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Posted On: 02/28/18 2:53 PM
Recently, we updated our 2019 rankings. Junior year serves as a breakout year for many players, so it’s important that we highlight these breakout seasons accordingly. Here are some players who have enjoyed a sort of breakout year and have risen their stock:
For those who paid attention in AAU season, this comes as no surprise. Friday received his first D1 offer from Kent State in July, then quickly picked up another one from Miami in September. Since high school season has started, Friday has picked up three more D1 offers from Central Michigan, Loyola and Detroit. At 6’4″, there are few high school guards who can match Friday’s combination of size, strength and athleticism. Add in a nice set of handles with an ability to break down a defender 1 on 1, good vision, a reliable shot and the ability to defend, and you have a player who’s deserving of his 5 D1 offers.
Whitehead has been enjoying a fantastic season on a talented Cass Tech team. He got out to a hot start over the course of the first two months of the regular season, playing well enough to earn an offer from IUPUI. He’s 6’5″ and is a dunk machine – I’ve watched Cass Tech 5-6 times this season and he’s had at least 2 dunks in each of those games. Also, he can shoot the three ball.
Pryor is an interesting prospect given his combination of skill and size. He’s 6’7″, can shoot and is capable of attacking off the dribble. He’s risen his stock since moving from Chicago virtually unknown in the mitten. Pryor is long and wiry, which helps him move well and create matchup problems given his height. His skill set solid – if he fills out his frame and gains strength over the course of the next year, he’ll be a very promising prospect.
Skyline is known mostly for their three-bombing backourt, but to those who watch Skyline closely they’ll notice how important Munson has been all season. He’s essentially a 6’6″ big man, so he’s undersized, but he makes up for it with a combination of athleticism, toughness and motor. He’s greatly improved since last AAU season.