Posted On: 07/16/18 2:58 PM
Our latest update to the 2020 rankings has a considerable shift in the top 10 and here’s a look at the latest iteration of our 2020 Top 10:
- Jackson Sivills, McCracken County (Hoop Dreams) – Jackson has ideal size for the wing at 6’6 and is a much better athlete than given credit for. More importantly, he shoots the cover off the ball. Sivills ascended to the top spot with impressive play and being the first member of the class to get multiple offers as Saint Louis and Murray State have both offered the sharpshooter a scholarship.
- Dayvion McKnight, Collins (M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs) – The only other 2020 prospect holding a D1 offer, Dayvion is clearly the top point guard in the class and is right with Sivills in the race to be the best player in 2020. McKnight is a shifty and fast point guard who can score or create for others. Don’t be surprised if Dayvion adds more offers to his list before the end of July.
- Marques Warrick, Henry Clay (CKY Magic – Morton) – Like McKnight, Warrick is an athletic lefty. Marques has become much more athletic over the course of the last year and had one of the best dunks I’ve seen all summer. Ques is going to continue his upward trajectory as a prospect and is a no brainer D1 player in my opinion.
- Ksuan Casey, Madisonville-North Hopkins (We All Can Go) – Formerly ranked as our number one player, Ksuan tumbled a bit to fourth this update. Casey is one of the youngest players in the 2020 class and won’t even turn 16 for another month but his development has slowed a little bit. Casey can be hard to evaluate because he doesn’t get a ton of post touches in high school or AAU and he generally does his damage on the block. I’m still a big fan of Ksuan but need to see more from him.
- Marcellus Vail, Collins (M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs) – Vail is one of the best pure scorers in the class and has shown that ability on the AAU circuit all spring and summer long. Marcellus is capable of knocking down open shots, getting to the rim and finishing through traffic. As Vail develops and adds bulk, he’s a no doubt D1 prospect and could get an offer before the end of July.
- JJ Traynor, Bardstown (The Ville) – Traynor is finally starting to turn potential into production. Every bit of 6’8 tall and extremely bouncy, JJ is explosive attacking the rim and continues to improve as a defensive force in the paint. Traynor has the potential to be the top player in the class and as he keeps developing his game, he could continue to rise up the rankings.
- Kenny White, Madisonville-North Hopkins (Hoop Dreams) – Another long athlete with a ton of potential, Kenny is a few consistent games away from starting to add offers. White has all the tools and can be an explosive athlete when he wants to be. Kenny has a mid major or better D1 ceiling but needs to start showing he can be consistent with his energy and effort to reach that level. Once White puts it all together, he can be a special player.
- Amari Taylor, Tates Creek (Louisville Magic) – Amari missed his sophomore season at Tates Creek with a broken wrist but has bounced back with a solid AAU season for the Magic. Taylor has a very high skill level and is a good shooter. As he progresses through his Magic career and prepares for his Junior year at what should be a greatly improved Tates Creek, Taylor is one to track in 2020.
- Howard Fleming, Male (Louisville Magic) – Howard is one of my favorite players in the Junior class. He’s long and athletic and looks great in the open floor. Unfortunately Fleming has suffered through some bad luck with injuries and has missed chunks of high school and AAU. If Howard can stay healthy, he looks like a D1 wing or combo guard and could be one of the next Kentucky kids to experience a “blow up” and start stacking offers.
- James Taylor, St. Xavier (The Ville 17u) – James Taylor Jr. is a fundamental, pass first point guard who is improving as a scorer. Taylor is a little undersized and doesn’t shoot from the perimeter particularly well but he makes up for that with crafty ball handling, exceptional passing and high basketball IQ. At worst, Taylor should find a home at the small D1 level in college.