Top 20 Cities That Produce The Best College Basketball Talents


Tilton, New Hampshire
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19. Tilton, New Hampshire

Noteworthy Players: Nerlens Noel, Georges Niang, Alex Oriakhi, Wayne Selden Jr.

Like Chatham, Tilton has one school to thank for its ranking.

Located almost exactly at the geographic center of New Hampshire, Tilton School has produced seven top 100 recruits, including the No. 1 overall recruit in 2012, Nerlens Noel.

Before suffering a gruesome injury, Noel was every bit as good as advertised during his half season with Kentucky. It’s not easy to follow in the footsteps of a once-in-a-generation talent like Anthony Davis, but Noel held his own, averaging 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals per game.

Now that he’s healthy, Noel just needs to get on any roster other than the 76ers to be a star for the next decade.

As far as current college players go, it’s hard to argue with the city responsible for potential Big 12 All-Conference players Georges Niang and Wayne Selden Jr. Tilton is also the current home of 2015 freshman Terance Mann, who will be trying to help turn Florida State back into a tournament-worthy program.

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