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TABLE OF CONTENTS PREP CIRCUIT POWER 25

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PREP CIRCUIT RANKS THE BEST TEAMS IN THE NATION

FEATURE TEAM PREVIEWS

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WRITE-UPS ON THE TOP TEAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

40-43 NATIONAL EVENT LISTS

MONTHLY LIST OF EACH NATIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

44-42 TOP 25 PLAYERS TO WATCH THE BEST PLAYERS ON THE BEST TEAMS

54-60 Q&A INTERVIEWS

INTERVIEWS WITH ELITE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS

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POST GRAD TEAMS RANKINGS

NEPSAC TEAMS

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LIST OF THE NEPSAC CONFERENCE TEAMS

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HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS AND THEIR BEST PLAYERS TO WATCH

BRIANNA LEWERKE DESIGNER/ PRODUCER ALEC KINSKY

MANAGING EDITOR

CONTRIBUTORS

ZACH FLEER

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PAT LAWLESS

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he Findlay Prep Pilots are coming off one of their strongest campaigns in program history, thanks to Kentucky-bound PJ Washington, who was a staple of the Pilots from 2014 through last season. Washington’s father Paul took over the head coaching reigns last season, and has developed a roster that is primed for a stellar campaign, even though PJ has entered the collegiate ranks. The Backcourt: A trio of transfers — TJ Moss, Jamie Lewis and Kyler Edwards — are set to lead the new Findlay backcourt. Moss makes his way to Las Vegas from Memphis East, where he spent the last two seasons winning state championships. Edwards, a Texas Tech commit, and Lewis are both athletic guards who should

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onzaga is one of the most prestigious high school programs in the country. Every year they have multiple top notch prospects in their program and contend for a WCAC title. They lost one of the best prospects to come through the WCAC in recent years with Chris Lykes graduating now being a freshman point guard at Miami (FL). Another tough bit of news they will have to deal with is that their star player and Notre Dame commit Prentiss Hubb will miss this season due to a torn ACL. Without Hubb, Gonzaga still has Penn State commit Myles Dread, 2019 prospects Anwar Gill and Josh Watts and class of 2020 standouts Terrance Williams, Myles Stute and Chuck Harris. The Backcourt: Hubb being injured definitely hurts Gonzaga, but there is still plenty of hope for them. The senior Dread (247

COACH: PAUL WASHINGTON LOCATION: LAS VEGAS, NV NICKNAME: PILOTS

excel in Findlay’s nonstop pressure defense. Sharpshooting senior Jack Schweitz, a UMBC commit, returns as a weapon off the bench, while Roy Jones III — the son of legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr. — will also provide a spark, as will senior Spencer Washington, PJ’s younger brother. The frontcourt: Senior point-forward Reggie Chaney, an Arkansas commit, is the likeliest candidate to pick up Washington’s departing production, and the 6-foot8 forward proved he is more than ready with his play during the spring and summer for RM5. 6-foot-10 senior Nathan Mensah transferred in from Prolific Prep, providing the Pilots a strong interior defender with a nonstop motor. 7-foot-3 senior Connor Vanover, a Memphis commit,

employs a versatile offensive game, while giving Washington one of the best post defenders in the west. Prognosis: Expect Findlay Prep to compete for another DICK’s Nationals berth, while racking up plenty of wins against national competition. While the Pilots don’t have the star power they had in recent years, this roster looks to be as deep and talented as ever. Edwards started off the season in style, racking up a triple-double before the magazine released. He led six players in double-figures, so it’s apparent the Pilots will be deeper than ever in 2017-18.

COACH: STEVE TURNER LOCATION: WASHINGTON, DC NICKNAME: EAGLES 3-Star) will have to take on an even bigger leadership role as well as be more assertive on the scoring front. Head coach Steve Turner will also turn to Chuck Harris a lot more. Harris is an impressive playmaker that has shown the ability to run an offense during the grassroots season. Stute will receive a lot more minutes this year due to how well he shoots the ball. Class of 2019 prospect Anwar Gill (6-foot-34 will also have a big role in Turner’s offense. The frontcourt: Class of 2020 power forward Terrance Williams (247 No. 26) is one of the few players capable of playing big man. Williams is skilled enough to play on the perimeter, but will probably spend a decent amount of time down low this season. With his touch around the rim and ability to step it out, the sophomore prospect will be tough to stop. Stute, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, will

mostly play on the perimeter, but he has the ability to play a bit in the post with his physical frame. The same can be said of Dread, as the Eagles will be forced to play small in 2017-18. Prognosis: Gonzaga is dealing with a lot of adversity with Hubb’s injubry, but Steve Turner’s team will be ready as they always have the right balance of leadership and talent on the floor. The WCAC may be the toughest conference in the country, and the Eagles will test themselves plenty with a tough nonconference schedule. Dread will be their leader, Williams have a chance to be their star, and Turner will have a talented supporting cast to coach. Even without Hubb, expect the Eagles to contend for the WCAC title.

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he Hillcrest Prep program is entering its fourth year of existence, and just like the previous three, they have put together an extremely impressive roster. The Bears will compete in The Grind Session, entering the season as one of the favorites to take home the championship in March. They have talent, recognizable names, and a nice balance of youth and veteran leadership. They will test themselves on a weekly basis, and will have one of the top strength of schedules in the country. Head coach Nick Weaver takes over the head coaching duties, and while he’ll have plenty of talent at his disposal, he will have to mesh a roster made up primarily of transfers. The Backcourt: The first impact transfer is sophomore Kyree Walker, a 6-foot-6 combo guard from Oakland, California. Walker (ESPN No. 5) is considered an elite prospect, combining a strong frame with an aggressive, attacking playing style. He

COACH: HOWARD THOMAS JR. LOCATION: PHOENIX, AZ NICKNAME: BEARS

is at his best with the ball in his hands, and knows how to get a bucket when it’s needed. He will be the focal point of this offense, and he’ll have some help. Jeron Artest transfers in, and the son of NBA veteran Ron Artest is looking to make a name for himself. At 6-foot-2, Artest is a freak athlete that should get better playing in a system like Hillcrest’s. Senior Xavier Dumas is expected to play minutes off the bench for the Bears. The frontcourt: Senior KJ Hymes transfers in, and the 6-foot-10 big man will be a much-needed presence on defense for Hillcrest. Hymes (ESPN 3-Star) is verbally committed to Nevada, fresh off a final NIKE EYBL campaign with the NIKE Phamily, starting alongside Marvin Bagley III. Hymes will look to continue his development, and will do so as a focal point of their offense. 6-foot-9 junior big man Dischon Thomas is starting to pick up offers from mid-majors across the country, and it’s only a matter

of time until the athletic, physically-gifted big man starts picking up high-major interest. Prognosis: The Bears could be one of the best teams on the west coast, it will all depend on how they play together. Walker is supremely talented and can take over a game at a moment’s notice, and the supporting cast is more than talented enough to compete with the nation’s best. Hillcrest won’t take it easy on themselves, traveling across the country all winter to play against The Grind Session’s best. One thing is for sure: excitement will be had - Hillcrest Prep plays a very uptempo style of basketball and will be a highlightreel in-the-making every night out.

COACH: MIKE BIBBY

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ead coach Mike Bibby led Shadow Mountain to the best finish in school history in 2016-17, leading the Matadors to an undefeated regular season and a dominant Arizona 4A state championship win over Salpointe Catholic. Their 27-0 record granted them a berth in DICK’s Nationals, the only public school to earn a spot in the eight-team field. They fell short in a hard-fought battle to a national powerhouse, and that experience should pay off in a big way as they go for their third-straight state championship. The Backcourt: Departing senior Marcus Shaver will be sorely missed, but the Matadors have a ton of talent work with in his absence. Junior Jaelan House and Jovan Blacksher return to lead one

LOCATION: PHOENIX, AZ NICKNAME: MATADORS

of the most up-tempo squads in the country. Blacksher averaged 16.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.8 steals per game in 2016-17, while House (ESPN 4-Star) put up averages of 22.3 points, 5.8 steals and 4.9 assists. Their nearly 10 steal-pergame average was more than any other duo in the country, making them one of the most potent two-way backcourts in the country. Lakeridge (OR) transfers Immanuel (2018) and Christian Allen (2019) join the fold, and both are expected to play big minutes. The frontcourt: With seven departing seniors, the Matadors will have a bit of production to replace. 6-foot-4 sophomore Shemar Morrow, a transfer from La Mirada in California, comes in with big expectations. He’ll

be one of the lengthier members of Shadow Mountain’s rotation, and should flourish alongside Blacksher and House. This team isn’t going to kill you with the size of their interior, but they will create mismatches across the board with their pace of play. Prognosis: The Matadors margin of victory over in-state competition is eye-opening. In 2016-17, Shadow Mountain won their four playoff games by an average of 45 points per game. Bibby’s crew is going to be a force to be reckoned with once again in 2017-18, and will likely be nationally-ranked until they reach the meat of their schedule. A return trip to New York City isn’t out of the question, and if House and Blacksher perform like we expect them to, another 4A Championship should be an expectation.

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he Monarchs put together one of their finest seasons in program history last year, finishing with a 33-3 record and the runner-up in the CIF State Championships. They lost twice in March to fellow powerhouse Bishop Montgomery, which should add fuel to the fire heading into 201718. Top to bottom, on paper, Gary McKnight may have his best squad ever. Senior Bol Bol is a special talent and a future NBA lottery pick, and he’s surrounded by a boatload of talented running mates. The Backcourt: Senior Harvard commit Spencer Freedman (ESPN 4-Star) is one of the best floor generals in the country. The 6-foot-1 point guard is gifted with the ball in his hands, and is accustomed to playing with and against elite talent, as Freedman starred as the lead guard for California Supreme during the 2017 EYBL. Freedman is joined

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LOCATION: SANTA ANA, CA NICKNAME: MONARCHS

by star transfer P.J. Fuller (ESPN No. 43), a 6-foot-3 junior who possesses elite athleticism and ball skills. 6-foot-4 senior Harrison Butler (Southern Utah commit) returns, and his size and experience will be crucial off the bench for McKnight’s Monarchs. The frontcourt: Bol gained eligibility at Mater Dei last January, and proceeded to completely dominate for the next 10 months. The 7-foot-2 Bol (ESPN No. 4) ran with California Supreme in the NIKE EYBL, winning the regular season Most Valuable Player award while skyrocketing up the individual rankings. He can score, run the floor, shoot from the perimeter and is a menace when locked in defensively. He will be joined by his Supreme teammate, 6-foot-9 Yale commit Michael Wang, a strong defender and rebounder who is a perfect role player. 6-foot-6 senior Reegan Lundeen is a captain for the

prolific prep ntering its third year as a program, Prolific Prep will once again have a loaded roster capable of beating anyone in the country. Head coach Billy McKnight will sport one of the most talented starting units in the nation, led by incoming transfer Jordan Brown (ESPN No. 30). Replacing Gary Trent’s production from 2016-17 is no easy task, but the ‘Crew’ should have no problem collecting wins with the amount of talent on their squad. They compete in The Grind Session, and their depth will be a challenge for every opponent on their schedule. THE BACKCOURT: 6-foot-5 guard Sekou Toure, a UCSanta Barbara commit, returns for his senior year, fresh off winning a Peach Jam championship for the Oakland Soldiers in the 2017 EYBL. Fellow EYBL alumni Jeenathan Williams, a transfer from University School in Rochester,

COACH: GARY MCKNIGHT

Monarchs and will be relied on for his leadership. Caleb Donohue is the only sophomore in the frontcourt, and will have to earn minutes alongside his talented teammates. Prognosis: This team won’t be touched by the majority of their competition. They are extremely experienced, have rock-solid guard play, and have stars across the board. It’s a certainty that Bol is going to show out, and the rest of their lineup is as experienced as any unit in the country. If Fuller can adapt to his new teammates, you could be reading about the best team in the country. They don’t have any notable holes in their rotation, and will test themselves early and often in their national schedule. This team has a chance to be special, and should be considered must-see television during the season.

COACH: BILL MCKNIGHT LOCATION: NAPA, CA NICKNAME: ”CREW”

New York, is a high-major recruit and will be expected to contribute major production from the outset. 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Nimari Burnett joins the fray, transferring from Morgan Park in Chicago. Burnett is expected to provide an immediate spark for the Crew, while three other seniors will compete for time in the backcourt. THE FRONTCOURT: The aforementioned 6-foot-10 Brown is the star of the unit, and he should only get better with the bigs surrounding him. Brown won’t impress with his athleticism, but his skillset allows him to stretch the floor and become a matchup nightmare offensively. 6-foot9 returnee Amadou Sow, a UC-Santa Barbara commit, teamed up with Toure on the Soldiers’ championship run, and the senior operates as one of the most underrated big men on the national scene. Fellow senior veteran

Brown Eyisi (6-foot-9) will receive major minutes, as will 6-foot-9 sophomore Oton Jankovic. Both will be expected to provide efficient defense and activity on both ends of the floor. PROGNOSIS: On paper, the Crew is one of the most talented teams on The Grind Session in 2017-18. They have a nice blend of veteran leadership and new, talented faces — a combination that should amount to a lot of wins this season. If last year is any indication, Prolific Prep figures to be one of the most well-coached and disciplined teams in the country, and arguably the best high school squad in California next to Mater Dei. Expect the Crew to contend for 30 wins this season.

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ishop Montgomery had a season to remember in 2016-17, taking home the CIF-Southern Section and CIF State Open Championship behind a deep, balanced lineup. The Knights reload in 2017-18, and will ride the star talents of senior swingman David Singleton. Just like years past, Bishop Montgomery will have a giant target on their back and will test themselves against elite competition on the west coast. It will be a challenge to replicate their season-long success from a year ago, but they have more than enough talent to beat anyone on their schedule, which means we could be looking at another special season for the Knights. The Backcourt: 6-foot-3 unior guard Gianni Hunt (ESPN 4-Star) is back to lead the Knights, fresh off a stellar sophomore campaign and a successful run as the only underclassmen on a talented California

COACH: DOUG MITCHELL LOCATION: TORRANCE, CA NICKNAME: KNIGHTS

Supreme 17U squad in the NIKE EYBL. Hunt is an ultra-quick playmaker who sets the table nicely for his teammates, and his on-court leadership will be one of the major keys to the Knights’ success this season. 6-foot-4 junior Oscar Lopez will join Hunt in the backcourt, transferring into a rotation that features three returning starters. The frontcourt: Singleton is the star of the Knights’ unit, and the 6-foot-4 UCLA commit is primed to have an outrageously good senior season. Singleton leads a defensive-minded unit that will be aided by a good amount of depth. 6-foot-6 senior Fletcher is a great twoway player, and the Boston University commit has a chance to be one of the best glue-guys on the west coast. Tynen and Singleton will be a problem for opposing defenses, as their versatility, toughness and defensive ability

are already well-proven. 6-foot-11 junior Lazar Nekic transferred in and figures make a noticeable impact as a defensive presence. Prognosis: The Knights will enter the season as somewhat of a sleeper, but head coach Doug Mitchell’s Knights will be very dangerous. As mentioned before, Bishop Montgomery will test themselves early and often this season. Their first order of business is to find scoring replacements for departing seniors Ethan Thompson (Oregon State) and Jordan Schakel (San Diego State). It’s a safe bet that the Knights won’t skip a beat, as they have one of the most talented rotations on the west coast. Expect a lot of wins, and expect Singleton to contend for Mr. Basketball in California.

COACH: ANDREW CHEVALIER

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ierra Canyon spent the 201617 season with a target on its back, riding Duke-bound Marvin Bagley III to a 27-3 record and a top five ranking the majority of the season. Head coach Andre Chevalier turns over a new roster in 2017-18, but the Trailblazers should be just as dominant against local foes, and very competitive against the national portion of their schedule. The Trailblazers have a lot of talent at their disposal, and some recognizable names in their primary rotation. The Backcourt: Junior Cassius Stanley (247 5-Star) and senior Duane Washington Jr. (247 3-Star) lead a deep, talented set of guards that will come at their opponents in waves. The 6-foot-5 Stanley is a freak athlete, and the former Harvard-Westlake star figures

LOCATION: CHATSWORTH, CA NICKNAME: TRAILBLAZERS

to be one of the most productive transfers in the nation. Washington, a transfer from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an Ohio State verbal commitment, gives Chevalier a steady, composed point guard who should excel. Junior Scottie Pippen Jr., son of the NBA legend, will provide a major spark as a third weapon in the backcourt. Pippen transferred in from Pine Crest, Florida, and is a candidate to average in double-figures. The frontcourt: Stanley will play both in the backcourt and frontcourt, as his size is the one the keys to his versatility. Junior Kenyon Martin Jr. (247 3-Star) is set for big rise for the Trailblazers, and the 6-foot-6 swingman is coming off a strong grassroots season for California Supreme 16U. Sophomore Terren Frank excelled late in EYBL for the

NIke Phamily, displaying the ability to be a dangerous shooter from the perimeter. The Trailblazers won’t beat you with their height, but Chevalier’s group features more than enough athleticism to maintain an edge against most opposition. Prognosis: The talent is there for Sierra Canyon, now we have to see if they can put it all together. Washington is a strong senior leader for the unit, but they’ll need their juniors — Stanley, Marin and Pippen — to come up big early and often. The Trailblazers will play a difficult schedule, including a Dec. 9 matchup against Shadow Mountain at Hoophall West, so they will be forced to put up or shut up. They have the talent to win a lot of games, while staying in the conversation for a top 25-ranking.

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t. John’s College (DC) turned in a 25-10 record last year, and the Cadets return a good amount of their production in 201718. They have a bevy of talented guards, complemented by a talented albeit undersized frontcourt. Guards Tre Wood and Casey Morsell will be the go-to guys for first year head coach Pat Behan, who replace IMG-bound Sean McAloon. Their schedule will be as difficult as ever, especially considering how stacked the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference is this season. The Backcourt: Wood, a UMass commit, looked sturdy and reliable running the point for Team Takeover in the NIKE EYBL, and will be one of the top floor generals in the WCAC. Wood (247 3-Star) is a capable scorer, and

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will benefit from running alongside Morsell - a star on Takeover’s 16U squad. Morsell (247 No. 71) is a game-changing scorer, already holding offers from several high-major schools. Morsell’s development on the basketball court has been rapid, and he’ll be looking to continue that upward trend in 2017-18. 6-foot-4 sophomore Darius Maddux is getting rave reviews, and figures to see plenty of openings as the defense focuses on Wood and Morsell. The frontcourt: 6-foot-7 senior Richard Njoku is the Cadets’ beef on the inside. Njoku committed to Navy in October, giving the Academy a hard-nosed, tough big man who will do the dirty work. 6-foot-8 senior Quanzi Samuels Jr. joins Njoku in the frontcourt, giving St. John’s a long, athletic body that

can run the floor. 6-foot-4 swingman Jalin Abbott will see time off the bench, and Maddux will see time as a small forward when the Cadets play small. Prognosis: IMG will spend the majority of the season ranked in the top ten of every national ranking, barring a major injury to one of their stars. They will have plenty of depth, and feature as many stars as any squad in the country. It will be interesting to see how the crop of new players adapts to McAloon’s style. The talented first-year head coach will have an embarrassment of riches at his disposal, making the Ascenders a prime candidate to win the national championship in 2017-18.

COACH: SEAN MCALOON

img academy ehind stars Trevon Duval and Emmitt Williams, IMG Academy turned in a 26-1 regular season record and a berth to DICK’s Nationals. They came up a bit short in the first round against Greensboro Day, but their season-long showing might go down as the best season in program history. Sean McAloon makes his way in from St. John’s (DC) to take over head coaching duties, and he’ll have an absolutely loaded roster at his disposal. Another run to DICK’s Nationals is the goal, and if their incoming transfers mesh, they will have a great chance at making that goal a reality. The Backcourt: The backcourt is responsible for replacing departing star point guard Trevon Duval, which is no easy task. 6-foot-2 Arkansas commit Keshawn

COACH: PAT BEHAN

LOCATION: BRADENTON, FL NICKNAME: ASCENDERS

Embery figures to play big minutes in the point guard slot, and should flourish around the talent around him. Sophomore point guard transfer Noah Farrakhan (ESPN No. 13) is going to make an instant impact, operating as one of the top players in the 2020 class. 6-foot-6 junior wing Josh Green (ESPN No. 32) makes his way in from the west coast and will play significant minutes for McAloon. The frontcourt: This frontcourt is absolutely loaded. 6-foot-8, 240-pound Kansas commit Silvio De Sousa (ESPN No. 28) is back in the fold, and he’ll be assisted by two extremely talented transfers. 6-foot-7 senior point-forward Darius Days (ESPN No. 61), and LSU verbal commit, will be a focal point in McAloon’s offense. Days’ versatility will be a huge weapon, as will the

emergence of star junior Chol Marial - a transfer from Cheshire Academy (CT). Marial (ESPN No. 4) is a special prospect, and will likely take some time to turn into a major impact player for the Ascenders. Prognosis: IMG will spend the majority of the season ranked in the top ten of every national ranking, barring a major injury to one of their stars. They will have plenty of depth, and feature as many stars as any squad in the country. It will be interesting to see how the crop of new players adapts to McAloon’s style. The talented first-year head coach will have an embarrassment of riches at his disposal, making the Ascenders a prime candidate to win the national championship in 2017-18.

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erennial Florida powerhouse Orlando Christian Prep had a terrific showing in 2016-17, finishing 27-4 after taking home the Florida 3A State Championship over Trinity Christian. First-year head coach Treig Burke turns over a roster that is almost entirely veterans, and contains a vast amount of experience. Senior forward Nassir Little (ESPN No. 14), a verbal commitment to North Carolina, will be their bread and butter. The accompanying talent around Little should make a 3A State Championship repeat an expectation for Burke’s talented unit. The Backcourt: 5-foot-10 senior guard Ronaldo Segu is the floor general for the Warriors, and he helped them win a lot of games last season. Recently committed to Buffalo, Segu (ESPN 4-Star) loves to push the ball on the break, utilizing his

COACH: MATT RUTA LOCATION: ORLANDO, FL NICKNAME: WARRIORS

teammates while showing the ability to get his own. He can score in a variety of ways, and should be considered an absolute steal for Nate Oats and Buffalo. OCP will feature a handful of role players alongside Segu, but the future Bull is the straw that stirs the drink for the Warriors. The frontcourt: 6-foot-7 senior forward Nassir Little was an absolute monster last season proving to be a certified winner while occasionally showcasing jaw-dropping skills. The talented Tarheels-commit Little made his verbal pledge the defending national champs in early October. Little possesses a 7-foot-2 wingspan, freakish athleticism and excels on the break. He is developing his shot, preferring to use his strong build to attack the lane with ease. 6-foot-7 CJ Walker (ESPN 4-Star) is getting high-major offers from across

the country, and figures to continue his ascent up the recruiting rankings with a solid junior campaign. Several glue guys round out the rotation, including senior Dejuan Lockett and sophomore Kyler Rodman. Prognosis: Expect more of the same for Orlando Christian Prep during the 2017-18 season. They have one of their most talented lineups in recent memory, and don’t play a particularly difficult schedule early on. Expect the trio of Little, Segu and Walker to be among the best in Florida. Their rotation will go at least 10 deep, but they would be smart to keep the ball in Little and Segu’s hands as much as possible. If they can avoid a slip up, expect OCP to land in the national top 25 before the calendar turns to 2018.

COACH: ALEX JACKSON

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ead coach Alex Jackson led his Pioneers to the FHSAA Class 9 state championship game last year, falling to Osceola to close out a 22-5 season. Oak Ridge reloads in 2017-18, putting forth one of the most talented rotations in the south. 6-foot-7 big man Emmitt Williams, a unanimous 5-star recruit and a standout at USA Basketball in October, will lead a group that has a state championship in their sights. THE BACKCOURT: Senior Antwann Jones (ESPN No. 45) is the Pioneers’ leading returner, and the former Oklahoma State commit is going to be one of the hottest commodities in the recruiting world all winter long. At 6-foot-6, Jones is a gifted scorer

LOCATION: ORLANDO, FL NICKNAME: PIONEERS

and is at his best when he’s in attack mode. 6-foot-4 senior Robin Perry returns from last year, as does 6-foot-5 junior guard Niven Glover (247 3-Star). 5-foot-7 senior Damon Harge Jr. (ESPN 3-Star) transferred in from the Christ School in North Carolina and will have the ball in his hands a lot for Jackson and company. 5-foot-8 senior Marcus Taylor will provide a spark off the bench. THE FRONTCOURT: Simply put, Williams is a star. He recently added a perimeter jumper to his offensive arsenal, and consistently operates as one of the most efficient rebounders in the country. Williams is transferring in from IMG Academy, however chemistry shouldn’t be an issue as

he was teammates with Jones on E1T1 United during the 2017 NIKE EYBL. Jones will likely see time in the frontcourt when the Pioneers go small, but their bread and butter will be Williams’ evolving game. PROGNOSIS: Oak Ridge will be tested early and often in 2017-18, but you can expect them to be flirting with a national ranking throughout the season. Williams and Jones are undoubtedly one of the best duos in the country, and their talent alone should keep Oak Ridge competitive in every game they play. A return to the state championship is the goal, while Williams will make a great case for McDonald’s AllAmerican Game and Jordan Brand Classic honors.

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evin Boyle’s Eagles had another special season in 2016-17, finishing 27-5 with a loss in the DICK’s Nationals Championship game to La Lumiere. Senior RJ Barrett (ESPN No. 1) is back, and the future NBA lottery pick is the preseason favorite for National Player of the Year. On paper, Barrett will have the most talented supporting cast of his three-year career at MVA. They are deep, talented and extremely well-coached, and will be favored in every game they play. THE BACKCOURT: 6-foot-3 senior guard Andrew Nembhard (ESPN No. 46) joins Barrett as the only other returning guard in the rotation, and the Florida commit is finally back to full strength after missing the entire spring and summer with an injury. Fellow senior Mike Devoe, a 6-foot-5 Georgia Tech commit, will make an instant impact after

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transferring in from Oak Ridge. Devoe (ESPN No. 56) excelled for Nike South Beach in the 2017 NIKE EYBL, and figures to be even better playing alongside Barrett and Nembhard. 6-foot-5 Karrington Davis transferred in from Chaminade (MO), and the Bradley Beal Elite veteran will operate as one of the top perimeter defenders in the rotation. 5-foot-11 senior Trevin Wade will provide a spark off the bench for Boyle and company. THE FRONTCOURT: Barrett will certainly see time at the small forward position, as his versatility is one of his best traits. 6-foot-9 sophomores Makhi and Makhel Mitchell (ESPN No. 28 and ESPN 4-Star, respectively), both committed to Maryland, make their way to MVA from Bishop McNamara (MD). Fellow sophomore and Ohio native Jordan Mitchell (ESPN No. 50) will also see

major minutes in a lineup consisting primarily of underclassmen. Senior transfer Kevin Zhang and Gonzaga commit Filip Petrusev will see minutes off the bench. PROGNOSIS: Montverde will test themselves early and often, and will debut as the number one team in the country. It will depend on how their tournament and showcase schedule turn out, but they will make a very strong case for toughest schedule in the country. They have six top-100 players in their rotation, and Barrett gives them them the star power needed to consistently beat the nation’s best. Boyle has coached two future No. 1 draft picks in the NBA, and he thinks Barrett will be his third. That’s all you need to know about how good Montverde will be heading into 2017-18.

COACH: ADRIAN SOSA

university school he Sharks explode onto the scene in 2017-18, entering the season ranked in every preseason poll. They land at No. 20 in the Prep Circuit Top 25, mainly due to an influx of transfers joining junior superstar Vernon Carey Jr. Head coach Adrian Sosa coached many of these players during the summer circuit, where he assumed the same position for NIKE Team Florida of the EYBL. Carey is as good as any prospect in American, and with the amount of talent surrounding him, the Sharks have a great to chance to soar up the national rankings. THE BACKCOURT: Three transfers are set to take over the backcourt, starting with senior Trey Doomes (247 3-Star). The 6-foot-3 scoring guard turned heads this past spring and summer, averaging 11.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for NIKE Team Florida. He is verbally committed to West Virginia,

COACH: KEVIN BOYLE

LOCATION: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL NICKNAME: SHARKS

and is regarded as one of the most underrated players in the country. Fellow 6-foot senior transfer Drue Drinnon (247 3-Star), a New Mexico commit, also shined in the EYBL, turning in several clutch performances for the Southern Stampede. He will operate as a main ball-handler for the Sharks. Returning juniors Xavien Flowers and Josh Sanguinetti will see major minutes, and will join the hoops squad as soon as football season wraps up. THE FRONTCOURT: Carey (ESPN No. 2) is a machine, pairing a 6-foot-10, 260-pound frame with versatility for days and a soft lefty touch. He can overpower you on the interior or take you on the perimeter, all while constantly opening up opportunities for his teammates. Carey starred on USA Basketball with the Sharks’ third incoming transfer, 6-foot7 sophomore Scottie Barnes. One of the best players in his class, Barnes

(247 No. 5) is a gifted scorer with tremendous athleticism. He will benefit from playing alongside Carey, as opposing defenses will essentially have to pick their poison with the Sharks’ talented duo. PROGNOSIS: Five of their rotation players ran under Sosa with NTF, so their team chemistry should be miles ahead of most teams to start the season. They won’t have much depth on the interior, a problem that will most likely rear its ugly head when the Sharks play at City of Palms and the HoopHall Classic. Their schedule is littered with tough opponents, giving Sosa and company a great chance to rack up an impressive Prep Circuit Power Score. If Domes and Drinnon step up as senior leaders, there won’t be many rotations more complete than the Sharks.about how good Montverde will be heading into 2017-18.

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ear in and year out, head coach Jesse McMillan puts a stellar product on the court, and 2016-17 was no different. Behind departing seniors Rayshaun Hammonds (Georgia), Jordan Goldwire (Duke) and Lance Thomas (Louisville), the Blue Devils finished with a 26-6 record - 11-1 in their region. Their roster in 2017-18 won’t have the star power from a year ago, but McMillan has another talented, experienced squad that features eight returners. The Backcourt: Junior Kyle Sturdivant returns as the floor general for the Blue Devils, and McMillan will rely heavily on his battle-tested point guard. The 6-foot2 Sturdivant (247 3-Star) started for Nike Team Florida in the 2017 NIKE EYBL, helping NTF qualify for the

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illustrious Peach Jam after averaging 10.0 points, 3.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds in 22 games. 5-foot-11 senior Dalvin White, a two-year veteran of the EYBL and a valuable contributor for the Devils the past two seasons, also returns to the fold. Juniors Alonzo Johnson and Malachi Martin will both see minutes off the bench. The frontcourt: 6-foot-6 combo guard Brandon Boston (247 4-Star) is the top-ranked sophomore in the state, and he’s a smooth operator offensively. Boston definitely plays more like a guard, and in smaller lineups, he will be expected to guard the opposition’s forwards. He is a certified high-major prospect, and is expected to take on a big scoring role for the Devils. Do-itall forward Joseph Toppin is another returnee, and the 6-foot-6 senior will

see a larger role in his final season. Seniors Jaekwon Lyles (6-foot-4) and Shelton Zeon (6-foot-5) will see minutes off the bench. Prognosis: One thing McMillan and the Blue Devils do every year: test themselves. 2017-18 will be no different, as Norcross will compete in numerous high-level showcase events, including several contests against national competition. The southeast will find out quickly if Norcross is up to their standard dominance. If Boston and Sturdivant continue to evolve like we think they will, the Blue Devils could play their way into something they’ve become accustomed to over the past few years; a national ranking.

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mceachern ead coach Mike Thompson led the Indians to a special season in 2016-17, starting 29-0 before losing the Georgia 7A State Championship game to a tough Tift County squad. They return the majority of their core rotation, led by 6-foot-5 star junior Isaac Okoro (ESPN No. 40). Okoro will lead a very experienced unit, even if the majority of his teammates are still underclassmen. They were one win short of qualifying for DICK’s Nationals, and will be looking to redeem themselves in 2017-18. THE BACKCOURT: Okoro is capable of playing the shooting guard or small forward positions, and will have the ball in his hands a lot for Thompson’s bunch. 5-foot-10 super sophomore Sharife Cooper (247 4-Star) is as dynamic as point guards come, and will be a matchup nightmare through

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LOCATION: POWDER SPRINGS, GA NICKNAME: INDIANS

McEachern’s schedule. 6-foot-7 junior Brandon Suggs is also capable of playing in both courts, and his length on defense gives McEachern a weapon in their up-tempo style of play. These three will be a handful for most of their opposition, and they will be aided by junior bench spark-plug Jerod Bush. This group led McEachern to 29 wins in 30 tries, and did so as sophomores, so it’s safe to say they will be at their best in 2017-18. THE FRONTCOURT: Juniors Jared Jones (247 4-Star) and Babatunde Akingbola (247 4-Star) will man the frontcourt for the Indians. Jones, a 6-foot-9 forward transfer from Pebblebrook, is evolving on both ends, but at this point is primarily a defensivestopper. Akingbola, like Jones, has high-major offers across the board, and figures to excel alongside such talented guard play. Though normally

in the backcourt, Okoro and Suggs will both see time in the frontcourt when McEachern goes a bit smaller. PROGNOSIS: The majority of the Indians’ rotation runs with Athletes of Tomorrow (GA) in the NIKE EYBL, a squad that made a run in the E16 Peach Jam Championship game. After back-toback losses in respective high school and grassroots season, it’s unlikely that any team will have a bigger chip on their shoulder than McEachern. They will start the season in the national rankings and will kick things off against fellow national contender University School (FL). Expect the Indians to put up another special season, with Okoro making a play for Georgia player of the year.

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he Wildcats had somewhat of a down year in 2016-17, stumbling to a 21-9 record behind a roster that is better than the record indicates. Larry Thompson makes his way in from Greenforest Christian to assume head coaching duties, and if his reputation is any indication, this will be a defensive-minded group. They return five major rotation players from last year, and if they adapt to their new roles and their new coach, the Wildcats will be a major contender in Georgia 7A and a sleeper candidate on the national level. The Backcourt: 6-foot-7 senior Brandon Younger will operate as a point forward for Thompson’s Wildcats, and will have the ball in his hands plenty. 6-foot-5 junior Isaac Martin is a promising prospect and will see big

LOCATION: MARIETTA, GA NICKNAME: WILDCATS minutes alongside Younger, as will underrated junior point guard Jaire Eastmond. Both Martin and Eastmond are currently mid-major prospects, and have a chance to blow up their recruitment during 2017-18. 6-foot-3 senior guard Isaiah Holt opened eye during fall ball, and is expected to see a major role off the bench for the Wildcats. The frontcourt: 6-foot-10 EJ Montgomery will be the focal point for Thompson and the Wildcats. Montgomery (ESPN No. 33) is a highly-skilled lefty who excels in the open floor, and is accustomed to playing with Wheeler’s dynamic guards - both past and present. The three-year veteran has a chance to turn in a special senior season, and he’ll do it alongside a talented backcourt. 6-foot-9 senior Austin

Johnson spent his spring and summer with GAme Elite in the adidas circuit, and decided to attend Tennessee State at the next level. Prognosis: Thompson is a heck of a coach, and he has more than enough talent across the rotation to compete for a Class 7A title in Georgia this season. Montgomery is going to be a nightmare to prepare for, while Younger and Johnson will be formidable sidekicks. Top-to-bottom, this Wildcats team should be able to compete with just about anyone in the southeast, and they’ll test themselves early and often with a difficult local and national schedule. They won’t start the year in the rankings, but don’t be surprised if Montgomery steps up and leads Wheeler to a redhot start.

COACH: TYRONE SLAUGHTER

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he Dolphins enjoyed a special season in 2016-17, taking home the IHSA 4A State Championship with a hard-fought victory over fellow Chicago giant Simeon. Head coach Tyrone Slaughter is one of the best in the business, and he’ll be assisted by a rotation chocked full of talented, experienced guards. They’ll get things rolling in mid-November, and test themselves immediately, defending home turf at the Chicago Elite in early December. The Backcourt: Minus departing senior Lucas Williamson (Loyola), the majority of the backcourt returns for the Dolphins. 6-foot senior Xavier Castaneda is one of the better lead guards in the country, and the South Florida commit will be looking to capitalize on his huge junior campaign. Castaneda (247 3-Star)

LOCATION: CHICAGO, IL NICKNAME: DOLPHINS

averaged 9.1 points, 4.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 21 EYBL games over the summer, proving his mettle among the best in the country. 6-foot-3 sophomore Tyler Beard has a ton of hype behind him, and is expected to make a major contribution offensively. The frontcourt: While they may play more like guards, 6-foot-4 senior wings Javon Freeman-Liberty and Justin Boyd will be expected to play big for Slaughter and the Dolphins. Both prospects ran with Slaughter and the Chicago MeanSteets in the 2017 NIKE EYBL, as did Castaneda, so the Dolphins’ team chemistry - as well as coachability - should be among the nation’s best. Freeman-Liberty (ESPN 3-Star) is already verbally-committed to Valparaiso, while Boyd (ESPN 3-Star) is a certified division one

recruit. A variety of other pieces will assist in the Dolphins frontcourt, but they’ll be forced to play smaller. Prognosis: The Dolphins weren’t expected to win the state championship a year ago, and while they won’t be favored again in 2017-18, don’t be surprised if the Dolphins make us look very stupid. They have guards for days, and if anything has been proven true in recent years, it’s that the strongest backcourts survive. Slaughter coaches the majority of his rotation year-round, and should have his team clicking when they open up play in early December at the Chicago Elite Classic. They’ll be tested early and often throughout the 2017-18 campaign, and if they start hot, they will find their way into the national rankings very quickly.

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ead coach Nick Irvin has transformed Morgan Park into a powerhouse in the basketballcrazy city of Chicago, cemented by the Mustangs’ state championship win over Fenwick to close out 201617. They are as talented as ever heading into this season, led by senior superstar Ayo Dosunmu. The Illinois verbal commit will be must-see TV for local fans, and the 6-foot-5 playmaker is in for a special season especially with the surrounding talent. Another 3A Championship is the goal for Irvin’s Mustangs, and if Dosunmu plays like he did for the Mac Irvin Fire over the summer, not many local teams will be able to keep up. The Backcourt: Dosunmu made local fans very happy last month after committing to the hometown Illini, and now he’ll

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COACH: NICK IRVIN LOCATION: CHICAGO, IL NICKNAME: MUSTANGS

turn his sites to turning heads on the national scene. Dosunmu (ESPN No. 29) was a 3rd Team All-EYBL performer for the Mac Irvin Fire during the spring and summer, and will be looking to translate that into a senior season to remember. A quartet of guards will surround Dosunmu, including senior Kenyon Duling, a Tennessee State commit and the son of NBA veteran Keyon Dooling. Sophomore Adam Miller is one of the best underclassmen in the country, and will likely step into a major production role. Fellow sophomore Marcus Watson will provide a spark off the bench, and is already receiving mid-major offers from local colleges. The frontcourt: 6-foot-10 senior Tamell Pearson (247 3-Star) recently committed

to UAB and head coach Robert Ehsan. Pearson came on late for the Mac Irvin Fire, opening a lot of eyes during the month of July. He’ll look to parlay that into a strong senior campaign, alongside fellow senior and Mac Irvin Fire teammate Cameron Burrell. A 6-foot-7 athlete, Burrell is a great glue-guy for a Mustangs squad full of playmaking scorers. The majority of Morgan Park’s rotation suits up for the Fire during the spring and summer, so they should feature some top-notch team chemistry, both on and off the court. Irvin has his sights set on another 3A crown, and you’d be silly not to consider the Mustangs the favorites.

COACH: ROBERT SMITH LOCATION: CHICAGO, IL NICKNAME: WOLVERINES seasons, and will be expected to increase his production during his junior campaign. Senior Kezo Brown is currently not with the team, but would give the Wolverines a big lift, if he returns from his medical issues. THE FRONTCOURT: Horton-Tucker is one of the most versatile players in the 2018 class, and will be counted on to contribute in both the backcourt and frontcourt. Horton-Tucker excels with the ball in his hands, and with his nearly 7-foot wingspan, his versatility translates to defending players of all sizes. 6-foot-7 seniors Messiah Jones, a Drake commit, and Bakari Simmons, the son of NBA veteran Bobby Simmons, will both see major minutes alongside

Horton-Tucker. The Wolverines will play a bit on the smaller end, but that hasn’t limited Smith’s squads in the past. PROGNOSIS: It’s state championship or bust for Simeon. It will go at least nine deep, have plenty HortonTucker, and have great size in the backcourt with Young and Pinson both standing 6-foot-3. How good will the Wolverines be? It’s likely we will find out very early, as they tip off against national competition in the Chicago Elite Classic. Expect Simeon to be nationally-ranked throughout the season, barring a serious injury to one of its rotation players.

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a Lumiere took home the DICK’s National Championship last season, finishing 29-1 behind a freakishly well-coached rotation. After the historic season, DePaul hired La Lumiere’s head coach Shane Heirman, who will be replaced by new head man Pat Holmes. While Holmes may not have the level of talent from 2016-17, the Lakers will reload with another stacked roster that should compete for a bid to defend their DICK’s title. Incoming junior transfer Isaiah Stewart has the chance to be special, and will likely be the focal point offensively for Holmes and company. The Backcourt: Two-year veteran Tyger Campbell returns for his senior year, and the former DePaul commit and highly-ranked point guard will be looking to raise his stock even higher. Campbell (ESPN No. 72) is a terrific facilitator and doesn’t bat an eyelash in adversity. His hard-

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nosed style-of-play will undoubtedly rub off on his teammates, including incoming Texas transfer Charles Smith IV. A 6-foot5 combo guard, Smith (247 4-Star) is a likely bet to blow up on the national scene for Holmes and company. Seniors Paxton Wojcik and Grant Beucler will see major minutes off the bench for the Lakers. The frontcourt: Fascinatingly-talented junior Isaiah Stewart transfers into La Lumiere, fresh off a certiably dominant performance in October at USA Basketball camp. Stewart (ESPN No. 26) is a physical specimen, and the 6-foot-9 prospect has already proven capable of playing against the nation’s elite, nearly averaging a double-double for The City Rocks in the 2017 NIKE EYBL. Fellow returnee Franklin Agunanne, a 6-foot-8 Loyola commit, is expected to take on a bigger role during his senior campaign,

as is senior Daniel Goldrick. The wildcard of the unit is Canadian import, talented 6-foot-7 junior Emanuel Miller. There is a multitude of talented bodies across the Lakers rotation, and will be a chore to prepare for and compete with all season long. Prognosis: Though they won’t debut at No. 1, the Lakers are the champions until they are unseated, which means they will have a target on their back the entire season. Stewart is a special prospect, and with Campbell at the helm and Smith and Miller joining him on the wing, the Lakers could be defined as ‘scary’ good once again this season. They play a boatload of stiff competition throughout their 2017-18 campaign, and you can expect them to rack up one of the more impressive PrepCircuit Power Scores, the new RPI-like high school scoring system making its debut this season.

COACH: LUKE BARNWELL

sunrise christian ver the past few years, Sunrise Christian has built itself into a powerhouse in the midwest basketball scene. The defensive-minded Buffaloes wrapped up 2016-17 with a 23-7 record, riding a rotation consisting primarily of underclassmen. Their roster in 2017-18 features six returners and seven newcomers, a 13-man group that looks on paper to be the Buffaloes’ most promising ever. One thing is certain with Sunrise: not many teams will be able to match their defensive output. Last season, the Buffaloes held their opponents below 51 points in 23 out of 30 games. The Backcourt: Steady, productive senior commits Isaiah Bujdoso (Loyola) and Khaleem Bennett (Central Arkansas) lead the experienced Buffaloes. Both are NIKE EYBL veterans, showcasing the ability to display and implement their talents against the

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LOCATION: WICHITA, KS NICKNAME: BUFFALOES

nation’s best talent. Seniors Noel Coleman and Carlos Paez will see major minutes off the bench, as will 6-foot-6 junior wing Jordan Turner (247 4-Star). Turner is big and strong enough to play in the frontcourt, but will undoubtedly see minutes as a guard due to the talented crowd in the frontcourt. The frontcourt: This. Frontcourt. Is. Loaded. Sophomore N’Faly Dante (ESPN No. 9) has his coming out party in July at ‘The 8’ with MOKAN Elite, and the 6-foot-11 prospect is only scratching the surface of his potential. His length and athleticism are jaw-droppingly good, and he pares it natural defensive instincts that makes scouts drool. The talent keeps coming, as juniors Malik Hall (247 4-Star), Blake Hinson (247 4-Star), and Turner are all high-major recruits, accustomed to playing against elite competition. All three bring something different to

the table, and if one of them becomes a consistent outside threat, this unit becomes deadly. Juniors Oasmane Gueye and Blaise Keita, a returner from last year, will play minutes off the bench. Prognosis: On paper, Sunrise has one of their more talented rotations in school history. They will have the good fortune of being able to bring along Dante slowly, as he’s surrounded by a lot of talented bodies. They don’t have many noticeable weaknesses across their rotation, are extremely well-disciplined, and have some of the best coaching in the country. The recipe for success is there for the Buffaloes in 2017-18, and we’ll find out very early what they’re made of; Sunrise tests themselves against ASPIRE at the Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic, and against La Lumiere in early December at the Chicago Elite Classic.

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COACH: LEE SARTOR

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BA veteran Brandon Roy takes over the head coaching duties for his alma mater Bulldogs, fresh off leading Nathan Hale (WA) to a 29-0 record and a state championship. Garfield lost four times to Nathan Hale last season, and that will be fresh in their memories as they prepare to tackle their 2017-18 schedule. Much like last year, Roy will be working with an extremely talented bunch, and will have plenty of star power across their rotation. They lose Daejon Davis (Stanford) and Jaylen Nowell (Washington), but with a few returnees and an influx of transfer, Garfield will be the team to beat in Washington. The Backcourt: 6-foot senior Pierre Crockrell II (247 3-Star) makes his to Garfield from Prolific Prep, where Crockrell developed into a certified floor general. The quick and shifty guard will team up with sophomore MarJon Beauchamp, a 6-foot-5 combo

LOCATION: SPARTANBURG, SC NICKNAME: GRIFFINS

Williamson will lead the Griffins backcourt. Williamson plays in both the backcourt and frontcourt, as his ability to attack the defense on the perimeter is part of what makes him so dynamic. The senior Lindsey averaged 13.9 points per game last season and will need to give that same type of production this year. Tracy will also need to be an option for Williamson to turn to when additional scoring is needed. The frontcourt: Spartanburg Day’s frontcourt will be centered around Williamson and 6-foot-8 senior Matthew Brown. Williamson is able to do plenty of damage in the post when he’s not on the perimeter. Expect him to continue his domination this year as he continues to get bigger, stronger and more explosive. The big man Brown

will need to be another option for Spartanburg to turn to as Williamson will draw plenty of attention in the lane. Prognosis: Spartanburg Day finished with 29-6 record last season, so it may be tough to improve that record with their much-improved schedule. We have learned to never doubt Zion Williamson’s ability, and with him leading this team, they are going to be a tough out this year. They’ll test themselves in their opener against the Christ School (NC), and later in the season at the Beach Ball Classic. They’ll also face Chino Hills and Greensboro Day in the nonconference, so the legitimacy of Williamson and the Griffins will be established very succinctly.

COACH: BRANDON ROY LOCATION: SEATTLE, WA NICKNAME: BULLDOGS guard widely regarded as the best 2020 guard in the state of Washington. Beauchamp (247 4-Star) is expected to flourish under Roy, as there are plenty of similarities in their game. Both Crockrell and Beauchamp are impressive off the dribble, and are above average from behind-the-arc. Seniors Mekhi Metcalf and Edward Turner will see both see important minutes off the bench. The frontcourt: J’Raan Brooks returns to the Bulldogs, and the 6-foot-8 forward is looking to have a big senior campaign. Brooks (ESPN No. 79) can step out and stretch the floor with his jump shot, but his bread and butter is on the block. 6-foot-7 senior Ed Chang transferred in from Nebraska, giving Garfield another bonafide star in the frontcourt. Chang (ESPN 4-Star) is verbally committed to Washington, so he will have the benefit of adjusting to the west coast a year early. Jaden McDaniels (6-foot-9) and Jamon Kemp

(6-foot-6) will also be major factors in the rotation, the latter being the son of NBA veteran Shawn Kemp. McDaniels has a chance to be special, and will likely benefit from not being a focal point on the opponent’s scouting report. Prognosis: With Roy at the helm, the Garfield faithful should feel great about their state championship hopes. The 2017-18 Bulldogs have at least seven division one players, with six likely to go to highmajor programs. They will start the year in the Top 25, and will likely stay there until they face the national chunk of their schedule in late December. The only question mark is their ability to mesh, and that responsibility will fall entirely on Roy and his staff. Expect Garfield to be favored in nearly every game they play, while putting together a resume completely worthy of a DICK’s Nationals selection.

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osing in the state championship game by single digits, Archbishop Moeller enters 2017-18 with unfinished business and a bad taste in its mouth. Returning an extremely deep cast of talent, Moeller also welcomes in a few impact transfers that give Big Moe the most daunting lineup in the state. The Crusaders have a realistic chance of completing an undefeated season, as they came one basket away from doing so last year in a 28-1 campaign. The Backcourt: While its frontcourt may get all the headlines this upcoming season, Moeller’s backcourt is where this team starts and finishes. Senior guard Sleepy Payton sets the tone for Moeller, as the Indiana Wesleyan commit understands pace and can really run a team. Payton along with three-star junior Miles “Deuce” McBride are a big-time backcourt duo, as McBride is one of

COACH: CARL KREMER LOCATION: CINCINNATI, OH NICKNAME: FIGHTING CRUSADERS the toughest one-on-one matchups in the state. Wright State commit and senior Jeremiah Davenport fills a hybrid role between guard and big, as the 6-foot-5 forward is the do-it-all wing for Moeller. This trio is battle tested and ready to win a state championship. The frontcourt: Jaxson Hayes (247 3-star) may not have put up amazing numbers as a junior, as he didn’t even average more than one bucket per game, however, the Texas commit has blown up over the summer and gives Moeller an insanely athletic frontcourt piece at 6-foot-10. As Hayes continues to stretch out, his game has expanded as well and this is hugely important for Moeller. Coming off the bench in a reserve role last season, much will be expected out of Hayes, who can block and alter shots at the rim, finish through contact underneath and stretch the floor with his soft touch.

Hayes, alongside the athletic Davenport and stud sophomore transfer Alex Pfriem, who comes over from rival Cincinnati Roger Bacon, give Moeller a big-time trio. Moeller’s success will largely be dependent on Hayes, who was a big-time performer all summer long on the Adidas circuit. Prognosis: Coming off a 28-1 season and 39-38 loss in the state championship game to a senior laden Massillon Jackson team, Moeller enters this campaign on a mission. With a great shot to run through this year undefeated, Moeller will have stiff competition to face if the Crusaders do indeed return to the state tournament. As the top teams in each region in Ohio have all improved, everyone is gunning for Moeller, who enters 2017-18 as the top pick across the state to cut down the nets at Value City Arena in Columbus.

COACH: TONY MARTIN

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John Carroll when the defense draws most their attention to Quickley and Mathis. As Quickley’s career has gone on he continues to cement himself as one of the top prospects in the class of 2018. His playmaking ability is a big part of what makes him such a special player. Mathis took big jump in his game in the past year and didn’t look back. The class of 2018 guard has developed into a dynamic scorer that continues to add more to his arsenal. The frontcourt: Class of 2019 prospect Yavuz Gültekin and 2020 big man Cameron Byers will lead John Carroll’s frontcourt this year. Gültekin has made a bit of a

name for himself recently and will step into a big role this season at Carroll. Byers is a traditional big man that will need to be ready to play on day one. Byers is skilled and plays physical down low. Prognosis: John Carroll is up for an exciting year as they will play in big events like the HoopHall Classic. After a successful season last year, John Carroll will look to improve. They have the talent to go far this year and should see plenty of attention coming their way from the start to the end of the season.

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t. St. Joseph put up a season to remember in 2016-17 as Pat Clatchey led the Gaels to an impressive 36-4 record. Marylandbound Darryl Morsell was a huge piece for MSJ, and they will attempt to replace his production with a group of talented veterans. Big man Jalen Smith, also headed to Maryland, is primed for a special senior season for the Gaels, and you can expect that to lead to a lot of wins in 2017-18. They will have a lot of depth packed into a talented rotation, and Smith will be doing his best to punch his ticket to the McDonald’s All-American game and Jordan Brand Classic. The Backcourt: The backcourt loses Morsell, who simply put, was one of the best guards in Mt. St. Joseph history. Veterans will take on the task of replacing morsell, as 6-foot senior Tyree Myers and 6-foot-2 junior

COACH: PAT CLATCHEY LOCATION: BALTIMORE, MD NICKNAME: GAELS

James Bishop (247 4-Star) will step into feature roles. Both ran on summer circuits in 2017 - Myers for Team Melo (NIKE EYBL) and Bishop for Team Thrill (UAA) - so both should be well-prepared for the rigors of the Baltimore Catholic League. Bishop has a chance to be a high-major prospect that teams will have to battle for, and will be expected to take on a significant amount of the offensive load. Kendall McMillan, Chantley Levi and Shawn Wright will see big time off the bench for the Gaels. The frontcourt: Smith (ESPN No. 15) is the best player in the state, and should be virtually unstoppable against local competition. The future Terp helped Team Takeover (DC) to a terrific summer campaign, helping them to the finals of NIKE’s Peach Jam while showcasing dominant athleticism and evolving skill on both ends of the floor. He’s working on

extending his game to the perimeter, an asset that would make Smith one of the toughest matchups in the country. 6-foot-4 junior Albert Jackson and 6-foot-5 seniors Tim McDonald and Mike Curtin will be factors alongside Smith, forming arguably the best frontcourt in Maryland. Prognosis: They have a lot of work to do in order to match last year’s output, but we wouldn’t put it past the Smith-led Gaels. Clatchey will have them disciplined, patient and ready to work their offense through their talented big man. Bishop has been waiting for his turn to take over, and if his scoring punch is as instant as we think it is, the Gaels won’t skip a beat from their successes in 2016-17. They won’t play a very tough national schedule, but will have a chance to rack up a pretty impressive season-long record if they catch fire.

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eMatha Catholic is one of the most prestigious high school programs in the country. Head Coach Mike Jones has yet another stacked team this year. Justin Moore, Hunter Dickinson and Earl Timberlake will lead the Stags this year. Jahmir Young, Josh Wallace, Devin Richmond, Jamel Melvin and Paul Smith will also play big roles. With D.J. Harvey (Notre Dame), Josh Carlton (UConn) and Ryan Allen (Delaware) graduating, this team has big shoes to fill, but a lot of these younger players already have plenty of experience playing on varsity. The Backcourt: Moore (247 No. 96) will lead the Stags backcourt this season. The junior is coming back from a season-ending ACL injury, and when healthy, has proven to be one of the most efficient guards in his class. He should gain a lot more attention nationally now that

LOCATION: HYATTSVILLE, MD NICKNAME: STAGS he is fully-healthy. Timberlake, a class of 2020 wing, decided to transfer to DeMatha this year. Timberlake (247 No. 42) is an elite athlete that he does a great job utilizing in the open floor and on defense. 2018 guard Josh Wallace and 2019 guard Jahmir Young should receive big minutes as well. Like every year, DeMatha’s backcourt is well-balanced and can pick opponents apart in multiple ways. Moore will lead, and if Timberlake progresses quickly, you could be looking at a top five backcourt on the east coast. The frontcourt: The 6-foot-1 sophomore Dickinson (ESPN No. 7) and Paul Smith will lead DeMatha Catholic’s frontcourt this year. Dickinson has established himself as one of the top centers throughout the country, combining a refined offensive game with natural defensive ability. Dickinson is a top-ten recruit

for a reason, and the Stags would be smart to make him a focal point. Smith does an excellent job running the floor and continues to add more to his game. This sophomore duo will do plenty of damage this season. Prognosis: With DeMatha Catholic being the prestigious program they are, they always have a target on their back. The Stags are young, but on paper, they should be able to run with anyone. Their youth will likely lead to plenty of adversity, but through it all, junior guard Justin Moore is focused on goal. “I am looking to lead my team to win the WCAC Championship this year,” said Moore. “As a team I feel like we want to accomplish one thing and that’s to win the WCAC Championship.”

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he Eagles had a season to remember in 2016-17 under head coach Zach Goring. Rallying behind superstar Tre Jones, Apple Valley took home the MSHSL Class 4A State Championship over previously unbeaten Champlin Park. They finished with a 31-2 record and return the majority of their rotation, making expectations sky-high for 2017-18. They will enter the season as the team to beat in Minnesota, and will be on the national radar unless they stumble early on. The Backcourt: Jones is an absolute superstar at the prep level, and the younger brother of Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones continued to make a name for himself this summer. In his third season suiting up for Howard Pulley of the NIKE EYBL, Jones averaged 20.4 points, 7.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals

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in 18 games. His ability to take over a game is elite, and if he’s capable of putting up 24 points, 18 rebounds and five assists in last year’s state title game, it’s hard to imagine what he’ll do this winter. To put it simply, if Jones comes out of the game, Apple Valley turns into just another squad. The frontcourt: Obviously Jones can’t do everything, and he has a number of talented players around him that have bought into Goring’s style and philosophy especially defensively. Unfortunately, size is an issue. Sturdy guards Ely Hendrickson and Luke Martens played big roles during last year’s run, and will be expected to improve their production across the board. Senior big man Spencer Rolland will also need to bolster his production, operating as one of the only true ‘forwards’ on the squad. It’s a bit early

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to prognosticate the Eagles’ entire rotation, but their success will start and end with their ability to defend. Prognosis: The Eagles’ Team chemistry is as developed as any squad in the country, and if they can get by their tough early-season schedule, they will likely be ranked before the end of the season. Jones is truly a special talent, and assuming his health stays in tact, the 6-foot-2 Duke commit will put up some insane numbers throughout the season. It will take a complete teameffort in order to shut down Apple Valley, but if Jones isn’t contained, the chances of victory trend south very quickly. The goal is another state title, and if they’re successful, they’ll be taking home their third in four years.

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his scrappiness didn’t go unnoticed over the spring and summer. 6-foot-2 junior Jaeden King is an evolving prospect on both ends of the floor, and his shooting ability gives the Raiders a weapon on the perimeter. 6-foot-4 senior Jake Prince plays more like a forward, but will certainly see time in the backcourt when the Raiders go big. The frontcourt: Oturu (ESPN No. 44) gets better every time be steps on the court, which is a scary proposition for his upcoming winter opposition. Oturu also ran with Howard Pulley during the spring and summer, proving his ability to compete with the best big men in the country, evidenced by his invite to the Nike Basketball Academy in August. Senior Sy Chatman — a third Pulley product — is a late-emerging prospect who has only scratched the surface of his potential. Chatman holds a few mid-major offers, and if he can continue his offensive and

defensive evolution, the 6-foot-8 freak athlete is going to jump and dunk his way to several more. The key with Chatman is consistency. If he can hone his abilities, the Raiders become a very dangerous squad. Prognosis: The Raiders are deep, talented and hungry for a state championship after last year’s run. If they can get by their initial competition in December, Cretin will be favored to win in every game. Kline is a demanding coach, and you can be certain he will get the most out of every one of his players. If the Raiders falter this year, it will likely be due to one thing; foul trouble. Oturu plays with a very physical style, a trait of his game that could get him into trouble against much smaller competition. Expect Cretin to put up one of its best seasons in school history, while putting Oturu, the future of Golden Gopher basketball, on full display.

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ehind talented juniors Courtney Ramey and Carte’Are Gordon, head coach Jay Blossom’s Webster Groves Statesmen took home the MSHSAA Class 5 State Championship last year. Now seniors, Ramey and Gordon will look to top the 28-2 record they assembled in 2016-17 - a goal that is completely attainable. The Statesmen will enter the season as the odds on favorite to repeat as State Champions, and with Ramey and Gordon both healthy, they will definitely be a factor on the national level. The Backcourt: Ramey (ESPN No. 49) is ranked as the No. 1 player in the state, and the former Louisville commit is already a piping hot commodity on the recruiting trail. The 6-foot speeder is a dynamic playmaker, and doesn’t need to score in order to be effective. His ability to

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run the floor and push the pace only enhance his passing ability, as he’s proven to be a highly-competitive prospect who hates to lose. Junior Ray Adams is a sharpshooter capable of playing multiple positions, and will certainly be a weapon alongside Ramey. The frontcourt: Senior Carte’Are Gordon chose to stay home, verbally committing to Saint Louis before last high school season. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Gordon is a man amongst boys at times, displaying tremendous interior footwork for a player his size. Gordon can carve out space with the best of them, and pares his talents and athleticism with a motor that scouts love. Next to Gordon will be junior Malachy Simpson, a 6-foot6, 225-pound prospect that should complement Gordon nicely. Senior Ryan Rusan, while only 6 feet tall, will

look to bring over the toughness and physicality he display as a linebacker on the football team. Prognosis: As stated before, a State Championship is once again the goal for the Statesmen. Ramey and Gordon form one of the best 1-2 punches in the nation, and their supporting cast should be able to keep them competitive in every game. They won’t have the ability to beef up their schedule as much as some other national contenders, but Webster Groves will be on the fringe of a ranking from the season’s outset. Ramey and Gordon are both prime contenders for Missouri Mr. Basketball, as well as outside contenders for the major national all-star games.

COACH: KELVIN LEE

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26-7 record in 2016-17 leads to some lofty expectations for the Red Devils heading into this season. Luckily for head coach Frank Bennett, he’ll have another talented, deep roster to work with. Senior swingman Jericole Hellems absolutely blew up on the national scene over the spring and summer, and the budding star will be the focal point throughout the season for the Devils. If all goes well, Bennett’s squad will compete for a state championship as they start the season on the cusp of the National Top 25. THE BACKCOURT: Senior point Jadis White picked up some valuable experience while running with Brad Beal Elite (BBE) in the 2017 NIKE EYBL, and he’ll be looking to parlay that into a strong senior season. White is a quick point guard who relies on his playmaking

LOCATION: ST. LOUIS, MO NICKNAME: RED DEVILS

ability and vision to effectively set up his teammates. Junior Keyyaun Batchman will play a big role alongside White, as will sophomore Luke Kasubke and junior Keelan Handy. Batchman is a talented scorer capable of knocking down triples, while Kasubke and Handy will be out to prove themselves in the early season. This unit would be smart to work first through Hellems, but have more than enough talent to pick up the slack. THE FRONTCOURT: Senior Karrington Davis left for Montverde in Florida, meaning Hellems is the only member of this rotation with ‘star’ potential. That potential was tapped into during July, as Hellems went absolutely crazy at Peach Jam for BBE; the 6-foot-7 swingman averaged 28 points and six rebounds while earning 1st Team honors. Hellems is going to be a problem for local

competition, and we’ve likely yet to see his best. Senior Henry Gladson returns to help Hellems in the frontcourt, giving the Devils a strong defender and capable finisher and shooter offensively. PROGNOSIS: This squad is going to start and stop with Mr. Hellems. He showcased what he can do over the summer and if he can build on that, the NC State commit is going to have Wildcat fans tuning in to check his results nightly. Hellems is certainly a late-bloomer, but he’s been helping lead this Chaminade squad for over two years now. His good friend is Chaminade alum and current Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum, and if he can be half the player Tatum was during his senior year, Hellems will be a prime candidate for Mr. Basketball. Better yet, Chaminade will be on the short list for potential State Champions.

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n just three years under the helm, Jimmy Salmon has taken Immaculate Conception from a relatively unknown to one of the best teams in the northeast. They will play their toughest schedule yet and Salmon aims to play up to it. “Our schedule is the best one we’ve had since arriving here two years ago,” said Salmon. “We just want to make sure that our record resembles the work we have put in since last season. There are no guarantees in this. Every team we play this year is good and capable of beating us.” They will play some of this highlevel competition at events like the HoopHall Classic, Slam Dunk to the Beach and the Primetime Classic. The Backcourt: The Lions are led by four-star Syracuse commit Jalen Carey, a

COACH: RYAN HORAN LOCATION: MONTCLAIR, NJ NICKNAME: LIONS

6-foot-4 scoring point guard from New York City. Carey (ESPN No. 34) is considered to be one of the top guards in the country, and will take on the same leadership role he’s had since he arrived at Immaculate Conception his sophomore year. Justin Winston is another key player for their backcourt with how he can score the ball in a variety of ways. Sophomore prospects Raejon Figures, Zion Bethea and Zaire Rogers will also play big roles for Salmon. The frontcourt: Elijah Hutchins-Everett (247 No. 37) will lead Immaculate Conception’s frontcourt. He will decided to transfer to Immaculate Conception this past year and adds a lot to the already talented team. The class of 2020 big man is skilled with a lot of upside. He has some of the best schools in

the country keeping track of him and gives Jimmy Salmon’s team a lot more options. The 6-foot-7 Winston (247 3-Star) will certainly see time in the frontcourt, and his versatility will be key to Salmon’s rotation. Prognosis: Immaculate Conception will go as far as Carey takes them. Both he and Winston played for Salmon during the spring and summer for the New Jersey Playaz in the NIKE EYBL, averaging 18.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The future Orangemen looks primed for a gigantic senior year, and will be given the keys to the car from Salmon. Hutchins-Everett is the wildcard here, because if the 6-foot-9, 230-pound big man turns into a force, the Lions will have all the pieces to make a state championship run.

COACH: ERIC ROMBAUGH

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live Branch has quickly become of the premier teams in the south. Head Coach Eric Rombaugh led his team to a 25-7 record last year and with plenty of pieces returning they will be tough to beat. Class of 2019 prospect D.J. Jeffries is the premier player for Olive Branch. 2019 prospects Shamar Brown and Zion Cooper are big pieces for Rombaugh, and sophomore guard Wes Cooper is expected to make a big contribution on both ends. They will likely run through their local competition, and will challenge themselves against the likes of Columbus (MS), Madison Prep (LA) and Brentwood Academy (TN). The Backcourt: Olive Branch’s backcourt has plenty of depth, and a lot of talent. Jeffries (ESPN No. 9) plays in both the backcourt and frontcourt for the Conquistadors. With his size and versatility, he is able

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to play multiple roles for them. The 6-foot-8 Jeffries is able to play both on the perimeter as well as the post if need be. Brown, a junior, has come into his own in the past year. He is a matchup problem with how he can attack the defense with his speed and tight handle. The point guard duties go to Cooper, who constantly has the ball on a string and does a great job filling a playmaking role for their team. Cooper is going to have to provide some scoring alongside these players. The frontcourt: D.J. Jeffries leads Olive Branch’s frontcourt this season, and is basically the heart and soul of the Conquistadors’ roster. Some would say that Jeffries is more of a backcourt player, but with Olive Branch he is going to play in the frontcourt as well this year. No matter what Jeffries needs to do on the floor he is going to do it with one mindset.

“At the end of the day my role on this team is to be a leader by keeping us together and make big plays when needed,” said Jeffries.” Prognosis: Olive Branch is still working its way onto the national radar, and should burst into the rankings if they can maintain an undefeated record into Januray. They will have plenty to prove as they play more of a national schedule, but Jeffries is going to make sure his team is ready this year. “I look for us to show some of the nationally ranked teams that we deserve to be in that conversation,” said Jeffries. “I think us playing a national schedule will help because we have grown a lot since last year. Everybody is maturing into good players and buying into what coach is asking of us.”

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imply put, head coach Derrick Partee’s Golden Eagles are set to have a huge season in 201718. Their 18-10 showing last year left a bit to be desired, and the roster Ben L. Smith turns over is considered to be one of the best in North Carolina. They will be deep, experienced and have multiple players who will take the scoring lead. Their rotation already features three commitments and have a few more coming, a sign of how talented the Golden Eagles will be this season. The only setback on the national level would be their strength of schedule, so they will need to win each and every high-profile game. The Backcourt: Charlotte commit Isaiah Bigelow is back, and he enjoyed a rock-solid junior campaign, averaging 11.9, 5.5, 2.0 last year). 6-foot-1 point guard Jacob Crutchfield also returns after putting up

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modest averages of 9.3 points and 1.2 assists per game in 2016-17. Bigelow and Crutchfield are used to playing with each other, and will likely feature some of the strongest chemistry of any North Carolina backcourt 6-foot-5 junior Malik Puryear will look to have a bigger role, and the NC Top Flight product should add a capable shooter off the bench. The frontcourt: 6-foot-10 senior Jaylan Gainey, a Brown commit, will be one of the best rebounders and defensive stoppers in the state. His 10.5 rebound and 4.5 block per game average last season were extremely impressive, and he’ll have the tall task of topping those numbers. Fayetteville State commit Jaylin Gamble will play a huge role in the starting lineup, operating as the Golden Eagles’ best glue guy. Sophomores Silas Mason (5.8 PPG) and Jordan Williams (4.0 PPG) are set

on much bigger roles from a year ago. The 6-foot-7 Mason is considered to be a high-major recruit, and will have a chance to prove it early and often in 2017-18. Prognosis: As mentioned before, Smith’s strength of schedule is the biggest problem when looking to compete on the national level. There aren’t many notable losses on their schedule, and we’ll get a good grip on how good this squad is when they play in the Thanksgiving Tournament of Champions in Washington, Illinois. There are division one players scattered everywhere across Partee’s rotation, and it’s hard to believe that they won’t compete for a State Championship in 2017-18. If they take care of business early on, they could feasibly play their way into a national ranking in December or January.

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wesleyan he Trojans excelled in 201617, accumulating a 28-5 record after bowing out to Greensboro Day in the NCISAA 3A State Playoff Championship. Their rotation heading into 2017-18 looks to be absolutely scary on paper, and it’ll be led by a pair of high-major bound senior forwards; Wake Forest commit Jaylen Hoard (ESPN No. 19) and Maryland commit Aaron Wiggins (247 4-Star). Simply put, anything less than a state championship run for Wesleyan Christian would be considered a slight disappointment. The Backcourt: Juniors Kobe and Keyshaun Langley, 6-foot-1 twin brothers, transferred into Wesleyan Christian in June, and instantly made their backcourt a heck of a lot better. Both Kobe (247 4-Star) and Keyshaun (247 3-Star) are impressive point guards with terrific

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LOCATION: HIGH POINT, NC NICKNAME: TROJANS

defensive skills. They helped Team CP3 bring home the E16 Peach Jam Championship, proving that winning at the highest level is right up their alley. The brothers Langley will share ball duties, and will be assisted in the backcourt by two juniors, 6-foot4 Shawn Walker Jr. and 6-foot Drew Greene. This group will have one of the best frontcourts in the nation at their disposal, but will have the ability to take over if need be. The frontcourt: Hoard is one of the best two-way players in the country, complementing a versatile offensive game with a disciplined defensive approach. Head coach Danny Manning got himself a certified stud in the Frenchman Hoard, and the local fans are fortunate to have their future talent right in their own backyard. Wiggins is a stud in his own right, displaying his own versatility

that helps form he and Hoard into one of the best frontcourts in the country. 6-foot-11 junior big man DeAndre Wilkins ran with Team United 17U during the 2017 NIKE EYBL, helping him prepare for the rigors of NCISAA play. Prognosis: Top to bottom, Wesleyan Christian has just as much talent as any team in the southeast. They will test themselves early and often, and if they stay healthy, they should be favored in just about every one of those matchups. It will be interesting to see how head coach Keith Gatlin’s crew meshes as unit, but considering this unit doesn’t feature any egos, we envision them clicking from the get-go. A State Title is the goal for Gatlin’s bunch, and they definitely have an outside shot of earning a bid to DICK’s Nationals if they live up to their potential.

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ong Island Lutheran has been a name in the northeast for quite some time, but this year they have kicked it up a notch. The Long Island-based high school basketball team made some key additions and has a good amount of talent returning. Those key additions are Frankie Policelli, Tykei Greene and Tyson Etienne. Head coach John Buck does a great job at getting his guys to play as a cohesive unit and get the most out of each other, and there’s no reason to think he won’t do the same in 2017-18. They have a great balance on their team from top to bottom and should do plenty of damage this season. The Backcourt: Long Island Lutheran has a deep backcourt once again this year.

COACH: JOHN BUCK LOCATION: BROOKVILLE, NY NICKNAME: CRUSADERS

Tyson Etienne, Tykei Greene, Frankie Policelli, Brian Kenyon, Pietro Giovinardi and Andre Curbelo will all get significant time this year. John Buck’s guard usually play disciplined, which fits in with this group perfectly. Players such as Etienne, Greene and Policelli will provide the Crusaders with plenty of scoring. The frontcourt: The three players that make up the Long Island Lutheran frontcourt are Donatas Kupsas, Essam Mostafa and Messiah Swinson. The trio have a good mix of skill and athleticism, and all have room to grow on both ends of the floor. With these three prospects, the Crusaders are balance well and able to attack the defense in multiple ways. Their

talented frontcourt makes them one of the most complete teams on the east coast. Prognosis: Like every year, the expectations are high for Long Island Lutheran. With the team they have assembled the Crusaders are going to compete with everyone they go up against this season. They have an impressive amount of talent and players that are known to play unselfishly. The Long Island squad will be on plenty of people’s radars this upcoming high school season, and will be a contender to be ranked if they start the season off hot.

COACH: JODY BARBEE

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he Chargers enjoyed an outstanding 2016-17, riding 6-foot6 super sophomore Wendell Moore to a 27-6 record and a 3A State Championship. Moore (ESPN No. 25) is back and better than ever, and incoming senior transfer Rechon Black (ESPN No. 48) turns Cox Mill into a legitimate national contender. Head coach Jody Barbee will trot out a rotation featuring seven returnees, giving the Chargers some serious depth surrounding their two stars. A state championship repeat is in their sites, and if Moore and Black mesh like we expect them to, there won’t be too many L’s in 2017-18. The Backcourt: 6-foot-6 junior Caleb Stone-Carrawell will find himself in the starting lineup, coming off a sophomore season in which he put up modest averages of 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds. A bigger

LOCATION: CONCORD, NC NICKNAME: CHARGERS role awaits Stone-Carrawell, as is the case with 6-foot junior Cody Cline (3.1 PPG, 2.3 APG in 2016-17) along with senior guards Jalen Bynum and Joel Hall, who will see minutes off the bench. Moore and Black will handle the rock a good amount of the time on offense, but they have a solid core of guards complementing them on both ends of the floor. The frontcourt: Moore is lethal with the ball in his hands. In 2016-17, the 6-foot-5 swingman dominated, averaging 25 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.3 steals in 33 games. Moore operates just as much as a guard as he does a forward, and his versatility is a big reason why he’s a top 25 player in the country. Black spent his past two years at Montverde Academy, where the 6-foot-7 senior developed into a terrific two-way player. Black and

Moore form one of the best 1-2 combos in the state, and will certainly compete for a national ranking if all goes right. 6-foot-7 junior Tazhaun Claude will receive minutes and will look to provide production in a hustle role. Prognosis: As mentioned before, there just aren’t that many losses visible on Cox Mill’s schedule. Moore is a programchanging talent, and is a proven winner, highlighted by his leading of Team CP3 to the E16 NIKE EYBL Peach Jam Championship over the summer. Throw Black into the equation, and Cox Mill has one of their best rosters on paper in school history. They compete against Providence Day and Rocky River before the month of November is over, so we will know very quickly if the Chargers are ready to compete on the national scene.

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he Bengals had a programchanging season in 2016-17, taking home the 3A State Championship while advancing to DICK’s Nationals. They pulled off an upset over IMG Academy to start the tournament, showcasing head coach Freddy Johnson’s incredible coaching on the national stage. It will be tough for this unit to top their 34-4 record from last season, but Greensboro Day turns over a roster that features an insane amount of talent. The defensive-minded Bengals will roll out a rotation that goes at least 10 deep, one of Johnson’s deepest units in program history. The Backcourt: John Newman returns, and last year’s PACIS Conference Co-Player of the Year is looking to have a dominant senior season. The 6-foot-6 Newman (ESPN 4-Star) is committed to Clemson, and is one of the best

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on-ball defenders in the country. He starred for Team CP3 during the summer, as did teammate Will Dillard (ESPN 3-Star). Also a terrific defender, Dillard is looking to improve his stock during his senior campaign. Forsyth Country day transfer Tripp Greene will play big minutes at point guard, while Alex Michael returns as the team’s sharpshooter. Junior Austin Inge and freshman Carson McCorkle will provide sparks off bench, with the latter being a very special athlete. The frontcourt: Newman is a big, long guard and will be tasked with guarding the opposing player’s top swingman if need be. Junior Mike Fowler gives the Bengals sturdy stretch-four who plays well within Johnson’s system. Sophomore forward Carson Pierce will play quality minutes for the Bengals, as will Nicholas Evtimov. The 6-foot-7

junior is set for a major breakout for Greensboro Day. Their overall rotation will work itself out, but they have more than enough size, length and bulk to compete with the nation’s top teams. Prognosis: Greensboro Day has a very difficult schedule - one of the toughest in the country. A run back to DICK’s Nationals isn’t out of the question for this unit, but that’ll likely be dependent on how Newman steps up as the goto-guy offensively - and as a leader. Their team chemistry will be among the nation’s best, and they’ll have something to play for right off the bat; Johnson is 10 wins until win No. 1,000. The long-time Bengals coach is a living legend in high school hoops, and will bring an extremely talented squad to the table in 2017-18.

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roselle catholic ne thing you can always count on with Roselle Catholic is that they will be talented. Head Coach Dave Boff comes into every season with his team well-prepared. With a program like the Lions’, the goal is to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions every year. Unfortunately for them, they fell short of that goal last year, buy will have plenty of returning-talent to work with, and have made some key additions. LSU commit Nazreon Reid and junior wing Kahlil Whitney will have a lot of responsibility this year. Other key players returning from last year are senior power forward Alanzo Frink and junior point guard Josh Pierre-Louis. Two key additions were Delaware commit Ithiel Horton and sophomore center Cliff Omoruyi. The Backcourt: Roselle Catholic’s backcourt will be led by Horton, a Delaware commit, and

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junior point guard Pierre-Louis. The junior Whitney (ESPN No. 38) will play in both the backcourt and the frontcourt. Horton is a high level shooter who can also do plenty of damage off the bounce. He is a consistent performer who will take a leadership role for the Lions. Pierre-Louis (ESPN 3-Star) has greatly improved from last year, and has gotten a lot more athletic while playing with plenty of confidence. Whitney has established himself as one of the best small forwards in the country, and with his athleticism and improved jump shot, he is a threat wall over the floor. The frontcourt: Reid (ESPN No. 18) will highlight the frontcourt for Roselle Catholic. Reid is 6-foot-10, 250-pounds - and the latter statistic may be a bit low. He’s an absolute beast down low, and will present a mismatch for literally every opponent. Reid’s ability to play on

the perimeter gives his team even more options on offense. Frink has an impressive skillset and great touch around the rim, and will be expected to contribute immediately. Omoruyi is excellent on defense, and will be expected to provide shot-blocking and rebounding ability. Prognosis: Roselle Catholic will be one of the more exciting teams to watch this season, and will test themselves constantly against national competition. According to Reid, if his Lions focus on a couple of key aspects, they will be ready for whatever comes their way this season. “We just have to win and dominate every time we are on the floor,” he said. “We also need to do the little things like grab rebounds and play tough on defense. As long as we play together as a unit I think we will be fine.”

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udson Catholic has been a prestigious program for the past ten years, but last year’s team put them on the map nationally. The Hawks beat the historic St. Anthony’s to the win the New Jersey Non-Public Section B Title, a huge win for the program. The next round they lost to the eventual New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner The Patrick School, but even with the loss, Hudson Catholic made their mark in the high school basketball scene. The goal this year will be to win the New Jersey T.O.C., which is attainable with the amount of talent they have returning. The Backcourt: Hudson Catholic’s star backcourt highlighted by Jahvon Quinerly and Luther Muhammad. Quinerly (ESPN No. 23) has established himself as one of the top point guard prospects in the country, while Muhammad (ESPN No. 94), an Ohio State commit, is a true competitor with an incredible knack for slashing to

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the basket. Oregon commit Louis King is one of the most versatile prospects in the country and plays in both the backcourt and frontcourt. The Hawks will bring in a talented freshman class, mainly consisting on guards with Shane Dezonie, Justin Glover, Amare Marshall and Tristian Jeffries. With all of these pieces, the Hawks have one of the most talented backcourts in the country. The frontcourt: The 6-foot-8 King has guard skills for days, and will operate as a combination guard-forward for head coach Nick Marinello. King is a highly-talented perimeter prospect, combining elite athleticism with a fiery on-court demeanor. Daniel Rodriguez, Shackylle Dezonie and Precious Ikediashi lead Hudson Catholic’s frontcourt. Rodriguez starts for the Hawks and gives them consistent production. The junior power forward is skilled with great touch around the rim. Dezonie is a high level

christ the king hrist The King may be the most prominent basketball program out of New York City. They have excellent guard play and a nice group of big men. Some of their more prominent prospects are class of junior big man Kofi Cockburn and senior guard Tyson Walker. They also have one of the best class of 2021 prospects throughout the country in Moussa Cisse. Junior prospects Phillip Joseph and Jaylen Davis will also receive a lot of minutes and will be expected to contribute. They also have a nice 2020 duo with Quaran McPherson and Ryan Myers. The Backcourt: Christ The King has a well-balanced backcourt that is led by their point guard Walker. Always composed, Walker does a great job leading this team and has a high basketball

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defender that also is productive on the boards. With his toughness and motor he is a key player for the Hawks. Ikediashi’s athleticism and ability to run the floor makes him a threat anytime he is on the floor. Prognosis: Hudson Catholic makes a great case being considered as a top ten team in the country, and will enter the Prep Circuit Power 25 at No. 9 Playing under a coach like Marinello definitely helps, and not only does he have plenty of talent, but he knows how to get his players to play hard and play together. The expectations are high for his team, but judging off last year’s 26-4 record, they are more than capable of handling all that comes their way. They won’t lose many games, and have a chance to rack up a bunch of big wins against elite competition.

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I.Q. He will be a coach on the floor for head coach Joe Arbitello. Junior guard Davis is someone that should see a lot more minutes this year. Davis is definitely someone to watch as he keeps making steady improvements with his game. Both McPherson and Myers will find plenty of minutes this season, with McPherson’s motor and toughness and Myers’ scoring ability. The frontcourt: Christ The King already had a solid frontcourt duo returning, but with a huge addition in their freshman center Cisse, they have an excellent group of big men. Cockburn (ESPN No. 34) will use his physicality in multiple ways this year, but has also added a lot in the offseason with his skillset. Joseph, a junior forward, will play a much bigger role this year

and has been said to be the sleeper on the team. Cisse is one of the best freshman prospects heading into the high school season, and will turn a lot of heads very quickly. With his size, length and athleticism, he is going to make an immediate impact this season. Prognosis: Christ The King has high expectations for themselves, but they’re still a bit slept on. Arbitello will have them ready to compete against just about anyone when the season starts, and you can bet they’ll be one of the most dynamic defensive units in the country. The Royals will be one of the most exciting teams to follow this year, and will have a chance to play themselves into the rankings with a strong start to their 2017-18 campaign.

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rior to the 2015-2016 high school season The Ranney School was relatively unknown in the state of New Jersey for basketball, but things have definitely changed. Ranney has turned into a national name, highlighted by five-star junior recruits Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis. Juniors Ahmadu Sarnor, Alex Klatsky and Chris Autino return as well, along with new addition Savior Akuwovo. These players took the path less traveled, and it has paid off by putting their school on the map while still making a name for themselves individually. “Before our freshman year, no one had heard of The Ranney School, but then four freshman came in and put the school on the map,” Antoine told Prep Circuit. “From then on we all started to blow up so to have the community behind us is amazing. It went from very few people attending games to sell out games at colleges. We’ve taken a huge step from freshman year to now.” The Backcourt: The Ranney School’s backcourt is what

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makes them as good of a team as they are. The junior duo of Antoine (247 No. 3) and Lewis (247 No. 5) is as good as anyone in the county. Antoine is one of the best shooters in the 2019 class, while Lewis is one of the most athletic prospects outside of the NBA. Opponents will have to pick their poison with these two, as both are capable of completely taking over a game. The 6-foot-2 Sarnor is an impressive slasher and Klatsky is a consistent shooter for the Panthers. The frontcourt: Two prospects make up The Ranney School’s frontcourt; Akuwovo (6-foot-9) and Chris Autino (6-foot-6). Akuwovo transferred to Ranney from St. Benedict’s for his final year of high school ,and Autino returns after a productive sophomore campaign. Akuwovo adds a lot to their team with his length, rebounding and defensive-ability. Autino is skilled and does a good job finding teammates out of the post, operating as a capable scorer in his own right. Lewis will undoubtedly

see time in the frontcourt, and the 6-foot5 athlete should be able to guard the opposition’s bigger playmakers Prognosis: The Ranney School’s goals have gotten much bigger as their players have gotten older. Antoine broke down some of his team goals and expectations this season. “The goal every year for our team is to get better from last year,” he said. “We want to thrive as a whole unit rather than just one person benefitting. We want to finish perfect in our conference, get some big wins in these different tournaments and obviously get a T.O.C. because I think we have enough talent to get into the tournament.” With the amount of star power on their team, they will have plenty of people keeping an eye on them. Based off of their performance in multiple fall events it should be a big year for the New Jersey squad.

COACH: MIKE MCCLEARY

archbishop molloy rchbishop Molloy has one of the best duos in the country in senior center Moses Brown and junior point guard Cole Anthony. Brown’s size and improved skill-set coupled Anthony’s elite scoring and playmaking ability is going to cause nightmare’s for opposing coaching staffs during the 2017-18 season. Georgia Tech commit Khalid Moore’s athleticism and versatility adds a lot to the team, as he’s the perfect glueguy for the Stanners. Molloy fell just short in the New York City CHSAA Championship against Cardinal Hayes a year ago, but they are in an even better position to win it this year. The Backcourt: Anthony (ESPN No. 6) leads the Molloy backcourt, operating as one of the best players in the class of 2019. Anthony, the son of 12-year NBA veteran Gren Anthony, possesses an

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elite offensive repertoire, and loves getting his teammates involved - both in the half court and in transition. Moore (247 No. 139) does damage off the wing due to his length and athleticism. Moore continues to improve, and the future Yellow Jacket could have a breakout senior year. Senior guard Jade Tse and junior wing Daniel Braster with also play key roles. The frontcourt: Brown (ESPN No. 17) is one of the top big men in American, and is the heart and soul of the Stanners’ frontcourt. Brown has come into his own and looks to dominate his senior year. Some of his best attributes are his quickness, footwork and mobility, which he does a good job using against other big men. He put any rumors of him transferring to rest, and is looking forward to doing plenty of damage for Molloy this year. They won’t have much depth behind

Brown, which will make it imperative that he consistently stays out of foul trouble. Prognosis: Archbishop Molloy will play in some of the best high school tournaments with City of Palms, HoopHall and much more. They should be able to make some noise, as not many squads will be able to compete with the three-headed monster that the Stanners bring to the table. Anthony is one of the best prospects in America regardless of class, and is expected to have a ground-breaking junior year, coming off a First Team All-Peach Jam performance in July for the PSA Cardinals. They’ll win a lot of games, and enter the season at No. 19 in the national rankings.

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COACH: PETER WEHYE

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ur Saviour Lutheran is one of the biggest sleepers in high school basketball. The Bronx, New York based high school program has excellent depth and plenty of players under the radar that will make a name for themselves this season. OSL made excellent strides last year with the addition of now Seton Hall commit Jared Rhoden, and one of the best sophomore guards in the country Posh Alexander. They are a tough and exciting squad who is ready for whatever comes their way, and their development will be something to track during 2017-18. The Backcourt: Alexander will lead the Falcons’ talented backcourt, operating as an excellent athlete and one of the best on-ball defenders in the country. With his excellent motor, he gives OSL so much production when he is on the floor. 2019 guard Dashawn Davis is one of the biggest sleepers in the northeast.

LOCATION: BRONX, NY NICKNAME: FALCONS

Davis is extremely quick and can score in bunches, and will be a great complement to Alexander and Rhoden. Rhoden plays in both the backcourt as well as the frontcourt, and his balance of skill and athleticism is what makes him so tough He will provide a lot of leadership for OSL. Class of 2019 guard Joel Bailey will also play a big role this year. The frontcourt: Our Saviour Lutheran’s frontcourt doesn’t have as much depth as the backcourt does, but still has plenty of talent and upside. It starts with class of 2018 power forward Amadou Sylla who is an impressive athlete with an even better motor. Sylla’s role on the team got bigger as the season progressed. Class of 2019 center Bernard Kouma has a big frame and plenty of upside. If he doesn’t start then he will be one of the first players off the bench. Class of 2020 big man Max Amadasun, a Ireland native, has taken big steps in his game during

the offseason. He has become a lot more skilled and has surprised people with how quickly his game has matured. Prognosis: The Falcons should do plenty of damage this year, mainly due to the number of weapons at their disposal. They like to play with a fast pace and they have the right personnel to do so. They are playing a national schedule this season and their players proved during the grassroots season that they can compete with the nation’s best competition. Alexander and Rhoden will split the ‘star’ duties for head coach Peter Wehye, giving OSL two dangerous options to work with. They may not grace the rankings in 2017-18, but the future is very bright for Our Saviour Lutheran.

COACH: WILLIAM JOHNSON

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lways a favorite to represent Northeast Ohio in the state tournament, Garfield Heights returns arguably its most talented team yet. With the arrival of top 50 junior forward Alonzo Gaffney (247 No. 19), Garfield Heights is absolutely loaded and ready for another crack at a state title. The Backcourt: While Garfield teams in the past have had excellent guards to lead the way, this Bulldog team is more predicated on the talent of its wings and big men. However, that doesn’t mean these guards can’t play, as Garfield has one of the best up and coming point guards in the state. Welcome Meechie Johnson, who has been a fixture in Ohio’s class of 2021 since his amazing YouTube highlights became a sensation several years ago. Now a freshman, Johnson will look to resume an immediate role in the backcourt for the Bulldogs. Joining Johnson in the backcourt is senior stud

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Alex Heath, who also comes in as a transfer, as Heath is a tough-nosed and physical guard that will put pressure on defenses with his frantic pace of play. Heath and Johnson pose to be one of the better backcourt duos in Cleveland, as Garfield Heights will not be lacking for guard depth in 2017-18. The frontcourt: L-E-N-G-T-H. This is what this Garfield frontcourt is all about. Gaffney comes over from Villa Angela-St. Joseph and gives the Bulldogs an immediate boost up front. A consensus top 50 talent, Gaffney, who at 6-foot-9 has a bag of tricks that can last all day along, teams up with fellow stud and Big Ten target Brison Waller, who is no slouch himself at 6-foot-9 as well. Gaffney and Waller give Garfield Heights the most athletic frontcourt in the state, which will be a key component for this team’s success. Senior 6-foot-6 forward Donovan Forte, a Jacksonville commit, give Garfield

Heights three Division I prospects in the frontcourt, which will cause nightmares for opponents all season long. Prognosis: With the talent, length and depth to make a deep run, Garfield Heights is the prohibitive favorite to win the region in Division I. While the last two trips to the state final four in 2015 and 2016 resulted in losses to Westerville South in the semifinals, Garfield Heights won’t have that issue in 2018 if the Bulldogs are to make it. Gaffney and Waller give Garfield two studs up front, as no team will be bigger or more athletic than the Bulldogs in 2017-18.

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ickerington Central can be described as the Kentucky basketball of Central Ohio, as the Tigers seem to churn out big-time talent year after year. That narrative is still the same, as the original Pickerington high school has its best point guard in program history in junior Jeremiah Francis, a North Carolina commit. Francis looks to lead the Tigers to its second-straight state final four and first state title since 2012. The Backcourt: It all starts with Francis. The physical 6-foot-3 guard is arguably the most difficult one-on-one matchup in the state, as he can score on you in just about every way, in addition to his pro-ready passing skills and vision. Francis (247 No. 56) is the consensus top guard in the state of Ohio and has been since last season. Francis is the key cog in a talented backcourt that includes Stony Brook target junior Javohn Garcia, Kent State sophomore Josiah Fulcher, junior

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sharp shooter Jaidon Lipscomb and rising sophomore Conner Maciag. The development of Garcia and Fulcher, who each have Division I offers, will be key for the Tigers, who will look to run and gun this season and punish teams in transition. The frontcourt: More Division I talent here as well. Senior 6-foot-7 wing and Detroit Mercy commit Adrian Nelson leads the way for the Tigers. Nelson is one of the more athletic players in the state, capable of poster dunking on anyone, as well as being a nightmare on the offensive glass. Surrounding Nelson is 6-foot-3 senior forward Juan Elmore, who has been a fixture on the interior since his sophomore season. Elmore plays much bigger than his size, as he can really rebound, pass and defend, as well as score when needed. Junior 6-foot-7 Coleton Landis is the only pure post player on the roster, but will need to

westtown ast year, head coach Seth Berger’s team had one of the most talented units in the country, complete with a nice core group of seniors in Texas commit Mohamed Bamba, Arizona commit Brandon Randolph and Rice commit Najja Hunter. In 2017-18, they will be led by returning seniors, Duke commit Cameron Reddish and Indiana commit Jake Forrester. 6-foot7 ophomore power forward Noah Collier has also come into his own and established himself as a national prospect. The Moose also made a key addition with class of 2019 point guard Jalen Gaffney, who will give them a consistent scorer and distributor. The Backcourt: Westtown will have another high-level backcourt this year, led by the 6-foot8 Reddish. The future Blue Devil will run the show for the Moose, fresh off a statistically-dominated spring and

COACH: ERIC KRUEGER

fill in majorly this season if Pickerington Central wants to have any advantages on the block. Prognosis: For the first time in possibly program history, Pickerington Central is not the most talked about team in Pickerington. With North capturing headlines and hype, Central comes in as the underdog for the first time ever, and will use that chip on its shoulder all season long. Despite being the Columbus area’s reigning regional champ, the Tigers come into this season as a relative dark horse. With Francis leading the show, never count out Pickerington Central, as the Tigers will take on a new identity with its group of talented guards and wings. Look for the new look Tiger team to put up a ton of points in the fast break and wear teams out with its athleticism.

COACH: SETH BERGER LOCATION: WEST CHARTER, PA

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summer for Team Final on the NIKE EYBL. Reddish (ESPN No. 3) is one of the best scorers in the country, and with his size he is very difficult to guard on the perimeter. Reddish is a bigtime shooter, but has the ability to attack the defense off the bounce and has good court vision. Gaffney will play a huge role alongside Reddish this season. Gaffney’s skillset is his best attribute, followed by his solid athleticism. Sophomore guard duo Seyon Kpaan and T.J. Berger will also get significant minutes in 2017-18. The frontcourt: Forrester (ESPN 4-Star) and sophomore Noah Collier lead Westtown’s frontcourt. Forrester’s athleticism and motor proved to be crucial last year for Westtown, but with his role being bigger this year, the 6-foot-9 rebounding machine will need to step up his production more. Collier

(247 No. 52) has shown an excellent progression with his play at USA Basketball and in fall ball games. These two need to step up for Berger and company if the Moose want to reach their potential. Prognosis: Once again, The Westtown School has the chance to end this the as one of the best teams in the country. As long as they have the same chemistry as they have shown in the past couple of years, they should do plenty of damage on the high school scene. Reddish is a certified McDonald’s All-American, and should put up some insane numbers. They are on the fringe of the rankings, and will hop right in if they start their 2017-18 off in style.

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he Clark Chargers enter the season with a ton of hype. Fresh off a 26-5 campaign, head coach Chad Beeten returns to the Chargers after coaching one year at Crossroads (CA), Nevada’s top public school squad has all the pieces to be a force in the west coast. All five starters return, giving the Chargers the ability to beat their opposition in a number of different fashions. They faltered late against Bishop Gorman in last year’s state title game, a nasty taste that they are looking forward to get rid of. They have talent, experience and will be very well-coached under Beeten, a trio of assets that should help Clark win a lot of games in 2017-18. The Backcourt: Trey Woodbury is back in the fold, and the 6-foot-4 playmaker is going to be a focal point of the Chargers’ offense. Woodbury (247 3-Star), a verbal pledge to UNLV, is one of the top players in the state, and will be looking to improve on

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2016-17 per-game averages of 14 points and three rebounds. Milwaukee-native Greg Foster Jr. (247 3-Star) transfers in to assist Woodbury, fresh off an eye-opening summer campaign with Playground Elite (WI) in the NIKE EYBL. Foster is a big, physical guard who will make an instant impact in Beeten’s rotation. Junior point guard Sedrick Hammonds (247 3-Star) returns to lead the Chargers, operating as arguably the top floor general in Nevada’s 2019 class. The same can be said of 2021 guard Frankie Collins, who is expected to contribute as a freshman. There is a lot of talent in this backcourt, and they’ll be handful for anyone in NV. The frontcourt: 6-foot-7 junior Jalen Hill gets better every time he steps on the floor, and his development will be crucial to Clark’s season-long success. Hill starred for the Las Vegas Prospects during the spring and summer, massively increasing his stock under Director Anthony Brown.

Seniors James Bridges (6-foot-5) and Ian Alexander (6-foot-6) will provide some major depth to the Chargers’ rotation. They will likely implement 3-guard sets with regularity, as the frontcourt is assisted by one of the most sizable set of guards in the country. Hill have a chance to develop into an absolute force if his teammates use him correctly. Prognosis: Clark is considered to be the team-tobeat in Nevada 4A, and for very good reason. They’ll have the pressure of sky-high expectations, and if their fallball showings were any indication, they already have all the talent needed to meet them. They’ll test themselves on the national scene twice, playing two tournaments in December; the Tarkanian Classic and the Beach Ball Classic. Are they good enough to be mentioned amongst the nation’s best? We think so, which is why the Chargers start the season ranked in the Top 25.

COACH: DAN FIFE

clarkston ead coach Dan Fife had his Wolves squad clicking on allcylinders in 2016-17, finishing with a 29-1 record and a MHSAA Class A State Championship in their back pocket. All-State point guard Foster Loyer is back and better than ever, and he’s joined by a tremendously talented lineup that should make a push for another state championship. Every player in their rotation will be a senior, so you can expect Fife’s crew to be a disciplined, efficient bunch. It will be tough to replicate their record from a year ago, but with the talent they have in their rotation, we wouldn’t put it past them to go undefeated. The Backcourt: Loyer (247 4-Star), an early Michigan State commit, is one of the best floor generals in the entire country. The 6-foot point guard earned 2nd Team All-EYBL honors over the summer for All Ohio

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Red, averaging 17.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game. He does a terrific job of getting everyone involved, and excels in the pick-and-roll. A number of talented seniors will run alongside Loyer, but none carry the importance of the future Spartan. Loyer is a strong contender for Gatorade Player of the Year, and could make a legitimate case for national awards if he keeps his squad undefeated. The frontcourt: Thomas Kithier transferred to Clarkston in August, and no one was happier about that news than Loyer. Kithier and Loyer ran together with All Ohio Red, forming chemistry before they both attend Michigan State in 2018. Kither decided to keep the chemistry rolling, transferring to the Wolves and becoming an immediate post-presence and pickand-roll operator. 6-foot-8 Wisconsin commit Taylor Currie returns to star

alongside Kithier, forming arguably the best 1-2 frontcourt punch in the state of Michigan. 6-foot-7 senior forward Tristen Mysen will see minutes in a thin but very talented frontcourt.Prognosis: The Wolves will start the season in the Top 25, and for good reason. Loyer is as dynamic as they come for high school guards, and his on-court presence will keep Clarkston a step ahead against their competition They play a formidable in-state schedule, and if they run the table, they will do their very best to convince the MHSAA to let them attend DICK’s Nationals in April. Any program that has three Big Ten recruits is a contender, so expect to see Clarkston maintain their ranking while racking up a lot of wins. Another State Title is the goal, and they’ll do it with a giant target on their backs.

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COACH: NICK LINCOLN

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mhotep Charter is always one of the best teams in Philadelphia, but with their core group of class of 2019 prospects, they are one of the best teams throughout the northeast. Daron Russell is a big loss to the Philadelphia powerhouse as he graduated last year and is now playing at Rhode Island. Players like Donte Scott, Dahmir Bishop, Jamil Riggins, Chereef Knox and Elijah Taylor will need to step up this year, and if they do, the Panthers will definitely be ranked foe at some point during the 2017-18 season. The Backcourt: The 6-foot-4 Bishop and Fatayn Wesley will lead Imhotep Charter’s backcourt. Bishop, a junior, has become a great playmaker and can play both point guard and shooting guard. He has a knack for getting

LOCATION: PHILADELPHIA, PA NICKNAME: PANTHERS

to the rim and has become a more consistent shooter. Wesley (5-foot-9) does a good job utilizing his tight ball handling and has become a great passer. The 6-foot-7 Scott (247 4-Star) is a versatile is does plenty of damage in the backcourt. He is regarded as the team’s top prospect and deservingly so with the amount of upside he has. The frontcourt: Their frontcourt has a lot of depth with players like Riggins (247 No. 147), Knox and Taylor. Riggins has a strong frame who moves well for his position. He is a matchup problem with how many different ways he can attack the defense. Knox’s best attribute is his defense and motor. The 6-foot-4 athlete has also become more productive on offense through the years. Donte Scott plays in the

frontcourt as well and makes a big impact with his athleticism. 6-foot-8 sophomore big man Elijah Taylor has developed nicely and will get a lot of time this season. Prognosis: Imhotep Charter should have another big year under head coach Andre Noble. They will be able to compete with just about anyone with the amount of talent they have in their rotation. Noble’s squad always plays a tough schedule, so with this talented team you will definitely see them compete in various high-level events. Expect Scott to blow up on the national level, with the help of one of the best supporting casts in high school basketball.

COACH: JOHN MOSCO

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points in Mosco’s offense. These two will dictate the pace of every game, and their experience should pay huge dividends as they reach the meat of their schedule. Freshman Rahsool Diggins opened some eyes during fall ball, and is expected to slowly make his way into the rotation. This is one of the better shooting backcourts in the country, and will provide plenty of headaches in the opposition’s scouting report. The frontcourt: Senior Karrington Wallace is a highlyunderrated prospect, and it’s safe to say Central Connecticut State is getting a steal in the 6-foot-7 wing. Wallace played a big role on last year’s squad, and will be expected to take on more production in 2016-17, especially after strong summer with K-Low Elite on the adidas circuit. Seth Pinkney, a 6-foot11 senior who is only tapping into his

potential, will be their bread and butter down low. Pinkney (247 3-Star) is a long, athletic big man who will make a big impact defensively for the Vikings. A crop of underclassmen will piece together a talented frontcourt that is as good as any on the east coast. Prognosis: Simply put, Archbishop Wood will be looking for another State Championship to put in the trophy case. They have one of the deepest squads on the east coast, and make a great case for best team in Pennsylvania. Pickron and Funk will be a lot of fun to watch in the backcourt, and if they replicate the team chemistry they accrued in 2016-17, the Vikings will make a great case to be nationallyranked before the season concludes.

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COACH: DION BETHEA

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he War Eagles were led by Jalek Felton in 2016-17, and the freshman Tar Heel impressed as the focal point of head coach Dion Bethea’s squad. Minus Felton, Gray Collegiate returns basically every contributor from a year ago. GCA will be looking for their first state championship - coming up short in the title game last year - and they have a great chance of bringing it home. Their starting five is one of the more talented units in the southeast, and they come into 2017-18 winners of 14 of their past 15 games. The Backcourt: Bethea’s backcourt will primarily feature three players, with all three set to breakout. Senior Jalil Robinson is one of two seniors on the roster, and the 6-foot4 shooting guard will have a lot on his plate between on-court leadership and his individual play. He’ll be assisted by two talented juniors, 6-foot Tommy Bruner and 5-foot-11 Khalil Robinson. Both are

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receiving division one offers, and will have the chance to open a lot more eyes as they take on increased roles in 2017-18. All three can shoot it from the perimeter, with Khalil operating as the ‘glue guy’ of the bunch. They won’t enter the season with much publicity, but this trio of guards will surprise the heck out of teams during the early season. The frontcourt: The backcourt may enter the season under-the-radar, but the same can’t be said of their talented frontcourt. 6-foot6 junior swingman Juwan Gary (ESPN No. 29) is a perimeter threat, possessing elite athleticism to along with a welldeveloped scoring repertoire. Gary will be their go-to guy, which should work to his teammates’ benefit, as Gary works very well within the Gray Eagles’ system. 6-foot-9, 260-pound senior Michael Marsh starts alongside Gary, bringing elite size and rebounding ability to the table. Marsh is a physically-imposing

force on both ends, and will need to work to stay out of foul trouble. Sophomore Mezziah Oakman will see time off the bench, and 7-foot big man is already receiving mid-major offers. Prognosis: The only noticeable issue for Bethea’s War Eagles will be their experience. They have 12 players on their roster, and 10 of them are underclassmen. Fortunately for GCA, almost all of their juniors received playing time last season, so they should be well-ahead of the average risingjunior. This squad will likely go as far as Gary takes them, and it will likely take some time for him to adjust to being the feature guy. They will enter the season as arguably the most talented squad in South Carolina, and should be considered the favorites to bring home a state title.

COACH: ROBERT JACKSON

memphis east emphis East rattled off a 23-4 record in 2016-17, maintaining its top five national ranking for the majority of the season. A state championship blowout win over Southwind capped off its memorable season, and the success should continue as the Mustangs flip the calendar. The Mustangs return three starters and add a trio of transfers that should make an enormous impact for head coach Robert Jackson’s squad. Penny Hardaway remains on the staff for Memphis East, making the Mustangs one of the most well-coached teams in the land. THE BACKCOURT: Senior Alex Lomax returns to lead the way, and the back-to-back Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year should be better than ever. Lomax (247 4-Star) is a floor-general and will have ample weapons to work with in the open

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floor. 6-foot-5 senior scoring guard Ryan Boyce, a UAB commit, makes his way in from Houston High in Memphis, and he should flourish alongside Lomax. Both ran with Team Penny during the 2017 EYBL, and developed a nice rapport that should translate nicely to the high school season. THE FRONTCOURT: This frontcourt players are freakishly good, and way ahead of their time. Three sophomores — 6-foot-11 James Wiseman (ESPN No. 1), 6-foot-9 Chandler Lawson (ESPN No. 22) and 6-foot-9 Malcolm Dandridge (ESPN 4-Star) — form one of the best frontcourt trios in the country. Wiseman played at the 2017 NIKE Basketball Academy and was one of the best players on the floor, putting up 20 points and 6 rebounds in the championship game. Lawson, the brother of Kansas duo KJ and Dedric,

will continue to make his case as the best prospect in the family, while Dandridge gives the Mustangs a backto-the-basket interior force. PROGNOSIS: Basically the Mustangs’ entire rotation ran with Team Penny in the 2017 NIKE EYBL, so they should have some of the best team chemistry in the nation. They will debut in the top five of every national ranking poll, a virtual certainty when you sport as much ranked talent as they do. Lomax is one of the most dynamic guards in the nation, and his talents should make an unbelievably talented frontcourt even better. If everything goes as planned, securing their third straight state championship should be considered more of an expectation for Hardaway and Jackson’s Mustangs.

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estlake put up a 29-7 record in 2016-17, bowing out to a loaded Wagner squad in the UIL 6A State Championship game. The reload with a lineup that, on paper, is one of their best in school history. Head coach Robert Lucero has four highmajor players at his disposal, leading a rotation that can compete with the nation’s best. Four seniors and a junior will lead a squad that will have a state championship in their crosshairs, and it’s a safe bet that they surpass their win-loss record from a year ago. The Backcourt: Senior Keonte Kennedy (ESPN 4-Star) is committed to Xavier, and a quick glimpse of his game will show you why. Explosive and energetic, the 6-foot-4 Kennedy possesses game-changing athletic ability and has developed into a solid shotmaker. Kennedy excelled for RM5 during the spring and summer for RM5 Elite in the NIKE EYBL, and is primed to have

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huge senior campaign. Fellow seniors Luke Pluymen and Kyle Davis return, and both point guard will help pace the Chaparrals through a difficult schedule. This is a very talented group, and will have a lot of weaponry to work with in the frontcourt. The frontcourt: A pair of high-major 6-foot-7 seniors Brock Cunningham and Matthew Mayer - will lead the Chaparrals in 2017-18. Cunningham, committed to Texas, plays with a unmatched ferocity that helped him earn a 4-star rating from ESPN. He can score in a variety of ways, and doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective. Mayer, a Baylor verbal commitment and the 57th ranked player in ESPN’s 2018 class, is a highly-skilled small forward. When healthy, Mayer is one of the most productive players in the class, highlighted by his time with Houston Hoops during the last two seasons in the NIKE EYBL. 6-foot-10

junior Will Baker rounds out a beastly frontline, and he may be the best prospect of the bunch. Baker (ESPN No. 16) is a smooth lefty who is constantly adding to his repertoire, and he should be salivating at the opportunity of playing around such a talented group Prognosis: As stated before, Westlake arguably has their best team in school history. Their opponents will basically have to pick their poison, as the Chaparrals will be more talented than basically every team they compete against. Unfortunately they won’t have the opportunity to beef up their resume against national competition, but their overall talent is more than enough to land them in the national top 25. If there is an argument to be made for best team in Texas, Westlake could make a phenomenal case.

COACH: GRANT LONG

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ead coach Grant Long led his Wildcats to a fantastic campaign in 2016-17, putting up a 25-6 record behind a lineup made up primarily of underclassmen. They lost a 93-92 heartbreaker to Euless Trinity in the State Championship game, earning valuable experience along the way. A year later, and Guyer has flipped the script, as they’ll be one of the most battle-tested squads in Texas. Their deep rotation features a three-headed monster in senior Grayson Carter and juniors De’Vion Harmon (ESPN No. 57) and Jalen Wilson (247 4-Star). The Backcourt: The aforementioned Harmon is one of the best combo-guards in the country. The 6-foot-2 playmaker put up extremely impressive per-game averages for a sophomore; 18.7 points, 4.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds. He continued to impress during the summer with RM5 Elite (TX) in the NIKE EYBL, and a huge junior season

LOCATION: DENTON, TX NICKNAME: WILDCATS is expected - especially after dropping the pressure of his recruitment. Senior Le’Tre Darthard averaged 10.6 points and 5.6 boards in 2016-17, and his senior leadership will be highly valuable. 6-foot3 senior Chris Craig will look to provide a spark off the bench. The frontcourt: The 6-foot-10 Carter (247 3-Star) is a Georgetown commit, and one of the more underrated swingmen in the country. His production on the boards on and defense will be key in 2017-18; Carter led the Wildcats in rebounding (7.8 RPG) as well as blocked shots (1.9 BPG). The 6-foot-7 junior Wilson rounds out their star trio, coming off sophomore averages of 16.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 2016-17. Wilson starred for YGC36 in the adidas’ spring and summer circuit, and he’ll look to continue his progression as a high-major recruit. 6-foot-8 sophomore JaKobe Coles averaged 7.1 boards as a freshman, and he rounds out a rotation

with ideal size. Prognosis: Guyer will be a favorite in Texas 6A, and could very well play their way into the national rankings early on in the season. They have a ton of talent across the board, and have numerous players who hold the ability of completely taking over a game. Harmon, Wilson and Carter are going to be a nightmare to prepare for, and when the supporting cast is factored in, it’s hard to see many losses on their schedule. They had five players average in double-figures in 2016-17, and it would be a safe bet for them to repeat that feat this winter. A State Championship is the goal, and anything less would be a big bummer for a supremely-talented bunch.

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porting one of the youngest teams in Texas, the Colonels racked up a 10-2 district record inside a 17-10 regular season. While they still feature primarily underclassmen in 2017-18, South Garland looks to be one of the most experienced and talented teams in Texas 6A. The Colonels have star power, and return their top seven scorers, assets that should help them win a boatload of games this season. THE BACKCOURT Juniors Tyrese Maxey (ESPN No. 17) and Chris Harris (247 3-star) both played pivotal roles on last year’s squad, as well as excelling for RM5 Elite (TX) in the 2017 EYBL. Maxey was one of two underclassmen to receive All-Peach

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Jam honors, landing on the third team behind some gaudy numbers — and major wins. The 6-foot-3 Maxey (21.9 ppg) and 6-foot-4 Harris (16.0 ppg) combined to average 37.9 points per game last season, a statistic that is likely to be topped in 2017-18. Fellow junior Keyon Craddock rounds out a trio that should receive some help from 5-foot-5 junior point guard Jordan Chambers. THE FRONTCOURT While Maxey and Harris will both defend bigger players at times, the frontcourt is held down by senior Robert McFadden and junior Khalil Davis. Both standing at 6-foot-4, the undersized duo complements their talented backcourt with elite athleticism and strong defense.

McFadden was the Colonels’ top offensive rebounder a year ago, and he figures to be crucial to their rebounding success in 2017-18. Both averaged modest numbers last season; Davis averaged 4.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 23 games, while McFadden put up 6.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 26 games. PROGNOSIS South Garland isn’t going to beat opponents with size or strength, but its guard play matches up with the best in the country. Their style of play isn’t easy to prepare for, and if head coach Dominique Parker can further tap into the talents of Maxey and Harris, they’ll be one of the top teams in the south by the end of the season.

COACH: CURTIS CONDIE

wasatch academy 23-4 regular season resulted in another trip to DICK’s Nationals for Curtis Condie’s Tigers, where they bowed out to eventual champion La Lumiere from Indiana. Condie now has arguably his most talented roster during his time at Wasatch, and they have aspirations of playing deep into April again. Their appearance at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in mid-January will be their stiffest test in a challenging national schedule. THE BACKCOURT Incoming transfer Matt Bradley, a 6-foot-5 senior from San Bernadino, California, is one of the best sleepers in the country. The Cal Bears verbal commit won the D4 State Player of the Year as a junior,

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and figures to get even better with the talent surrounding him. Senior guard Damion Squire (UC-Davis commit) is the captain of the squad, and should excel as one of the few returning Tigers from last year’s team. Juniors Anderson Kopp, Tre Williams III and sophomore Corbin Zentner are all expected to contribute significant production. THE FRONTCOURT Condie’s frontcourt is enormous. 7-foot senior Bryan Penn-Johnson, a Las Vegas-native, is one of the most intriguing big men in the 2018 class. The four-star center is a late-bloomer, and figures to improve immensely in a rotation that features six players over 6-foot-8. One of those bigs is junior Tyrese Samuel, a 6-foot-8 swingman

capable of stretching the floor for the Tigers. Seniors Dusan Bubanja (6-foot-10), Matija Ilic (6-foot-7), junior Bernardo Da Silva (6-foot9) and sophomore Mady Sissoko (6-foot-9) will all see minutes in Condie’s rotation. PROGNOSIS The Tigers are one of the best teams out west, and looking at their schedule, they have a legitimate chance at having their best season in school history. If their impact transfers settle in like they’re expected to, it’s easy to assume the Tigers to follow suit and make another April appearance in New York City.

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erhaps the biggest high school basketball powerhouse in the world, head coach Steve Smith’s Oak Hill Warriors once again put forth a terrific showing in 2016-17; a 35-5 record and a berth to DICK’s Nationals. They have high expectations once again this season, turning over almost a completely new roster that contains as much talent as any other squad in the country. Incoming senior transfer Keldon Johnson (247 5-Star) is a superstar in the making, and if he maintains the leadership capabilities he showcased with Boo Williams in the EYBL, the Warriors will be on the short list for National Championship contenders. The Backcourt: Johnson plays both shooting guard and small forward, and it’s his versatility that makes him such a promising prospect. Johnson was named 1st Team All-EYBL during the summer with Boo Williams, putting up one of the most impressive and consistent summers in grassroots

COACH: STEVE SMITH LOCATION: MOUTH OF WILSON, VA NICKNAME: WARRIORS basketball. Johnson will team up with talented senior transfer Will Richardson (247 4-Star), a dynamic playmaker who proved to be much more than a scorer during his time with E1T1 in the EYBL. Richardson can fill it up with the best of them, and will likely have a few explosive games for the Warriors. Seniors Akrum Ahemed and Jackson Redmon will see time off the bench, as will Darrick Jones Jr and sophomore transfer Evan Johnson. The frontcourt: Kansas commit David McCormack (247 4-Star) leads the frontcourt, returning to the Warriors in a featured frontcourt role. McCormack played second-fiddle to Kansas freshman Billy Preston in 201617, and will be the focal point of Smith’s frontcourt. Senior Keyontae Johnson (247 4-Star), a 6-foot-6 athlete who ran with Keldon on Boo Williams, is an elite prospect in his own right. He starred for IMG Academy a year ago, so he should be ready for the rigors of the Warriors’

schedule. 6-foot-9 senior Maurice Calloo has guard skills and will play significant minutes on the perimeter. Sophomore Josh Hemmings is back in the fold, promising junior big man BJ Mack (247 3-Star) joins the squad in a reserve role. Prognosis: Every year the Warriors are a threat to land a bid at DICK’s Nationals, and this year is no different. They worked out a few kinks with some early season scrimmages, and will test themselves immediately at the Hoops and Dreams Showcase in early November. Like always, Smith has assembled arguably the most difficult schedule in the country, something that will pay off when their Prep Circuit Power Score, the new RPI-like high school scoring system making its debut this season. Expect the Warriors to accrue an extremely impressive record, while maintaining their spot in the top ten.

COACH: GLENN FARELLO

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aul VI is ready to take on all-comers t this upcoming season with one of the best rotations throughout on the east coast. They are consistently one of the most productive squads in arguably the best conference in the country, the WCAC. They have a lot of star power with prospects like Villanova-commit Brandon Slater, Stony Brook commit Miles Latimer, 2019 guard Anthony Harris, 2020 point guard Jeremy Roach and 2021 guard Trevor Keels. Jeremy Robinson, Daniel Maloniski and Josh Odoru will also be key players for them in 2017-18, and they’ll need to gel quickly against a tough schedule. The Backcourt: Slater (ESPN No. 70) has been a big piece for Paul VI since his freshman year, but he will take on more of a leadership role this season. The Villanova commit is a bigtime athlete and has become a much more consistent

LOCATION: FAIRFAX, VA NICKNAME: PANTHERS shooter. He is also one of the best defenders throughout the country. Head Coach Glen Farello will expect a lot out of him this year. Stony Brook commit Miles Latimer is a knockdown shooter who has greatly improved in the past year. Harris (247 No. 77) is one of the best junior combo guards in the country. The 6-foot-3 harris is an elite defender, an impressive slasher and can fill it up from deep. The 2020 point guard Roach (ESPN No. 14) is one of the best overall prospects throughout his class with his skill and explosiveness. The frontcourt: Paul Vi’s backcourt is their focal point, but they have a nice trio in Daniel Malonski, Jeremy Robinson and Josh Odoru. Daniel Malonski and Jeremy Robinson will be the frontcourt’s senior leaders and Odoru will receive big minutes. Odoru transferred in this year and PVI is expecting a lot out of

him. These three fit in with Paul VI’s fast paced style of play and make their team that much more complete. Expect the Panthers to play small, with Roach operating as the point alongside Latimer, Slater and Harris. If someone in the frontcourt can step up and be a consistent contributor, it will make Farello’s job much easier Prognosis: If you ask their leaders, the only way Paul VI would call the season a success is to win the WCAC championship. Senior Brandon Slater wants to finish his high school career off in this fashion. “In my high school career I’ve been to many semifinals and championship games, but I’ve never experienced a championship win,” said Slater. “I’d love to finish the season off with a WCAC and state championship.”

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he Eagles were dynamite in 2016-17, finishing with a 35-3 record after taking home the 6A State Championship. They dismantled their local competition, racking up a 13-0 record in their district. After such a strong season - and the fact that head coach Richard Flores returns six of his top seven scorers - it’s only fitting that they start the season ranked in the top 25. This seniorladen crew has a chance to continue their special run, and will have to do it with a target on their backs. The Backcourt: Leading scorer NIgel Hawkins is back for more, and the 6-foot-4 senior is going to be a chore to contain. Hawkins averaged 21.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 31 games in 2016-17, and it would be a good bet for him to improve his numbers

LOCATION: HOUSTON, TX NICKNAME: EAGLES

across the board. Fellow returning senior Trajan Wesley, last year’s second-leading scorer at 11 points per game, committed to LouisianaLafayette in early August. The 5-foot10 point guard should continue to showcase his facilitating skills (4.6 APG), while knowing when to look for his own offense. 5-foot-11 senior Andrew Nguyen also returns, looking to build on averages of 9.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in ‘1617. The frontcourt: The majority of the Eagles’ frontcourt returns, which is a scary proposition for their opponents. Swingman DJ Weaver (ESPN 3-Star) is back and will be a focal point in Flores’ offense. Weaver committed to Oral Roberts in October, and the 6-foot-7 senior looks to be more of the more

underrated prospects in the country. 6-foot-7 seniors Kendall Scott (10.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG) and Zach Stephenson (4.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG) return in bigger roles, making it completely feasible that the Eagles have four rotation players average in double-figures. Prognosis: On paper, it would be silly not to consider Cypress Falls the favorite to repeat in 6A. They are loaded top-to-bottom, and feature one of the most experienced rotations in the entire country. They have ample size, great guard play, and operate well as a unit - a trio of assets which should equal success for Flores and company. Expect Cypress Falls to maintain their ranking throughout the season, as they’ll be favored in just about every game they play.

COACH: JIM SHANNON

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he Bulldogs will enter the season as the favorite to take home the Class 4A title, mainly due to returning scary-good senior stud Romeo Langford (ESPN No. 5). They finished 25-4 in 2016-17, and head coach Jim Shannon has similar aspirations for this coming season. Langford is a special talent, and he’ll have a blend of returning seniors surrounding him. As long as he stays healthy, Langford will be one of the most difficult players to contain in the nation, which should open things up nicely for his teammates. The Backcourt: A gifted scorer with tremendous athleticism. Langford averaged 28 points and nine rebounds per game in 2016-17. After the high school season, Langford proceeded to tear up the adidas Gauntlet, cementing his status as a top-five player in the 2018 class.

LOCATION: NEW ALBANY, IN NICKNAME: BULLDOGS

The 6-foot-5 Langford is joined by fellow senior Sean East. A 6-foot point guard, East is the best facilitator in the Bulldog’s rotation, and should improve on his 12.0 point per game average from a year ago. East will need to take on a larger role offensively, as Langford is going to be in the opponent’s crosshairs for the entire game. The frontcourt: There isn’t much size to be had in New Albany’s frontcourt, but that hasn’t held them back in the past. 6-foot-5 senior Blake Murphy will be highlighted in the Bulldogs’ frontcourt, as will 6-foot-4 sophomore Julien Hunter. Both put up modest averages in 2016-17, and both will need to improve their productivity if the Bulldogs are going to sustain success. 6-foot-6 senior Seth Short and 6-foot-1 junior Savion Southers give Shannon and

company some depth, an asset that will be desperately needed in a rotation that lacks beef. Langford is more than capable of guarding bigger players, and that versatility will be needed if the Bulldogs get into foul trouble. Prognosis: Langford has a chance to put up some stellar numbers in 2017-18, and he’s hoping it leads to a lot of wins for New Albany. He is a rare talent, entering the season as the odds-on favorite to take home Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana. Langford’s talents will hide some of their shortcomings in early season play, but the Bulldogs will need to mesh as a unit in order to compete for a state championship. Expect Langford to earn an invitation to the McDonald’s All-American game, while putting up nearly 30 points per game in the process.

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untington Prep had another successful campaign in 2016-17, turning in a 26-4 record behind head coach Arkell Bruce. The Irish turn over a completely new roster in 2017-18, utilizing a rotation that is both talented and deep. Incoming senior transfers Kenny Nwuba (Oak Hill) and Dontarius James (Andrew Jackson) are primed for big senior campaigns, and they’ll be facing one of the more difficult schedules in the country. Bruce has had no problem developing chemistry with his teams, and if he does so again this season, he has all the talent to have another memorable season. The Backcourt: Junior transfer Michael Christmas (247 4-Star) debuted before magazine release, scoring 26 in the Irish’s first exhibition game versus Beckley Prep. Two more transfers - juniors Marvin

LOCATION: HUNTINGTON, WV NICKNAME: IRISH

Price (247 4-Star) and Johnathan McGriff - are set to play huge minutes for Bruce and company. This trio is arguably the top underclassmen backcourt in the country, and will only get better as they play more minutes together. Christmas (247 3-Star) absolutely tore it up for Boo Williams 16U over the summer in the 16U NIKE EYBL, and we expect him to continue his progression into an elite recruit. The frontcourt: The 6-foot-10 Nwuba (247 3-Star) is going to be a focal point offensively for the Irish, and the UCLA commit seems ready for the step up in responsibilities. James might be the most underrated player in the country, recently picking up offers from Xavier and Butler. 6-foot9 sophomore Jaemyn Brakefield (247 5-Star) is one of the best players in his class, while 6-foot-7 freshman Jonathan Kuminga can say the same exact thing.

The amount of young talent on this roster is extraordinary, and they’ll have the chance to learn from some experienced, mature upperclassmen. Prognosis: This squad is led by seniors, complemented by arguably the best group of underclassmen in the country. Brakefield has a chance to be special, and will likely play himself into a bigger role as the season goes on. The Irish will be able to beat you in a variety of different ways, and will likely have rotating leading scorers with each game. Bruce has produced some incredibly talent during his time at Huntington, including Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Miles Bridges, and by the looks of his roster, he has a few more stars in the making. Expect the Irish to stay in the national rankings conversation throughout the season.

COACH: CHRIS CHAVANNE

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he Patrick School goes into every season ready to play, and this will be no different for the Celtics. They have some of the best alumni in the country, with players such as Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist coming through the program. The Celtics are the defending New Jersey T.O.C. champions and are looking to reclaim the title again this season. They lost plenty of talent with center Nick Richards heading to Kentucky, Jamir Harris to Minnesota, Jordan Walker to Seton Hall and Marcus McClary to Monmouth. Players such as Markquis Nowell, Atiba Taylor, Gorgi Bezhanishvili, Valdir Manuel, Majur Majak, Al Amir-Dawes and C.J. Wilcher are some of The Patrick School’s prominent players in 2017-18, and they’ll need a complete team effort to make a mark on the national scene. The Backcourt: The Patrick School has one of the deepest backcourts in the country with Nowell

LOCATION: HILLSIDE, NJ NICKNAME: CELTICS

(247 3-Star), Taylor (247 3-Star), Dawes (247 3-Star) and Wilcher. Nowell is a high-level playmaker that has excellent range, and has the ability to score in bunches. Taylor, a Youngstown State commit, is an excellent on-ball defender and slasher, and his versatility should provide a big lift for the Celtics. Dawes returns to The Patrick School after getting significant minutes on last year’s T.O.C. championship team, and a big junior year is expected. Wilcher is a knockdown shooter who does an excellent job providing production off the bench. The frontcourt: With Nick Richards graduating, The Patrick School lost one of the top big men prospects in the country. This loss definitely hurts their frontcourt, but the New Jersey powerhouse should reload. The 6-foot-8 Manuel (247 4-Star) returns to a bigger role, aided by two new big men additions in Bezhanishvili (ESPN 3-Star) and Majak (247 3-Star).

Bezhanishvili is a good athlete with an excellent motor and rebounding ability. Majak is a 7-foot-1 center who has established himself as one of the best defensive big men in the northeast. Manuel received plenty of minutes last year and should see even more this season, as he’s steadily improved his skillset throughout his high school career. Prognosis: The Patrick School has their eyes set on repeating as T.O.C. champions, which could be reachable as long as they come together as much as last year’s team did. Head coach Chris Chavannes and his team have the opportunity to make more history this year. If they stay healthy and gel as a unit, there won’t be many teams that will match the Celtic’s depth. With Dawes, Taylor, Nowell, Manuel, Bezhanishvili, Majak and Wilcher, The Patrick School won’t be lacking weapons in 2017-18.

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he Democrats took home their first 6A State Championship in 201617, and they’re set to reload this season. Topping a 26-1 record won’t be easy, but it wouldn’t be wise to bet against head coach Pat Strickland and the rotation they’ll be putting on the floor. 6-foot-9 senior Kamaka Hepa will be their go-to star, and the three-time Gatorade Player of the Year winner is expected to be better than ever. The Democrats will be on the cusp of the national rankings for the entire season, and will have a chance to cement their status on the national level in late December at the Les Schwab Invitational. The Backcourt: Last year’s leading scorer Geno West is gone, but that just means more production and responsibility for junior Marcus Tsohonis. A 6-foot-

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3 combo guard, Tsohonis (247 3-Star) gained valuable experience as an underclassmen with Portland Basketball Club in the NIKE EYBL. He’s a certified high-major prospect, and is expected to take more of a leadership role for the Democrats. Sophomore guard Tai Warner is already receiving division one offers, and will likely have the ball in his hands a lot. They have plenty of production to replace, but will be doing it with more than enough talent. The frontcourt: Hepa (ESPN No. 62) is going to be virtually unstoppable inside the state of Oregon, and will make a strong case for McDonald’s All-American honors. Hepa runs the floor with ease, scores efficiently around the basket and is capable of stretching the floor. Simply put, there’s not much Hepa

can’t do for the Democrats. Senior Khalil Chatman transferred in, giving Strickland some much-needed depth in the frontcourt. 6-foot-8 junior Solomon Campbell will play major minutes as well, and will be needed for defense and rebounding. Prognosis: The Democrats will get a huge test in late-December at the Les Schwab, and if they come out victoriously, they will undoubtedly be ranked amongst the nation’s best. Ultimately, the goal is to repeat as 6A State Champions, and Jefferson looks to be in great shape to do so. Hepa is going to be a problem all season long, and if Tsohonis develops the way we expect him to, the Democrats will have one of the best one-two combos on the west coast.

COACH: LOREN JACKSON

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he Blue Devils enjoyed their best season in program history, taking home The Grind Session National Championship last March. A lot of their production from 2016-17 has graduated, but Victory Rock turns over a roster that is still plenty talented enough to compete with just about anyone. Just like previous seasons, the Blue Devils will test themselves with a very difficult schedule, which they’ll combat with a rotation stocked full of division one recruits. As winners of The Grind Sessions’ first national title. the Blue Devils will enter the season with a target on their backs. The Backcourt: Juniors Jackson Makoi (6-foot-3) and Kolton Mitchell (6-foot-2) will spark the backcourt, and both dropped 17 points in Victory Rock’s season-opening win (prior to publishing). Makoi is an athletic point guard that excels in transition, while Mitchell is a solid perimeter threat.

LOCATION: BRADENTON, FL NICKNAME: BLUE DEVILS

Both are strong defenders, but will have their hands full with some of the backcourts on their schedule. With such an imposing frontcourt at their disposal, expect to see 6-foot-8 swingman Jonathan Dos Anjos (247 3-Star) see some time in the backcourt. The frontcourt: This frontcourt is huge. Joining the veteran Dos Anjos is 6-foot-8 forward Madut Akec (247 3-Star) and Michael Durr (247 3-Star). Akec played in a complementary role a year ago, and will be expected to improve his production across the board. Dos Anjos is one of the most underrated big men in the south, and should enjoy a terrific senior season as he continues to get recruited to high-major colleges. Durr transferred in from Oldsmar in the offseason, and 6-foot-10 South Florida commit kicked off his Blue Devil career in style, scoring 15 points and grabbing

five rebounds in their first game. Throw in 6-foot-9 returners Mbaye Dione (2018) and Kuany Kuany (2019), and Victory Rock undoubtedly boasts one of the best frontcourts in the country. The big, athletic bodies will come at you in waves, which should lead to plenty of wins. Prognosis: Head coach Loren Jackson has arguably his most talented roster since creating the prep program. He has a tough job ahead of him in replacing departing seniors Safir Daow, Tomas Woldetensae and Darnell Latham, but with the size and experience at their disposal, the Blue Devils should be the favorite in just about every game they play during The Grind Session. They’re the champions until someone unseats them, and considering how talented their rotation is on paper, they may be keeping that target on their back for another season.

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t wasn’t that long ago that Pickerington North was a bottom feeder in the Ohio Capital Conference. However, the senior class and fourth year coach Jason Bates have turned this program around and the Panthers look to be the early favorite to represent the Central District at the state tournament in March. Indiana commit and 6-foot-7 senior Jerome Hunter leads the way for a Panther team that is looking to avenge its loss to district rival Pickerington Central in the regional final last season. The Backcourt: Pickerington North is loaded here as the Panthers have a variety of players to rely on. Senior point guard Ty Wiley has been a fixture in the backcourt for North since his freshman season, as his elite quickness and speed can really punish a team in transition. Wiley, along with fellow senior guards Corey Baker,

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who comes in from Groveport Madison, and Red Potts, give the Panthers a terrific trio at the guard spots. FIndlay commit Dondre Palmer is a terrific wing defender who will be the emotional leader of this team, as Palmer can also handle ball handling duties and make plays with the rock. This group is quick, athletic and versatile and should really give Pickerington North matchup advantages all season long. The frontcourt: It all starts with Hunter here, as the fourstar wing forward can do everything with the ball and has developed into a shutdown perimeter defender. Hunter can score from all three levels, has tremendous footwork and patience in the post and a mid-range game that Khris Middleton would be jealous of. Hunter, along with Miami (OH) commit Eli McNamara (6-foot-9) and Air Force commit Ross Ryan (6-foot-10) give North

a daunting trio in the frontcourt. All three players can alter shots at the rim, while Hunter is capable of defending smaller wings on the perimeter. This trio will be the major matchup advantage for the Panthers all season, as no other team in the area has the size and physicality of Pickerington North. Prognosis: So far in the offseason, Pickerington North has been the trendy pick in Central Ohio to run away with the OCC and district and regional titles. With a deep senior class full of Division I and II scholarship players, Pickerington North has a lineup that is nothing to sneeze at. Hunter is the top player in Central Ohio and arguably No. 2 in the state, as everything for the Panthers starts and finishes with him. Look for Pickerington North to strongly compete for a state championship in 2017-18.

COACH: MIKE LIMBIRD

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resh off its best season in school history, Hilliard Bradley is looking to build on a 24-2 record and Division I district runner-up finish. With its most talented group ever, the Jaguars return all five starters from a season before and welcome the area’s best freshman. With an experienced group of seniors to go along with stud underclassmen, Hilliard Bradley is a realistic threat to not only win its first district title in school history, but also represent the Central District in the state tournament. The Backcourt: Hilliard Bradley has arguably the best backcourt duo in the area behind Oakland commit Braden Norris and Miami (OH) target sophomore Matt Allocco. Both Norris and Allocco can shoot lights out from the perimeter, in addition to being physical ball handlers who can take opponents off the dribble. Each playing in the EYBL for All-Ohio Red, Norris and Allocco have played against the top competition in the country

LOCATION: HILLARD, OH NICKNAME: JAGUARS

and will be ready to lead Hilliard Bradley to what could be its best season ever. When these two don’t have the ball, look for Swiss Army Knife sophomore forward Chris Mayfield to have a role in the backcourt. Mayfield, at 6-foot-3, is an elite-level athlete that can pass, defend and slash. This trio alone gives Hilliard Bradley the highest IQ and most skilled backcourt in Central Ohio. The frontcourt: Beef in the middle is what the Jaguars were lacking a season ago, but that is no longer the case in 2017-18. While Cedarville commit and 6-foot-6 senior Isaiah Speelman has been one of the most productive players in Ohio since the beginning of his career, Speelman is more of a stretch forward that can make a defense pay from the perimeter. Hilliard Bradley welcomes some physicality inside with the arrival of freshman 6-foot-6 forward Jack Pugh. With the body of a grown man, Pugh is a physical post who can really score and defend in the

paint, while having the skill to play on the perimeter. Pugh, along with 6-foot-6 senior forward Kory Taylor, a Kentucky football commit, give the Jaguars more than enough size and athleticism on the interior. The trio of Speelman, Pugh and Taylor is long, skilled and athletic, which will pose to be a matchup nightmare for defenses all over the state. Prognosis: Hilliard Bradley has a realistic shot to make it to the state tournament, as the Jaguars have a rare blend of depth, skill, athleticism, size and shooting to lead the way. The senior leadership of Norris and Speelman will be vital to bring along talented sophomores Allocco and Mayfield, along with the freshman sensation Pugh. Depth may have been an issue last year for Bradley, but the Jaguars still went 24-2 and competed for a district title. With even more talent and size in the fold, Hilliard Bradley will be a dangerous team to face come tournament time.

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November national tournaments EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Hoops & Dreams Showcase

November 3-4

Fayetteville, NC

Woodstock National Showcase

November 4-5

Woodstock, CT

Phenom National Showcase

November 10-11

Greensboro, NC

The Grind Session: Memphis Classic

November 10-12

Memphis, TN

Myrtle Chaffin Classic

November 10-12

Baltimore, MD

Georgia's Elite 8 Tipoff Classic

November 11

Powder Springs, GA

Season Opener

November 11

Houston, TX

The Grind Session: Duel in the Desert

November 17-18

Phoenix, AZ

National Prep Showcase

November 17-19

New Haven, CT

On The Radar Tipoff Classic

November 18

Norcross, GA

Washington Tournament of Champions Holiday Hoopsgiving

November 21-25

Washington, IL

Charlotte Hoops Challenge

November 24-25 Charlotte, NC

November 24-25 Atlanta, GA

The Grind Session: Lighthouse Classic November 24-25 Corinth, MS Thanksgiving Hoopfest

November 24-25 Duncanville, TX

NorCal Tip-off Classic

November 25

Newark, CA

Shootout in the Ballroom

November 26

Chicago, IL

The Battle Zone

Nov 27 - Dec 2

Corona, CA

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december national tournaments EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

The Battle Zone Marshall County Hoopfest Chicago Elite Classic Zero Gravity Prep Classic Southeast HS Hoops Fest PSA Cardinals Showcase Buckeye Elite National Showcase Bojangles' Bash

Nov 27 - Dec 2 Nov 30 - Dec 4 December 1-2 December 1-3 December 2 December 3 December 7-9 December 7-9

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December 8-9 December 8-9 December 8-9 December 8-10 December 9 December 9-10 December 13-16 December 15-17 December 15-17 December 15-20 December 16 December 18-20 December 18-23 December 20-23 December 20-23 December 20-23 December 26-30 December 26-30 December 26-30 December 27-29 December 27-29 December 27-30 December 27-30

Phoenix, AZ Memphis, TN St. Louis, MO Wellesley, MA Hopkins, MN Washington, DC Springfield, MA New York City, NY Ontario, CA Honolulu, HI Dallas, TX Orlando, FL Fort Myers, FL Columbia, SC Las Vegas, NV Springfield, MA Myrtle Beach, SC La Verne, CA Torrey Pines, CA Lewes, DE Raleigh, NC Portland, OR Wheeler, GA

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DATE

LOCATION

Big South Shootout

January 1-2

Duluth, GA

Mustang Madness

January 4-6

Paducah, KY

Cancer Research Classic

January 5-6

Wheeling, WV

ARS Hoop Fest: Memphis

January 5-6

Memphis, TN

Highland Basketball Shootout

January 6

Highland, IL

Bass Pro Tournament of Champions

January 11-13

Springfield, MO

Hoophall Classic

January 11-15

Springfield, MA

Heart Hooporama

January 12-14

Campbellsville, KY

Music City Classic

January 12-15

Nashville, TN

Flyin' to the Hoop

January 12-15

Dayton, OH

ARS Hoop Fest: Tampa

January 19-20

Tampa, FL

Empire Invitational

January 20-21

New York, NY

Mountain Classic

January 19-21

Allen City, KY

Peachtree Corner's Invitational

January 20

Norcross, GA

The Grind Session: Crush in the Valley

January 27-28

Napa, CA

Gator Alley Showcase

January 27-28

Gainseville, FL

National Prep School Invitational

Jan 31 - Feb 4

Providence, RI

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february national tournaments EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

National Prep School Invitational

Jan 31 - Feb 4

Providence, RI

Nike Extravaganza

February 2-3

Santa Ana, CA

St. James Invitational

Febuary 1-3

Hagerstown, MD

Kentucky Lake Showcase

February 16-17

Benton, KY

Wizard Crystal Ball Showcase

February 9-10

Louisville, KY

March national tournaments EVENT

DATE

LOCATION

Grind Session World Championship

March 8-11

Owensboro, KY

Everything is Bigger In Texas Shootout March 3

College Station, TX

St. James Invitational

Febuary 1-3

Hagerstown, MD

DICK’s Nationals

TBD

New York, NY

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TEAM

Top 25 players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Hillcrest Prep (AZ)

AZ

Kyree

Walker

G

6'6

2020

Arizona State

Hillcrest Prep (AZ)

AZ

KJ

Hymes

F

6'10

2018

Nevada

Hillcrest Prep (AZ)

AZ

Jeron

Artest

G

6'2

2019

Hillcrest Prep (AZ)

AZ

Dischon

Thomas

F

6'9

2019

Mater Dei (CA)

CA

Bol

Bol

F

7'2

2018

Mater Dei (CA)

CA

Spencer

Freedman

G

6'2

2018

Harvard

Mater Dei (CA)

CA

Michael

Wang

F

6'9

2018

Yale

Mater Dei (CA)

CA

Clay

Donohue

F

6'6

2019

Mater Dei (CA)

CA

PJ

Fuller

G

6'3

2019

Mater Dei (CA)

CA

Harrison

Butler

F

6'4

2018

Mater Dei (CA)

CA

Reagan

Lundeen

F

6'6

2018

Prolific Prep (CA)

CA

Jordan

Brown

F

6'10

2018

Prolific Prep (CA)

CA

Sekou

Toure

G

6'5

2018

UC-Santa Barbara

Prolific Prep (CA)

CA

Amadou

Sow

F

6'9

2018

UC-Santa Barbara

Prolific Prep (CA)

CA

Jared

Martin

F

6'5

2018

Prolific Prep (CA)

CA

Jeenathan

Williams

G

6'5

2018

Prolific Prep (CA)

CA

Onyinyechi

Eyisi

F

6'9

2018

Prolific Prep (CA)

CA

Nimari

Burnett

G

6'3

2020

Bishop Montgomery

CA

David

Singleton II

G

6'5

2018

Bishop Montgomery

CA

Gianni

Hunt

G

6'2

2019

Bishop Montgomery

CA

Fletcher

Tynen

F

6'5

2018

Sierra Canyon

CA

Cassius

Stanley

G

6'5

2019

Sierra Canyon

CA

Duane

Washington Jr

G

6'5

2018

Sierra Canyon

CA

Terren

Frank

F

6'7

2020

Sierra Canyon

CA

Kenyon

Martin Jr

F

6'7

2019

Sierra Canyon

CA

Scottie

Pippen Jr

G

6'0

2019

Gonzaga

DC

Myles

Dread

G

6'5

2018

Gonzaga

DC

Myles

Stute

F

6'5

2020

Gonzaga

DC

Carlos

Hubb

G

6'1

2020

Gonzaga

DC

Anwar

Gill

G

6'4

2019

St. John's (DC)

DC

Casey

Morsell

G

6'2

2019

St. John's (DC)

DC

Tre'

Wood

G

6'2

2018

UMass

St. John's (DC)

DC

Richard

Njoku

F

6'6

2018

Navy

St. John's (DC)

DC

Darius

Maddux

G

6'4

2020

IMG Academy

FL

Chol

Marial

F

7'1

2019

IMG Academy

FL

Silvio

de Sousa

F

6'9

2018

IMG Academy

FL

Josh

Green

G

6'6

2019

IMG Academy

FL

Keyshawn

Embery

G

6'3

2018

Arkansas

IMG Academy

FL

Darius

Days

F

6'7

2018

LSU

IMG Academy

FL

Noah

Farrakhan

G

6'0

2020

IMG Academy

FL

Jahmius

Ramsey

G

6'4

2019

Nevada

Southern Utah

UCLA Boston U Ohio State

Penn State Notre Dame

Kansas

44


TEAM

top 25 players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME LAST NAME

PO

HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Orlando Christian Prep

FL

Nassir

Little

F

6'6

2018

UNC

Orlando Christian Prep

FL

CJ

Walker

F

6'6

2019

Orlando Christian Prep

FL

Ronaldo

Segu

G

6'0

2018

Oak Ridge

FL

Emmitt

Williams

F

6'7

2018

Oak Ridge

FL

Damon

Harge Jr

G

6'0

2018

Oak Ridge

FL

Antwann

Jones

G

6'5

2018

Oak Ridge

FL

Niven

Glover

G

6'5

2019

Oak Ridge

FL

Robin

Perry

G

6'4

2018

Montverde Academy

FL

Trevin

Wade

G

5'11

2018

Montverde Academy

FL

Mike

Devoe

G

6'4

2018

Montverde Academy

FL

RJ

Barrett

G

6'6

2018

Montverde Academy

FL

Andrew

Nembhard

G

6'3

2018

Montverde Academy

FL

Karrington

Davis

F

6'6

2018

Montverde Academy

FL

Filip

Petrusev

F

6'10

2018

Montverde Academy

FL

Kevin

Zhang

F

6'9

2018

Montverde Academy

FL

Makhel

Mitchell

F

6'9

2018

Maryland

Montverde Academy

FL

Makhi

Mitchell

F

6'9

2018

Maryland

Montverde Academy

FL

Jordan

Mitchell

F

6'7

2019

University School (FL)

FL

Vernon

Carey Jr

F

6'11

2019

University School (FL)

FL

Trey

Doomes

G

6'3

2018

West Virginia

University School (FL)

FL

Drue

Drinnon

G

6'1

2018

New Mexico

University School (FL)

FL

Joshua

Sanguinetta

G

6'2

2019

University School (FL)

FL

Scottie

Barnes

F

6'7

2020

University School (FL)

FL

Xavien

Flowers

G

5'10

2019

Norcross

GA

Kyle

Sturdivant

G

6'2

2019

Norcross

GA

Dalvin

White

G

5'11

2018

Norcross

GA

Brandon

Boston

G

6'6

2020

Norcross

GA

Issa

Muhummad

F

6'9

2019

Norcross

GA

JoJo

Toppin

F

6'6

2018

McEachern

GA

Isaac

Okoro

G

6'5

2019

McEachern

GA

Jared

Jones

F

6'9

2019

McEachern

GA

Sharife

Cooper

G

5'10

2020

McEachern

GA

Brandon

Suggs

G

6'7

2019

McEachern

GA

Jerod

Bush

G

5'9

2019

McEachern

GA

Babatunde

Akingbola

F

6'8

2019

Wheeler

GA

EJ

Montgomery

F

6'10

2018

Wheeler

GA

Isaac

Martin

G

6'5

2019

Wheeler

GA

Brandon

Younger

G

6'7

2018

Wheeler

GA

Roscoe

Eastmond

G

5'9

2019

Wheeler

GA

Austin

Johnson

F

6'9

2018

Buffalo

Oklahoma State

Georgia Tech Florida Gonzaga

Tennessee State

45


TEAM

Top 25 players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Whitney Young

IL

Xavier

Castaneda

G

6'1

2018

South Florida

Whitney Young

IL

Justin

Boyd

G

6'3

2018

Whitney Young

IL

Javon

Freeman-Liberty

G

6'4

2018

Whitney Young

IL

Tyler

Boyd

G

6'0

2020

Morgan Park

IL

Ayo

Dosunmu

G

6'4

2018

Illinois

Morgan Park

IL

Tamell

Pearson

F

6'9

2018

UAB

Morgan Park

IL

Adam

Miller

G

6'4

2020

Morgan Park

IL

Cameron

Burrell

G

6'7

2018

Morgan Park

IL

Kenyon

Duling

G

6'2

2018

Simeon

IL

Zion

Young

G

6'3

2018

Simeon

IL

Ahmad

Bynum

G

6'1

2021

Simeon

IL

Xavier

Pinson

G

6'3

2018

Simeon

IL

Talen

Horton-Tucker

G/F 6'5

2018

Simeon

IL

Kejuan

Clements

G

5'10 2019

Simeon

IL

Kezo

Brown

G

6'3

2018

Simeon

IL

Bakari

Simmons

F

6'7

2018

Simeon

IL

Kenny

Pittman

G

6'3

2018

Simeon

IL

Messiah

Jones

F

6'6

2018

Simeon

IL

Jeremiah

Stamps

F

6'7

2019

La Lumiere

23

Franklin

Agunanne

F

6'9

2018

La Lumiere

22

Daniel

Goldrick

F

6'6

2018

La Lumiere

33

Isaiah

Stewart

F

6'9

2019

La Lumiere

5

Tyger

Campbell

G

6'0

2018

La Lumiere

1

Emanuel

Miller

F

6'7

2019

La Lumiere

24

Charles

Smith IV

G

6'5

2019

Sunrise Christian

KS

N'Faly

Dante

F

6'11

2020

Sunrise Christian

KS

Blake

Hinson

F

6'7

2019

Sunrise Christian

KS

Khaleem

Bennett

G

6'4

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

Malik

Hall

F

6'7

2019

Sunrise Christian

KS

Jordan

Turner

G

6'7

2019

Sunrise Christian

KS

Isaiah

Bujdoso

G

6'4

2018

John Carroll

MD

Nigel

Haughton

G

6'1

2018

John Carroll

MD

Immanuel

Quickley

G

6'4

2018

Kentucky

John Carroll

MD

Montez

Mathis

G

6'3

2018

Rutgers

John Carroll

MD

Cameron

Byers

F

6'7

2020

John Carroll

MD

Yavuz

Gültekin

F

6'6

2019

Mt. St. Joseph

MD

Jalen

Smith

F

6'10 2018

Mt. St. Joseph

MD

Tyree

Myers

G

6'0

2018

Mt. St. Joseph

MD

James

Bishop

G

6'2

2019

Mt. St. Joseph

MD

Kendall

McMillan

G

6'2

2018

Valparaiso

Tennessee State

Kent State

Chicago State

Drake Loyola Chicago

Central Arkansas

Loyola

Maryland

46


TEAM

top 25 players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Mt. St. Joseph

MD

Jason

Edokapyi

F

6'6

2020

Mt. St. Joseph

MD

Tyler

Brelsford

G

6'3

2020

DeMatha

MD

Justin

Moore

G

6'3

2019

DeMatha

MD

Hunter

Dickinson

C

7'0

2020

DeMatha

MD

Brayon

Freeman

G

6'1

2021

DeMatha

MD

Earl

Timberlake Jr

G

6'5

2020

DeMatha

MD

Josh

Wallace

G

6'1

2019

DeMatha

MD

Carsten

Kogelnik

G

6'5

2019

DeMatha

MD

Jamir

Young

G

5'8

2019

Clarkston

MI

Foster

Loyer

G

6'0

2018

Michigan State

Clarkston

MI

Taylor

Currie

F

6'8

2018

Wisconsin

Clarkston

MI

Thomas

Kithier

F

6'8

2018

Michigan State

Apple Valley

MN

Tre

Jones

G

6'3

2018

Duke

Apple Valley

MN

Luke

Martens

G

6'3

2018

Apple Valley

MN

Spencer

Rolland

F

6'7

2018

Harvard (football)

Cretin-Derham Hall

MN

Daniel

Oturu

F

6'9

2018

Minnesota

Cretin-Derham Hall

MN

Ryan

Larson

G

6'2

2018

Cretin-Derham Hall

MN

Sy

Chatman

F

6'7

2018

Cretin-Derham Hall

MN

Jaeden

King

G

6'2

2019

Cretin-Derham Hall

MN

Jake

Prince

6'4

2018

Webster Groves

MO

Carte'Are

Gordon

F

6'8

2018

Webster Groves

MO

Courtney

Ramey

G

6'3

2018

Webster Groves

MO

Malachy

Simpson

F

6'6

2019

Webster Groves

MO

Ray

Adams

G

6'2

2019

Chaminade

MO

Jericole

Hellems

F

6'7

2018

Chaminade

MO

Jadis

White

G

6'2

2018

Chaminade

MO

Luke

Kasubke

Olive Branch

MS

Shamar

Brown

G

6'6

2019

Olive Branch

MS

Zion

Cooper

G

6'0

2019

Olive Branch

MS

Wes

Taylor

G

Ben L Smith

NC

Isaiah

Bigelow

G

Ben L Smith

NC

Jaylan

Gainey

F

Ben L Smith

NC

Jacob

Crutchfield

G

6'1

2018

Ben L Smith

NC

Jaylin

Gamble

F

6'8

2018

Ben L Smith

NC

Silas

Mason

F

6'6

2020

Ben L Smith

NC

Malik

Puryear

G

6'3

2019

Ben L Smith

NC

Jordan

Williams

F

6'4

2020

Ben L Smith

NC

Naje

McClendon

F

6'7

2019

Wesleyan Christian

NC

Jaylen

Hoard

F

6'8

2018

Wake Forest

Wesleyan Christian

NC

Keyshaun

Langley

G

6'2

2019

Virginia Tech

Saint Louis

2020

2020 6'6

2018

Charlotte

2018

Brown Fayetteville State

47


TEAM

Top 25 players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Wesleyan Christian

NC

Kobe

Langley

G

6'2

2019

Virginia Tech

Wesleyan Christian

NC

Aaron

Wiggins

G

6'6

2018

Maryland

Wesleyan Christian

NC

DeAundre

Wilkins

C

6'10

2019

Wesleyan Christian

NC

Shawn

Walker Jr

G

6'5

2019

Cox Mill

NC

Rechon

Black

F

6'7

2018

Cox Mill

NC

Wendell

Moore

F

6'5

2019

Cox Mill

NC

Caleb

Stone-Carrawell

G

6'6

2019

Cox Mill

NC

Tazhuan

Claude

F

6'7

2018

Greensboro Day

NC

Mike

Fowler

F

6'9

2019

Greensboro Day

NC

Will

Dillard

G

6'3

2018

Greensboro Day

NC

John

Newman

G

6'6

2018

Greensboro Day

NC

Alex

Michael

G

6'6

2018

Greensboro Day

NC

Carson

McCorkle

G

6'1

2020

Greensboro Day

NC

Nicholas

Evtimov

F

6'7

2019

Greensboro Day

NC

Tripp

Greene

G

6'1

2018

Roselle Catholic

NJ

Kahlil

Whitney

F

6'7

2019

Roselle Catholic

NJ

Naz

Reid

F

6'10

2018

Roselle Catholic

NJ

Josh

Pierre-Louis

G

5'10

2019

Roselle Catholic

NJ

Cliff

Omoruyi

C

6'11

2020

Roselle Catholic

NJ

Ithiel

Horton

G

6'3

2018

Roselle Catholic

NJ

Alanzo

Frink

F

6'9

2018

Hudson Catholic

NJ

Jahvon

Quinerly

G

6'0

2018

Hudson Catholic

NJ

Danny

Rodriguez

F

6'6

2018

Hudson Catholic

NJ

Luther

Muhammad

G

6'3

2018

Ohio State

Hudson Catholic

NJ

Louis

King

F

6'8

2018

Oregon

Hudson Catholic

NJ

Schackylle

Dezonie

F

6'5

2018

Hudson Catholic

NJ

Precious

Ikediashi

F

6'7

2018

Immaculate Conception

NJ

Jalen

Carey

G

6'4

2018

Immaculate Conception

NJ

Justin

Winston

F

6'7

2019

Immaculate Conception

NJ

Raejon

Figures

G

6'2

2020

Immaculate Conception

NJ

Elijah

Hutchins-Everett

C

6'10

2020

Patrick School

NJ

Al-Amir

Dawes

G

6'2

2019

Patrick School

NJ

Valdir

Manuel

F

6'10

2018

Patrick School

NJ

Atiba

Taylor

G

6'3

2019

Patrick School

NJ

CJ

Wilcher

G

6'5

2020

Patrick School

NJ

Markquis

Nowell

G

5'8

2018

Patrick School

NJ

Alejando

Vasquez

G

6'3

2019

Patrick School

NJ

Giorgi

Bezhanishvilli

F

6'10

2018

Ranney School

NJ

Bryan

Antoine

G

6'4

2019

Ranney School

NJ

Scottie

Lewis

G

6'5

2019

North Carolina

Clemson

LSU

Delaware

Syracuse

Youngstown State

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TEAM

top 25 players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Ranney School

NJ

Ahmadu

Sarnor

G

6'2

2019

Ranney School

NJ

Chris

Autino

F

6'6

2019

Clark

NV

Sedrick

Hammonds

G

6'3

2019

Clark

NV

Greg

Foster Jr

G

6'5

2018

Clark

NV

Frankie

Collins

G

6'0

2021

Clark

NV

Jalen

Hill

F

6'5

2019

Clark

NV

Trey

Woodbury

G

6'4

2018

Clark

NV

James

Bridges

G

6'5

2018

Clark

NV

Ian

Alexander

F

6'6

2018

Findlay Prep

NV

Spencer

Washington

G

6'6

2018

Findlay Prep

NV

Jamie

Lewis

G

6'4

2018

Wake Forest

Findlay Prep

NV

Jack

Schweitz

G

6'5

2018

UMBC

Findlay Prep

NV

Nathan

Mensah

F

6'9

2018

San Diego State

Findlay Prep

NV

Kyler

Edwards

G

6'4

2018

Texas Tech

Findlay Prep

NV

TJ

Moss

G

6'4

2018

Findlay Prep

NV

Reggie

Chaney

F

6'8

2018

Findlay Prep

NV

Connor

Vanover

C

7'3

2018

Findlay Prep

NV

Roy

Jones III

G

Archbishop Molloy

NY

Cole

Anthony

G

6'2

2019

Archbishop Molloy

NY

Moses

Brown

C

7'1

2018

Archbishop Molloy

NY

Khalid

Moore

F

6'6

2018

Georgia Tech

Our Saviour Lutheran

NY

Jared

Rhoden

F

6'6

2018

Seton Hall

Our Saviour Lutheran

NY

Posh

Alexander

PG

6'2

2020

Our Saviour Lutheran

NY

Fredelin

De La Cruz

F

6'7

2018

Our Saviour Lutheran

NY

Bernard

Kouma

F

6'9

2019

Long Island Lutheran

NY

Donatas

Kupsas

F

6'8

2018

Long Island Lutheran

NY

Frankie

Policelli

F

6'8

2018

Long Island Lutheran

NY

Tyson

Etienne

G

6'2

2019

Long Island Lutheran

NY

Esam

Mostafa

F

6'8

2019

Hilliard Bradley

OH

Braden

Norris

G

6'1

2018

Hilliard Bradley

OH

Matt

Allocco

G

6'3

2020

Hilliard Bradley

OH

Isaiah

Speelman

F

6'6

2018

Hilliard Bradley

OH

Chris

Mayfield

6'3

2020

Hilliard Bradley

OH

Jack

Pugh

F

6'6

2021

Garfield Heights

OH

Brison

Waller

F

6'9

2019

Garfield Heights

OH

Demetrius

Johnson

G

5'11 2021

Garfield Heights

OH

Alonzo

Gaffney

F

6'9

2019

Garfield Heights

OH

Alex

Heath

G

6'0

2018

Mercyhurst (D2)

Garfield Heights

OH

Donovan

Forte

F

6'6

2018

Jacksonville

Pickerington North

OH

Ross

Ryan

C

6'9

2018

Memphis

2018

Oakland

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Top 25 players TO WATCH ST

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PO

HT

YEAR COMMITTED

Pickerington North

OH

Jerome

Hunter

F

6'7

2018

Pickerington North

OH

Dondre

Palmer

F

6'5

2018

Pickerington North

OH

Eli

McNamara

F

6'9

2018

Pickerington North

OH

Corey

Baker

G

6'0

2018

Archbishop Moeller

OH

Jaxson

Hayes

F

6'10

2018

Texas

Archbishop Moeller

OH

Sleepy

Payton

G

6'1

2018

Indiana Wesleyan

Archbishop Moeller

OH

Jeremiah

Davenport

F

6'5

2018

Archbishop Moeller

OH

Miles

McBride

G

6'3

2019

Archbishop Moeller

OH

Alex

Pfriem

F

6'4

2019

Pickerington Central

OH

Jeremiah

Francis

G

6'3

2019

North Carolina

Pickerington Central

OH

Adrian

Nelson

F

6'6

2018

Detroit

Pickerington Central

OH

Josiah

Fulcher

G

6'2

2020

Pickerington Central

OH

Javohn

Garcia

G

6'3

2019

Jefferson

OR

Marcus

Tsohonis

G

6'4

2019

Jefferson

OR

Kamaka

Hepa

F

6'9

2018

Jefferson

OR

Khalil

Chatman

F

6'7

2018

Jefferson

OR

Andrew

Graves

F

6'10

2019

Jefferson

OR

Robert

Ford

G

6'0

2018

Westtown

PA

Cam

Reddish

G

6'8

2018

Duke

Westtown

PA

Jake

Forrester

F

6'9

2018

Indiana

Westtown

PA

Noah

Collier

F

6'7

2020

Westtown

PA

Jalen

Gaffney

G

6'0

2019

Imhotep Charter

PA

Reefy

Knox

F

6'6

2019

Imhotep Charter

PA

Dahmir

Bishop

G

6'4

2019

Imhotep Charter

PA

Elijah

Taylor

F/C

6'8

2020

Imhotep Charter

PA

Karam

Cummings

G

6'3

2019

Imhotep Charter

PA

Jamil

Riggins

F

6'6

2019

Imhotep Charter

PA

Donta

Scott

F

6'7

2019

Archbishop Wood (PA)

PA

Andrew

Funk

G

6'3

2018

Bucknell

Archbishop Wood (PA)

PA

Tyree

Pickron

G

6'3

2018

Quinnipiac

Archbishop Wood (PA)

PA

Seth

Pinkney

F

6'11

2018

Archbishop Wood (PA)

PA

Karrington

Wallace

C

6'7

2018

Spartanburg Day

SC

Chandler

Lindsey

G

6'2

2018

Spartanburg Day

SC

Zion

Williamson

F

6'8

2018

Spartanburg Day

SC

Matthew

Brown

F

6'8

2018

Gray Collegiate

SC

Juwan

Gary

F

6'7

2019

Gray Collegiate

SC

Khalil

Robinson

G

5'11

2019

Gray Collegiate

SC

Tommy

Bruner

G

5'10

2019

Gray Collegiate

SC

Jalil

Robinson

G

6'4

2018

Gray Collegiate

SC

Michael

Marsh

F

6'9

2018

Indiana Miami (OH)

Texas

Central Connecticut State

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top 25 players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Brentwood Academy

TN

Cory

Reynolds

F

6'5

2020

Brentwood Academy

TN

Darius

Garland

G

6'3

2018

Brentwood Academy

TN

Camron

Johnson

G

6'2

2018

Vanderbilt (football)

Brentwood Academy

TN

Gavin

Schoenwald

F

6'6

2018

Vanderbilt (football)

Memphis East

TN

James

Wiseman

F

6'11

2019

Memphis East

TN

Alex

Lomax

G

6'2

2018

Memphis East

TN

Malcolm

Dandridge

F

6'10

2019

Memphis East

TN

Ryan

Boyce

G

6'6

2018

Memphis East

TN

Chandler

Lawson

F

6'9

2019

Cypress Falls

TX

Trajan

Wesley

G

5'9

2018

Cypress Falls

TX

NIgel

Hawkins

G

6'4

2018

Cypress Falls

TX

DJ

Weaver

F

6'7

2018

Westlake

TX

Will

Baker

F

6'10

2019

Westlake

TX

Matthew

Mayer

F

6'8

2018

Baylor

Westlake

TX

Keonte

Kennedy

G

6'4

2018

Xavier

Westlake

TX

Luke

Pluymen

G

6'1

2018

St Edwards (DII)

Westlake

TX

Brock

Cunningham

F

6'7

2018

Texas

Westlake

TX

Kyle

Davis

G

6'0

2018

South Garland

TX

Tyrese

Maxey

G

2019

South Garland

TX

Chris

Harris Jr

G

2019

Guyer

TX

De'Vion

Harmon

G

6'2

2019

Guyer

TX

Jalen

Wilson

G

6'7

2019

Guyer

TX

Grayson

Carter

F

6'9

2018

Guyer

TX

Le'Tre

Darthard

F

6'4

2018

Wasatch Academy

UT

Matt

Bradley

F

6'4

2018

Wasatch Academy

UT

Tyrese

Samuel

F

6'8

2019

Wasatch Academy

UT

Anderson

Kopp

G

6'5

2019

Wasatch Academy

UT

Bryan

Penn-Johnson

C

6'10

2018

Wasatch Academy

UT

Damion

Squire

G

6'0

2018

Wasatch Academy

UT

Bernardo

Da Silva

F

6'7

2018

Oak Hill

VA

David

McCormack

F

6'10

2018

Oak Hill

VA

Keldon

Johnson

G

6'6

2018

Oak Hill

VA

Keyontae

Johnson

G

6'5

2018

Oak Hill

VA

Will

Richardson

G

6'4

2018

Oak Hill

VA

Maurice

Calloo

6'8

2018

Paul VI

VA

Brandon

Slater

G

6'6

2018

Villanova

Paul VI

VA

Miles

Latimer

G

6'2

2018

Stony Brook

Paul VI

VA

Jeremy

Roach

G

6'2

2020

UAB Louisiana Lafayette Oral Roberts

Georgetown Calfornia

UC-Davis Kansas

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top 25 players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME LAST NAME

PO

HT

YEAR

Paul VI

VA

Devon

Sims

F

6'4

2018

Garfield

WA

Pierre

Crockrell II

G

6'0

2019

Garfield

WA

J'Raan

Brooks

F

6'8

2018

Garfield

WA

Jaden

McDaniels

F

6'9

2019

Garfield

WA

MarJon

Beauchamp

G

6'5

2020

Garfield

WA

Ed

Chang

F

6'8

2018

Garfield

WA

Jamon

Kemp

F

6'6

2019

Garfield

WA

Eddie

Turner

G

6'1

2018

Huntington Prep

WV

Jonathan

McGriff

G

6'2

2019

Huntington Prep

WV

Marvin

Price

G

6'5

2019

Huntington Prep

WV

Kenneth

Nwuba

F

Huntington Prep

WV

Dontarius

James

F

6'7

2018

Huntington Prep

WV

Jaemyn

Brakefield

F

6'9

2018

Huntington Prep

WV

Michael

Christmas

G

6'5

2019

Huntington Prep

WV

Jonathan

Kuminga

F

6'9

2021

COMMITTED

Washington

2018

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Q&A tyrese maxey

2019 Point Guard South Garland

Jon Lopez/ @NikeEYB

What are the biggest things you improved on during the EYBL season? Becoming a vocal leader & becoming a better defender.

What are your goals for your high school team and individually this season? We want to win a state championship & individually i want to be the district What do you want to prove to coaches MVP & All State. this winter? I want to prove that I can balance out Outside of ball what are your favorite my scoring while still distributing the things to do? ball to my teammates even more than I love to hang with my friends and I do now. bond with my teammates. I also don’t get to play 2K a lot because of how Which pro players do you try to study busy i am but when i get a chance i the most? will play I watch a lot of John Wall, Kyrie , and Russell Westbrook. Who’s your team on 2k? OKC because of Russ! Did you work specifically on any aspect of your game in terms of Have you thought about a major in workouts to prepare for the season? college or career after ball is over? I tried to polish all areas, but Communication & I know for sure i specifically how to play ball screens want to coach when i’m done playing because it’s a huge part in today’s game. What’s one area of your game you think is overlooked?

My defense. Who’s your biggest inspiration on and off the court? My father, but my mother plays a huge role i don’t always give her enough credit! Five years from now if everything goes as planned and then some, what will you be doing and who are those that will still be closest to you? Playing in the league & my family and my high school teammates! Who is your favorite athlete and nonathlete of all time? Usain Bolt & Gabrielle Union If they made a movie about your life when it’s all said and done, what do you want the message to be and why? Prove the doubters wrong because that’s what I’m all about!

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Q&A isaiah stewart What are the biggest areas of improvement you feel you had this spring and summer? I’d say I’m a bit lighter. I’m more toned and quicker and jumping higher. Also I improved with adding a face up game into my playing style which I still work hard at everyday. When you’re not on the court or working on your game, what do you like to do in your free time? I get closer to my family, teammates. Hangout and do what kids do. What’s an underrated part of your game that you want to show people this season?

ND Inside

How I can put the ball on floor or face up the basket. And be able to a little outside if I have to on the perimeter. What are you working on improving for the next level? My ability to put the ball on the floor and take it to the hoop from anywhere.

2019 Center La Lumiere

What are your personal and team goals for the season? My goals is to continue to get better everyday and to continue to bond with my teammates and put up another banner this year. As a team it’s to get another national championship and have another great season, winning DICKS Nationals!

How’s recruitment going? What are the key things you’re looking for in a program? Recruitment is going good. I’m looking for a place I can come in and impact right away, I can get continue to get developed and better, and have coaches that make it like family.

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Q&A cam reddish

2018 Small Forward Westtown

Penn Live How do you feel going into your senior year? I feel really good going into my senior year so far. The team is really talented and versatile so I’m definitely looking forward to a fun season. Individually, I’m really confident, and feel that I have a lot to prove so I can’t wait to get into the action. Tell me a little bit about how you felt the AAU season went for you, and what you took away from that as you enter back into things? I feel the AAU season went well. As a team, it didn’t go as well as I expected. Our chemistry wasn’t right there. But from an individual stand point, I feel I wasn’t very consistent nor was I a great leader. So everyday I’ve been pushing myself to have great habits so I can be more consistent as well as being the best leader I can be. So in terms of your individual performance, what have you been focusing on improving? For the most part, I’ve been working on shooting the same every time and playing hard every game and the entire game. Everyday in practice my teammates and

coaches have been pushing me to always go hard and so far, so good. What do you think are your strongest skills on the court? I feel like my strongest skill is my ability to make plays. Because I can dribble and am tall, I can see over the defense and always make the right play, whether that’s a shot for me or for a teammate. Tell me what it feels like going into your senior year already knowing where you’ll be playing next year? It feels great. I don’t have to think about schools, all I have to focus on is getting better. This year for me is about improving so being committed is great. Walk me through the end of your recruitment process. How did you narrow down your schools? Okay, so for a little while Duke has always been my #1, but I wanted to make sure I looked at the other schools. Coach K, Coach Scheyer and the rest of the coaching staff were very honest with me and instead of praising me, told me what I need to do better. That really stood out to

me because I’m super interested in getting better, and that’s how I knew Duke was for me. Nice! So was there anything else about Duke that really stood out to you and drew you to it? Well the campus was really nice and it’s “Cameron” Indoor Stadium. Who is your biggest motivator when it comes to basketball & how? I’d say my biggest motivator is my younger brother because I know he sees me and all the work I’m putting in, and I know he wants to follow in my footsteps. That pushes me to always do the right things and work super hard because I know he’s watching. What’s your warm-up playlist consist of? Lil Uzi, Migos, Young Nudy, and Kodak Black What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you? That I am a huge believer in God

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Q&A mike christmas How was it playing with Boo Williams this year? It was a great experience with the team. Even though we didn’t win the championship, we still made it to Peach Jam, which was one of our team goals. What skills have you been working on? My ball handling and decision making in transition. What made you choose Huntington Prep? I felt like it was the right place for me to reach my highest potential in this point of my life, and I felt like I could be pushed to my highest ability by my teammates and coaches. How has the experience been so far? It has been great. At first, it was a hard adjustment being away from my family and friends, but you get used to it after a couple months. The basketball part has been great. I have been pushed by every single one of my teammates to play to the best of my ability everyday in practice and it has helped me develop

Virginia Preps

really well. What’s the biggest difference between Huntington Prep and Landstown? I would say the level of competition and the everyday challenge you have to face when in practice. Also, living in a dorm instead of my own home. What was the hardest part of your transition? Being away from my family and friends for the most part. What do you feel will make your junior year successful? Being known by people outside of the state of Virginia for the talents that I bring to the court.

2019 Small Forward Huntington Prep

parts of the country and world so it’s great to have bonds with all them. What are you looking forward to most going into the season? Playing on a national schedule for the first time and playing on TV for the first time so people around the country can see my talents. How would you describe your teammates and coaches? My family. What is something that most people don’t know about you? Before basketball, my first love was riding motorcycles.

Current offers? VCU, North Texas, Saint Louis, ODU, Norfolk State, Texas Tech, Hampton, JMU, and Rhode Island

How did you get started riding motorcycles? I started riding dirt bikes when I was 3 when me and my brother got one for Christmas from my dad.

What’s your favorite part about Huntington Prep so far? The bonds I have with all my teammates. We’re all from different

How do you describe yourself as a player? An athletic and versatile scorer that has a big frame with a high motor.

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Q&A Jakigh dottin

2018 Point Guard Woodstock Academy

Bri Lewerke/ D1Circuit

First question, how did the EYBL help you in the off-season and what did playing on the circuit help you improve upon most for the upcoming HS season? The EYBL helped me in numerous ways. One, it made me view basketball different than I did before. I say that because I had to come to realization that there’s people out there who are as good as me or even better than I am. So it was humbling in that sense. And second it helped me become a better ball player. As the competition and expectation got higher, my bar as well change for how I needed to perform in order for my team to be successful Playing on the circuit helped me improve on my balance. You know, being crisp and precise with everything that I do. EYBL has some of the most elite guards that can defend the ball really well, so I had to be able to make quick moves that were sharp so that I could get by them. Also finishing more efficient at the rim. Get up high and finish strong. The Bigs are a whole nother story in this league. Every team has a 4/5 that is 6’9/6’10 that is either wide bodied, stocky, or thin that is athletic and has long arms. Then there’s my free throws that improved

ridiculously. My percentages increased and it made me a more effective player. What’s your biggest goal individually for the upcoming HS season? That’s actually a really good question. I usually don’t like to share my individual goals, I don’t know why but I’m just superstitious like that. But I will tell you that this year at my School I want to use it to get me prepared for college. Getting stronger and more athletic also shooting the basketball more. I’m very excited and can’t wait to play.

new teammates. There’s a lot of talent on this squad and everybody can do different things. So it’s going to be fun playing plus a great experience because of how great this season could be .

Definitely seems like a dad! Have you and your new teammates bonded or been able to play together? Do you have any idea of how strong you will all be together? My teammates and I bond. We are now there YET, but as the season goes along we’ll get there. All together we’ll be a different monster. So many of us can That’s awesome. So your dad has been do certain things and we all do them your coach in the past at Cambridge. preferably good. This unit is similar to This year you’ll be playing under Tom what I’m used too, but we’re all new to Bergeron at Woodstock Academy. one another. What I mean by that is What’re you looking forward to most we all coming from different places and playing under Tom and at a new school? we’re the best from where we come It makes me laugh when people say from. Myself coming from Cambridge that..Coach Dottin is my uncle, not Mass, we got guys from Chicago, my dad. People have been saying California, Serbia, Russia. With all these that since I was a kid because of our different players coming from these relationship and how close we are. But areas of the world, we kind of have to I’ve known Coach Tony for a little while bond and be happy for each others and I’m looking forward into some of success because everybody can’t put his teachings. With this game you can the basketball in the hoop at once and never get enough knowledge, like there’s we are all we have. It’s just us out here.” always room for improvement. Then I’m looking forward to playing with my

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Last year you got 2016 ESPNBoston Mr. Basketball. Do you think that puts a target on your back playing? Most definitely. Receiving that accolade was great, it also came with a lot of notoriety. Handling that was cool, had to stay humble through the whole thing. But every time you perform at a high level, people are going to come for you. I just take it as a motivation to stay on top of my A-Game and keep working harder.” Who is the toughest competition you’re expecting for this season? (Whether team or player) Well this year is different for me because we play 30+ games. So there’s definitely a couple that are going to be difficult. I’m looking forward to a couple of them, our Hoophall Classic game against St.Andrews of Rhode Island. They have Cole Swider who is like my brother then Brycen Goodiene who’s a Syracuse. He’s kind of like my little bro. We all play on BABC together, so that’ll be a good experience. Then we play against the Tilton School, they have Marcus Zegrowoski who’s going to Creighton. We’ve been battling back and forth since we were probably about 12

Bri Lewerke/ D1Circuit

or 13 years old, so it’s always fun to play What is something most people don’t against him. know about you? Something that most people wouldn’t That’s awesome, a long rivalry! What do know about me is my love for hats. you like to do in your free time? (If you I could probably wear a different hat have any) everyday for 2 months straight if I Well now that I’m at boarding school, wanted too. It’s kinda cool. I don’t get much free time because of study hall, workouts, practice, games Last question- who do you look up to in things like that. There’s not much to do the NBA- and is there someone you try in Woodstock Connecticut anyways. to emulate your game after? So free time usually consist of hanging I look up to numerous people in the with my teammates, listening to new NBA. I don’t necessarily have a favorite music, or hanging in my room and player but I love Carmelo Anthony, sleeping. LeBron James, Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitski and Harry Giles. Then I try to Who are your top 3 music artists? emulate my game after guys like Eric Well if we’re talking RIGHT NOW, it Bledsoe, Russell Westbrook and LeBron would probably have to be Chris Brown, again. Bledsoe because he’s a lead A Boogie and PNB Rock. They all got power point guard like myself. He strong heat out right now so that’s what I listen and athletic and I’ve always loved the too. way he plays. Westbrook because he’s just the man. There’s nothing more I can Ok now I’m curious who are your 3 all about him he’s just a force. And then time favorite artists? LeBron because of his versatility. Even My top 3 artist of all time would have though I’m not a forward, I still watch to be A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar very closely on how he breaks down and probably Michael Jackson. Those defenders finishes around the rim, gets people are different when it comes to position in the post and his timing on the booth. passes.”

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Q&A isaac okoro

2019 Shooting Guard McEachern

Pack Insider

What are your biggest goals heading into your junior year at McEachern? Well my main goal this year is to win the state championships. We would also love to make it to dicks nationals and win the championship there. Our team goal is just to win every single game Last year you led your team to a 29-0 start, to lose to Tift County in the championship. Does the end to last season and the season before make you that hungrier this year? What will it take you and your team to win it all this year? Yes we are even more hungry than we were last year . This year I’m going to have to be in attack mode every game and I’m going to have to be a better leader than I was last year . For my team we have to start off every game in attack mode and we also have to never get to comfortable because there is always some team out there trying to work harder than us . What have you improved on most in the offseason? And how did the EYBL and AOT rebels help in the offseason? I’ve really worked catching and shooting the ball. I’ve also worked on my one

dribble pull ups . And I’ve always been working on trying to get my handles sharp . In the summer I was working out everyday with me coaches( coach coop and coach Damon). They we’ve been helping me out on what I’m trying to get better at . Playing in the eybl was also helped me out because every game was tough and competitive. And just playing competitive players help me get better . Who do you expect to be your toughest competition for this season? I really can’t just pick out a team that’s going to be the toughest because every single team we play is going to be tuff . We can’t take any team lightly You play around a lot of talent- like Brandon Suggs, Sharife Cooper, Jared Jones, Babatunde - what’s it like playing next to elite talent and what’s your team chemistry like? It’s great playing around them . We all make practice so competitive and it just brings out the best in us . Playing around them is great because everyone just plays there role and that’s what makes us a good team . Our team chemistry is good because we’ve known

and played with each other for a long time . Who is your biggest role model, whether on or off the court? My parents are my biggest role model because they really just motivate and encourage me to get better everyday. They really just show me the right and wrong stuff to do in life Is there an NBA player you look up to or try to model your game after? Kawhi Leonard because I like the way he plays defense. I like the way he just does anything he’s team needs him to do in order for them to win. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why? Lebron James because I would want to know how he’s keep his body in shape throughout his years in the nba. I also would just want to know his workouts and what he does to get better What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I love to sing [laughs] like R&B

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Brewster academy 1

The Brewster Bobcats returned to form in 2016-17, taking home the National Championship and NEPSAC AAA Title after running through their competition. They reload once again in 2017-18, boasting a roster that already has seven high-major commits. Senior captains Nate Roberts (Washington commit), Buddy Boeheim (Syracuse) and Lukas Kisunas (UConn) will lead one of the most talented rotations in the country, one that also includes 6-foot-10 transfers Miles Norris (Oregon) and Derek Culver (West Virginia). The Bobcats are the odds-on favorites to win NEPSAC AAA, and if they do, it would be their fourth championship in five years. Smith’s 2017-18 squad makes a case for most talented roster in the nation - post graduate and high school included. First

Last

Pos.

Height

Year

Commmit

Nate

Roberts

F

6'10

2018

Washington

Buddy

Boeheim

G

6'5

2018

Syracuse

Brendan

Paul

G

6'2

2018

Syracuse

Lukas

Kisunas

F

6'9

2018

UConn

Isaiah

Mucius

F

6'8

2018

Wake Forest

Miles

Norris

F

6'10

2018

Oregon

BJ

Shaw

F

6'5

2018

Mees

Va Leeuwen

C

6'10

2018

Bing

Huang

G

6'4

2018

Walter

Ellis

G

6'4

2018

Sherif

Kenney

G

6'4

2019

Anthony

Cambo

G

6'2

2018

Joel

Brown

G

6'3

2019

Derek

Culver

F

6'10

IMG academy

IMG’s high school roster is a top ten team in the country, but we’re not sure they would top the Ascenders’ post-graduate club. Stacked top-to-bottom, IMG is led by a number of talented guards, including high-major recruits Anfernee SImons (ESPN No. 8) and Eric Ayala (Maryland). The 6-foot-4 Simons is a strong, ultra-competitive combo guard that excels in transition, while Ayala (ESPN No. 91) is a gifted shooter from behind-the-arc. Simeon Kirkland (6-foot-9) and De’Lazurus Keys (6-foot-8) will lead the frontcourt, while Jayden Hardaway - son of Penny - and senior EJ Elliott will provide shooting in the backcourt. The Ascenders will test themselves early and often, starting their national schedule with a showing at the National Prep Showcase. First

Last

Pos.

Height

Year

Commmit

Eric

Ayala

G

6'4

2018

Maryland

Elijah

Elliott

G

6'4

2018

De'Lazarus

Keys

F

6'8

2018

Anfernee

Simons

G

6'4

2018

Simeon

Kirkland

F

6'9

2018

Jayden

Hardaway

G

6'5

2018

Omer

Poleg

G

6'0

2018

Nate

Patterson

G

6'1

2018

Raymundo

Pastor

F

6'6

2018

Will

Meyers

G

6'2

2018

Tommaso

Gini

F

6'8

2018

Matt

Havey

G

6'0

2018

Ryan

Miller

G

6'3

2018

Kyle

Feit

G

6'4

2018

Eros

Gunyeli

F

6'8

2018

Louisville

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northfield mount hermon

Head Coach John Carroll returns another top-notch team at Northfield Mount Hermon this year. They have great depth with class of 2018 prospects. Notre Dame commit Nate Laszewski, Harvard commit Noah Kirkwood, Elon commit Chuck Hannah, Fairfield commit Calvin Whipple, UNC-Wilmington commit Kai Toews, Brown commit Davis Franks, Zach Light and Simon Chamberlain will be this year’s senior group. People should expect class of 2019 big man Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd to have a breakout year. Northfield Mount Hermon is a well-oiled machine and is a strong contender to win the NEPSAC AAA title.. First

Last

Pos.

Height

Year

Commmit

Nate

Laszewski

F

6'9

2018

Notre Dame

Maxwell

Lorca-Lloyd

F/C

6'10

2019

Davis

Franks

F

6'7

2018

Zach

Light

G

6'4

2018

Max

Adelman

Calvin

Whipple

G

6'4

2018

Noah

Kirkwood

F

6'7

2018

Chuck

Hannah

F

6'6

2018

Elon

Kai

Toews

G

6'2

2018

UNC-Wilmington

Simon

Chamberlain

F

6'7

2018

Ryan

Greer

G

6'2

2019

Isa

Maguire

F

6'10

2019

Brian

Bennett

F

6'8

2019

Darius

Ervin

G

5'9

2020

Garrett

Kirk

G

6'2

2020

Kekoa

McArdle

F

6'8

2021

Jack

Lerner

F

6'6

2021

Brett

Hutchison

G

5'9

2021

Brown

2018 Fairfield

Hargrave Military

Former Hargrave head coach AW Hamilton moved onto an assistant coaching position at North Carolina State, but the 2016 National Prep Champions shouldn’t miss a beat with the new roster they turn over under new head man Lee Martin. Guards Trey McGowens (247 3-Star), Tavin Lovan (247 3-Star) and Connor Crabtree lead the Tigers’ all-division one backcourt, and while the backcourt is good, the frontcourt may be better. 6-foot-10 Christian Lorng (247 3-Star), 6-foot-7 bruiser Tre King and 6-foot-5 swingman DJ Myers should flourish under Lee, adding to what should be a very deep Tigers’ rotation. James Dunlop, Jules Moor (Stony Brook commit) and Collin Blanchard will all see big minutes for Martin. Just like a season ago, Hargrave will travel across the states to test themselves against the nation’s top competition. They already started off the season nicely, taking out highly-ranked Oak Hill in an exhibition game.

First

Last

Pos.

Height

Year

Commmit

DJ

Myers

F

6'5

2018

Maryland

Connor

Crabtree

G

6'5

2018

Trey

McGowens

G

6'3

2019

Tavin

Lovan

G

6'4

2018

Christian

Lorng

F

6'10

2018

Tre

King

F

6'8

2018

Bryce

Beamer

F

6'6

2018

Myles

Parker

F

6'7

2018

James

Dunlop

C

6'11

2018

Jules

Moor

G

6'5

2018

Cameron

Norman

G

5'10

2018

Jon

Mebane

F

6'5

2018

Collin

Blanchard

G

6'1

2018

Rob

Peterson

G

6'6

2018

Chris

McGraw

G

6'0

2018

Malik

Morgan

F

6'5

2018

Louisville

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Massanutten Military

By the time this magazine publishes, the Colonels will be 3-0 with an exhibition win over national powerhouse Oak Hill. 6-foot-3 senior guard Rasir Bolton has been the standout so far for Massanutten. Bolton is leading the team in points, assists and steals, and is getting plenty of help from senior guard Isaiah Salter, junior swingman Mekhi Long and post-grad big man Gus Okafor. Junior Mahamadou Diawara is the wildcard of the unit. If the 6-foot-10 big man can be a consistent defensive-presence without getting into foul trouble, Massanutten will be in good shape. They’re in basically every major showcase, so we will know very quickly just how good this version of the Colonels will be. First

Last

Pos.

Height

Year

Mahamadou Diawara

F

6'10

2019

Mekhi

Long

F

6'7

2019

Rasir

Bolton

G

6'3

2018

Terrence

Whitfield

G

6'3

2018

Tyrese

Martin

F

6'6

2018

Naheed

John

F

6'7

2018

Marcus

Cherry

G

6'2

2018

Isaiah

Salter

G

5'11

2018

Noah

Wimbish

F

6'6

2018

Arneet

Singh

F

6'6

2018

Chaz

Woods

G

6'1

2018

Joseph

Keenan

G

6'3

2018

Chris

Smalls

G

6'3

2018

Isaiah

Mosley

G

6'2

2018

Matthew

Forbes

G

6'2

2018

Commmit

CBD Montverde Montverde CBD has made a name for itself since its inception in 2012. This year Kevin Boyle Jr. will have plenty of high level talent to utilize with players like Wichita State commit Morris Udeze, St. John’s commit Josh Roberts, Seton Hall commit Darnell Brodie and 2018 guard Jermaine Couisnard. They have what many teams don’t have, which is size. These players along with the rest on this year’s squad have a nice of balance of skill and athleticism. This could be a huge year for Montverde’s prep program as they will play in bigtime events like the HoopHall Classic, National Prep Showcase, Holiday Hoopsgiving and much more. First

Last

Pos.

Height

Year

Trae

Broadnax

G

6'4

2019

Morris

Udeze

F

6'9

2018

Josh

Roberts

F

6'9

2018

Darnell

Brodie

F

6'9

2018

Jermaine

Couisnard

G

6'4

2018

Damon

Tobler

G

6'4

2018

Nick

Merriweather

G

5'10

2018

Mikey

Moore

G

5'11

2018

Bikim

Biyombo

G

6'5

2018

Barry

Robinson

G

5'9

2018

Aurdric

Sandoval

G

6'4

2018

Joe

Bamisile

G

6'4

2020

Commmit

Wichita State Seton Hall

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woodstock academy Tony Bergeron takes over Woodstock Academy this year and has assembled an impressive group of players. Bergeron was formerly at Commonwealth Academy and built a good program that was led by now St. Louis freshman forward Hasahn French. Woodstock has plenty of depth and will be led by Jakigh Dottin, Elijah Buchanan, Chaylyn Martin, Tyrone Perry and Joey Kasperzyk. Bergeron gets his guys to play hard on both ends, which is why they are such a tough matchup. They have plenty of firepower and should make some noise on the prep scene this year.

First

Last

Pos.

Height

Year

Luis

Rodriguez

G

6'6

2018

Dibaji

Walker

F

6'6

2018

Tre

Mitchell

F

6'8

2019

Daniel

Dade

G

5'11

2020

Joe

Kasperzyk

G

6'1

2018

Jakigh

Dottin

G

6'2

2018

Marquis

Moore

G

6'5

2018

Chaylyn

Martin

G

6'1

2018

Chris

Childs

G

6'1

2018

Commmit

Sacred Heart

sunrise christian Along with Montverde and IMG, Sunrise is the third program to have both their high school and post-grad teams ranked. The elder Buffaloes are stacked once again, led by forwards Isaiah Chandler (247 3-Star) and Javon Pickett (247 3-Star). Mid-major recruits Coreyoun Rushin and KJ Fitzgerald will lead the backcourt next to Pickett, with Liam Robbins (7-foot), Jal Bijiek (6-foot-9) and Olamide Pederson (6foot-8) providing depth alongside Chandler. The Buffaloes will be operating under first-year head coach Achoki Moikobu, and he’ll have a plethora of talent in front of him. We may have Sunrise a bit too low, and luckily for us we’ll find out quickly, as they’ll participate in the seasonopening National Prep Showcase. First

Last

Pos.

Height

Year

Isaiah

Chandler

F

6'9

2018

Javon

Pickett

F

6'4

2018

Jal

Bijiek

F

6'7

2018

KJ

Fitzgerald

G

5'11

2018

Coreyoun

Rushin

G

6'3

2018

Olamide

Pedersen

F

6'8

2018

Liam

Robbins

C

7'0

2018

Michael

Johnson

G

6'1

2018

Cameron

Cranston

F

6'6

2018

David

Jabedo

G

6'4

2018

Matero

Sanchez

G

6'2

2018

Commmit

Wichita State Seton Hall

66


putnam science academy

Putnam Science Academy heads into this season with an impressive group of players. Notable prospects returning are 2018 wing Jose Perez and 2019 big man Akok Akok. Upperclassmen key additions for PSA include Virginia Tech commit Jonathan Kabongo, 2018 Big Man Josh Mballa, 2018 guard Kyle Lofton and 2018 guard Caleb Nero. High-level underclassmen like 2019 big man Kareem Reid, 2020 guard Hassan Diarra and 2020 wing Anthony Thomas decided to transfer into Putnam Science. Head Coach Tom Espinosa and his team will make plenty of waves this season. First

Last

Pos.

Height

Year

Joshua

Mballa

F

6'7

2018

Hassan

Diarra

G

6'2

2020

Melik

Martin

F

6'6

2019

Cameron

Gooden

G

6'0

2018

Akok

Akok

F

6'8

2019

Demarr

Langford Jr

G/F

6'4

2020

Kareem

Reid

F

6'8

2020

Caleb

Nero

G

6'3

2018

Osun

Osunniyi

F

6'10

2018

Jonathan

Kabongo

G

6'3

2018

Jose

Perez

G

6'5

2018

Kyle

Lofton

G

6'3

2018

Alex

Morrow

G

6'3

2018

Nick

Brennan

G

6'4

2018

Ibrahim

Sylla

F

6'7

2018

Stephan

Jean

G

6'4

2018

Dan

Ampofo

G

6'2

2018

Seth

Thomas

G

6'5

2018

Dan

Porcic

G

6'4

2019

Anthony

Thomas

F

6'6

2019

Commmit

St. Thomas More St. Thomas More is one of the most prestigious prep school programs in the country. Head Coach Jere Quinn has had some very talented teams in the past and has another this season. Michigan commit Adrien Nunez, 2019 power forward Jared Garcia and 2018 wing Justin Lacy will lead St. Thomas More this season. Nunez had a breakout summer and received multiple offers. With his knockdown shooting and feel for the game he is one of the best in New England for his class. 2019 Big Man Jared Garcia has continued to progress and has made a name for himself in the past year. Like every year St. Thomas More is a team to watch. First

Last

Pos.

Height

Year

Commmit

Adrien

Nunez

G

6'5

2018

Michigan

Jack

Sorenson

G

5'11

2018

Adam

Hess

F

6'6

2018

Brandon

Martin

F

6'6

2018

KK

Curry

F

6'5

2018

Everette

Hammond

G

6'3

2018

Justyn

Lacy

F

6'6

2018

Miles

Tention

G

6'5

2018

DJ

Mitchell

G

6'0

2018

Alexandre

Maticiuc

G

6'4

2018

Taiga

Kagitomi

G

6'4

2018

Paul

Aversa

G

6'0

2018

Jared

Garcia

F

6'7

2019

Jair

Currie

G

6'4

2020

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2017-18 NEPSAC AAA

NMH Brewster New Hampton St. Thomas More Bridgton Lee Academy* Redemption* Woodstock*

AA

Worcester Cheshire Academy Wilbraham & Monson Proctor Lawrence Cushing Kimball Union Vermont Tilton Bradford Christian Gould MacDuffie St. Andrew’s Masters (CT) Brimmer and May South Kent *= Assosiate Member

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TEAM

post-grad teams TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Brewster Academy

NH

Nate

Roberts

F

6'10

2018

Washington

Brewster Academy

NH

Buddy

Boeheim

G

6'5

2018

Syracuse

Brewster Academy

NH

Brendan

Paul

G

6'2

2018

Syracuse

Brewster Academy

NH

Lukas

Kisunas

F

6'9

2018

UConn

Brewster Academy

NH

Isaiah

Mucius

F

6'8

2018

Wake Forest

Brewster Academy

NH

Miles

Norris

F

6'10

2018

Oregon

Brewster Academy

NH

BJ

Shaw

F

6'5

2018

Brewster Academy

NH

Mees

Va Leeuwen

C

6'10

2018

Brewster Academy

NH

Bing

Huang

G

6'4

2018

Brewster Academy

NH

Walter

Ellis

G

6'4

2018

Brewster Academy

NH

Sherif

Kenney

G

6'4

2019

Brewster Academy

NH

Anthony

Cambo

G

6'2

2018

Brewster Academy

NH

Joel

Brown

G

6'3

2019

Brewster Academy

NH

Derek

Culver

F

6'10

2018

West Virginia

IMG Academy PG

FL

Eric

Ayala

G

6'4

2018

Maryland

IMG Academy PG

FL

Elijah

Elliott

G

6'4

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

De'Lazarus

Keys

F

6'8

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Anfernee

Simons

G

6'4

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Simeon

Kirkland

F

6'9

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Jayden

Hardaway

G

6'5

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Omer

Poleg

G

6'0

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Nate

Patterson

G

6'1

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Raymundo

Pastor

F

6'6

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Will

Meyers

G

6'2

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Tommaso

Gini

F

6'8

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Matt

Havey

G

6'0

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Ryan

Miller

G

6'3

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Kyle

Feit

G

6'4

2018

IMG Academy PG

FL

Eros

Gunyeli

F

6'8

2018

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Nate

Laszewski

F

6'9

2018

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Maxwell

Lorca-Lloyd

F/C

6'10

2019

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Davis

Franks

F

6'7

2018

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Zach

Light

G

6'4

2018

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Max

Adelman

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Calvin

Whipple

G

6'4

2018

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Noah

Kirkwood

F

6'7

2018

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Chuck

Hannah

F

6'6

2018

Elon

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Kai

Toews

G

6'2

2018

UNC-Wilmington

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Simon

Chamberlain

F

6'7

2018

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Ryan

Greer

G

6'2

2019

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Isa

Maguire

F

6'10

2019

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Brian

Bennett

F

6'8

2019

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Darius

Ervin

G

5'9

2020

Louisville

Notre Dame Brown

2018 Fairfield

69


TEAM

post-grad teams TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Garrett

Kirk

G

6'2

2020

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Kekoa

McArdle

F

6'8

2021

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Jack

Lerner

F

6'6

2021

Northfield Mount Hermon

MA

Brett

Hutchison

G

5'9

2021

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

DJ

Myers

F

6'5

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Connor

Crabtree

G

6'5

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Trey

McGowens

G

6'3

2019

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Tavin

Lovan

G

6'4

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Christian

Lorng

F

6'10

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Tre

King

F

6'8

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Bryce

Beamer

F

6'6

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Myles

Parker

F

6'7

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

James

Dunlop

C

6'11

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Jules

Moor

G

6'5

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Cameron

Norman

G

5'10

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Jon

Mebane

F

6'5

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Collin

Blanchard

G

6'1

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Rob

Peterson

G

6'6

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Chris

McGraw

G

6'0

2018

Hargrave Military Academy

VA

Malik

Morgan

F

6'5

2018

Massanutten Military

4

Mahamadou

Diawara

F

6'10

2019

Massanutten Military

14

Mekhi

Long

F

6'7

2019

Massanutten Military

11

Rasir

Bolton

G

6'3

2018

Massanutten Military

22

Terrence

Whitfield

G

6'3

2018

Massanutten Military

1

Tyrese

Martin

F

6'6

2018

Massanutten Military

23

Naheed

John

F

6'7

2018

Massanutten Military

45

Marcus

Cherry

G

6'2

2018

Massanutten Military

2

Isaiah

Salter

G

5'11

2018

Massanutten Military

5

Noah

Wimbish

F

6'6

2018

Massanutten Military

12

Arneet

Singh

F

6'6

2018

Massanutten Military

30

Chaz

Woods

G

6'1

2018

Massanutten Military

10

Joseph

Keenan

G

6'3

2018

Massanutten Military

15

Chris

Smalls

G

6'3

2018

Massanutten Military

21

Isaiah

Mosley

G

6'2

2018

Massanutten Military

3

Matthew

Forbes

G

6'2

2018

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Trae

Broadnax

G

6'4

2019

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Morris

Udeze

F

6'9

2018

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Josh

Roberts

F

6'9

2018

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Darnell

Brodie

F

6'9

2018

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Jermaine

Couisnard

G

6'4

2018

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Damon

Tobler

G

6'4

2018

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Nick

Merriweather

G

5'10

2018

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Mikey

Moore

G

5'11

2018

COMMITTED

Longwood

Stony Brook

Wichita State Seton Hall

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TEAM

post-grad teams TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Bikim

Biyombo

G

6'5

2018

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Barry

Robinson

G

5'9

2018

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Aurdric

Sandoval

G

6'4

2018

CBD Montverde (FL)

FL

Joe

Bamisile

G

6'4

2020

Woodstock Academy

CT

Luis

Rodriguez

G

6'6

2018

Woodstock Academy

CT

Dibaji

Walker

F

6'6

2018

Woodstock Academy

CT

Tre

Mitchell

F

6'8

2019

Woodstock Academy

CT

Daniel

Dade

G

5'11

2020

Woodstock Academy

CT

Joe

Kasperzyk

G

6'1

2018

Woodstock Academy

CT

Jakigh

Dottin

G

6'2

2018

Woodstock Academy

CT

Marquis

Moore

G

6'5

2018

Woodstock Academy

CT

Chaylyn

Martin

G

6'1

2018

Woodstock Academy

CT

Chris

Childs

G

6'1

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

Isaiah

Chandler

F

6'9

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

Javon

Pickett

F

6'4

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

Jal

Bijiek

F

6'7

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

KJ

Fitzgerald

G

5'11

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

Coreyoun

Rushin

G

6'3

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

Olamide

Pedersen

F

6'8

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

Liam

Robbins

C

7'0

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

Michael

Johnson

G

6'1

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

Cameron

Cranston

F

6'6

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

David

Jabedo

G

6'4

2018

Sunrise Christian

KS

Matero

Sanchez

G

6'2

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Adrien

Nunez

G

6'5

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Jack

Sorenson

G

5'11

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Adam

Hess

F

6'6

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Brandon

Martin

F

6'6

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

KK

Curry

F

6'5

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Everette

Hammond

G

6'3

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Justyn

Lacy

F

6'6

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Miles

Tention

G

6'5

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

DJ

Mitchell

G

6'0

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Alexandre

Maticiuc

G

6'4

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Taiga

Kagitomi

G

6'4

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Paul

Aversa

G

6'0

2018

St. Thomas More

CT

Jared

Garcia

F

6'7

2019

St. Thomas More

CT

Jair

Currie

G

6'4

2020

COMMITTED

Sacred Heart

Michigan

71


72


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Sacred Heart

AL

Diante

Wood

G

6'4

2018

Carver-Montgomery

AL

Jaykwon

Walton

G

6'6

2019

LeFlore

AL

Nicholas

Preyer

G

5'8

2018

LeFlore

AL

DeAntoni

Gordon

F

6'7

2019

LeFlore

AL

Tyler

Lang

F

6'6

2020

Lanett

AL

Emanuel

Littles

F

6'7

2018

Paul Bryant

AL

Jared

Sherfield

G

6'5

2018

Paul Bryant

AL

Kailex

Stephens

F

6'6

2018

Mountain Brook

AL

Trendon

Watford

F

6'8

2019

Mountain Brook

AL

Sean

Elmore

G

6'2

2018

Lee

AL

Demond

Robinson

6'8

F

2019

Lee

AL

Kobe

Brown

6'7

F

2019

Hazel Green

AL

Kira

Lewis Jr

G

6'2

2019

North Little Rock

AR

Moses

Moody

G

6'4

2020

North Little Rock

AR

Decorey

Watkins

G

5'11

2019

North Little Rock

AR

Collin

Moore

G

6'3

2019

Southwest Christian Academy

AR

Shakur

Daniel

G

6'4

2018

Southwest Christian Academy

AR

Simon

Jovic

F

6'7

2018

Southwest Christian Academy

AR

Jahbril

Price-Noel

F

6'8

2018

Desert Vista

AZ

EJ

Jackson

G

5'7

2018

Desert Vista

AZ

Wesley

Harris

F

6'6

2018

Desert Vista

AZ

Steele

Bennett

C

6'11

2018

Desert Vista

AZ

Tyrek

Chambers

G

6'3

2019

Desert Vista

AZ

Christian

Anigwe

F

6'8

2018

Culver City

CA

Tevian

Jones

G

6'7

2018

Culver City

CA

Cyrus

Johnson

F

6'5

2018

Salpointe Catholic

AZ

Majok

Deng

F

6'5

2019

Apollo

AZ

Emmanuel

Taban

F

6'5

2019

Pinnacle

AZ

Nico

Mannion

G

6'3

2020

Crossroads School

CA

Shareef

O'Neal

F

6'9

2018

Arizona

Crespi Carmelite

CA

Brandon

Williams

G

6'1

2018

Arizona

Windward School

CA

Jules

Bernard

F

6'5

2018

UCLA

Santa Monica

CA

Payton

Moore

G

6'4

2018

Rice

Santa Monica

CA

RIp

Economou

G

6'7

2018

Seattle

Fairfax

CA

Jamal

Hartwell II

G

5'11

2018

Fairfax

CA

Ethan

Anderson

G

5'10

2019

Salesian

CA

James

Akinjo

G

6'0

2018

Birmingham

CA

Devonaire

Doutrive

G

6'5

2018

Pasadena

CA

Chris

Austin

G

6'4

2018

Pasadena

CA

Bryce

Hamilton

G

6'4

2018

JSerra Catholic

CA

Dennis

Rodman Jr

F

6'4

2018

JSerra Catholic

CA

Joel

Mensah

F

6'10

2018

Wichita State Florida Atlantic

North Alabama

UConn

UNLV San Diego State

73


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Rancho Christian

CA

Evan

Mobley

F

6'10

2020

Rancho Christian

CA

Isaiah

Mobley

F

6'8

2019

Camarillo

CA

Jaime

Jaquez Jr

F

6'6

2019

San Joaquin Memorial

CA

Jalen

Green

G

6'5

2020

San Joaquin Memorial

CA

Dameane

Douglas

F

6'6

2018

San Joaquin Memorial

CA

Lunden

Taylor

G

6'3

2018

San Joaquin Memorial

CA

Jonah

Geron

F

6'6

2018

Mayfair

CA

Joshua

Christopher

G

6'4

2020

Lynwood

CA

Carl

Lewis

F

6'9

2019

Bishop O'Dowd

CA

Raymond

Hawkins

F

6'10

2019

Bishop O'Dowd

CA

Elijah

Hardy

G

6'2

2018

Bishop O'Dowd

CA

Naseem

Gaskin

G

6'4

2018

Harvard-Westlake

CA

Johnny

Juzang

G

6'7

2020

Muir

CA

Tiyon

Martin

G

5'9

Muir

CA

Hunter

Woods

G

6'5

2018

Paraclete

CA

Sean

Larimore

F

6'7

2018

Paraclete

CA

Jonathan

Daniels

G

5'10

2018

St. Augustine

CA

Taeshon

Cherry

F

6'9

2018

Taft

CA

Antwan

January

F

6'10

2019

Taft

CA

Kihei

Clark

G

5'8

2018

Virginia

Folsom

CA

Mason

Forbes

F

6'8

2018

Harvard

East

CO

Daylen

Kountz

G

6'4

2018

Colorado

East

CO

Kwane

Marble Jr

G

6'5

2019

Sidwell Friends

DC

Jason

Gibson

G

6'0

2019

Sidwell Friends

DC

Saddiq

Bey

G

6'6

2018

Woodson

DC

Tyler

Lee

F

6'8

2019

Woodson

DC

Kiyon

Boyd

G

6'5

2018

Villages Charter

FL

Tre

Mann

G

6'1

2019

Father Lopez

FL

Colin

Castleton

F

6'10

2018

The Rock School

FL

Antrell

Charlton

G

6'3

2018

The Rock School

FL

BJ

Greenlee

G

6'0

2019

The Rock School

FL

Jaden

Campbell

G

6'4

2019

Osceola

FL

Omar

Payne

F

6'9

2019

Windermere Prep

FL

Balsa

Koprivica

F

7'2

2019

Windermere Prep

FL

Dakota

Rivers

F

6'7

2019

Windermere Prep

FL

Shaquan

Jules

F

6'6

2018

Windermere Prep

FL

Rahsaan

Lewis

G

5'11

2019

Sickles

FL

Bryce

Workman

F

6'7

2018

Providence

FL

Will

Erickson

F

6'5

2018

Sagemont School

FL

Samir

Stewart

G

6'0

2018

Lake Highland Prep

FL

Nick

Honor

G

5'11

2018

Fordham

Lake Highland Prep

FL

Jasen

West

G

6'1

2018

Navy

Lake Highland Prep

FL

Jaxson

Strates

F

6'8

2018

Lipscomb

Loyola Marymount Washington

Mt. Olive USC

NC State

Michigan

74


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

West Oaks

FL

Tyrell

Jones

G

5'9

2019

West Oaks

FL

Tyrieke

Blakeney

G

6'2

2018

West Oaks

FL

Simeon

German

F

6'9

2019

West Oaks

FL

AJ

Neal

G

6'0

2021

Victory Rock Prep

FL

Madut

Akec

G/F 6'7

2018

Victory Rock Prep

FL

Mbaye

Dione

F

6'8

2018

Victory Rock Prep

FL

Jonathan

Dos Anjos

F

6'8

2018

Victory Rock Prep

FL

Colton

Mitchell

G/F 6'2

2019

Victory Rock Prep

FL

Kuany

Kuany

F

6'8

2019

Victory Rock Prep

FL

Michael

Durr

F

6'10

2018

Gainesville

GA

KJ

Buffen

F

6'7

2018

Meadowcreek

GA

Cory

Hightower

F

6'6

2018

Meadowcreek

GA

Amari

Kelly

F

6'9

2018

Shiloh

GA

Elias

King

F

6'7

2019

Shiloh

GA

Shamari

McLeod

F

6'5

2018

Berkmar

GA

Tony

Johnson

G

6'3

2018

Berkmar

GA

Jalen

Durham

G

5'10

2019

Buford

GA

Marcus

Watson

F

6'6

2019

Buford

GA

Dave

Viti

F

6'5

2018

Georgia Southern

Thomasville

GA

Reggie

Perry

F

6'9

2018

Arkansas

Westside

GA

Khavon

Moore

F

6'8

2018

Westside

GA

Greg

Holloway

G

6'4

2018

Langston Hughes

GA

Landers

Nolley II

G

6'6

2018

Langston Hughes

GA

Jaylen

McCluney

G

6'4

2018

Dougherty

GA

Carlos

Curry

C

6'11

2018

Tift County

GA

Rashod

Bateman

G

6'1

2018

Tift County

GA

"Marquavious

"

G

6'0

Tift County

GA

Tyree

Marshall

G

5'6

2019

Tift County

GA

Montavious

Terrell

G

5'8

2018

Tift County

GA

JJ

McClain

G

6'4

2018

Warner Robins

GA

Jalen

Dawson

G

6'2

2018

Warner Robins

GA

Jacolbey

Owens

G

5'11

2018

Warner Robins

GA

Nelson

Phillips

G

6'5

2018

Newton

GA

Ashton

Hagans

G

6'4

2019

Calhoun County

GA

Rashun

Williams

G/F 6'6

2018

South Florida

Mountain View

GA

Spencer

Rodgers

G

6'4

2018

Troy

Pebblebrook

GA

Mervin

James

F

6'5

2018

Canisius

Pebblebrook

GA

DJ

Murray

G

6'0

2018

Deerfield-Windsor

GA

Daniel

Ramsey

F

6'8

2019

Curie

IL

Maurice

Commander

G

6'0

2018

Curie

IL

Tyree

Martin

F

6'8

2018

Curie

IL

Treavon

Martin

F

6'8

2018

Curie

IL

DaJuan

Gordon

G

6'2

2019

Middle Tennessee State Duquesne

Virginia Tech

Lipscomb

75


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Champaign Central

IL

Tim

Finke

G

6'7

2018

Bolingbrook

IL

Kaleb

Thornton

G

5'11

2018

Bolingbrook

IL

Joe

Yesufu

G

5'9

2019

Bolingbrook

IL

Marquis

Ratcliff

F

6'5

2019

Bolingbrook

IL

Tyler

Cochran

G

6'1

2019

Fenwick

IL

DJ

Steward

G

6'1

2020

East St. Louis

IL

Terrence

Hargrove Jr

F

6'6

2019

East St. Louis

IL

Shamon

Jefferson

G

5'10

2018

East St. Louis

IL

Zachery

Forest

G

5'11

2018

East St. Louis

IL

Cornelius

Leflore

G

5'10

2019

East St. Louis

IL

Joe

Reece

F

6'9

2018

Orr

IL

Raekwon

Drake

F

6'6

2018

Orr

IL

Demarius

Splunge

G

6'6

2020

Orr

IL

Tyronn

Mosley

G

6'5

2018

Orr

IL

Chase

Adams

G

5'7

2018

Hinsdale South

IL

Zion

Griffin

F

6'5

2018

Normal West

IL

Francis

Okoro

F

6'10

2019

Belleville West

IL

EJ

Liddell

F

6'7

2019

Belleville West

IL

Malachi

Smith

G

6'3

2018

Uplift

IL

Toraze

Dobbs

F

6'6

2018

Uplift

IL

Markese

Jacobs

G

6'3

2019

New Albany

IN

Romeo

Langford

G

6'5

2018

New Albany

IN

Sean

East

G

6'0

2018

New Albany

IN

Julien

Hunter

F

6'4

2020

North Side (IN)

IN

Keion

Brooks Jr

F

6'8

2019

North Side (IN)

IN

Lucas

Croft

G

6'4

2019

Center Grove

IN

Trayce

Jackson-Davis

F

6'8

2019

Center Grove

IN

Spencer

Piercefield

G

South Bend Riley

IN

Damezi

Anderson Jr

F

6'7

2018

Indiana

South Bend Riley

IN

Shamar

Dillard

G/F 6'5

2018

Western Illinois

McCutcheon

IN

Robert

Phinisee

G

5'11

2018

Indiana

Carrmel

IN

John MIchael

Mulloy

F

6'9

2019

Butler

Ben Davis

IN

Aaron

Henry

F

6'6

2018

Michigan State

Ben Davis

IN

Jalen

Windham

G/F 6'3

2019

Mill Valley

KS

Cooper

Kaifes

G

6'4

2018

Southeast Wichita

KS

Israel

Barnes

G

6'4

2018

Trinity

KY

David

Johnson

G

6'5

2019

Trinity

KY

Jay

Scrubb

G

6'5

2018

Trinity

KY

Justin

Powell

G

6'5

2020

Adair County

KY

Zion

Harmon

G

6'0

2021

Scotlandville

LA

Javonte

Smart

G

6'4

2018

LSU

Riverside Academy

LA

Jared

Butler

G

6'3

2018

Alabama

Iowa State

Wright State

2019

76


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Madison Prep

LA

Josh

LeBlanc

F

6'7

2018

Georgetown

Madison Prep

LA

Kobe

Julien

F

6'5

2018

UL Lafayette

Booker T. Washington

OK

Bryce

Thompson

G

6'2

2020

Booker T. Washington

OK

Jackson

Bereal

G

6'7

2018

Boise State

Putnam City North

OK

Adokiye

Iyaye

G

6'3

2018

UTSA

Putnam City North

OK

Blake

Owens

F

6'6

2018

Stetson

Putnam City North

OK

Micah

Thomas

G

6'0

2019

Carl Albert

OK

Trey'Von

Hopkins

G

6'3

Tulsa Memorial

OK

Kalib

Boone

F

6'7

2019

St. Maria Goretti

MD

RJ

Blakney

G

6'3

2019

St. Maria Goretti

MD

Josh

Mack

G

6'1

2018

St. Maria Goretti

MD

Marial

Mading

F

6'8

2019

St. James School

MD

Bryce

Golden

F

6'9

2018

St. James School

MD

Amir

Harris

G

6'5

2018

St. Frances

MD

Rajeir

Jones

G

6'3

2019

St. Frances

MD

Ace

Baldwin

G

5'11

2020

St. Frances

MD

Ed

Ferguson

G

6'4

2018

McDonogh School

MD

Noah

Locke

G

6'2

2018

Florida

Riverdale Baptist

MD

Donovann

Toatley

G

5'9

2018

Chattanooga

St. Mary's Ryken

MD

Wynston

Tabbs

G

6'3

2018

Boston College

St. Mary's Ryken

MD

Alperen

Kurnaz

F

6'8

2018

St. Mary's Ryken

MD

Aapeli

Syrjämäki

C

7'1

2018

St. Mary's Ryken

MD

Jahmir

Young

G

6'0

2019

Perry Hall

MD

Anthony

Higgs

F

6'8

2018

Perry Hall

MD

Laquill

Hardnett

F

6'9

2018

Bishop McNamara

MD

Terrence

Butler Jr

F

6'6

2021

Bishop McNamara

MD

Ibn

Williams

G

5'10

2018

Bishop McNamara

MD

NIgel

Marshall

F

6'5

2018

Rock Creek Christian

MD

Jermaine

Harris

F

6'8

2018

Rock Creek Christian

MD

Jon

Preston

G

6'3

2018

Calvert Hall

MD

Logan

Curtis

G

6'4

2019

Calvert Hall

MD

Brendan

Adams

G

6'3

2018

Calvert Hall

MD

Justin

Lewis

F

6'8

2020

Dulaney

MD

Josh

Cornish

G

6'3

2018

Dulaney

MD

Che

Evans

F

6'6

2020

East Lansing

MI

Brandon

Johns

F

6'8

2018

Michigan

Grand Rapids Catholic Central

MI

Marcus

Bingham

F

6'9

2018

Michigan State

Southfield Christian

MI

Harlond

Beverly

G

6'4

2019

Southfield Christian

MI

Bryce

Washington

G

6'4

2018

East English Village Prep

MI

Jayshawn

Moore

G

6'4

2020

East English Village Prep

MI

Simon

Wheeler

G

5'7

2020

East English Village Prep

MI

David

DeJulius

G

6'1

2018

Seattle

Pittsburgh

Ole Miss

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Southern Utah

Michigan

77


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

East English Village Prep

MI

Zavon

Godwin

G

6'5

2018

East English Village Prep

MI

Sudi

McElroy

G

6'6

2019

East English Village Prep

MI

Tariq

Shepherd

G

5'8

2019

New Haven

MI

Romeo

Weems

F

6'7

2019

Old Redford

MI

Isaiah

Jackson

G

6'7

2020

Old Redford

MI

Rocket

Watts

G

6'2

2019

DeLaSalle

MN

Gabe

Kalsheur

G

6'4

2018

DeLaSalle

MN

Tyrell

Terry

G

6'2

2019

Orono

MN

Jarvis

Thomas

F

6'8

2018

John Marshall

MN

Matthew

Hurt

F

6'9

2019

Minnehaha Academy

MN

Jalen

Suggs

F

6'5

2020

Minnehaha Academy

MN

Javonni

Bickham

F

6'8

2018

Hopkins

MN

Blaise

Beauchamp

G

6'0

2020

Hopkins

MN

Zeke

Nnaji

F

6'9

2019

Hopkins

MN

Joe

Hedstrom

C

6'9

2018

Lee's Summit West

MO

Yor

Anei

F

6'10

2018

Whitfield School

MO

Torrence

Watson

G

6'5

2018

Poplar Bluff

MO

Marcedus

Leech

F

6'6

2019

Bishop Miege

KS

Jeremiah

Robinson-Earl

F

6'8

2019

Bishop Miege

KS

Josh

Earley

F

6'6

2019

Hayden

KS

Zach

Harvey

G

6'4

2019

Vashon

MO

Cam'Ron

Fletcher

F

6'5

2020

Vashon

MO

Mario

McKinney Jr.

G

6'1

2019

Vashon

MO

Kobe

Clark

G

6'4

2020

CBC

MO

Kale

Catchings

G

6'6

2018

CBC

MO

Caleb

Love

G

Sikeston

MO

Fred

Thatch Jr.

G

6'5

2018

Columbus

MS

Robert

Woodard II

F

6'7

2018

Riverside

MS

DJ

Stewart

G

6'6

2018

Meridian

MS

Tyron

Brewer

F

6'7

2018

West Point

MS

Austin

Crowley

G

6'6

2019

Greenfield

NC

Coby

White

G

6'5

2018

North Carolina

Greenfield

NC

Elijah

McCadden

G

6'4

2018

Georgia Southern

Providence Day

NC

Devon

Dotson

G

6'3

2018

Kansas

Providence Day

NC

Trey

Wertz

G

6'5

2018

Santa Clara

Cannon School

NC

Jairus

Hamilton

F

6'8

2018

Cannon School

NC

Qon

Murphy

G

6'4

2018

Northwood Temple

NC

Jomaru

Brown

G

6'2

2018

Northwood Temple

NC

Immanuel

Bates

F

6'9

2018

Northwood Temple

NC

John-Michael

Wright

G

6'0

2019

Northwood Temple

NC

Ian

Steere

F

6'8

2018

Northwood Temple

NC

Josh

Nickleberry

G

6'4

2018

Minnesota Minnesota

2020 Saint Louis Mississippi State

NC State NC State

78


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

North Mecklenburg

NC

Tristan

Maxwell

G

6'2

2020

North Mecklenburg

NC

Jaelyn

Withers

F

6'8

2019

North Mecklenburg

NC

Vaud

Worthy

G

6'2

2018

Village Christian

NC

Khuath

Gatkuoth II

G/F 6'7

2019

Village Christian

NC

Dakari

Johnson

G

5'11

2018

Village Christian

NC

Junub

Chuol

G

6'4

2018

West Forsyth

NC

Marcus

Watson

F

6'5

2019

West Forsyth

NC

Maverick

LaRue

G/F 6'5

2018

West Forsyth

NC

Ben

Uloko

F

6'7

2018

Christ School

NC

Jalen

Lecque

G

6'3

2019

Christ School

NC

Justice

Ajogbor

F

6'9

2020

Christ School

NC

Norance

Berry

G

Christ School

NC

Brandon

Stone

C

6'11

2019

Rocky River

NC

Jaden

Springer

G

6'4

2020

Rocky River

NC

Mikey

Maddox

G

5'8

2018

West Charlotte

NC

Patrick

Williams

G

6'6

2019

West Charlotte

NC

Carter

Jernigan

G

6'1

2019

Independence

NC

Andra'

McKee

G

6'3

2019

Independence

NC

Matthew

Smith

F

6'6

2019

UFCA

NC

KC

Hankton

F

6'8

2018

UFCA

NC

Nathan

Springs

C

6'11

2018

Yale

UFCA

NC

Jaylen

Sims

G

6'6

2018

UNCW

UFCA

NC

Jason

Thompson Jr

F

6'7

2019

UFCA

NC

Brett

Swilling

F

6'6

2018

UFCA

NC

Rafael

Jenkins

G

5'10

2018

Carmel Christian

NC

Miles

Pierre

G

6'2

2019

Carmel Christian

NC

Marten

Maide

G

6'3

2019

Carmel Christian

NC

Donovan

Gregory

G

6'5

2019

Charlotte Christian

NC

JC

Tharrington

G

6'1

2019

Charlotte Christian

NC

Paul

Hudson

F

6'5

2019

Trinity Christian

NC

Au'Diese

Toney

G

6'6

2019

Trinity Christian

NC

Joey

Baker

F

6'7

2019

Trinity Christian

NC

Greg

Gantt

F

6'7

2019

Trinity Christian

NC

Talton

Jones

G

6'3

2019

Ravenscroft

NC

Marcus

Bagley

G

6'7

2020

Ravenscroft

NC

Jack

Hemphill

F

6'8

2018

Ravenscroft

NC

Chris

Barnette

G

6'1

2018

Word of God

NC

Aaron

Cash

F

6'8

2018

Word of God

NC

Zach

Newkirk

G

6'1

2018

Word of God

NC

Max

Farthing

G

6'6

2019

Word of God

NC

Jamal

King

F

6'6

2019

Gaston Day

NC

Nate

Hinton

G

6'6

2018

Houston

Gaston Day

NC

Quan

McCluney

G/F 6'6

2018

College of Charleston

2020

Duke

79


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Winstom-Salem Prep

NC

Daivien

Williamson

G

5'11

2018

ETSU

Don Bosco Prep

NJ

Marcellus

Earlington

F

6'6

2018

Don Bosco Prep

NJ

Ron

Harper Jr.

G

6'5

2018

St. Benedict's

NJ

Jake

Betlow

G

6'3

2019

St. Benedict's

NJ

Precious

Achiuwa

F

6'7

2019

Seton Hall Prep

NJ

Jabri

Abdur-Rahim

F

6'6

2020

Seton Hall Prep

NJ

Ashton

Miller

G

6'4

2019

Seton Hall Prep

NJ

Alex

Imegwu

F

6'6

2018

Pope John XXIII

NJ

Aaron

Clarke

G

6'0

2018

Sacred Heart

Pope John XXIII

NJ

Samba

Diallo

F

6'7

2018

UMass

Linden

NJ

Amir

Williams

G

6'3

2020

Linden

NJ

Tavon

Jones

G

6'2

2018

Gill St. Bernard's

NJ

Paul

Mulcahy

G

6'5

2019

Gill St. Bernard's

NJ

Khalif

Battle

G

6'4

2019

Gill St. Bernard's

NJ

Peter

Sorber

F

6'7

2019

Teaneck

NJ

Ja'Quaye

James

G

5'8

2018

Spanish Springs

NV

Jalen

Townsell

F

6'7

2018

Foothill

NV

Marvin

Coleman II

G

6'3

2018

Liberty

NV

Julian

Strawther

G

6'6

2020

Bishop Gorman

NV

Will

McClendon

G

6'0

2021

Bishop Gorman

NV

Isaiah

Cottrell

F/C

6'9

2020

Bishop Gorman

NV

Jamal

Bey

G

6'6

2018

Bishop Gorman

NV

Zaon

Collins

G

6'0

2021

Bishop Gorman

NV

Noah

Taitz

G

6'3

2020

Centennial

NV

Jaylen

Clark

F

6'6

2020

Centennial

NV

Orlando

Robinson Jr.

F

6'7

2018

Archbishop Stepinac

NY

Joel

Soriano

C

6'9

2019

Archbishop Stepinac

NY

Matthew

Brand

G

5'8

2020

Archbishop Stepinac

NY

Alan

Griffin

G

6'4

2018

OSNA

NY

Nate

Tabor

G

6'5

2020

OSNA

NY

Mamadou

Doucoure

C

6'8

2018

Rutgers

St. Raymond

NY

Omar

Silverio

G

6'3

2018

Santa Clara

St. Raymond

NY

Dallas

Watson

G

6'2

2018

Cardinal Hayes

NY

Tyrese

Williams

G

6'1

2018

Cardinal Hayes

NY

Jaylen

Murray

G

5'9

2021

Cardinal Hayes

NY

Joe

Touissant

G

6'0

2019

Shaker

NY

Jake

Cook

F

6'8

2018

Shaker

NY

Sloan

Seymour

F

6'8

2018

Christ the King

NY

Kofi

Cockburn

C

7'1

2019

Christ the King

NY

Tyson

Walker

G

5'10

2018

Christ the King

NY

Ryan

Meyers

G

6'1

2020

Lawrence Woodmere

NY

Kendall

Ogilvie

G

6'1

2018

Lawrence Woodmere

NY

Aidan

Igiehon

F

6'9

2019

Rutgers

Washington

Quinnipiac

80


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

Iona Prep

NY

Bryce

Wills

G

6'5

2018

Iona Prep

NY

Souleymane

Kouriessi

F

6'8

2018

Richmond

Iona Prep

NY

Josh

Alexander

F

6'8

2018

American

Glens Falls

NY

Joe

Girard II

G

6'1

2019

Albany Academy

NY

Andre

Jackson

G/F 6'6

2020

Albany Academy

NY

August

Mahoney

G

6'3

2019

Mt. Vernon

NY

Jason

Douglas-Stanley

G

6'3

2018

Mt. Vernon

NY

Truth

Harris

G

5'10

2019

Princeton

OH

Darius

Bazley

F

6'9

2018

Princeton

OH

Darweshi

Hunter

G

6'4

2018

Holy Name

OH

Dwayne

Cohill

G

6'4

2018

Upper Arlington

OH

Max

Martz

G

6'6

2019

Upper Arlington

OH

Dane

Goodwin

G

6'5

2018

St. Edward

OH

Montorie

Foster

G

6'0

2020

St. Edward

OH

Grant

Huffman

G

6'1

2020

St. Edward

OH

Devontae

Blanton

F

6'5

2020

Dublin Coffman

OH

Dominiq

Penn

G

6'0

2020

Dublin Coffman

OH

Nick

Carlson

F

6'5

2018

Dublin Coffman

OH

Derek

Van Vlerah

F

6'5

2019

Dublin Coffman

OH

Will

Hunter

G

6'3

2019

Toledo St. John's

OH

Vince

Williams

F

6'5

2018

Neumann-Goretti

PA

Ahmad

Fair

G

6'0

2020

Neumann-Goretti

PA

Christian

Ings

G

6'2

2019

Neumann-Goretti

PA

Marcus

Littles

C

6'10

2018

George Washington

Roman Catholic

PA

Allen

Betrand

G

6'3

2018

Towson

Roman Catholic

PA

Lynn

Greer III

G

6'3

2020

Roman Catholic

PA

Seth

Lundy

F

6'5

2019

Roman Catholic

PA

Hakim

Hart

G

6'3

2019

Shipley School

PA

Ray

Somerville

F

6'9

2019

Shipley School

PA

Sam

Sessoms

G

6'0

2018

Girard College

PA

Mikael

Jones

F

6''7

2020

First Love Christian

PA

Ja'mier

Fletcher

F

6'7

2019

Church Farm

PA

John Bol

Ajak

C

6'10

2019

Lower Richland

SC

Christian

Brown

F

6'7

2019

Sumter

SC

Isaih

Moore

F

6'8

2018

York Prep

SC

DJ

Burns

F

6'9

2019

Porter-Gaud

SC

Josiah

James

G

6'6

2019

Porter-Gaud

SC

Aaron

Nesmith

F

6'5

2018

Vanderbilt

Porter-Gaud

SC

Jake

Lanford

C

6'8

2018

Yale

Legacy Early College

SC

Dontrell

Shuler

G

6'0

2018

Legacy Early College

SC

Dontavious

King

F

6'7

2019

Hamilton Heights

TN

Wheza

Panzo

G

2019

COMMITTED

George Mason Syracuse Dayton Notre Dame

Binghampton

81


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

Hamilton Heights

TN

Kevaughn

Ellis

G

2018

Hamilton Heights

TN

Jordan

Jitoboh

C

6'11

2019

Tennessee Prep

TN

Leland

Kirkendoll III

G

5'9

2018

Tennessee Prep

TN

Antavion

Collum

G

6'7

2018

Tennessee Prep

TN

Will

Mangum

F

6'8

2018

Tennessee Prep

TN

Shawn

Cornelius

F

6'10

2018

Tennessee Prep

TN

Thomas

Gilmore

Tennessee Prep

TN

Emmanuel

Umoffia

C

7'2

2018

Ridgeway

TN

Antonio

Thomas

G

6'2

2019

College Park

TX

Quentin

Grimes

G

6'4

2018

Mansfield Timberview

TX

Isaac

Likekele

G

6'4

2018

Mansfield Timberview

TX

Trey

Tennyson

G

6'2

2019

Mansfield Summit

TX

Grant

Sherfield

G

6'2

2019

Mansfield Summit

TX

Jahmius

Ramsey

G

6'4

2019

DeSoto

TX

Jahmar

Young Jr

C

6'9

2018

DeSoto

TX

Feron

Hunt

G

6'7

2018

Steele

TX

Gerald

Liddell

F

6'7

2018

Texas

Steele

TX

Jayden

Martinez

F

6'6

2018

New Hampshire

Trinity Christian

TX

Tyreek

Smith

F

6'8

2019

Fort Bend Bush

TX

PJ

Byrd

G

6'1

2018

VCU

Kinkaid School

TX

Jaedon

LeDee

F

6'8

2018

Ohio State

Kinkaid School

TX

Isaiah

LeBlanc

G

6'3

2020

Tompkins

TX

Jamal

Bienemy

G

6'3

2018

Oklahoma

Tompkins

TX

Kristian

Sjolund

F

6'9

2018

Georgia Tech

The Woodlands

TX

Quentin

Grimes

G

6'4

2018

The Woodlands

TX

Romello

Wilbert

G

6'2

2018

Prestonwood Christian

TX

Justin

Webster

G

6'3

2019

Pearce

TX

Drew

Timme

F

6'9

2019

Little Elm

TX

KJ

Pruitt

G

6'3

2020

Little Elm

TX

RJ

Hampton

G

6'4

2020

Jack Yates

TX

Mitchell

Seraille

F

6'7

2018

Stephen F Austin

Jack Yates

TX

Jock

Hughes

G

6'4

2018

Stephen F Austin

American Fork

UT

Isaac

Johnson

F

6'10

2019

Pleasant Fork

UT

Matthew

Van Comen

C

7'3

2019

Trinity Episcopal

VA

Armando

Bacot

F

6'9

2019

Trinity Episcopal

VA

Jason

Wade

G

6'5

2018

Trinity Episcopal

VA

Henry

Coleman III

F

6'6

2020

Trinity Episcopal

VA

Tink

Boyd

G

5'11

2018

Flint Hill School

VA

Qudus

Wahab

C

6'11

2019

John Marshall

VA

Isaiah

Todd

F

6'10

2020

John Marshall

VA

Demarr

McRae

G

6'1

2019

John Marshall

VA

Levar

Allen

G

5'9

2019

Fresno State

SMU

Incarnate Ward

Old Dominion

82


TEAM

TEAMS & players TO WATCH ST

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

PO HT

YEAR

COMMITTED

LC Bird

VA

Tyrek

Williams

F

6'8

2018

Norfolk State

LC Bird

VA

Chris

Ford

F

6'7

2018

Norfolk State

Miller School

VA

Aundre

Hyatt

G

6'6

2019

Cape Henry

VA

Christian

Moore

G

5'11

2021

Cape Henry

VA

Danny

Bannister

F

6'5

2019

Cape Henry

VA

Dajour

Rucker

G

6'6

2019

Rainier Beach

WA

Darrious

Ballou

F

6'6

2018

Rainier Beach

WA

Nate

Murray

G

6'4

2019

Rainier Beach

WA

Kenny

Curtis

G

5'8

2019

Rainier Beach

WA

Trevante

Anderson

G

6'1

2018

Rainier Beach

WA

Freddie

Roberson

G

6'3

2018

Rainier Beach

WA

Kevin

Porter Jr

G

6'5

2018

USC

Gonzaga Prep

WA

Anton

Watson

F

6'7

2019

Gonzaga

Stevens Point

WI

Joey

Hauser

F

6'7

2018

Marquette

Stevens Point

WI

Drew

Blair

G

6'3

2018

Whitnall

WI

Tyler

Herro

G

6'5

2018

Racine Park

WI

Nobal

Days

F

6'9

2019

Milwaukee Riverside

WI

Carlos

Curtis

G

6'4

2018

Mountain Mission

WV

Flo

Thamba

F

6'10

2018

Mountain Mission

WV

Oscar

Tshebwe

F

6'9

2018

Mountain Mission

WV

Daniil

Kasatkin

G

6'5

2018

Mountain Mission

WV

Mohamed

Sylla

C

7'0

2019

Teays Valley

WV

Anderson

Mirambeaux

F

6'7

2019

Teays Valley

WV

Alexander

Sukhanov

F

6'9

2019

Teays Valley

WV

Mason

Shifflett

G

6'5

2019

Beckley Prep

WV

Chance

Moore

G

6'8

2018

Beckley Prep

WV

Connor

Arnold

F

6'8

2018

Bella Vista Prep (AZ)

AZ

Rick

Issanza

C

6'11

2019

Bella Vista Prep (AZ)

AZ

Terry

Armstrong

G

6'6

2019

Bella Vista Prep (AZ)

AZ

Julian

Dozier Jr

G

5'8

2019

Bella Vista Prep (AZ)

AZ

Madior

Seye

F

6'9

2020

Trinity International (NV)

NV

Deon

Stroud

G

Trinity International (NV)

NV

Daishen

Nix

G

6'3

2020

ASPIRE Academy (KY)

KY

Ousmane

Ndim

C

7'0

2018

2019

83


national media rankings FLO HOOPS

MAXPREPS

FAB 50

Memphis East (TN)

Memphis East (TN)

Montverde Academy

Montverde (FL)

Montverde Academy

Memphis East (TN)

Mater Dei (CA)

Mater Dei

Oak Hill

La Lumiere

Hudson Catholic

McEachern (GA)

Oak Hill

Oak Hill

Hudson Catholic

University School (FL)

IMG Academy

Mater Dei (CA)

Hudson Catholic

Prolific Prep

Wesleyan Christian (NC)

Findlay Prep

Findlay Prep

Webster Groves (MO)

IMG Academy

Clarkston

Findlay Prep (NV)

Garfield

Wesleyan Christian

La Lumiere (IN)

Shadow Mountain

Cypress Falls

Archbishop Molloy (NY)

Wesleyan Christian

McEachern

Shadow Mountain

McEachern

Webster Groves

Cypress Falls (TX)

Paul VI

Simeon

Archbishop Moeller

Archbishop Molloy

Westlake

Paul VI

Bishop Montgomery

La Lumiere

Simeon

Cretin-Derham Hall

Westtown

Roselle Catholic

Sierra Canyon

Greensboro Day

Brentwood Academy

DeMatha

Archbishop Wood

Gonzaga

Apple Valley

Roselle Catholic

Clarkston

Webster Groves

Paul VI

University School (FL)

Westlake (TX)

Patrick School

Apple Valley

Jefferson

University School (FL)

Greensboro Day

Greensboro Day

Ranney School

IMG Academy

Brentwood Academy

Garfield

Patrick School

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