Top 10 Eastern Independent League Boys Varsity Basketball Players of 2013-14This 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
The point guard Segal stands at just 5'6." Looking at him, he doesn't strike anyone as an athlete until he steps onto the floor. Scored the second most points in New England Class B as a junior with over 400. Named to the All-League 1st team. A two-time Boston Globe all-star, 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. 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. No chance Concord is an A-Bracket EIL team without him
Beaver Country Day School power forward, 6'9" with a 7'2" wingspan, dominates the paint, has a solid shooting touch. Not often we see D1 prospects in the league, but Jacquil is committed to B1G threat Purdue. Had offers from North Carolina A&T, St. Josephs, 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. Did not receive all-league honors due to sitting out most of last season with a foot injury.
Beaver Country Day School guard, 6'2" lights out shooter with ridiculous vertical. Very athletic. 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 teammate Taylor, Spellman is one of the great players the league has seen in years. An All-League Honorable Mention last season
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. Led Pingree to the New England Class C championship where they finished as runner up in 2012-13. High IQ athlete who also dominates on the football field. Has committed to D3 Trinity for football. Underrated shooter, has a nice crossover. Probably the best true point guard in the league. An All-League 1st team member last season.
6'3" forward, big, strong, excellent communicator. Great defender, typical of a Pingree player. Slowly but surely has extended his range and improved his touch, but his strength makes him an even better slasher. Played for the prestigious AAU program Middlesex Magic. 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. An All-League 1st Team recipient last season.
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. Can play both the guard and forward positions. Handles are solid, uses his strength to get around taller players in the paint. Weakness is outside shooting, but teammates space the floor for him. Named to the All-League 1st team last year as just a Sophomore. 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. Has yet to commit. Holds much responsibility for changing LCA from cellar-dweller to powerhouse.
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 4-year letterwinner at Berwick, an impressive feat at a school that had dominant teams his first two years there. One of the best athletes the league has, a 3-sport varsity athlete since his freshman year. Lights out shooter with crazy range and quick handles. At 6'2" he can rise up for the occasional jam. Weakness is defense, though his quick hands and leaping ability allow for highlight blocks and many steals. All-League Honorable Mention last season. Reigning team MVP No player is more important to their team than Sherbahn is, as he often single handedly keeps a size-lacking Berwick squad in games.
As the role of Chris Bosh of the Highlander "Big 3," Lentini is a built, blue collar 6'6" front-court presence. 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. Has a nifty mid-range jumper allowing him another scoring option besides in the posts. Will most likely knock down an open three. Almost always has a matchup advantage if placed at the 4. A nightmare against smaller teams. Has a future in D3. An All-League Honorable Mention last season.
Walters stands around 6'9" and is an offensive minded center. His stature and style is 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. Also has a solid fadeaway. Walters, a native of Wisconsin, is new on the EIL scene. His value to the Abbey is almost as much as Nolan Wilson's at Landmark and Sherbahn's to Berwick Academy.
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. Quickness, a good work ethic, athleticism, and a 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. Potential is through the roof, he has the makings to be the next Johnnie Spears.