By Christian Mordi (@Mordi_TheComeUp)
Player: Elijah Barnes
Team: Mater Dei
Stats: 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks shots per game in the 2015-2016 season.
What to expect: Mater Dei had a strong end to last year and looks to pick up exactly where they left off this year. One of the big reasons for high hopes for MD is Princeton commit Elijah Barnes.
In regards to skills, Barnes is one of most versatile frontcourt players in the state. He runs the floor with ease and is an excellent finisher in transition. He possesses a wide array of moves from the low post, but is very comfortable playing 17 feet away from the rim. On most nights, he will be a matchup nightmare.
With a deep postseason run and improvement on last year’s spectacular season, Barnes has the potential to be an all-state player in 2017.
Stat to know: Elijah Barnes committed to Princeton University this summer.