Rahim Ali

Posted On: 06/7/18 7:45 AM

At Prep Hoops, we try to keep our player rankings up to date as much as possible. Once the high school season came to a close, we updated our list and now that we are halfway through the AAU season it’s that time once again. You can expect another update once the AAU season comes to a close and the high school season approaches.

In this series, I’ll be taking a look at the prospects from the Baltimore area as usual. For the full list from the state, click here.

Adam Ayalew does a fantastic job of doing an overview of the entire class as well. For Adam’s article, click here.

See Part One here.

Rahim Ali | 5’11 | Poly/Team Thrill

Ranking: No. 26

Ali orchestrated the Engineers to their second-straight Class 3A state championship. He took on more scoring responsibilities than he had throughout his freshman season and the improvements were evident. As he continues to develop a three-point shot both on the catch and off the dribble, the 5-foot-11 guard is a nightmare to guard in pick-and-rolls. He has above average vision and executes pocket passes to rolling bigs consistently. Defensively, Ali is a pest on the ball. This upcoming winter, he’ll once again be expected to become a more consistent scorer while also finding his teammates for easy looks as Poly goes for three-straight state titles.

Jermaine Goodwyn | 6’2 | Milford Mill

Ranking: No. 30

Goodwyn had more of a limited role on last year’s Milford Mill team that featured a number of talented seniors. The 6-foot-2 lefty has potential to be a nice prospect if he can be a primary option for the Millers this upcoming season. He has good length, finishes well around the rim and has displayed decent basketball IQ. This winter will be an important time for Goodwyn to prove himself.

Daquan Reese | 6’2 | Parkville/Team Silk

Ranking: No. 32

Reese was one of the more overlooked prospects in the Baltimore area last season. The athletic 6-foot-2 guard led the Knights in scoring with 18 points per game, including multiple games with 25 or more points. Reese is very explosive and can score almost at will around the rim. He plays with tremendous energy, which allows him to be an above average rebounder at his position as well. The Knights have a solid core returning this upcoming season, and Reese will once again will be leaned on heavily when it comes to offensive production.

Tyler Brelsford | 6’2 | Mount Saint Joseph/Team Melo

Ranking: No. 33

In terms of raw numbers, Brelsford had a down year at Mount Saint Joseph. However, the backcourt was loaded with experienced seniors and a talented junior in James Bishop, so there was very little playing time left for him. He still has one of the most effective three-point shots in his class and defenses always have to account for where he is on the floor. For the upcoming season, he’ll have to improve on his overall defense and ability to mix it up offensively. With more opportunities, there’s little doubt that he’ll make those adjustments.

Cameron Byers | 6’5 | John Carroll/Team BBC

Ranking: No. 40

Byers has been playing solid for Team BBC 16U thus far and will look to end the summer strong with a productive July. The 6-foot-5 forward plays with good physicality when he has the ball on the block. He’s a plus rebounder on both ends, especially on the offensive glass. He’s a capable shooter from 15 feet and continues to improve his shot from the perimeter.