Posted On: 06/12/18 6:52 AM
After a full high schools season and half of an AAU season, we’ve finally released our first rankings for the class of 2021. Similar to the class of 2020, there’s no shortage of talent and the class offers many prospects with high major potential.
Adam Ayalew released his overview of the rankings here.
To view the full list, simply click here.
For this short series, we’ll be taking a look at the prospects from the Baltimore area who made the cut.
Ryan Conway | 6’0 | Dulaney/Team Melo
Ranking: No. 2
-Conway brings excitement to every game he plays in. He has a flashy and confident style of play, but is one of the most humble kids you’ll come across. He’s one of the best in his class at breaking down his defender off the dribble and putting the ball in the bucket from all three levels. His three-point shot continues to improve as well as his basketball IQ in terms of being a floor general. No matter what type of game it is, Conway brings energy and 100 percent effort. The 6-foot guard currently holds offers from TCU and Old Dominion.
— Hoop Major (@HoopMajor) March 26, 2018
Darrius Tilghman | 6’3 | City/Team Thrill
Ranking: No. 5
-Tilghman is one of the prospects with extremely high potential. At 6-foot-3, he plays with a smoothness that makes the game look effortless. He can break his man down off the dribble and finishes with a soft touch on his floaters. Although he isn’t categorized as a shooter per say, he has the capability to hurt you from three once he sees one go in. An area that has improved since his freshman season is his overall athleticism, which is making him even more of a threat in transition and giving him ability to finish over top of contesting defenders. Tilghman has a high basketball IQ and can read defenses quickly after beating the first line to find open shooters on the perimeter or big men around the rim. He holds one offer from Stony Brook.
— Hoop Major (@HoopMajor) August 22, 2017
Malik Missouri | 6’5 | Gilman/Team Thrill
Ranking: No. 7
-Missouri is a long, 6-foot-5 wing that can impact the game in a variety of ways. He doesn’t need the ball to be a threat. He does a good job findings holes in the defense from mid-range and around the basket and capitalizes efficiently. The strongest part of his offensive game at the moment is his ability to make shots from 18 feet and in. The mid-range game has been a lost art in the game of basketball for the past couple of years, but Missouri has put plenty of daggers into opponents by being a knockdown shooter from there. His shot from deep continues to improve and you can’t leave him open on catch-and-shoot situations. With his length, he finishes well in transition and is a plus rebounder. What stands out about Missouri is his willingness defensively. At a young age, he understands weak side rotations and the importance of timing.
— Mac Webster (@_macwebster) February 10, 2018
Dewtan Montague | 6’9 | St. Frances/Team Thrill
Ranking: No. 9
-Montague is one of those type of players that just does all of the little things right. He isn’t going to blow you away with athleticism or ability to stretch the floor with his jumpshot, but what he will do is work extremely hard on both ends and has become almost automatic when finishing around the rim. Since the high school season ended, he’s grown two inches and continues to become more comfortable with his body. Montague is an enforcer defensively and despite being a freshman, acted as a quarterback for the back line rotations. He’s an above average rebounder on both ends and does a good job of trailing in transition and taking advantage of mismatches when they are presented. Montague holds an offer from Coastal Carolina.
— Team Thrill (@TeamThrillUAA) March 15, 2018
Ahmad Harrison | 6’1 | Gerstell/Team Thrill
Ranking: No. 11
-Harrison had an impressive freshman campaign that including leading Gerstell to the MIAA B Conference championship. The southpaw improved over the year understanding the game from the point guard position. He has long arms for his size and uses them to help finish over taller defenders in the paint. Defensively, Harrison doesn’t back down from anyone. In multiple games, he would be matched up against a player 6-foot-5 or taller and use his body and quickness effectively to create turnovers or bad shots.
Ike Cornish | 6’5 | Dulaney/Team Melo
Ranking: No. 13
-Similar to Missouri, Cornish is a long guard at 6-foot-5. He’s best when out in transition filling lanes where he can use his length to finish over defenders around the rim. Cornish loves to shoot three’s from the corners and can hit them at an efficient clip. This summer for Team Melo, Cornish has looked more comfortable with the ball in his hands as a playmaker. He’s a solid rebounder for his position and distorts plenty of shots due to his long arms and good timing. Cornish holds offers from Southern Utah and Old Dominion.