Posted On: 06/19/18 6:35 AM
There’s a wide-ranging amount of talent in the 101-146 range of our 2020 prospect rankings. While some guys are locks to make a college roster eventually, others have a little bit of a ways to go. We’re mostly talking players that project to the D-III level in this grouping, although others will emerge into scholarship-level guys.
Regardless, there’s a crucial time ahead for these players, most of which are backcourt prospects.
Find the Shooter!
One of the indicators of a player who fits best at the D-III level is someone who primarily spots up for 3-point opportunities. Here’s five:
- No. 103, Carter Gray — Gray racks up a ton of points at Arcanum in a number of ways. But it’s his outside shooting range that translates to any court, as he provides floor spacing by stretching the floor.
- No. 114, Brady Parrish — An NW Ohio Basketball Club kid that has the physical tools to be an interesting recruit this time next season. There’s still some things lacking in his game, but Parrish is a shooter with length at 6’4”.
- No. 115, Connor O’ Toole — O’Toole will provide reliable offense at Gilmour Academy over the next two seasons. He is an aggressive spot-up guy with a quick release.
- No. 126, Adrian Michael — A Toledo City League prospect who showed promise in Start’s conference tournament championship last year. Michael takes care of the ball, scores efficiently, and creates space by moving off ball.
- No. 136, Mason Jakacki — From the lead guard spot, Jakacki is liable to pull-up from all over the floor. Unfortunately, that leads to him settling for too many outside shots. Once he starts using the jumper to consistently make plays for others, Jakacki will be a tough scoring point guard prospect.
Point Guards on the Rise
The 2020 point guard class is pretty muddled. We totaled 37 lead guards overall in this set of rankings, which is just over 25 percent of all players.
For players in the final 45 spots of our rankings, that should add some urgency knowing that they’re competing for scholarship and collegiate roster spots with a ton of qualified peers. Most of these point guards in the no. 101-146 range need to catch up in terms of body development, so that they can put more pressure on opponents.
Who are some of the most interesting ones in this range?
- No. 101, Jordan Fenner — The grassroots season is uniquely crucial for Fenner, as he is classmates with no. 58 Cameron McCreary, another point guard. Fenner has made the most of his time with Mid Ohio Pumas Silver, proving capable as a playmaker and slasher. He gets into the lane by changing tempo and staying active.
- No. 116, TJ Blevins — The twitchy and heady point guard appears poised to take over the starting role at Lutheran East next season, a perennial state contender. He’ll have to fend off talented teammates for the spot by developing into someone who puts pressure on the defense. For the time being, Blevins mostly protects the rock and facilitates offense from the top of the key. Has a lot of upside as a defender.
- No. 118, Nate Staib — Staib has looked ready for playing time at Gahanna this spring. He plays with toughness and the poise of a coach’s son. Staib scores via the jumper but is best at unselfishly maintaining the offense’s rhythm via passing.
- No. 133, Colby Cross — Cross is a crafty scoring point guard that slithers around in pick and roll action for floaters. Otherwise, he shoots an outside jumper and passes for assists to open teammates.