Posted On: 04/2/18 7:29 PM
The second leg of our Prospect Rankings update continues today with a revised list for the class of 2019.
Ahead of their final grassroots season, this list of 150 seniors-to-be provides a recruiting guide for colleges and scouts to use at tournaments.
We’ll have plenty of follow-up content on the way over the next couple of days. For now, let’s take a moment to explain the movement in the top five.
First of all, it was uniquely difficult to rank the top crop of 2019 prospects because of injury. Ben Roderick was nudged out of the no. 5 spot, primarily because of his season-ending injury. Also, Alonzo Gaffney took control of no. 1, a tough decision that became easy because of the absence of Jeremiah Francis these past couple months.
The three southwest Ohio guards at 3-5 are healthy and peeking at the right time.
Samari Curtis, an early Xavier commit who hasn’t re-opened his recruitment since the departure of head coach Chris Mack, has proven nearly unstoppable as a scorer. Curtis led the Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) in scoring for the second season in a row at 29.8 points per game.
Amari Davis’s ability to get to the basket is special. His athleticism, first step, and body control in the air point to some high upside as a combo guard at the D-I level. Davis shot nearly 60 percent from the field this season as a wing.
Finally, Miles “Deuce” McBride moved a couple spots down because of injury, but remains in the top five. When healthy, the West Virginia verbal commit is a lock-down perimeter defender with a high IQ and all the intangibles in the world. If McBride’s athleticism gets back to where it was, he’s easily a premiere player in the 2019 class.
Check back tomorrow and all week as we cover the 2019 class front to back!