UPDATED 2020 RANKINGS: Biggest Risers


Posted On: 11/20/17 12:53 PM

As they get deeper into their sophomore seasons, it should become more and more clear how the class of 2020 rankings might shake out. As it stands now, the evolution of this young class is still in the early stages. Xavier Foster, — with his five high-major Division I offers — has a stranglehold on the top spot, for now. Beyond that, expect a lot of shakeup between now and 2020.

Below, we’ll highlight some guys who had an impressive enough latter half of the offseason to bolster them in this latest installment of rankings. 





No.2 Even Brauns (previously No.4)

It was a big July for this long and bouncy 6’9 power forward. He created quite the buzz throughout the Prep Hoops Network, with several writers from around the Midwest taking note of his prowess in the paint. Northern Iowa and most notably Iowa have taken notice, too.



No.7 AJ Coons (previously No.9)

Like Brauns, Coons was sensational this July with the Iowa Barnstormers, and has made considerable improvements with his skill-set since the spring. A 6’5 wing, Coons will be generating Division I attention before too long.



No. 8 Micah Johnson (previously No. 41)

An All Iowa Attack product, Johnson first caught our eye during the spring at a local grassroots tournament, that landed him at the No.41 spot in the inaugural rankings. We quickly realized, after he dominated the competition at our Top 250 Expo in Des Moines, that No.41 was way, way too low.



No. 11 Keshawn Christian (previously No. 14)

This is a kid that could be just scratching the surface; and being that he’s already No.11, big things could be coming for Christian. A 6’2 Iowa City High guard, Christian was essential in helping to guide the Barnstormers’ 15U unit to a title at the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence this past July.



No. 17 Jack Wetzel (previously No. 24)

Two consecutive impressive outings at our Top 250 Expo, sandwiched in between a season making an impact with a 4A state qualifier as a freshman, is enough to bolster this 6’3 guard’s ranking. It could be a breakout sophomore season for the burgeoning Cedar Rapids Kennedy prospect.



No. 20 Jake Schockemoehl (previously No. 28)

After growing to 6’1 and improving his already fluid game, this Dubuque, Wahlert sophomore jumps eight spots. He worked relentlessly this summer between playing with the Mavericks and attending camps and expos, and it showed. It’ll be interesting to see how he fits in with the Golden Eagles this winter.



No.31 John Steffen (previously No. 45)

We first got a glimpse of this 6-foot Linn-Mar guard in Council Bluffs at a spring grassroots tournament. He was good enough then to land in the inaugural ranking’s top-50. After a magnificent day during our Top 250 Expo, it was clear that not only had Steffen upped his game and his confidence; but also, that No. 45 was a bit too low.