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Posted On: 07/11/18 11:00 AM
David Johnson, Trinity (Manimal Elite) – David is a combo guard who plays point guard for Trinity but is likely to settle in off the ball once he gets to college. David is a top 50-75 prospect nationally but his best basketball is all ahead of him. Blessed with elite size and agility for his position, David is in position to receive several more high major offers this month but has long been suspected of heading to the University of Louisville when all is said and done.
Jackson Harlan, Clinton County – Harlan took his first scholarship offer from Western Kentucky and became the first member of the 2019 class for Coach Stansbury. Harlan is a certified bucket getter who has shown the ability to get to the rim on anyone and score from the perimeter. Perhaps more impressive, Harlan is a Governor’s Scholar who will be one of the few young men who will end up making money to go and play college basketball thanks to an academic and an athletic scholarship.
JJ Kalakon, Waggener (Manimal Elite) – JJ plays on the ball for his high school but off the ball in AAU and figures to be an impact player as a combo guard at the collegiate level. Kalakon is at his best as an isolation scorer and has flashed the ability to guard every position on the floor. JJ has a high ceiling if he can continue to improve as a shooter and be a better facilitator for others as a combo guard.
TreVon Smith, Taylor County (Manimal Elite) – Smith is at his best in the open floor but struggles to execute in the half court. As a pure scorer, TreVon is one of the best in the class and deadly going to his dominant left hand. Smith’s ultimate role in college will be as a Jamal Crawford type of explosive scorer off the bench. If TreVon can get better with his right hand, he’ll only get better as a scorer and playmaker.
Derrin Boyd, Caldwell County (SI Select) – One of the revelations of the summer, Derrin is a strong and athletic guard who is going to be one of the top players in Western Kentucky this season. If he had more regional exposure he could hold a couple of D1 offers by now and still may by the end of July. There aren’t many better scoring combo guards in the 2019 class.
Other Names to Know:
JJ Ramey, South Laurel (Charlotte Court)
Bryce Long, Scott County
Kyle Stivers, Franklin County (Pocket City)
Anthony Russell, Fern Creek
Reese Tolley, Butler