Posted On: 08/21/17 3:00 PM
There are 121 total players included in our 2019 Prospect Rankings, all of which will be included exactly once in our week-long series, where we will segment analysis by player speciality. Throughout the entire week, you can expect articles to include a list of 10-20 players who fit a theme, with five or more individual break-downs.
To begin our dissection of the rankings, let’s take a look at guards and wings who penetrate gaps in the defense for finishes at the basket.
Sometimes, Davis’ first-step is all it takes for him to get to the cup. He has elite bounce and mid-air body control, creating a finishing package of thunderous dunks or layups/floaters with soft touch.
Davis moved down five spots in the updated rankings, which is more credit to other guys rather than a slight on him. We still consider Davis a D-I prospect, which is verified by scholarship offers from Toledo and Cleveland State in June.
Mfum is a high-flyer from Columbus Northland who is developing as a passer. He’s always had the ability to dive into the lane, but his recent development of recognizing when to pass has risen Mfum’s ranking from #37 to #16.
He’s received offers from Youngstown State and Robert Morris since our last update.
Safford shined with C2K Elite this summer, as his strong frame and driving ability were a changeup on a team of shooters. He excelled with the floor spread by remaining relentless and hard-nosed in his pursuit of the painted area.
Ganley is a versatile guard/wing that Division II programs should evaluate closely. He can work as the primary ball-handler or spread the floor with catch-and-shoot ability. Yet, we find Ganley most impactful when he’s carving out space within the arch.
Ganley received an offer from Northwood, a D-II in Michigan, this June.
Plantz’s shooting has shown development this spring/summer, which should work nicely as a compliment to his physical driving style. Plantz creates separation by seeking contact, as his athleticism is usually too much to absorb for defenders.
West is a load of physicality that creates problems for opposing point guards. We’d actually suggest high school teams to defend him with a larger wing, because West takes advantage of back-peddling defenders often. Once he raises his shooting percentage in the paint, West will likely end up as a scholarship player.
Terry really showed us some flashes in Akron this spring at the Dru Joyce Classic. His quickness as a leaper and driver should be a valued asset for a young Lakewood St. Edward team next season.
Thomas breaks out of hesitation moves with fluid bursts of speed towards the rim. He’s able to squeeze through small gaps in the defense and attempt two-foot floaters or layups from there. We’re very interested to track his production as he continues gobbling up playing time.