Prep Poll Countdown: #29 Holderness School

It's the second day of the National Prep Poll Countdown and we'll check out an emerging school from New Hampshire. Remember, we'll go through all 30 for now, but when the season begins only 10 will get weekly play.

We're unveiling the most extensive and only prep school poll of its kind and on the second day, we're going to take a look at an up-and-coming group in Holderness School (N.H.).

While Jamie Gallagher hasn't quite built a power in New Hampshire on the level of New Hampton or Brewster Academy, he has plenty of D-1 talent at his disposal this season.

Harlem, N.Y., native Greg Johnson (a.k.a. Playstation) is the floor general for Gallagher's troops. The 5-10, 175-pound junior is getting big-time looks already and should be a Big East point guard when it's all said and done.

Holderness went to the playoffs for the second straight season after posting an 18-5 mark a year ago. Behind Johnson and returning starter Ryon Howard, a 6-6, 220-pound senior wing from the Bronx, these guys should have a chance to improve on their preseason ranking of No. 29.

BU, Hofstra and Lehigh are just a few of the schools keeping tabs on Howard, who has already posted a 990 on the SAT.

``Every shot that goes up, he feels like he's going to get it," Gallagher said. "He rebounds very well and is a leader on and off the court."

Three newcomers will likely round out the starting lineup. The most intriguing of the trio of 6-5, 180-pound junior swingman Martynas Pocius, a smart, athletic scorer who played on the Lithuanian Junior National Team.

Two more New York juniors should contribute right away as well. Gerald Carter, a 6-4, 180-pound combo who hails from Harlem will team with athletic Bronx native Derrell Bias, a 6-3, 185-pound hard-nosed forward.

The bench is where Holderness could be suspect. Senior Jason Lowe is a 6-4 senior wing from Bermuda who defends well and can shoot it, but he's likely a D-3 player. Senior Freddie Hall is a 6-2 post player, also from Bermuda, who will be playing pro soccer someday. One guy who could surprise is 6-6 sophomore power forward Brian Howard, the younger brother of Ryon.


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