The Nutmeg State has had a TON of extremely talented public school players since 2005... Here are our Top 10:
1. Jordan Williams (Torrington HS)
It’s hard to argue with the 6’10” Maryland standout as the top high school player in the past 10 years. His 35 points and 20 rebounds per game during his senior season tore apart the NVL and led his team to the Class L State Title. If that’s not enough for you, put this video on repeat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh_oIvJyGNY
2. Kris Dunn (New London HS)
The 2,000 point scorer out of Southeast Connecticut has been arguably the most talented Connecticut guard in this generation. Aside from leading his team to two consecutive State title games, Dunn produced one of the best all-around seasons in our state’s history, averaging 26.5 points, 10 rebs, 5 steals, and 5 assists in his junior campaign.
3. Brandon Sherrod (Stratford HS)
The accolades speak for themselves: 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year, 2-time All-State, 2-time State Champion, 6 triple-doubles, and a school record in blocked shots. What is most impressive about Sherrod is his dedication off the court to the arts, as he is now a member of the Whiffenpoofs, a prestigious accapella group.
4. Phillip Starks (Prince Tech)
Not many CT natives finish the season 3rd in the country in scoring. If they have, I guarantee they didn't do it while being triple teamed every game. Phillip Starks average 37.3 ppt his senior year during a season where he wasn’t just the main attraction, he was the only attraction. Starks holds two of the best 20 scoring games in Connecticut history, and is continuing his successful career at WCSU.
5. Anthony Ireland (Crosby HS)
Forget Anthony Ireland’s college program records at LMU (3rd in pts, 1st in minutes, 4th in 3 pointers, 3rd in assists, 2nd in steals, and on and on)… Why forget? Because in high school he was just that much better. On his way to a 70-7 career record, Ireland played in two state title games and scored more than 26 points per game over his final two seasons.
6. Kuran Iverson (Northwest Catholic)
6’8’ Point Guards don’t come along every day. Although he lost in both his state championship appearances, Kuran didn't disappoint his reputation on a nightly basis. Although he took his talents to military school for his senior season, we remember the Connecticut days.
7. Paschal Chukwu (Fairfield Prep)
The recent graduate spent three out of his four March’s in the Mohegan Sun Arena for the State Championship CONTEST. In his final two seasons as the Jesuits rim protector, they lost only four games. In his final season Paschal averaged a modest 14.3 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks while effecting the game on a much deeper level.
8. Kahlil Dukes (Capital Prep)
Kahlil jumped onto the scene in Connecticut during his Freshman year where he led the state in scoring and averaged 29 points per game. He never SLOWED down as he led his team to a 44-7 record over his last two seasons. His relentless work ethic led him to USC where he still works reach his peak.
9. Doug Wiggins (East Hartford)
There’s something to be celebrated when a top Connecticut public high school kid stays home, right? Connecticut said thank you to Mr. Wiggins by awarding him the Gatorade Player of the Year. 1,762 career points with 32 a game during his senior year doesn’t hurt either I guess.
10. Schadrac Casimir (Trinity Catholic)
In high school, Casimir looked like another very good Connecticut guard who might get lost in the mix. After 2 state championship appearances, and 26 points per game, he attended South Kent and landed a SCHOLARSHIP at Iona. In his rookie campaign he’s averaging 13.8 points per game.
By: Brent Pelella