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New York 2019 Top Ten: Symir Torrence Makes His Debut
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (10:07 AM CT, Tue March 7, 2017)
Symir Torrence has had a breakout high school season.
Symir Torrence has had a breakout high school season.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

New York, NY (Future150) -- With the high school season winding down and AAU season being right around the corner, now is usually the time of year that the class of 2019 really starts to come into the forefront of the recruiting world. With that in mind, Future150 ranks the top ten sophomores in the state of New York. Players who are from New York, but play their high school ball in another state, were not eligible for this list:

1.| Cole Anthony, PG, Archbishop Molloy: Anthony has been highly regarded since his 8th grade year, and the son of former NBA guard Greg Anthony has more than lived up to expectations. An athletic point guard prospect, Anthony is a prototype of the way the position is currently played in the NBA. He has been equal parts scorer and distributor this season and is a big reason Molloy is in the CHSAA final four. 

2.|  Isaiah Stewart, PF, McQuaid Jesuit: Stewart has come on strong in the past year thanks to his ability to score around the rim and block shots. The big man has gone from an average athlete to down right explosive over the past few months, and has a powerful frame to boot. It appears that the best basketball is ahead for this bruiser, and with further development, may push Anthony for the top overall spot. 

3.| Bryce Wills, CG, Iona Prep: A reclass from 2018, there are some rumors that Wills will ultimately go back to his original class. What is for certain though is the 6-foot-5 swingman's talent. A natural scorer on all three levels, Wills' jumper makes him a dangerous weapon on the offensive end. His ability to handle the ball also allows him to be used as a secondary ball-handler and as a lead guard in a pinch.

4.| Aidan Igiehon, PF, Lawrence Woodmere Academy: One of the more underrated prospects nationally, Irishman Aidan Igiehon has made a major leap over the past year. Playing at a smaller school hasn't done much for his reputation, but the big man is one of the more skilled offensive posts in his class. At 6-foot-10, he has the length and athleticism to be a terror on the defensive end of the floor as well. 

5.| Kofi Cockburn, C, Christ the King: Cockburn is another offensively gifted big man with the type of frame that allows him to absorb contact and finish, as well as rebound in traffic. He isn't the athlete that Stewart or Igiehon are, but his hands and footwork are impressive for a sophomore. As he continues to adapt to the American game, he will only get better. 

6.| Joe Girard, SG, Glens Falls: Girard scored his 2,000th point this year and it looks like he will ultimately be the all-time leading scorer in New York State history sooner rather than later. A skilled guard, Girard is one of the best shooters in the country with seemingly unlimited range. 

7.| Noah Hutchins, PG, The Park School: An explosive athlete, Hutchins is a human highlight reel waiting to happen. He's got a very good handle and is a crafty finisher around the rim. At 5-foot-11, he is on the smaller side for a guard, but his athleticism makes up for it. 

8.| Symir Torrence, CG, Syracuse Academy of Science: Torrence is a 6'2" strong lead guard gets to the basket at ease, using his size and excellent first step to blow by defenders. He has ample athleticism as well, routinely finishing plays with dunks on the break. This high school season has been a breakout year for him. 

9.| Joe Toussaint, PG, Cardinal Hayes:  Hayes is also in the final four of the CHSAA playoffs, and Toussaint is a big part of their run. A crafty and high IQ lead guard, he makes great passes and knows when to get his teammates involved and when to score. He may not have the upside of some of the other players on this list, but is certainly productive. 

10.| Kareem Reid, PF, John Bowne: Reid may be the least known player on this list, but that shouldn't last much longer. A rangy 6-foot-7 shot blocker, he has gone for multiple triple-doubles this season. Bowne's season may have ended this weekend, but it appears that Reid's blow up is just beginning. 


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