New York City Area Still Full of Basketball Talent

The trend in recent years has been for there to be great young talent in New York City. But, as time goes on, the trend has been for the talent level to become stagnate, as many of the top players leave the city for prep schools and basketball factories and others fall prey to the street agents, believing all the hype and getting caught up in all of the insanity, and playing too much AAU ball instead of developing their skills and working on their game.

That explains why the junior and seniors classes in the city are not up to the lofty standards which one has become accustomed to since Dr. James Naismith invited the game well more than a 100 years ago.

It also explains why we have chosen once again to include the top players in the Metropolitan area, which also includes North Jersey, Westchester County, and Long Island, when putting together our six All-Metro New York Teams at HoopScoop.

Especially noteworthy is the fact that only three of the top 15-ranked players and only nine of the 30-ranked players on this list, which includes all of the top players regardless of class and position, actually play for high schools within the five boroughs of New York City.

However, the talent pool includes 6-foot-2 Kyrie Irving from Elizabeth (St. Patrick) NJ and 6-8 Tobias Harris from Dix Hills (Half Hollow Hills West) NY, both of whom were recently named to play in the McDonald's All-American Game and are legitimate top 10-ranked seniors nationally. When the list also includes good players like Devon Collier from Jersey City (St. Anthony) NJ, Derrick Williams from Jersey City (St. Anthony) NJ, Fuquan Edwin from Paterson (Catholic) NJ, Ashton Pankey from Jersey City (St. Anthony) NJ, Shaquille Thomas from Newark (Nia Prep) NJ, and Chase Plummer from Elizabeth (St. Patrick) NJ in North Jersey, it is easy to see why this is still one of the best basketball areas in the country.

The junior class is even better than the senior class in the New York Metropolitan area, led by 6-8 Michael Gilchrist from Elizabeth (St. Patrick) NJ, arguably the best high school player in the nation regardless of class.

The sophomore class does not appear to be nearly as good as the junior and senior classes are in North Jersey. However, that's not the case in the city, as 6-4 sophomore Omar Calhoun promises to be the next in long line of great guards to come out of Middle Village (Christ the King) NY, as well as the next great player to come out of New York City.

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