By Daniel Benjamin
Here’s a list of some of the top prospects in Pennsylvania, for the Class of 2014.
Ja’Quan Newton (Neumann-Goretti HS, Philadelphia): The six-foot-two, 180-pound guard is an all-around player as he can score, shoot, handle the ball and make plays. Newton has a knack of getting to the rim and is a good finisher. He is more of a slashing scoring guard but also has the ability to play the point due to above average decision-making.
Newton has offers from Georgetown, Miami, Rutgers, St. Joseph’s, Syracuse, Temple and Villanova. He has also garnered interest from La Salle, Pittsburgh, Temple and Villanova.
Shep Garner (Roman Catholic HS, Philadelphia): The 6-2, 180-pound shooting guard can also play the point. Garner has a good feel for the game and possesses sound leadership skills. He gets into the lane with ease and will kick the ball out to the open man.
Garner has received offers from Arizona, Florida, La Salle, Maryland, Penn St., Rutgers, Temple and Texas. He has also drawn interest from Kansas, North Carolina, Villanova and Xavier.
Conrad Chambers (Chester High School, Chester): The 5-10, 160-pound point guard is silky smooth and has the ability to break down defenders in the open and half court. Chambers can consistently knock down perimeter shots and quickly change directions with the ball. Defensively, he moves his feet well and knows how to guard his position.
Chambers has received offers from Drexel, Iowa St., Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Temple. He has also drawn interest from Connecticut, Miami (FL) and St. John’s.
Troy Harper (Neumann-Gorretti HS, Philadelphia): The 6-1, 165-pound point guard is crafty point guard with swagger. Harper is athletic and possesses a good feel for the game.
Harper has an offer from Niagara.
Isaiah Washington (Williamsport HS, Williamsport): The 6-3, 175-pound shooting guard is a wiry leaper and possesses a dangerous perimeter shooting stroke. Washington is quick off the dribble and likes penetrate in to the lane. He is also a good distributor and has a decent mid-range game.
Washington committed to Penn St. on April 1, 2012. He also had offers from George Mason, James Madison and Saint Joseph’s.
Muhammad Ali Abdur Rahkman (Allentown): The 6-4 combo guard left Allentown Central Catholic following his sophomore year with his destination unknown. Abdur-Rahkman possesses good size and has the ability to defend multiple positions. He can get to the rim, as well as drive and kick.
Abdur-Rahkman has offers from Delaware and Houston. He has also gotten interest from SMU,Temple, Xavier and Wisconsin.
Jeanlee Baez (Allentown Central Catholic HS, Allentown): The six-foot-six, 210-pound forward is a skilled high- post player with some hops. Baez attacks the rim aggressively and is an excellent passer from the high post. He is automatic from 15-feet and in.
Baez has drawn interest from St. Francis (NY), St. Francis (PA), St. Peter’s and UMBC.
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