is a lights-out shooter with a ridiculous vertical. Very athletic, he has been a force since middle school. He has received D1 scholarship offers from Vermont, Boston University, Brown, Quinnipiac, and Loyola. Top 25 team Gonzaga, national power Temple, and others such as San Francisco and Drexel are all interested in the combo guard.

Like his teammate Taylor, Spellman is one of the great players the league has seen in years. He was an All-League Honorable Mention last season.

4 Johnnie Spears, Pingree, Senior

This elite, quick defender and grade-A passer is generously listed at 5'8", but that does not stop him from occasionally throwing down on the breakaway. Spears led Pingree to the New England Class C Championship, where they finished as runner-up in 2012-13.

A high IQ athlete, he also dominates on the football field and has committed to D3 Trinity for football. An underrated shooter with a nice crossover, Spears is probably the best true point guard in the league. He was an All-League 1st team member last season.

5 Connor Reardon, Pingree, Senior

Reardon, a 6'3" forward, is big, strong, and an excellent communicator. A great defender, typical of a Pingree player, he has slowly but surely extended his range and improved his touch, making him an even better slasher.

Reardon played for the prestigious AAU program Middlesex Magic and has committed to play at D3 Worcester Polytechnic Institute next season. If Spears is the LeBron of Pingree's "Big 3," then Reardon plays the role of Wade. He was an All-League 1st Team recipient last season.

6 Adrian Ibeh, Lexington Christian, Junior

At 6'3" and the cream of the crop for the Class of 2015 in the EIL, Ibeh is a Nigeria native with a spectacular inside game. He can play both the guard and forward positions. His handles are solid, and he uses his strength to get around taller players in the paint.

His weakness is outside shooting, but his teammates space the floor for him. Ibeh was named to the All-League 1st team last year as just a sophomore. He led LCA to the EIL A Bracket tournament and helped them earn an at-large bid to the New England Class C Championship, in which they fell to eventual champion Greens Farms in the quarterfinals.

He has yet to commit. Ibeh holds much responsibility for changing LCA from cellar-dweller to powerhouse.

7 Stephen Sherbahn, Berwick, Senior

Though it might seem high to some, Sherbahn is the most underrated player in the EIL. A poor man's Jeff Spellman, he is a four-year letter winner at Berwick, an impressive feat at a school that had dominant teams his first two years there.

One of the best athletes in the league, Sherbahn has been a three-sport varsity athlete since his freshman year. He is a lights-out shooter with crazy range and quick handles. At 6'2", he can rise up for the occasional jam.

His weakness is defense, though his quick hands and leaping ability allow for highlight blocks and many steals. He was an All-League Honorable Mention last season and is the reigning team MVP. No player is more important to their team than Sherbahn, as he often single-handedly keeps a size-lacking Berwick squad in games.

8 Kyle Lentini, Pingree, Senior

As the Chris Bosh of the Highlander "Big 3," Lentini is a built, blue-collar 6'6" front-court presence. He would be ranked far higher if he didn't play alongside Reardon and Spears. He is a workhorse, pulling in board after board on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.

Lentini has a nifty mid-range jumper, allowing him another scoring option besides in the post. He will most likely knock down an open three. He almost always has a matchup advantage if placed at the 4, making him a nightmare against smaller teams. Lentini has a future in D3 and was an All-League Honorable Mention last season.

9 Jeff Walters, Portsmouth Abbey, Junior

Walters stands around 6'9" and is an offensive-minded center. His stature and style are comparable to Kelly Olynyk, former All-American at Gonzaga. The Ravens' offense runs through Walters, with the goal being to get him the ball in the middle of the paint. From there, he puts on a show with excellent ball fakes and a baby hook that has not been utilized much by any other player in past EIL seasons.

Though lanky, he is an able rebounder, more so on the defensive side. He also has a solid fadeaway. Walters, a native of Wisconsin, is new to the EIL scene. His value to the Abbey is almost as much as Nolan Wilson's at Landmark and Sherbahn's to Berwick Academy.

10 Keyshaun Jacobs, Beaver Country Day, Sophomore

The youngest member of the list, Jacobs is a 5'8" typical athletic point guard. As a member of the Class of 2016, Jacobs has huge upside and is considered the future of the league, the next big Boston point guard.

His quickness, good work ethic, athleticism, and beautiful jump shot are very noticeable. Jacobs came into the spotlight after a strong showing at HoopMountain Super Week over the summer and for recently hitting a buzzer-beating game winner at the Rivers Tournament to defeat the host. His potential is through the roof, and he has the makings to be the next Johnnie Spears.

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