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Posted On: 04/13/18 6:00 AM
Now that the class of 2019 has completed their junior seasons, they are about to embark on the biggest spring and summer of their lives as they get ready to hit the AAU circuit for the final time. The crop of small forwards and power forwards is really strong in the 2019 class. The top two forwards already hold multiple Division 1 offers and there are others who could see offers come their way soon. Here’s a look at the top 5 forwards in the updated rankings.
Michael Moreno, Scott County – One of the top players in the state, Moreno made a big statement with his exceptional play at the state tournament last month. Michael continues to expand his game out to the point where he is becoming a better perimeter scorer and not just an undersized post player. Mike is going to get plenty of opportunities to earn high major attention as he plays with Indiana Elite for his final AAU season.
Kyle Rode, Lexington Christian – Rode is another one of the top players in the state regardless of class. Standing 6’7 and able to play any position from point guard to power forward. Kyle led LCA to within one missed jump shot of getting to Rupp Arena for the first time ever. On top of that Kyle is one of the biggest mismatches for anyone in the state. Already holding several offers, Rode will look to get his first high major offers this spring with Indiana Elite.
Brennan Canada, George Rogers Clark – Brennan was forced to play more perimeter than post this season but with the graduation of Will Philpot, Canada can go back to patrolling the post more next season. Canada is a legitimately 6’7 stretch 4 who is capable of hitting several 3s per game. Brennan got an offer from Kentucky Wesleyan very early in the process when Coach Happy Osborne was still there. Canada has interest from several D1 schools heading into the April AAU season and looks to pick up his first D1 offer.
TaQuan Hollowell, University Heights – The younger brother of Wofford point guard Tray Hollowell, TaQuan finally had a chance to make his own name this summer. TaQuan averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds in his junior season as an undersized forward. Hollowell has the build and athleticism to play the wing but has to improve as a shooter to transition out there full time. For now, he remains listed as a forward.
James Nicholas, Hopkinsville – Nicholas has been a known name in the second region for a few years now but injuries have slowed his progression. James averaged nearly 13 points and 6 rebounds before an injury ended his Junior season. Nicholas is strong and has a good skill level. He shot 52% from the floor and is improving as a long range shooter with time. If he can stay healthy, James has a chance to play at the next level.
Other Names to Know:
Carson Guthrie, Mayfield
Derrin Boyd, Caldwell County
Reid Jolly, Campbell County
Alex Holley, Ballard
Jacon Hobbs, Central Hardin