Posted On: 04/4/18 1:20 PM
The Class of 2018 have finished up their high school basketball careers and are moving on to the next level in a few short months. With our final 2018 rankings posting today, here’s a breakdown of the top 10 players in the last ranking of 2018:
- Trevon Faulkner, Mercer County – Trevon capped off his high school career by being awarded Mr. Basketball and now will forever be ranked #1 in his class. Faulkner’s career included scoring over 3,000 points and collecting over 1,000 rebounds. Trevon will be continuing his basketball career at Northern Kentucky next season and will likely compete for playing time right away for the Norse.
- Andrew Taylor, Corbin – Andrew, like Trevon, scored over 3,000 career points and grabbed over 1,000 rebounds in his high school career. Taylor also led Corbin to the State Elite 8 before falling to Scott County. Andrew will head to Furman for college basketball where he should challenge for minutes in the backcourt from the day he enrolls.
- CJ Fredrick, Covington Catholic – Fredrick really came along this season and was playing his best basketball as he led Covington Catholic to the state title. CJ will enroll at Iowa in June and look to earn playing time as a true freshman next season. Fredrick should be able to help the Hawkeyes next season as a shooter. He averaged 23 points per game with impressive shooting splits of 58/49/85.
- Mickey Pearson, John Hardin – One of the more versatile players in the state, the 6’8″ Pearson was a match-up nightmare for 5th region foes over the last 4 years. Mickey is headed to Saint Louis to play for Kentucky native Travis Ford next season. Mickey scored 26 points per game on his way to being named a Mr. Basketball finalist.
- Adam Kunkel, Cooper – Ranked #1 in the class on our last update, Kunkel faded a bit down the stretch due to injury and the fatigue that comes with being hounded on defense every possession of every game. The 6’3″ combo guard is headed to play for Coach Byrd at Belmont next season. Kunkel capped off his high school career by becoming the all time leading scorer at Cooper and shooting an impressive 45% from 3 while being chased by the opponent’s best defender every night.
- Jayden Scrubb, Trinity – Likely the best athlete in the class, Scrubb had a good senior season and possibly has the most potential of anyone in the class. Scrubb averaged 18 points and 7 rebounds for the Trinity squad that went down to the wire with Scott County on the opening day at the Sweet Sixteen. Scrubb recently committed to a prep year at Aspire Academy but de-committed and is now looking for a college.
- Skyelar Potter, Warren Central – Potter will continue a newly established pipeline of Kentucky kids going to play at Wright State. Skyelar put on a show at Rupp Arena before his Warren Central team fell to Scott County in the state Final 4. Potter scored 23 points per game and was among the state leaders in rebounding at 12.1 rebounds per game.
- Steven Fitzgerald, Pulaski County – Fitzgerald seemed to play varsity basketball for a decade in the 12th region. In his senior season, Steven averaged 30 points and 8 rebounds for Pulaski County before they were upset in the regional semifinals. Next season Fitzgerald will suit up at Samford University and is likely to play a lot as a freshman for a team that has been hit hard by transfers this offseason.
- Anthony Wales, Fern Creek – One of the best pure point guards that the state has seen in recent years, Wales will join his AAU teammate Fitzgerald and enroll at Samford in the fall. Wales helped lead a senior driven Fern Creek program to back to back state tournament births after the school had never before made the trip to Rupp Arena. Wales averaged 15 points per game while dishing out several assists per game in his final season in the black and orange of Fern Creek.
- Jake Walter, Covington Catholic – The only true 7 footer in the state, Walter is headed to Xavier next season to play for new coach Travis Steele. Walter came a long way over the course of his high school career and peaked with a state championship this season. Big Jake shot a ridiculous 72% from the field for the season but will need to improve his 47% free throw shooting once he gets into Big East competition next year.