High School Basketball Prospects

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  1. Shadowlight

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    Rivals has just updated their classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020. Below is the top 100 for 2020. Not as stacked as 2019 but vaguely comparable to 2018. A little heavier toward the top but thins out towards the bottom whereas 2018 is the opposite.

    One player to keep an eye on in PF Walker Kessler. Noted for a feathery touch out to the three point line at 6-10 along with solid rebounding skills we could be looking at a Keith Van Horn kind of player. A thin but dynamic 4 man.

    https://n.rivals.com/prospect_rankings/rivals150/2020
     
  2. Shadowlight

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    Below is the updated top 150 for the class of 2019. This is one of the better classes in memory because six players are in the top 50 a rare occurrence in recent years. I am looking forward to seeing high rising SF Joey Baker in a Duke uniform. 5th rated PF Matthew Hurt who has been mentioned here several times is a long willowy player that has been compared to Austin Croshere the former Providence great. He is currently unsigned but all the big boys are after him like Kansas and NC.

    https://n.rivals.com/prospect_rankings/rivals150/2019
     
  3. Shadowlight

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    And finally the top 150 for next season's freshman, class of 2018. An ok class but lacking the one breakout star that jumps out although there is always potential. Three point guards to follow and they have all been mentioned here: AJ Green, Jordan McCabe and Foster Loyer.
    Since white point guards have been going out of fashion these three are very exciting crowd pleasing type players. Each one will likely play for four full seasons. I suspect Green will play right away at Northern Iowa but hopefully the other two get their feet wet as soon as possible.

    https://n.rivals.com/prospect_rankings/rivals150/2018
     
  4. Shadowlight

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    Two more points about the Class of 2020.

    Caleb Lohner is a 6'7" player to watch. Very athletic he has been climbing up the rankings of late.

    Nico Mannion is very well known due to a lavish SI piece on him a while back. A 6'2" PG he has not rocketed up the rankings despite leading his team to the state championship. The flashy bouncy red head has been listed around 20-28 in the rankings but that looks to change too as he along with Lohner played great in a Dallas spring tournament.

    But that good news could even get BETTER. Nico is considering taking summer classes and might jump up to the class of 2019 which would make that class one of the best in the past decade plus!
     
  5. Jack Lambert

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    Here's an update on a few Class of 2018 commits as of late. I've gotta say, I do like where all three of them have committed.

    Bryce Golden, the forward who I mentioned on the last page, committed to Butler today. I guess LaVall Jordan isn't quite done with white players yet. Out of the 4 commits he's got since he's become the Bulldog's head coach, two of them have been white players. With Butler's two starting post players in Kelan Martin and Tyler Wideman gone, Golden has a golden (no pun intended) opportunity to step up and play right away.

    https://247sports.com/Player/Bryce-Golden-91430

    Ursos Plavsic, a 7'1 Serbian who played HS in the United States this past year, has committed to Arizona State. Great news for Bobby Hurley's club. This gives them two white players in the Class of 2018, joining Finland guard Elias Valtonen. He's got the potential to become a big-time player; even the caste experts think so. He's still a bit raw; I'm hoping he'll be able to add a bit of strength and quickness to his frame. I'm not sure how much we'll see of him next year, but if he develops properly, should be a big threat in a couple of years.

    https://247sports.com/player/uros-plavsic-46049719



    Next, we've got 6'7 combo guard Trace Ramsey, who just committed to Maryland. He's got some athletic ability, a good-looking shot, looks to have good vision, plus is tenacious down low. A good pickup for the Terps! Depending on how things shake out, I could see him getting some minutes next year.

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    https://247sports.com/Player/Trace-Ramsey-46054900



    Also forgot to mention: Connor Vanover, the 7'2 center who I've posted about in this thread a couple of times, committed to Cal! I actually think it's a good spot. Cal needs front-court help, and that could give Vanover some early minutes there.

    https://247sports.com/Player/Connor-Vanover-85013

    Finally, Drew Peterson, a wing who I've mentioned, is committed to Rice; they got a steal. Peterson should play right away for the Owls.

    Seems like a good close-out to the Class of 2018!
     
  6. Shadowlight

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    Nice to see the Maryland coach continue to pay attention to athletic white players. Trace Ramsey, see above post, may not be a four star prospect but with development could become a good exciting college player.

    A couple of quick notes about two 2019 prospects.

    Rylan Jones a top 100 Utah commit really dazzled in a recent tournament. He is a 6'1" PG and it looks like Utah got a big time player who can do it all.

    A new name is Croat Oton Jankovic who is now playing stateside in California. He is a 6'10" developmental player who needs seasoning and strength. However the reason I bring his name up is he has outstanding athletic abilities so hopefully he starts to improve and gain traction in the recruiting world.

    This season with the new recruit Bryce Golden, see above post, Butler will be pretty white friendly again with Jorgenson and blossoming McDermott coming back.
     
  7. Jack Lambert

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    Good post Shadow. Jones should be a stud with Utah. I hope he doesn't displace Jaxon Brenchley at all there. 2019 really is shaping up to be a great year. A good point on Butler; I'm guessing that they will have 2-3 white starters next year, with all of their five current white scholarship players contributing.


    Good note on Nico; I've read that his plan is to now reclassify to 2019! This class should be just as good or even better than the 2012(?) class I believe (whichever one Freethinker made the thread on awhile back). As an aside, during my college basketball reading, I found a piece on his reclassification from "analyst" Adam Zagoria. Zagoria talks about the different schools recruiting Mannion, and that Marquette, Villanova, and Arizona are now recruiting him the hardest. Any of these schools would be a good fit for Mannion.

    However, when Villanova is mentioned, this gem of a quote appears in the article:



    That's some pretty "lazy" analysis there. What was the "thought" process behind this? "Hey, Mannion is a white player... let's compare him to every other white guard/wing that has been recruited by Villanova over the last six years! He's obviously in the mold of those four guys more than anyone else!"

    So Mannion must be one talented dude considering he's in the mold of Arcidiacono (a 6'3 lead guard; a true floor general), DiVincenzo (a 6'5 combo guard who's primarily off the ball thus far, but has red hair like Mannion), Gillespie (a 6'2 lead guard who's more about his defensive game thus far and creating for his teammates than flash), and Nova's incoming recruit Swider (a 6'7 wing/forward shot-maker; this one is by far the most lazy). Don't get me wrong, Mannion is good, and the comparisons to DiVincenzo and Arcidiacono are pretty good, but to compare him to every high profile white Villanova perimeter recruit is just lazy.
     
  8. celticdb15

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    Thanks for the updates guys. Speaking of Mannion, he's got that killer instinct . Check out this highlight film, 1st dunk he throws down he posterize a taller affletes

     
  9. Jack Lambert

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    Great video of Mannion, celtic!!

    Also, I've got two more commits for the Class of 2018 already:

    The first is center Lukas Kisunas, who I (believe) mentioned before in this thread. The 6'8 Lithuanian prospect has been playing his HS ball over in the US, and was committed to UConn for awhile until their coach got fired. He smartly backed off of that pledge and has committed to Stanford! Jerod Haase and the Cardinal have an under-rated recruiting class; out of four pledges, three of them are white! Kisunas joins combo guard Cormac Ryan and forward Keenan Fitzmorris.

    https://247sports.com/Player/Lukas-Kisunas-46036176

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    The next is 7'0 Argentinian center Francisco Caffaro, who committed to Virginia yesterday, giving Tony Bennett and the Cavs two white players out of three commits in their 2018 class. Caffaro is a mobile big man who's got a lot of potential, and one can be sure Tony Bennett will properly develop him. He's got to add some muscle, but he'll be a nice presence inside for Virginia's pack-line defense. There's a small video of him in the profile link; I believe it's the most recent highlight video of Caffaro.

    https://247sports.com/Player/Francisco-Caffaro-46054667

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    All in all, it's been a good class. Despite not having a presence in the Top 30, white players have, you know, actually gone to teams that will utilize them for the most part. There are a couple of exceptions (Tyler Herro to Kentucky being the obvious one), but I'm pleased with how our guys have chosen this year.
     
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    Mainly good news with a twist. Of course it is great when a player reclassifies up a class. Highly rated Duke commit SF Joey Baker has reclassified from the class of 2019 to the class of 2018. See below. The only fly in the ointment is he may redshirt since Duke has a loaded class coming in . Still overall this is good news. This makes him the highest rated white player in the class of 2018.

    https://247sports.com/college/baske...dge-Joey-Baker-reclassifies-to-2018-117912564
     
  11. Jack Lambert

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    Good news on Baker; I'm sure he'll be a stud whenever he starts playing. Hopefully, Duke can nab Hurt or one more 2019 white commit.

    UCLA picked up the commitments of two 2019 white wings this week: Jake Kyman and Jaime Jaquez. Both of these players look pretty good in their highlights; Jaquez seems to get to the paint more, while Kyman is more active around the perimeter. I'm just hoping they can play at the same time, and not play over each other.



    https://247sports.com/Player/Jaime-Jaquez-91003

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    https://247sports.com/Player/Jake-Kyman-46044613

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    Franz Wagner, brother of Mo, is now listed as a member of the 2018 class (at 16 he skipped a class) so it will be interesting to see if he plays college ball like his big brother. Wonder where he would be ranked?

    Below are some highlights from a player who is rising rapidly. First thing you notice is he is quicker than Mo.

     
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    How big is he? He looks shorter than 6'11" .
     
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    Franz Wagner is about 6'8" but he is only 16 and is probably still growing.
     
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