Louisiana 2018 Rankings: New Faces Pt. 1

High School

Posted On: 01/31/18 12:06 PM

Jeremiah August 6’7 PF Carencro

August is a long armed swing man that is capable of playing 3-5 for his high school team. He looks much more comfortable on the court this season than he has in years past, and it definitely looks like he works hard on his game to improve. He is a capable shooter from both mid-range and from 3, and because of that, he has started getting some looks from D1s at the next level.

Jalen Banks 6’8 C Baker

Banks is a long armed, athletic 6’8 big man, who is still putting together a skill set to go along with his elite frame. He can rebound at an elite level, but offensivly is still best when getting the ball in the paint. He is one of the best rim protectors in them, and according to Maxpreps is the 2nd leading shot blocker in the LHSAA. Eligibility at the next level is still a question mark, so all JUCOs in need of a big should definitely be reaching out.

Jaquan Wagner 6’5 PF Thibodaux

Wagner might not have the prototypical size to be a PF at the next level, but I think with his motor and activity level, he definitely has a shot to play. His activity throughout the game gives a lot of teams problems & there are very few kids that can match his energy every night. Wagner is a walking double double & he fills the stat sheet up in almost every statistical catagory on a consistent basis. Think of him as a high school Kenneth Faried.

Ezekiel McMurty 6’5 SF The Church Academy

This year was my first time seeing McMurty play, and I was definitely impressed by what I saw. He is a 2/3 tweener, but whatever position he is at, he can definitely score at a high level. He is averaging close over 18 ppg, and for his size is a really good 3 point shooter, shooting it at a 35% clip so far this season. I think that his game will translate well to the next level, and he will be able to play the wing for a D2 or NAIA.