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Posted On: 12/26/17 1:24 PM
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Kentucky is full of prospects for all levels, and the number of players who can have an impact at the D2, D3, NAIA, and JUCO levels is immense. PHKY contributor Steve Quattrocchi gave us a handful of prospects who can really make it at the small college level back in November. Here, we look at 10 more prospects that can have an impact:
Brennan Hall (Newport Central Catholic) – Newport Central Catholic is 6-4 after Christmas and Brennan Hall is averaging 25.6 points per game while shooting over 48% from the field. Hall has an offer and has visited NAIA Our Lady of the Lake in Texas. Other NAIA schools and D2’s should be visiting Northern Kentucky before the high school season is over.
Darius Harding (Elizabethtown) – Harding is a huge reason Elizabethtown has started out the season 6-2, including a huge win of regional foe Adair County. The 6’5 guard/forward is averaging just over 24 points and 7 rebounds per game. As impressive is his field goal percentage, which stands just under 60% from the field and 52.6% from 3-point range. Harding was recently offered by NAIA Campbellsville. He has interest from Indiana Tech (NAIA), Kentucky Wesleyan (D-2), Rochester (NY), and Lindenwood (D-2).
Stephon Franklin (Louisville Doss) – Franklin is going to be a steal for some college basketball program. The Doss point guard is easily a player at the D2 and NAIA level. Franklin’s size at the guard position poses a mismatch to anyone trying to stop him down-hill attacking the basket. Doss is 8-3 with Franklin leading the way. If Franklin decides to go the JUCO route, he could play himself unto a D1 roster.
Jarius Key (Bowling Green) – Key already has a state championship under his belt, and with the graduation of Austin Peay freshman star Terry Taylor, Key has been relied upon to help make Bowling Green a contender in the region once again. In a match-up against Harding and Elizabethtown earlier in the season, Key scored points and grabbed 7 rebounds. In a win against Hopkinsville, Key netted 20. Key currenlty holds offers from NAIA powerhouses Georgetown and Campbellsville.
Eric Powell (Lafayette) – The Generals have started off the year hot, standing at 8-2 after Christmas. Powell is a big reason for that success. The sharpshooter scored 16 points in a loss against 11th Region contender Madison Central. Against Dunbar, 19 points. In a blow out win vs. Frederick Douglass, 15. And in a close on to state tournament contender Scott County, Powell scored a team high 14.
Caleb Bonny (Estill County) – Bonny lit up the 14th Region last season, averaging 23 points per game. Not much has changed, as the senior guard continues to score in bunches. In their last win vs. Franklin County, Bonny scored 25 points while shooting 8-11 from the field. D3 and NAIA schools should keep a close eye in Irvine.
Dalton Perkins (Mason County) – The 6’9 big man continues to improve. He’s averaging just about 6 rebounds per game and is a defensive stopper at the rim, capable of blocking just about everything on any given night. D3 Earlham out of Indiana has shown interest.
Dustin Geralds (Madison Central) – The undersized forward doesn’t play undersized, currently averaging 20 points and 13 rebounds per game on a team that features one of the states top big men in Isaiah Cozart. Geralds rebounds everything and can consistently knock down 15 footers. D3 Berea College and NAIA Asbury University are the latest to reach out to Geralds.
Devin Young (South Oldham) – The 6’4 shooting guard is averaging 22.7 points per game while shooting 41.3% from 3-point range. He is also averaging 7 rebounds per game. Young has offers from D3 Mount St. Joesph’s in Cincinnati and Franklin College. He was offered a walk-on spot at D2 Malone University as well.
Deven Stone (Wolfe County) – Stone is averaging just under 28 points per night at Wolfe County nine games into the season, shooting 50.6% from the field. Which is impressive when taking into consideration how much Stone is relied on night in and night out. Stone’s 170 attempts are almost 100 more than the next most attempts by any player on the Wolves team. Stone is also shooting 41% from 3-point range on 90 attempts, and averaging over 7 rebounds per game.