Many players from various age groups in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) are still competing to earn a coveted NCAA Division 1 commitment as we enter the new year.
Here, we dig into the top uncommitted prep school players who we scouted two weeks ago during the recent holiday showcases.
Colleges had a heavy presence at the events, searching for the best available talent. For example, at the Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic, ’05 defenseman Hudson Miller (Syosset, N.Y.) impressed with the host team. At the same time, Buffalo native and ’05 forward Hunter Dickey showed well for Trinity-Pawling. Salisbury’s ‘04 goalie Austin McNicholas (Clarence Center, N.Y.) played strongly at the Flood-Marr event, while Northwood School forwards Brady Hildreth (Lockport, N.Y.) and Bryan Jones (Potsdam, N.Y.) aided the Huskies to a first-place finish at St. Sebastian’s tournament. These players and others from the region elevated their respective games at the right time to put themselves in a favorable spot with many Division 1 and Division 3 coaches on hand.
Here is a closer look at the top-12 regional players and discuss their potential to make an impact at the next levels and beyond. Our criteria for these rankings are that each player is from the area and uncommitted, with the skillset to translate to D-1. Additionally, we are only ranking players born in 2003-2005 on this list.