Posted On: 04/20/18 1:11 PM
Here’s a broad overview of our final 2018 top-100 rankings, taking a look at some of the trends we’ve seen so far. Stay tuned for more in depth breakdowns of the 2018 class and new 2019, 2020 and 2021 rankings!
CHANGES IN THE TOP-10
After long hard thought, we thought that it was time to move Jalen Smith to the #1 spot. It was not an easy decision, but the 6-foot-10 forward out of Mount St. Joseph in Baltimore has put together a strong body of work over the last 12 months. The other significant changes include Jermaine Harris‘ ascent into the top-5, and Demetrius Mims vaulting into the top-10.
FIVE STOCK BOOSTERS
#20 DA’SHAWN PHILLIP | 6’4 G | DUNBAR (MD)
We got a really good look at Da’Shawn Phillip down the stretch of a very successful senior season at Dunbar. The versatile guard, who did a bit of everything during his team’s state title run, has jumped up 27 spots from his old ranking of 47.
#35 ALLIN BLUNT | 6’6 F | GONZAGA
Where would Gonzaga have been without Allin Blunt this season? The unheralded senior, who made virtually all the right plays during a rock-solid campaign, moves up 13 places from his old spot at 48.
#43 DARREN LUCAS-WHITE | 6’0 G | FAIRMONT HEIGHTS
Darren Lucas-White is one of the best guards in the state of Maryland, and we saw plenty of evidence to back up that statement this season. The Augusta State commit is one of the biggest risers in the rankings.
#44 IBN WILLIAMS | 5’10 G | BISHOP MCNAMARA
McNamara’s Ibn Williams looked like a top-50 player this season despite his team’s struggles. The skilled and crafty lead guard, who recently committed to Coppin State, has moved up significantly from his old ranking of 90.
#45 SHERWYN DEVONISH | 6’1 G | WISE
Sherwyn Devonish didn’t move up too much from his old spot of 53, but he certainly impressed with consistently strong play throughout the season at Wise. The smooth lefty recently announced that he will head to Morgan State in the fall.
DIVISION ONE SLEEPERS
#47 KENDALL MCMILLAN | 6’2 G | MOUNT ST. JOSEPH
Kendall McMillan‘s name doesn’t get mentioned often in most recruiting circles, but there’s not denying that he can flat out play. MSJ’s under-the-radar guard will be a steal wherever he lands.
#51 JON PRESTON | 6’2 G | ROCK CREEK CHRISTIAN
Jon Preston was a vital contributor for RCCA during an impressive run in 2018. Shepherd and Rochester are reportedly involved at the moment.
#52 NICK JOHNSON | 6’4 G | KENNEDY
Kennedy’s Nick Johnson could be a diamond in the rough. He was reportedly hearing from some D2 programs earlier in the season.
#58 ANTHONY GARCIA | 6’5 F | SAINT JAMES
Anthony Garcia is a hard working, versatile forward with a high basketball IQ. He has reportedly been in contact with various D1 and D2 schools, and is planning visits next weekend. Stay tuned for more info.
#62 JOSIAH MARABLE | 6’8 C | WOODROW WILSON
Josiah Marable is a forceful paint presence who could develop into a beast at the next level. His future remains uncertain at the moment, but his potential is significant.
TOP 10 OVERVIEW
|RANK||NAME||HT||POS||HIGH SCHOOL||GRASSROOTS TEAM||COMMITMENT|
|1||Jalen Smith||6’10||F||Mount St. Joseph||Team Takeover||Maryland|
|2||Immanuel Quickley||6’4||G||John Carroll||Team BBC||Kentucky|
|3||Prentiss Hubb||6’3||G||Gonzaga||DC Premier||Notre Dame|
|4||Noah Locke||6’3||G||McDonogh||Team Melo||Florida|
|5||Jermaine Harris||6’10||F||Rock Creek Christian||DC Premier||Rhode Island|
|6||Montez Mathis||6’5||G||John Carroll||Team BBC||Rutgers|
|7||Saddiq Bey||6’7||G||Sidwell Friends||DC Premier||NC State|
|8||Jared Bynum||5’9||G||Georgetown Prep||DC Blue Devils||St. Joe’s|
|9||Demetrius Mims||6’6||G||Baltimore Poly||Team Melo||Long Beach State|
|10||Myles Dread||6’4||G||Gonzaga||Team Takeover||Penn State|