2019 PG Stock Risers

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Posted On: 06/18/18 3:00 PM

What point guards helped themselves the most in the 2019 class making the biggest jump in the latest rankings?  We dive into that here!

 

Marquise Kennedy (Brother Rice)

Previous Ranking: #71
Current Ranking: #13

Have a spring Marquise Kennedy!  Will totally admit that we had him ranked too low in the last update.  He was just ok when we saw him during the first part of the high school season, but the combo guard has taken it to another level with his play late in the school season as well as with the Illinois Wolves during the spring.  Kennedy started his assent at Swish and Dish and continued it throughout the rest of the spring.  He can get downhill with authority and also his mid-range jumper is on point!

 

Ray J Dennis (Oswego East)

Previous Ranking: NR
Current Ranking: #20

Dennis was a prospect that we had heard some buzz about, but just were never able to get around the seeing during the high school season.  We saw Dennis early in the spring and he was solid, but not spectacular.  As the spring went on we started to see what all the hype was about.  He is a smooth combo guard with size at 6’2” that can really shoot the basketball.  Plus shooter that works well in ball screens.

 

 

Trey Boston (Downers Grove North)

Previous Ranking: #44
Current Ranking: #34

Boston had a monster close to the spring with his play for Young & Reckless.  The combo guard is best as a scorer at this stage.  He has had a few barrage scoring games where he just went off for Y&R including in the championship of the Show Me Showdown.  Plus shooter from three that can get really hot when on a roll.  Also plays well in the transition game.

 

 

Terrion Murdix (Springfield Southeast)

Previous Ranking: #96
Current Ranking: #47

To be honest this ranking bump is based off more of his second half high school play than spring.  Murdix helped lead his team to the state championship game with his dynamic play at the point guard position.  Quick and shifty lead guard that gets in the lane where he loves to hit runners.  Solid shooter and excellent decision maker as a passer.  Struggled finding consistent tick with the Fire in the EYBL.

 

 

Demari Grant (Oswego East)

Previous Ranking: #85
Current Ranking: #48

Grant had a nice high school season at Bolingbrook and continued that momentum over to the spring with Chicago Lockdown.  The lead guard can really score the basketball with a lethal mid-range jump shot.  Pushes it in transition and always has his head up ready to make a play.

 

 

 

Fred Cleveland (Leo)

Previous Ranking: #64
Current Ranking: #49

Cleveland is a tiny point guard that continues to make sizeable jumps in each rankings update this time moving up another 15 spots.  Has good length which makes up for some of the size as he is a pesky on ball defender.  Range on his jump shot and can score in transition shielding the ball from defenders.

 

 

Nate Duckworth (Normal West)

Previous Ranking: NR
Current Ranking: #81

Duckworth emerged late in the spring with the Illinois Warhawks.  The Normal West combo guard is a plus shooter that can drill them both off the catch or pulling up.  The vocal leader helped carry his team to a runner up finish at the Show Me Showdown.

 

 

 

Isaiah Ervin (Alton Marquette)

Previous Ranking: #160
Current Ranking: #120

Ervin popped on our radar last summer and impressed when we saw him with Ramey-Jets United.  Plus shooter from the perimeter that when he gets rolling can carry a team from behind the arc.  Made a name for himself early in the spring at Swish N Dish.