Posted On: 04/23/20 6:19 PM

The Class of 2023 had some players emerge as stars. DJ Wagner, Mackenzie MgbakoMackenzieMgbako6'7" | SFGill St. Bernard's | 2023State#12NationNJ, and Simeon WilcherSimeonWilcher6'3" | SGRoselle Catholic | 2023State#14NationNJ grabbed headlines during their first season but there is plenty of talent around the state to keep an eye on. Here are some stock risers to keep an eye on in 2020-2021.

Chris VenturosoChrisVenturoso6'2" | SGLacey | 2023StateNJ | Point Beach

Venturoso has already arrived and has Point Beach excited for the future. The freshman averaged 13.5 points per game in his first season. Venturoso did not do much work from beyond the arc but that part of his game will grow. At 6;2, Venturoso proved to be a force in the lane who could finish among larger defenders. He scored 20 or more points five times with a career-high 27 against Marlboro.

Elijah GertrudeElijahGertrude6'0" | PGHudson Catholic | 2023StateNJ | Hudson Catholic

Gertrude is a player that has flown under-the-radar but can turn into a big time prospect soon. He is a 6’0 point guard on a guard heavy team in Hudson Catholic. He has a chance to learn under some top players and great coaches. Gertrude is a quick player with the ball and can run the floor well.

Mackenzie MgbakoMackenzieMgbako6'7" | SFGill St. Bernard's | 2023State#12NationNJ, and Simeon WilcherSimeonWilcher6'3" | SGRoselle Catholic | 2023State#14NationNJ grabbed headlines during their first season but there is plenty of talent around the state to keep an eye on. Here are some stock risers to keep an eye on in 2020-2021. Chris VenturosoChrisVenturoso6'2" | SGLacey | 2023StateNJ | Point Beach Venturoso has already arrived and has Point Beach excited for the future. The freshman averaged 13.5 points per game in his first season. Venturoso did not do much work from beyond the arc but that part of his game will grow. At 6;2, Venturoso proved to be a force in the lane who could finish among larger defenders. He scored 20 or more points five times with a career-high 27 against Marlboro. Elijah GertrudeElijahGertrude6'0" | PGHudson Catholic | 2023StateNJ | Hudson Catholic Gertrude is a player that has flown under-the-radar but can turn into a big time prospect soon. He is a 6’0 point guard on a guard heavy team in Hudson Catholic. He has a chance to learn under some top players and great coaches. Gertrude is a quick player with the ball and can run the floor well. Elijon NixElijonNix6'0" | PGArts | 2023StateNJ | University University is a balanced team with talent in all four grades. Nix will lead the Class of 2023. He is not a household name at the moment but his value will rise immediately as a sophomore. Nix will be given an increase in role because of his undeniable ability on the perimeter. Quatrell WilsonQuatrellWilson6'2" | SGNewark East Side | 2023StateNJ | Newark East Side Wilson began coming on at the end of the season. Newark East Side has been a powerhouse over the course of five years and that could continue with Wilson. He has good size at the guard position and the quickness to go with it.  Bryce ButlerBryceButler5'7" | PGLife Center Academy | 2023StateNJ | Life Center Academy Butler was a consistent contributor for Life Center Academy over the course of his first season. He knocked down 30 three’s and got to the free throw line with regularity. At 5’7, Butler has some room to grow but he possesses the skills and agility that are good enough to succeed. He is quick with the ball and is active without it. Matt Kinzler | St. Peter’s Prep Kinzler will continue the streak of talented guards at St. Peter’s Prep. He is 6’4 and is a presence out on the perimeter. Given his size, he can play all five positions. Kinzler is talented enough to bring the ball up but also aggressive enough to battle down low for rebounds.

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