There are high potential Class of 2026 student athletes planning to play high level NEPSAC basketball in the upcoming winter season. Here are profiles on some of those players:
Miguel Alves (2026) 6’7 forward CATS Academy- Boston (MA) - New to the game having arrived from Brazil this spring but he has already seen massive improvement. He is a quality shooter from mid-range and three. Has great size with a high motor and an improving skill set.
Desmond Bellot Jr. (2026) 6’3 guard CATS Academy- Boston (MA) - Regarded as one of the Top players in New England in 2026 class. A combo guard who is an outstanding all-around knockdown shooter who can score from all levels and create his own space as well as an excellent playmaker. SENE Conference All-First Team as an 8th grader. High-Major potential. Plays AAU with Expressions Elite.
Bryce Bennett (2026) 6'4 guard South Kent School (CT) - Bennett has typical NYC toughness on both sides of the ball. Constantly in attack mode attacking the paint for scoring drives and getting open looks for teammates. Must work on changing pace and developing a reliable outside shot but has a chance to be a special player coming through South Kent’s development system. Plays AAU for Black Ops Cadets. RTB profile
Alex Egbuono (2026) guard Lawrence Academy (MA) - Very mature young player who understands those around him. Good passer and creator for others. Very good shooter and can put up numbers as well. Not a flashy or noticeable athlete yet, but game will rise to elite levels as he matures and develops physically. Plays AAU with BABC
Warren Keel Jr (2026) 5'10 point guard Tilton School (NH) - A floor general, was the 2021-22 starting point guard for Springfield Commonwealth Academy (MA).. Showing early signs of being a High Major prospect.
Windston Legentus (2026) 5'10 150 lbs point guard Brimmer and May (MA) from Raynham, MA. High level scoring guard that can do it from beyond the 3 point line. Has great ability to create his own shot from any place on the court. Reclassing from Bridgewater-Rayham
Kyle Cameron Martin (2026) 6'2 guard Boston Trinity Academy (MA) - Martin's combination of sharp ball handling skills and an exceptionally quick and high shot release make him an exceptionally dangerous midrange scorer. He is also a solid outside shooter and can finish around the basket. Kyle is a long 6'2" and in addition to his offensive versatility can match up well on defense with a range of opponents. He also has solid court vision and creates opportunities for his teammates. As Kyle continues to become stronger with age you can expect his deep range shooting and defensive capabilities to improve accordingly. Video highlights
Preston Merrick (2026) 6'5 guard The Hotchkiss School (CT) - Preston is a high level athlete and slasher. Preston is amazing at getting downhill and has the ability to finish above the rim. Preston also does a great job of breaking down defenders in the half court with limited dribbles. Preston utilizes his length and athleticism on the perimeter to make opposing offensive players uncomfortable. Plays AAU with New Heights (2025) RTB profile
Darrell Nderitu (2026) 6’7 forward CATS Academy- Boston (MA) - He is a quality shooter from mid-range and three with great size and an improving skill set. He has the ability to impact games with his shooting ability and can be effective on the post. Plays AAU with Expressions Elite.
Patrick Otey (2026) 6’3 guard CATS Academy- Boston (MA) - Regarded as one of the Top players in New England in 2027 class. A tough shot-making guard who can score from all levels. He can create his own shot and shoots it well out to the 3. He is also a fierce competitor with incredible work ethic. High-Major potential. Plays AAU with Expressions Elite.
Jackson Powell (2026) 6'5 forward The Hotchkiss School (CT) - Jackson is a long forward that has an incredible motor. Jackson competes on both ends of the floor and is also a high level rebounder. Jackson is a slasher and is a good finisher around the basket. Plays AAU with Cap City.
Jaxson Terry (2026) 6’3 wing Lawrence Academy (MA) - Serious potential on this young player. Shows the signs to have all of the offensive and defensive skills to be a significant contributor on both sides of the ball. Creative and capable scorer with the ball in his hands. Very good in the open court and shows signs of emerging explosiveness for a young player. Still a lot of physical growth ahead.
Sam Thompson (2026) forward Holderness School (NH) - Thompson will reclass after spending his first year at Marblehead High(MA). He plays really hard and has good size. He plays AAU for NSSA.
Camron Thornton (2027) 6'1 guard Brimmer & May (MA) from Lynn MA - Thornton can stretch the floor with his shooting and can score in bunches. He can play 1-4 on defense. He has a ton of potential.
Imahri Wooten (2026) 6'4 guard Redemption Christian Academy (NY) - Offered by University of Albany and IUPUI as a freshman. Wooten is a excellent shooter who knocks down open shots efficiently. He also is creative on offense without wasting too many dribbles or playing out of control. He is a very high energy player that is a tenacious defender. He is also a very good rebounder at 6'4. 4.0 gpa
Nehemiah Young (2026) 6'0 guard South Kent School (CT) - Nehemiah Young 6’ 2026 Combo. Originally from FL. Competes with a high level of toughness and competitive spirit. Skilled with the ball and is a 3pt shooting threat every time he catches the ball. Son of Charlton “CY” Young, Associate Head Coach at Missouri.
Owen Zabel (2026) 5’10 guard Rye Country Day School (NY) - Zabel is a high level shooter and playmaker. 15 ppg, 40% 3pt, primary ball handler in first varsity season. An efficient, high IQ offensive player, Zabel is a threat with or without the ball. His gravity changes the geometry of the court and makes the game easier for his teammates. Great mid range shooter with improving skill at the rim. Creates for his teammates as much as himself - 4 asp. Tireless and dogged defender all 94 feet of the court. RTB profile