2019 Rankings: Biggest Risers

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Posted On: 07/6/18 12:00 PM

With this rankings update we have seen some massive changes. Multiple players have moved up dozens of spots since our April update and others have stayed steady. The top 3 players haven’t fallen from the first time the rankings posted but there is plenty of movement once you get past the top 3. Here’s a look at the biggest risers in this rankings update.

Jackson Harlan, Clinton County – 32 –>8 – Jackson took off quickly this summer and his recruitment started and ended within two weeks. Watching him score 40 points at WKU camp just a game after going for 47 in the morning, Harlan impressed me greatly with his skill and ability to score at every level. Look for him to have a productive four year career at Western Kentucky.

Jamarion Sharp, Hopkinsville (Pocket City) – 56–>15 – Sharp has burst on the scene this summer with two Division I offers. He’s raw offensively but Jamarion is super long and seems to grow another inch every time I see him. He’s probably a red-shirt candidate when he gets to college but you can work with a  footer and his best ball is all ahead of him.

Jacob Hobbs, Central Hardin (Manimal Elite) – 31–>14 – When I first saw Hobbs play back in February, he flashed potential but he has quickly turned into a high energy forward who can play the 3 through the 5 and has a great motor. Jacob has offers from NAIA and D2 schools and lots of D1 schools sniffing around heading into AAU this month.

Derrin Boyd, Caldwell County (SI Select) – 23–>16 – Boyd is an impressive athlete but the biggest question will be what his college position is. Regardless, Boyd is likely to lead the 2nd region in scoring and be near the tops in rebounding. He has a chance to sneak on to some D1 radars.

Keaston Brown, Henry Clay (Manimal Elite) – 28–>20 – Keaston seems to have been in high school for a decade but that’s a credit to how good he has been for his high school career. Brown is primed for a big July with Manimal and has a chance to reel in offers over the duration of his Senior year at Henry Clay.

Anthony Russell, Fern Creek – Unranked –>27 – Russell came out of nowhere to impress at Next Up Camp last weekend. When this class was younger, Anthony was ranked ahead of Tandy, Johnson, Allen, etc but some poor life choices has kept him out of basketball for the last few years. If Russell can stay on the court, he has big time potential still.

Ethan Coury, Eastern (The Ville) – Unranked –>40 – Ethan is headed towards a Senior season that could see him earn multiple scholarship offers. Coury is a prospect who does everything fairly well even though you may not say he does any particular thing at an exceptional level. Ethan is a solid all around player who will find a home at the next level.

Nick Martin, Knox County Central (Team Vision) – Unranked –>47 – Nick is athletic and long and will not hesitate to dunk on anyone. His future may be on the football field but he plays basketball like current NAIA All-American Trenton Thompson. If he goes to college for basketball, he can certainly find a program to make use of his services.