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Posted On: 06/16/18 11:00 AM
You could draw an imaginary line at somewhere between no. 30-40 as to where the sure-thing prospects end in the 2020 class. Even as juniors-to-be, there’s just not a lot of players who combine athleticism with skill.
At this point, good luck identifying a contingent of players who should be prioritized by D-II programs next year. As it stands now, they’ll probably have to go after players who we give low-major evaluations to.
So, we’re still waiting for guys to emerge and that’s the loose theme in the following articles that breakdown no. 26-50, 51-75, 76-100, and 101-146.
All of the following players either have collegiate level athleticism or size, most both. Furthermore, they fall into this category because of their lack of polish.
There’s a couple of ways to differentiate though. We’ll list them in order of where they currently rank, but where have they moved from? In a list of raw prospects, it’s important to pay attention to who has improved and where they’re trending.
For example, let’s look at no. 27 DaSean Nelson, who we believe could move into top 20 status soon. He barely played organized basketball as a youngster and hit a paradigm-shifting growth spurt before the ninth grade. Last year, Nelson played an ultra-simple role and scored purely with athleticism.
Over the course of the spring alone, he’s jumped from no. 27 to no. 38 because he’s scoring with secondary moves and showing more touch around the basket. Nelson is also becoming a more instinctual defender and rebounder. He’s trending upwards in a major way while others are frankly moving down because of complacency.
Players in the, “Raw Wings and Forwards” category exempt.
Three rural Ohio prospects surfaced in the rankings for the first time in the no. 26-50 range. We see all three as potential D-II prospects come next season.