Posted On: 11/16/17 10:26 PM
We recently unveiled our first 2021 class rankings. The class is shaping up to be one of the deepest we’ve seen in Kentucky in a while. This group is full of kids with high major upside. Time will tell if these young men reach that potential or not but you can’t help but get excited about this group overall. The class is deep with quality wing players. Several project to be Division 1 caliber players by the time they graduate and move on to the next level.
Alijah Watts (Hopkinsville) – The long lefty is a serious bucket getter and was a standout at Next Up Recruits freshman camp in September. The return of Jalen Johnson to Hoptown probably hurts Watts a little bit but Alijah should be a top wing scorer in the 2021 class for the next 4 years.
Scotty Draud (Beechwood) – The son of a former Vanderbilt Commodore, Draud is pushing 6’5 as he starts his freshman season and looking to improve on a strong 8th grade season where he averaged close to double figures. Scotty shot almost 43% from 3 as an 8th grader and his numbers will only improve as he becomes a better slasher and defenses won’t be able to crowd him on the 3 point line.
DeAjuan Stepp (West Jessamine) – Stepp is another 2021 kid who saw a lot of action as an 8th grader last year. Stepp played a lot in the post this summer for West but projects as a wing as he transitions through high school. If DeAjuan can improve as a shooter, he’s got a Division 1 ceiling for sure.
Sam Conley (Spencer County) – Coming off a season when he averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds as an 8th grader, Conley also had a strong AAU season. Conley already has a better frame and build than many in the class. If Sam can keep developing his skill level and playing with a high motor, he will certainly get his college paid for through basketball.
Isaiah Mason (Bowling Green) – Long and athletic, Mason physically resembles Dontaie Allen. He plays a little like Allen too. As Mason gets stronger and adds bulk to his skinny frame, he should move up the class rankings.
Other Names to Know: Spencer Baird (Lincoln County), Jaz Johnson (Wolfe County), Jared Wellman (George Rogers Clark), Deshawn Jackson (Fredrick Douglass), Cory Vanhoose (Johnson Central)