Posted On: 06/9/18 1:43 PM
The 2019 class has a lot of prospects who stood out this past spring and have a lot of upside. Below are some of the top prospects whom colleges should be monitoring and are capable of jumping up in the next rankings update. Keep an eye on the following prospects going forward.
Arizona 2019 Rankings Update: High Upside Prospects to Watch
Carter Murphy 6’3 SG Arcadia (Alvin Gentry Elite)
Murphy’s shooting abilities in addition to his explosiveness makes him intriguing. He has gone somewhat under the radar until recently as he went off this spring with Alvin Gentry Elite. He has a quick release and a good first step. With more opportunities at Arcadia, it is safe to say that Murphy will continue his strong play and have a breakout season.
Jackson Ruai 6’4 PG/SG Ampitheater (Powerhouse UA)
Ruai’s length and athleticism has always stood out to me. His upside is threw the roof due to his uncoachables. Defensively, he is a problem. He is good in help side and a tough on ball defender. Further, he has good anticipation and gets into the passing lanes well which enables him to get a lot of easy buckets in transition.
Cameron Katal 6’10 PF/C Westview (Factory)
Katal is one of the longest prospects in this class. He has good hands and his motor is continuing to improve. As his footwork continues to improve, his stock will rise exponentially. It is only a matter of time before Katal climbs this list.
Emad Eliniel 6’5 SG/SF Independence (AZ Hype)
Eliniel might be the most under the radar prospect in this class. He has a NCAA Division-I body and can shoot the basketball as well as any guard in this class. His wide and strong frame to go with his length and shooting make him a college level prospect with a really high ceiling. He has every uncoachable he needs to be a big time prospect.
Jaret Allen 6’5 SF Deer Valley (Powerhouse King)
Allen took huge steps forward about a year ago. He is continuing to make huge leaps. He has a good feel for the game and can shoot the ball well from deep. His versatility also aids him in being attractive at the next level as he can play an array of spots due to knowing how to use his length well.
Arizona Rankings Update: High Upside Prospect Watch List
Shaun Walhstrom 6’8 PF/C Estrella Foothills (Alvin Gentry Elite)
Walhstrom is in the same boat as Allen in that his stock began to rise greatly around this time last year. He still has work to do, but he is extremely attractive at the next level due to his basketball IQ and ability to quarterback the offense. Any team looking for a big man who can make good decisions with the basketball should be interested. He is a good fit for the Princeton offense.
Grant Ward 6’4 PG Buena (Alvin Gentry Elite)
Ward is another lengthy 2019 guard with a lot of upside. He is a decent shooter from deep who can make a lot of plays due to his long arms and good basketball instincts. He is a quite leader who wants to do all the little things to win games.
Greg Butler 6’4 SG Central (Team Zona)
Butler is one of the best mid-range shooters in the state and in the 2019 class. Further, he can shoot the basketball extremely well from deep. He will play a huge role for Central this next year due to his versatile scoring abilities. He is a longer 2 who has a game that translates well to the next level.
Phoenix Katz 6’6 SF Catalina Foothills (Powerhouse Tucson)
Katz is a versatile prospect who can play on the block as well as on the wing. He is a capable shooter from deep with good footwork on the block. Further, he has a decent mid-range jumper and ability to rip and attack.
Cassius Carmichael 6’5 SF Ironwood (AZ Hype)
Carmichael played extremely well for the Hype this spring and has shown great upside this June. He has improved his ability to shoot from deep and attack off of the dribble. Further, he has good length and instincts on the defensive end.