Posted On: 02/1/18 7:00 PM
As we hit the halfway point of the high school season, we’ve been able to get out and see almost every prospect in the area. Unfortunately, entering the new year of 2018 means we only have a few more months to enjoy these players in their high school uniforms. If you haven’t already, be sure to get out and watch some of these tremendous student athletes.
You can view part one here.
Part two here.
Montrell Horsey | 6’0 | Joppatowne/Team Melo (Drake commit)
Previous ranking: 38
New ranking: 35
Horsey is the motor for Joppatowne along with backcourt mate Jalen Willis (2019). The future Drake Bulldog can mix it up offensively by scoring from all three levels. He thrives in the open floor with strong takes to the rim, but can also be very effective off of catch and shoot situations on the perimeter. The 6-foot guard has a very quick first step and is shifty off his first dribble, which helps him get into the paint and finish around the rim or find an open teammate.
Tyler Holley | 6’4 | Perry Hall/Team Melo Red
Previous ranking: 41
New ranking: 38
Holley is a Swiss army knife for the defending 4A champions. With the loss of multiple backcourt players from last year’s team, Holley has made the adjument to becoming more of a floor general this season. The transition hasn’t been seamless, but he’s showing progression game by game. The given with Holley is that he’s going to play 110 percent every play. His length and athleticism make him a special finisher in the paint and also helps him be a pesky defender and rebounder. Above all, Holley almost always seems to make the winning play when his team needs it most. Whether it’s grabbing a loose ball, getting a stop defensively or taking the ball to the rim as the clock winds down, he’s no stranger to big moments and answering when called upon.
Tyler Holley straight line drive for 2 to tie it at 56. ER will have the ball with 0.8 to go. pic.twitter.com/kecIp8x4Ip
— Colby Giacubeno (@ColbyGHoops) January 23, 2018
Jordon Jones | 6’7 | Mt. Carmel/Team BBC
Previous ranking: 29
New ranking: 40
The injury bug hasn’t been kind to Jones over the past calendar year. He suffered an ankle injury that forced him to miss the July live period for Team BBC and after getting off to a very strong start this high school season, the 6’7 forward tore his ACL. Before injuring his knee, Jones was the lone bright spot for a struggling Mt. Carmel team. He was consistently flirting with a double-double and played well on big-staged games. There’s no doubt that Jones will bounce back from this injury and be an effective player at the next level.
Brandon Watson | 6’7 | Mt. Carmel/Team Melo Red
Previous ranking: 34
New ranking: 42
Watson will be used as a long power forward or possibly a wing at the next level. He didn’t have the greatest summer and with Mt. Carmel struggling like they are, he saw his ranking take a dip. With that being said, he still is an interesting, skilled prospect. He finishes well around the rim and continues to develop a decent jumpshot. Defensively, he’s a shot blocking presence at all times in the paint. If Watson can improve his ability to rebound, there would be a number of low Division I programs that could use him.
Koran Moore | 6’9 | St. Frances/Team Melo
Previous ranking: 32
New ranking: 43
Moore has been the big body, physical presence inside for the No. 17 ranked St. Frances Academy Panthers. The 6’9 big man is averaging 7.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Moore is a strong finisher around the rim with ability to catch off of dump passes and slam it home with two hands. Consistency has been Moore’s biggest issue, but he has shown up when St. Frances has needed him most in big games.