2020 Baltimore Prospects To Watch This Spring/Summer (Part 1)

Grassroots
Maryland/D.C.

Posted On: 04/5/18 5:05 PM

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.

We covered the class of 2019, now it’s time to move on to the uber-talented 2020 class.

Justin Lewis | 6’7 | Poly/Team Melo

After transferring from Calvert Hall, all eyes were on Lewis as he looked to fill Dre Perry‘s (Temple) shoes at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Lewis did all he could to do just that, and helped deliver a second-straight Class 3A state title alongside Long Beach State bound Demetrius Mims. The 6-foot-7 forward continues to expand his game and improve his body, which has resulted in getting more national publicity in the recruiting front. This spring/summer will be monumental for Lewis and he’ll look to rake in plenty of more offers from high-major schools around the country.

Adrian ‘Ace’ Baldwin | 6’1 | St. Frances/Team BBC

St. Frances was nationally ranked for the majority of the season and much of their success can be credited to the play from Ace Baldwin. The 6-foot-1 floor general is one of the most controlled, yet crafty guards you’ll find in his class around the country. At the point guard position, Baldwin feels the game out and can score if his team needs an offensive threat or be the set-up guy if his teammates are shooting it well. He’ll have the keys to the offense for Team BBC’s 17U team on the Adidas Circuit and will be equipped with shooters, slashers and bigs who can finish above the time. Baldwin garnered interest from blue blood programs such as North Carolina and Kentucky a few months back. With impressive play this spring/summer, he could see offers thrown his way from some of the best schools in the country.

Che Evans | 6’6 | Dulaney/Team Melo

Evans had a solid sophomore season for Dulaney this season, being the scoring threat that everyone assumed he would be. At 6-foot-6, Evans is good at operating in isolation situations, but with a slim roster in the froncourt for the Lions, he was leaned on heavily to be a rebounding and shot-blocking presence defensively. This spring for Team Melo, he’ll look to build off improving his all-around game and look to add to his lengthy list of offers.

Rahim Ali

Rahim Ali | 5’11 | Poly/Team Thrill

Ali’s game has grown tremendously from his freshman to sophomore season. With a jumpshot that continues to develop, his ability to facilitate in pick-and-rolls make him a nightmare for opposing coaches to game plan for. Even though his shot has improved, Ali is still a pass-first point guard who acts as a coach on the floor and a pest on the defensive end. This spring/summer, he’ll lead a very talented Team Thrill squad as he looks to earn his first offer.

Jordan Toles | 6’1 | St. Frances/Team Thrill

If you’ve ever seen Toles play, you know he is a highlight reel waiting to happen. He caught the attention of some during his freshman season, but it took only a few games into the 2017-18 schedule to realize that he’ll be making plenty of posters in the next two years. Toles, who is one of the best cornerbacks in the country, will join forces with Ali on Team Thrill’s 16U team. The 6-foot-1 guard will bring physicality, tenacity on defense and a threat to score every time he touches the ball.