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Posted On: 04/4/18 11:50 AM
While there were plenty of talented prospects waiting in their turn, there were plenty of 2021 prospects who got the opportunity to play and make a name for themselves. Leading the way in this category was the dynamic duos of TyTy Washington and Ricardo Sarmiento of Cesar Chavez as well as Justus Jackson and DeRon Holmes of Millennium. Below are the 2021 prospects who had the most productive seasons and helped their teams have success this past year.
Washington led the 2021 class in scoring and played at an extremely high level throughout the season. In addition to scoring the basketball at a high rate, Cesar Chavez was looking for answers after a high turnover rate from last season. Washington filled that void and then some in a multitude of ways. Cesar Chavez is going to be tough for years to come due to Washington and Ricardo Sarmiento.
With Holmes and Justus Jackson, Millennium looks like they will be in the limelight for the foreseeable future. Holmes is one of the most versatile and intriguing prospects in the 2021 classification. At 6’6, he has a solid handle and ability to shoot the basketball from deep. Holmes could end up being the best player in this class by the end of his high school career.
Despite only being a FR, Jackson shot the basketball at an extremely high percentage from deep and made a number of impact plays for Millennium. His solid play was vital to the success of the team. Further, it is only the beginning as him and Holmes look to be one of the best underclassmen duos in the state.
Sarmiento and Washington make up another pair of 2021 teammates who had a lot of success this year and will look to continue to make noise going forward. Sarmiento is a tough on ball defender with a high understanding of the game. He is fundamentally sound and a knock down shooter.
With the graduation of Holland Woods and Dre Marin, many thought that Apollo would be down this year. However, Woods thrived in his FR campaign at Apollo as he earned a scholarship to Portland State. Woods is a crafty guard who was able to have a strong year despite his youth. He is a more than capable shooter who finishes well around the rim. Moreover, he has a good basketball IQ and creates opportunities for his teammates as well.
South Mountain had a tremendous season and surprised the vast majority of the state with their strong play. A lot of the credit for their great season is Freeney. Despite only being 5’10 and being young, Freeney scored the basketball at a high level and created well for others. Freeney makes his teammates better and had a huge FR season.