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2017-18 BOYS’ BASKETBALL | PLAYERS TO WATCH

10 players to watch in 2017-18 boys’ basketball season

Taunton, MA - 3/10/2017 - Needham's Thomas Shaughnessy points to the fans after draining a three pointer during The Rockets win over Mansfield. Boy's Division 1 South Finals: Needham vs. Mansfield at Taunton High School. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Karl Capen, Topic: 11tauntonbball, LOID: 8.3.1859437658.
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Thomas Shaughnessy averaged 23 points per game in leading Needham to the Division 1 South title last season.

 Ghared Boyce, Everett — In his fourth and final season orchestrating the Crimson Tide attack, the 6-foot-1-inch combo guard will look to lead Everett deep in the Division 1 North tourney. Boyce is an electric scorer with the ability to shoot off the dribble anywhere inside 30 feet.

 Terrence Clarke, Rivers — The 6-foot-6 freshman wing from Dorchester is already considered one of the nation’s top recruits for the Class of 2021. Living up to the hype, he scored 32 in his varsity debut and is averaging 17 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists through six games.

 Chris Edgehill, Franklin — He showed poise beyond his years in propelling the Panthers to the D1 state final last season. In this year’s opener, the sophomore point guard netted a career-high 28 points in a 55-36 win over Milford.

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 John Korte, Watertown — As a junior, the 6-foot-4 forward led the Raiders to the Division 3 state semifinals. The reigning MVP of the Middlesex Freedom League will create matchup problems for every team Watertown faces in defense of a conference title.

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 Tommy O’Neil, St. John’s Prep — The 6-foot-8 center announced his arrival with 32 points and 21 rebounds in a win over New Rochelle (NY) at the BABC Holiday Tournament last winter. The younger brother of graduated center Harry O’Neil, the senior will look to carry a sizable Eagles team with his versatile and deft finishing touch.

 A.J. Reeves, Brimmer & May — The Providence-bound guard is averaging 29.6 points per game through eight contests as the Gators purse a NEPSAC Class C championship. At 6-foot-6 with a lethal jump shot, the Roxbury resident has the potential to become a star at the collegiate level.

 Alex Rivera, Lowell — Perhaps the most unstoppable scorer in the MIAA, the reigning Merrimack Valley Large MVP averaged 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game while surpassing the 1,000-point milestone as a junior. Now the 6-foot shooting guard will look to lead the Red Raiders to a state title before continuing his playing career at UMass Lowell.

 Thomas Shaughnessy, Needham — The heart and soul of a strong Needham team, the 6-foot lefty averaged 23 points per game to lead the Rockets to their first sectional title as a junior. The Brown commit leads an experienced group with eyes on the greater prize of a state championship this season.

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 Maurice Works, Tech Boston — A star on the AAU circuit with BABC, the 5-foot-9 senior guard transferred to Tech Boston from Lawrence Academy and joins a loaded roster that is fully capable of competing for a Boston City League title and perhaps a Division 2 state title.

 Ethan Wright, Newton North — Opposing Shaughnessy and Needham in the Bay State Conference is an equally talented Newton North team, led by the Princeton-bound Wright. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 26.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game last year despite missing multiple games with an ankle injury.