Boys Basketball: Ten Players to Watch for 2016-2017

Hockomock Boys Basketball Players to Watch
 
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Players are listed alphabetically

Cam Andrews, Junior – Stoughton

If you saw a Stoughton basketball game last year, you know there is a lot to like about Cam Andrews’ game. For part of the season, it looked like Andrews would be simply a spot shooter for the Black Knights. But as the season went on, it was apparent there was a lot more to his game. Make no doubt about it, Andrews is a tremendous shooter but he can also take defenders off the dribble and get to the basket. With a year of varsity experience under his belt, Andrews will likely take on an expanded role this season. If he’s able to continue to score the way he did a year ago, we think it could be a big year for Andrews.

Pharaoh Davis, Senior – King Philip

The Warriors have a lot of players that do different things but after what we saw from Pharaoh Davis a season ago, we’re thinking this season could be something special for the senior guard. Davis is just one of many returning players for King Philip this season. Davis now has a year of experience in the Hockomock League and that should pay off this season. He has strong ball handling skills and can act as a second point guard on the court for the Warriors. His mid-range game has definitely improved from a year ago, which will be key for KP in a very competitive Kelley-Rex division. Defensively, Davis can really make life difficult for ball handlers as well.

Brent Doherty, Senior – North Attleboro

There are only two players that were on last year’s version of this list that made it again this year and Brent Doherty is one of them. Doherty has a ton of varsity experience, playing minutes in his freshman year and starting since his sophomore year. He proved how good of a shooter he is all last season and went on to win the HockomockSports.com Three Point Contest. He’s more than just a shooter though. Despite not being the tallest guy on the court, Doherty has no fear driving to the basket and can finish despite contact. He demands a lot of attention from opposing defenses, sometimes even a double team, which opens up space for teammates. After being a top scorer in the Hockomock a year ago, expect Doherty to be among the best in that category again this year.

Jake Dunkley, Senior – Attleboro

One of the biggest surprises of last season was Attleboro’s Jake Dunkley. Now we expect Dunkley to be among the top scorers in the league for the second straight year. Dunkley averaged 18 points per game last season, second in the entire Hockomock. He can score in a variety of aways, whether it’s connecting from beyond the arc, driving to the basket or pulling up and hitting a midrange jumper. Dunkley is one of the most dangerous threats from deep but his size and ability to get to the basket makes him a tough matchup for opponents. His size allows him to match up defensively in the post and he can be a solid rebounder when need be, having a pair of double-doubles a year ago and averaging 7.0 rebounds a game.

Carter Evin, Senior – Oliver Ames

There aren’t many players in the league who have as well-rounded of a game as Oliver Ames’ Carter Evin. The senior finished last season on a tear, and it’s no surprise that is when the Tigers started to pick up wins. Evin averaged 17.4 points per game over the final 14 games. Last season, Evin eclipsed the 20-point mark on five occasions with an impressive four of those times coming in February. If Evin is able to continue to stay hot on the offensive end, the Tigers could be a dark horse in the Kelley-Rex this season. Evin is also a strong defender – his size, length and quickness make him a valuable piece because he can match up with nearly every position.

Sam Goldberg, Senior – Mansfield

Mansfield has a lot of talented players and a handful of them could have easily made this list but we went with senior Sam Golberg, who earned HockomockSports.com First Team honors a season ago. As everyone in the league knows, the list of talent for the Hornets is long with the likes of Max Boen, Tyler Boulter, Matt Ehrlich, Phil Vigeant and Christian Weber. Goldberg adds a much different element for the Hornets. He can step out and shoot, and even hits the occasional three but his strength is attacking the basket. He has the combination of size, skill and a quick first step that makes him tough to defend against. Defensively, he gives the Hornets some size in the post and he’s one of the top rebounders in the entire league.

Kayden Kelley, Junior – Milford

A lot of today’s top players are known for their three point shooting but there are still some traditional big men that can make an impact and Milford’s Kayden Kelley is one of them. Kelley is arguably the top rebounder in the entire Hockomock League, hauling in an impressive 10.3 boards per game as a sophomore. The 6’4 forward is a force down low and his size makes him a tough matchup for a lot of teams in the Hockomock League. Not only does Kelley have the size, but his athleticism is nearly unmatched. A triple jump star in the Spring, Kelley uses that athleticism to find the ball off the rim. Offensively, this could be the year Kelley becomes a big threat. After averaging 5.5 points per game this year, the Scarlet Hawks have some scoring holes to fill this year and Kelley could be an option.

Tommy MacLean, Senior – Taunton

We mentioned how only two players from last year’s version of this list made it again this year. Along with North Attleboro’s Brent Doherty, Taunton senior Tommy MacLean returns to our watch list. A couple years ago, MacLean was the only freshmen that saw valuable minutes for the Tigers. This year, MacLean will be the only senior with varsity experience and the Tigers will rely on him heavily. MacLean has been one of the top shooters from deep for a couple of years now. Last year, MacLean showed the willingness to attack the basket. When he attacked, opportunities were created for teammates — part of the reason he had 4.1 assists per game last year. The Tigers will likely try to use their speed as much as possible so expect MacLean to quarterback the offense.

Connor Peterson, Junior – Franklin

Like we said earlier, there aren’t a ton of true “big men” in the league or region, but Franklin junior Connor Peterson is definitely one of them. Standing at 6’5, Peterson is a matchup nightmare for almost every team that the Panthers play. Whether it be on offense, defense or just simply rebounding, Peterson is tough prevent from succeeding in the post. When Peterson gets going, he’s very tough to stop and he has the ability to change the momentum in a game with a dunk. He attracts a lot of attention on the inside, which can open things up for a lot for his teammates. The Panthers have had a lot of success moving the ball around and finding an open man and the attention Peterson draws is a big reason for that.

Ricardo Ripley, Senior – Sharon

Sharon doesn’t have a lot of varsity experience back this season but they do return senior Ricardo Ripley, who has been playing on varsity since his sophomore season. Ripley does a lot of the little things that not many people notice and that’s going to be very important this season. He doesn’t always look to score first, he’s more of a true point guard. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t score. The senior is able to beat opponents off the dribble and can pull up and drain a shot from deep when needed. His ability to involve teammates is a big reason why the Eagles had a balanced scoring attack last season. But maybe his best asset is his defense. In one on one situations, he can be a headache for opponents trying to get past him.

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