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Posted On: 06/16/18 8:53 AM
Even after a couple months of springtime scouting, there’s not a ton of change to the top 25 players in Ohio’s 2020 class. While many have moved a few spots here or there, only four stock-risers have jumped into the category for the first time.
As we were sifting through our notes and making calls, we came to realize that identifying the top ten players was rather easy. It gets murky at no. 11 down and the top ten has adjustments within itself, but we know the ten.
The spring has helped us come to those conclusions, as Eller (previously no. 11), Davis (no. 12), and Matt Allocco (no. 14) previously fell short of this status.
The update trims to the number of top 25 point guards by two.
Josiah Fulcher and Jake Younkin both have point guard qualities and can be used as primary ball-handlers. Younkin is much more likely to show those abilities at Moeller this season than Fulcher at Pick Central.
In that role, Younkin’s range as a shooter forces defenses to pick him up from about 25-30 feet from the basket. He has a size advantage against points at this level and has become shiftier with his handle. Younkin will also impress with a high-IQ and keen understanding of Moeller’s offensive sets.
Part of the reason Zach Loveday remains the no. 1 overall prospect in the 2020 class is his versatility as a 7’1” forward/center. He runs the floor, has efficient post moves on the block, can stretch out for a 3-pointer, and shows rim protection potential.
Otherwise, the top 25 forwards in this class will likely be recruited for more specific roles. The specificity of these prospects brings up an interesting question: Is no. 11 Mo Njie (a rim protector) really better/worse than no. 9 Luka Eller (a stretch forward)? We’d say, “No.” However, in our opinion, shooting is slightly more valuable than rim protecting. Eller gets the nudge for that reason. But a college looking for interior defense will have Njie higher on their board than Eller.
Now, within the categories there is a hierarchy, but that’s a different thought experiment altogether.
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