courtesy of Bahamas National High School Basketball Championships

(1-8-18) The Bahamas is fast becoming a hot bed for high school basketball, including players starting to make their marks in the US.

Buddy Hield, who grew up on Eight Mile Rock (Bahamas), was a 1st round draft choice, now  plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.  In college at Oklahoma he was named the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

In 2017-18 the preseason games have given a strong indication of how the season is shaping up in terms of development and upside. College recruitment of some of these guys has rocketed while others are becoming bigger names on the coaching scene, while others have not live up to the preseason billings.

Basketball isn’t won and lost by the point guard, but having a great one makes it easier to win.

Tabenacle's Desmond Butler
Tabernacle Baptist’s Desmond Butler

Tabernacle Baptist’s Desmond Butler is No. 1 on Grand Bahama list of the top 15 high school boys’ basketball players heading into the 2017-18 season after winning two championship and being named MVP in the preseason.

Rankings boil down to two things: projected individual contributions and projected team success. The more a player has of each, the better. However, even though this is a ranking of individuals, the team portion of the equation is weighted a little more heavily.

So after a comprehensive analysis and radar-like scanning of the entire preseason basketball season which including, three tournaments — including more than 80 local players — we have come to near-agreement on the 15 best basketball players in high school for 2017-18.

Check out the source for Bahama high school and other sports – The Bahamas National High-School Basketball site