Posted On: 09/30/17 5:55 PM
With our very first 2020 class rankings coming out last week, there is a whole new group of kids to get to know across the Commonwealth. The talent level in 2020 is high overall and will potentially have several Division I signees before the class graduates and move on to the next level. The center position features only 3 true centers in the 2020 class. But all 3 appear to have the potential to see D1 scholarships before their high school careers end.
Riley Bodner, Lincoln County – Already 6’9 and still growing, Bodner is going to be a problem for 12th region schools over the next 3 years. Coach Jeff Jackson has challenged Bodner to average a double double this year. If Riley can do that, he may have a triple double or two also because the big fella is capable of blocking ten or more shots on occasion. Now finishing around the basket with both hands and capable drop-stepping and dunking with ease, Bodner has a high ceiling. It’s early in his high school career but he is already drawing attention from Wright State, Morehead State, Ball State and others as he starts to see early college interest.
Ksuan Casey, Madisonville-North Hopkins – Another really good post player in 2020, Casey is highly skilled round the bucket. As a freshman, Ksuan played in all 30 games for the Maroons and averaged 8 points and 8 rebounds. Possessing a big time ceiling, Casey is capable of doubling those averages as a sophomore if he can improve his conditioning and stay out of foul trouble. Miami (OH) was recently watching Casey and fellow sophomore Kenny White at a morning workout.
Preston Murrell, John Hardin – Murrell is a true center at 6’8″ and still growing. Preston is very skilled with solid post moves. The big fella has great hands and, according to coach Jared McCurry, he can knock down shots out to 15 feet with consistency. In order for Preston to become a college player, he will need to get quicker and more athletic. As big as Murrell is, he isn’t a great shot blocker and struggles with quicker and more athletic bigs. Preston Murrell is certainly a prospect to keep an eye on as he develops.