Posted On: 01/11/18 1:11 PM
As we head towards the mid-way point of the high school basketball season, it’s a good time to evaluate some of the unsigned seniors who have been putting together impressive seasons thus far in the Baltimore area.
Laquill Hardnett | 6’8 | Perry Hall
The Gators have one of the toughest schedules in the state. As a result, they’ve started the season with a 5-3 record, but Hardnett has been brilliant throughout. His most impressive overall performance came this past week against Dulaney when he recorded a triple double of 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. The 6’8 point forward continues to display his versatility on both ends of the floor at a high level. Hardnett holds offers from Cincinnati, St. Bonaventure, Buffalo, Canisius, Hofstra, LaSalle, Quinnipiac and Western Kentucky.
Tyler Holley | 6’4 | Perry Hall
Along with Hardnett, Holley has been the most consistent contributor for Perry Hall this season. You never have to question whether or not he’s going to give 110 percent every time he steps on the floor. Holley is a capable shooter, but has spent much of this season attacking the basket while being a shut down defender on that side of the floor. Most importantly, he makes the type of plays that winning teams need. Holley has received a number of Division II scholarships for his play on the football field, but has yet to receive heavy interest for basketball. He’s capable of being a Division II or low Division I player, so coaches should take note.
Jordan Goodwin | 6’2 | Milford Mill
Goodwin has led the Millers to a perfect 6-0 start by averaging over 23 points per game. The savvy scorer has made Milford Mill a force since transferring from St. Frances in the summer. His experience and ability to take over a game provides a calmness and fills a major void that the Millers suffered from last season. If you had to choose today, they’re the favorites in Baltimore County. Goodwin holds an offer from UMBC currently.
Brandon Craig | 6’2 | John Carroll
Craig has emerged as a great two-way player for the Patriots. Early in the season when Immanuel Quickley was sidelined, Craig was an integral piece of their success. He guarded the other team’s best guard and mixed it up offensively. The Tennessee native has found a home quickly here in Baltimore and is starting to create some buzz within a few Division II programs.
Jordan Jones | 6’7 | Mount Carmel
Jones has been on a tear this year for the Cougars. He’s scoring at an efficient clip from mid-range and in the paint and has been a presence on the glass. After missing the July live period due to injury, Jones is doing his best to make as much noise during this high school season. He recently picked up his first offer from Coppin State. Low Division I and Division II schools should make the time to get out to see the 6’7 forward.
Mark Brinkley | 6’1 | Woodlawn
The Warriors are off to a strong start this season with a 7-1 record. Brinkley has been a big part of that success averaging 15.8 points, five assists, five steals and three rebounds per game. The 6’1 guard can mix it up well offensively by knocking down three’s and also getting to the basket. He thrives in transition and creating for others in the open floor. Multiple Division III and a couple of Division II programs have reached out and are actively recruiting Brinkley.
Kendall McMillian | 6’1 | Mt. St. Joseph
The Gaels had a few hiccups early this season against some good teams, but have recovered well enough to build an impressive 12-3 overall record. McMillian has been a consistent contributor for them next to Maryland commit Jalen Smith and standout 2019 guard James Bishop. Head Coach Pat Clatchey uses him to guard the opposing team’s best perimeter player every game. Offensively, the 6’1 lefty has done a nice job of slashing, knocking down three’s and initiating the offense when called upon. A number of Division II and Division III schools are included in McMillian’s recruiting.
Tyree Myers | 6’0 | Mt. St. Joseph
Myers has been a solid floor general for the Gaels thus far. There have been points in which he and the team as a whole have struggled, but his ability to control pace and initiate offense brings a calmness to a game when it gets hectic. Myers has done well operating in pick-and-roll sets, forcing help side rotations and dissecting the defense for the open man. As well as creating for others, Myers has been a reliable threat in kick-out threes.
Elijah Epps | 6’2 | St. Frances
Epps has been a vital piece for the top ranked Panthers this season. In multiple games, the 6’2 guard has came through in a big way by being a dead-eye shooter from outside. Against Mt. St. Joseph earlier this season, Epps had a game-high 26 points that included going a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe as the Gaels tried to chip away at the Panthers’ lead late in the game. Epps has garnered interest from low Division I programs along with Division II programs. He currently holds an offer from Bowie State.
Koran Moore | 6’9 | St. Frances
Moore’s presence in the paint for the Panthers has been crucial to their success. Even when he isn’t filling up the scoring column, his big body at 6’9 clogs up the paint and helps counter some of the top talent big men in the MIAA and BCL. With the Panthers’ talented guards, Moore has been the consistent beneficiary of dump-off passes, in which he finishes strong over the rim with two hands. Moore holds offers from USC, UMass, Canisius, Dayton, Southern Utah and Coastal Carolina
Cleveland Horton | 6’2 | Poly
It doesn’t take long to fall in love with the way Horton plays. He’s been the consistent lock down perimeter defender for the Engineers since making their state championship run last season. As he takes on a bigger role this year, he continues to bring effort and winning plays on that end of the floor while being a productive offensive threat. His jump shot is still a work in progress, but he can attack the basket strong and finish through contact efficiently. Horton has courted interest from schools at all three levels, but holds zero offers.
Demauri Warren | 6’2 | Woodlawn
Warren has recovered well since returning from a meniscus injury he suffered before the season. For the 7-1 Warriors, he’s averaging 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists per outing. His length, athleticism and ability to anticipate makes him a strong defender. Offensively, Warren can get it going from three after seeing one go in. His quick first step allows him to blow past his man and get to the rim. Warren shines brightest in the open floor when he can display his athleticism and IQ by reading how the defense covers the break. Warren has interest from Division II and Division III programs.