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Posted On: 02/13/18 9:12 AM
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.
Kendall McMillian | 6’2 | Mt. St. Joseph/Maryland 3D
Previous ranking: 68
New ranking: 46
McMillian saw a massive jump in his ranking after having a very productive summer for Maryland 3D. He became confident operating in pick-and-rolls and a more dangerous play maker as the summer went on. For the Gaels, McMillian is more of a role player and defensive stopper. The 6-foot-2 senior has done a nice job coming up in key moments, as his team boasts an impressive 26-3 overall record.
Da’Shawn Phillip | 6’4 | Dunbar/Team Melo Red
Previous ranking: 48
New ranking: 47
Phillip has been the captain of the ship for the Poets. His ability to score at all three-levels makes him a tough match up and he can do so whether it’s off the catch or off the dribble. The lanky guard has clearly showcased his leadership skills on the court by constantly communicating to his team on both ends. Phillip put his name on the map last season, but has cemented it by carrying the load and leading the Poets to an impressive 19-1 record.
Elijah Epps | 6’1 | St. Frances/Team Melo Red
Previous ranking: 54
New ranking: 49
On a St. Frances team that is ranked top 25 in the country, Epps has been instrumental in being a senior leader not only by communicating, but also making big shots and winning plays when his team needed them most. Epps has had breakout games where he has been automatic from deep. He is averaging 11.1 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field. Epps is just one of those players that always seems to make the big play at the most crucial moment, and the Panthers have benefited thus far.
Ed Ferguson | 6’5 | St. Frances/Team Melo Red (North Carolina A&T commit)
Previous ranking: not ranked
New ranking: 56
After a shaky start to the season with St. Frances, Ferguson started embracing his role in coming off the bench and being a guy who can produce instant offense. Playing alongside 2020 point guard Ace Baldwin, Ferguson feasts off of penetration kick-out passes and does a nice job attacking the defender closing out with one or two dribbles before rising into his jumpshot. He has eclipsed the 15-point mark multiple times this season and continues to be a key factor to St. Frances’ success.
Brandon Craig | 6’3 | John Carroll
New ranking: 58
Craig was a transfer from Tennessee this season for the Patriots and early on when Immanuel Quickley missed a portion of the schedule, was a key contributor. Since Quickley’s return, Craig has been reduced to coming off the bench, but is still counted on as being a lockdown perimeter defender. He has good size, athleticism and high basketball IQ. Offensively he’s best when he is slashing to the basket embracing contact with his finishes. While his jumpshot is still a work in progress, teams can’t forget about him around the perimeter or he will make you pay. Lastly, Craig has a great motor, which is often showcased on the many of hustle plays he’ll make throughout the course of a game.