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Posted On: 03/31/18 6:30 AM
We are less than 30 days from the first live period of the AAU season. Crazy to think that a little over a week ago, the high school season was just coming to a close, but who would want it any other way?
With that being said, we’re going to spend some time looking at prospects from the Baltimore area in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 class over the next few weeks and give you some names to look out for as we dive into what should be another hectic spring/summer.
For part one, click here.
Marvin Price | 6’5 | Patterson/Team Melo
After spending last season at Huntington Prep, Price decided to move back to Baltimore and finish out his high school career at the school he delivered a state championship to just two years ago. For this AAU season, he’ll be lacing up for Team Melo’s 17U EYBL squad who has a fair share of talented names. The southpaw sharpened up his perimeter game throughout his time at Huntington and will need to carry his progress over to the circuit for Team Melo, as he’ll be a primary offensive option.
Will Thomas | 6’5 | Mervo/Team Thrill Red
After transferring from Mt. Carmel to Mervo last fall, Thomas’ game has expanded noticeably. He had to carry much of the offensive load for the Mustangs throughout last season and had a few breakout performances because of it. There were times where it looked as if he couldn’t be stopped on the offensive side of things. Now heading into this spring with Team Thrill Red 17U, Thomas will look to keep his momentum and make a name for himself on the Under Armour Association circuit.
Jalen Rucker | 5’11 | Gilman/Team Melo
Rucker plays with the grit that old school coaches love so much. At the point guard position, he quickly formulates that attitude throughout his team, which is one of the many ways he makes those around him better.The 5-foot-11 floor general had a huge year despite the Greyhounds struggles and recorded multiple games with huge numbers in the scoring category. With Team Melo this season, he’ll have to keep that aggressive mentality, but look to create scoring opportunities for one of his many capable teammates.
Rajeir Jones | 6’3 | St. Frances/Team Thrill
Jones is coming off a very productive junior campaign for St. Frances. The 6-foot-3 guard won MIAA Defensive Player of the Year for his ability to lock down the opposition’s best perimeter option. Not only does he get it done defensively, he’s also a sniper from deep. From time to time, you’ll see Jones have a strong take to the basket, but he fits the mold of being a 3-and-D type of player that is valued in today’s game. Most importantly, he understands how to play his role and not play outside his limitations. Jones will be a vital piece for Team Thrill this season.
Drew Green | 6’3 | McDonogh/Cecil Kirk
Green made the transition from playing in Baltimore City to the MIAA A Conference after transferring to McDonogh. Playing alongside Florida signee Noah Locke, there were plenty of games where Green had to pick up the slack offensively because of double teams being thrown Locke’s way. Foreshadowing into next season, Green will be a main offensive option for the Eagles, so this AAU season is paramount in terms of development. Green can make an impact on hustle plays and finishing around the rim, but will need to improve on his jumpshot and IQ during his last go around with Cecil Kirk.