One area that has some very talented freshmen is New Jersey. In Northern New Jersey alone three prospects have already emerged. Karl Towns, Malachai Richardson, and Isaiah Briscoe all have made impact this season.
Towns especially has found a way to standout. He is 6-foot-10 with an excellent shooting stroke out to three point land, and also he isn't afraid to go inside and do some damage there. He still can stand to become a bit better rebounder, but the size and skill level at his age is very impressive.
Richardson and Briscoe are perimeter players who also are standing out. Richardson at 6-foot-5 is one of the best shooters in the area. He has long arms and a quick release, and right now if he gets a clean look at the rim it is in. Briscoe is a combo guard learning to become more of a point guard. Right now what he does best is score the ball, as he is wired to get to the rim and create.
In the state of California a trio of guards have really stood out so far. Marcus LoVett, Tyler Dorsey, and Aaron Holiday are all drawing praise for their play. Dorsey especially has proven to be a big time scorer who can do a bit of everything. LoVett is a scorer who is becoming more of a point guard every day, and then Holiday is someone who can really fill it up, despite being a bit smaller for the position. All three are making waves out on the West Coast, and will likely be very heavily recruited before it is all said and done.
While those three guards have made an impact, maybe the best prospect out west is Brodricks Jones. Jones is a 6-foot-9 power forward with length and athleticism. He already has Pac 12 offers, and is just beginning to show the potential that he has.
In the Midwest a few prospects have also begun to emerge. In Illinois there is Charles Matthews, in Indiana Jalen Coleman, in Wisconsin Diamond Stone, and then in Ohio Luke Kennard have all impressed with their play.
Matthews is an athletic shooting guard who can score it from the outside as well as going to the rim. Coleman is one of the top shooters around who also has the athleticism and work ethic to be a star down the road. Already Coleman has multiple high-major offers. Stone is a big and athletic center who has impressed with his raw ability. Then Kennard is a lights out shooter who is developing as a playmaker on the ball. All season long Kennard has put up very gaudy numbers in helping his team rack up wins.
Other prospects to keep an eye on would be Stephen Zimmerman from Las Vegas, Mickey Mitchell from Dallas, Malik Newman from Mississippi, and Allonzo Trier from Oklahoma. All four of those prospects have already proven their ability against older players and all put up good numbers this season. Zimmeran, Mitchell, and Newton in specific all showed at the varsity level on good teams just what they are capable of it.
These are just some of the players that will begin to become household names once the spring and summer travel season really kicks into gear.