Posted On: 01/19/21 8:23 AM
The 2024 class has not yet played a minute of varsity basketball, but the excitement around the group is palpable. Elliot Cadeau Elliot Cadeau 6'2" | PG Bergen Catholic | 2024 State NJ , Naasir Cunningham Naasir Cunningham 6'6" | SF Gill St. Bernard's | 2024 State NJ and Tarik Watson Tarik Watson 6'7" | SF Don Bosco Prep | 2024 State NJ headline a very talented group of players. The unranked section of players is also filled with talented players who should make an impact at the high school level right away. Here are the top unranked 2024 prospects to watch this season.
James Moore, 6’9 SF/PF Patrick School
The Celtics are loaded with players in the front court, but Moore’s versatile skillset should get him on the floor early. The 6’9 combo forward has legitimate perimeter skills as he can take his defender off the bounce and get to the basket. Moore has a nice release on his jumper and is working on his range. He uses his length to altar shots on the defensive end and moves his feet well for a young big man. Moore showed off his potential with an appearance at the Cream of the Crop game at Pango’s All-East Frosh/Soph and should his versatility on display this season.
Jaiden Glover, 6’4 SG St. Benedict’s
The Grey Bees are stocked with good guards and Glover is another example of that. The 6’4 guard has a smooth game on the perimeter and does not seem to force shots in the halfcourt. Glover can blow by his defender off the bounce, but is also capable of burying triples from distance. He can defend multiple positions and is unafraid of scrapping for rebounds on both ends. Glover picked up an offer from St. John’s in October and has the potential to pick up many more this season.
James Vallillo, 6’0 CG Holmdel
The Hornets are looking for impact players in the backcourt and Vallillo has the opportunity to do so from the jump. The 6’0 guard is quick with the ball in his hands and is capable of getting to the rim with consistency. Vallillo is unafraid of contact on his way to the basket and can knock down open perimeter jumpers. He is an underrated passer and makes plays on the defensive end. Nick Seeloch Nick Seeloch 5'10" | PG Holmdel | 2024 State NJ should also make an impact for Holmdel this season, but Vallillo’s all-around game could push the Hornets towards the top of the pod.
Jeremy Clayville, 5’11 PG DePaul Catholic
The Spartans play in one of the toughest conferences in the Garden State, which should only help Clayville’s game in the long run. The 5’11 guard has a tight handle and is dangerous when get into the lane. Clayville is a crafty finisher around the basket and makes smart passes in the half court. He can also knock down shots from behind the arc and is an underrated defender. Clayville is getting thrown into the fire as a freshman, but he will show his mettle in his debut season for DePaul Catholic.
Phil Unangst, 6’5 SF St. Thomas Aquinas
The Trojans are one of the top teams in the GMC this season, but they should still get some production out of Unangst. The 6’5 wing is at his best attacking the basket as he is a good finisher around the rim. Unangst has a good shooting form and his mid-range game is definitely under the radar. He has the ability to defend multiple positions and skies for rebounds on both ends. St. Thomas Aquinas has the potential to retain the title of the GMC’s top team with Unangst getting minutes in the front court.
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