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Posted On: 10/3/17 5:00 AM
PrepHoops Maryland recently updated the class of 2018 player rankings. Getting a list of 100 players and choosing which rank best fits the individual was an extremely difficult challenge, but we do our best to keep them updated every three months. We love finding out about new players, and we’ve done so since our last update. Here is part one of our breakdown series featuring newcomers.
While we haven’t had a chance to evaluate him in a high school setting just yet, the early reviews on Alperen Kurnaz have been very good. He has good size at 6’8, and the only thing preventing him from being a high major prospect is the fact that he doesn’t get great lift. He’s a very skilled forward who sets good screens, can score it with his back to the basket, and while facing up. Kurnaz has a very high motor as well. Saint Francis has recently offered, and more schools should get in the mix soon with Prep Hoops MD’s 22nd ranked 2018 prospect.
We got a good look at Deson Flood during the DeMatha Summer League, and the 6’5 lefty wing impressed in a number of areas. He plays with high energy, and is a strong athlete. Flood demonstrates versatility on defense, and is crafty around the basket. He finds ways to make an impact through the flow of the game, and that’s a big reason why he comes into the rankings at number 33.
We saw a lot of Amir Warrick this summer, both with Pallotti and the 6th Man Warriors. He has good size for a wing at 6’3, and is a rangy athlete with long limbs. Warrick fills the lanes in transition, where he is best. He’s a strong finisher in traffic, and can stretch the floor from three off the catch. Warrick is our 57th ranked 2018 prospect.
Malik McKinney is a very dynamic point guard, and he was a major standout at Hoop Group Elite Camp this summer. He is a sneaky athlete, and a lockdown defender. Two things that make the 59th ranked senior a must get player: he’s vocal, and he has a high motor.
Gordon Gibson is a traditional post with good size and solid fundamentals, but doesn’t get great lift. He has soft hands, a nice touch, and a solid work rate. Gibson rim runs, carves out space well with his broad frame, and finishes adeptly through contact. The 6’8 post comes in at #70 in the 2018 rankings.
Leshoun Taylor is a high energy wing, and a good athlete with solid defensive potential. He must become more aggressive, and consistent offensively. Taylor debuts in the 2018 rankings at #77.