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Posted On: 03/26/21 10:30 AM

The 2024 rankings update is finally here. Over 40 new players were added as the list stands at 75 total prospects. The top of the rankings did not change as  Elliot Cadeau Elliot Cadeau 6'2" | PG Bergen Catholic | 2024 State NJ maintains his top spot.

The 6’3 guard fit in seamlessly into Bergen Catholic’s three guard rotation as he served as the main distributor on the team. Cadeau has the athleticism to finish above the rim and also possesses the handle to break his defender down off the bounce. He has an extremely bright future as he continues to get more comfortable in the Crusaders’ offense.

Naasir Cunningham Naasir Cunningham 6'6" | SF Gill St. Bernard's | 2024 State NJ got off to a slow start, but he proved why he is the second rated player in the class down the stretch of the season. The lanky 6’6 wing has a smooth offensive game as he can shoot over his defender, but also get to the rim and finish. Cunningham already boasts seven D1 offers and that list should grow as his high school career continues.

Tarik Watson Tarik Watson 6'7" | SF Don Bosco Prep | 2024 State NJ maintains the third spot as he had a solid debut season for the Ironmen. The 6’7 forward has a strong frame which he uses to finish around the basket and grab rebounds. Watson is more than just an interior presence as he can handle the ball on the perimeter and can slide his feet on the defensive end. He leads a talented group of Don Bosco freshman who should be fun to watch in Bergen County for the next few years.

Tahaad Pettiford Tahaad Pettiford 5'9" | PG Hudson Catholic | 2024 State NJ  checks in at number four as he is the top shooter in the class. The 5’9 lefty is in range once he walks in the gym and shoots the ball with confidence. Pettiford is capable of shooting either off the catch or dribble, but also has the ability to get to the rim. His ability to drill triples from deep is something to keep an eye out as his varsity career continues.

James Moore James Moore 6'9" | PF Patrick School | 2024 State NJ is a newcomer to the rankings as he closes out the top five. The 6’9 forward has a good face-up game as he is comfortable catching the ball on the perimeter and his range extends to the three-point line. Moore has a nice touch around the basket and uses his length to altar shots on the defensive end. The Patrick School had a loaded frontcourt this season, which will help Moore’s game in more ways than one throughout the course of high school career.

Don Bosco Prep, St. Thomas Aquinas, the Patrick School and Gill St. Bernard’s are tied for the most players on the list with three. The Celtics are the only team with two players in the top 10 with Moore and  Qing Fang Pang Qing Fang Pang 6'10" | PF Patrick School | 2024 State NJ

Point guard is the most represented position in the rankings with 28 prospects, followed by shooting guards with 18. The frontcourt may only have 18 total prospects in the top 75, but five of the top nine are either small forwards or power forwards. The 2024 class is full of potential and anticipation as they are just beginning their high school journey.

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