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Posted On: 10/4/17 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 two of our breakdown series featuring newcomers.
Brennan Ralph impressed us both in the state playoffs at the Xfinity Center, and during the DeMatha Summer League. He’s a high IQ sharpshooter with good size at 6’3. Ralph understands spacing, moves well off the ball, and generally makes good decisions while in possession. He always boxes out, and rebounds well out of his area. Ralph comes in at #81 in the updated 2018 rankings.
Darien Simmons is a skilled combo guard that can score it well from all three levels. He has a quick first step. Simmons is a solid ball handler, and passer. He depends the ball well, and will sacrifice his body. The Philly transplant enters the rankings at #82.
Cameron Rucker is a Skilled big that can score inside out, and he consistently impressed during the DeMatha Summer League. He Plays with a very high motor, and is a vocal defender. Rucker has nice touch, and great footwork. The 6-foot-6 forward debuts at #87 in the rankings.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s Juston Bailey is a high motor forward with strong fundamentals. He rebounds well out of his area. Bailey always boxes out, runs the floor, and fills the lanes correctly. The 92nd ranked prospect in the 2018 rankings is a strong finisher through contact, and is always available for dump offs.
We didn’t get a chance to include Dima Zdor in our rankings, but that’s only because we just found out he’s attending Saint James. The Long limbed 6-foot-8 stretch forward can attack the basket in transition, and stretches the floor efficiently from three, especially from the catch. Zdor would probably go in the top 25 if we had known about him earlier. It will be fun to see how he fits in at Saint James.