Posted On: 07/19/18 9:02 AM
Now that we’ve updated the rising junior class, it’s time to break them down much like we did the 2019 class.
While we did the 2019 class by area and position, we decided to do something a little different with the 2020 class. We will be breaking down these rankings updates by different characteristics and strengths of players that you will find on the basketball court.
Confused? You won’t be. Take a look at some of the top playmakers in the 2020 class.
Jeremy Roach | 6’1” PG | Paul VI (#1 Overall)
Roach is widely considered one of the best point guards in the country, and his ability to make others better is one of the top reasons. He has a good understanding of the game, he sees the floor well and he’s a strong ball handler that’s able to get his team into sets and make stuff happen when nothing else is going on. He’s a true leader and floor general that especially thrives in transition.
Lynn Greer | 6’2” PG | Oak Hill Academy (#4 Overall)
Transferring from Philadelphia to Oak Hill Academy, Greer will thrive playing with other stud guys who can make shots. Greer has a super tight handle that allows him to break down defenders in isolation situations and get in the lane. Once he’s in the lane he has very good vision and passing ability, as he’s able to thread the needle in ways other guards can’t. He can make shots from all over the floor, but he’ll be able really showcase his ability to get others easy shots this season.
Tyler Henderson | 5’8” PG | LC Bird (#21 Overall)
A pint sized point guard who is tough as nails, Henderson makes plays on both ends of the floor and is able to run the offense like a wizard. He’s able to break pressure by himself, he gets out of traps without picking up his dribble and is able to find open players afterwards. He gets in the lane and finds shooters, he forces turnovers and runs the break well and he’s able to finish over bigger guys in the lane.
Javon Swinton | 6’2” PG | North Stafford (#26 Overall)
Much like Henderson, Swinton is able to set the tone on both ends of the floor with his pressure defense and ability to blow by defenders. He has a tight handle, he puts pressure on the defense with his athleticism and if he doesn’t finish or find a shooter he’s likely getting fouled and going to the line. He can fly in transition where he can get deep and force the defense to collapse where he’ll find others for easy shots.
Kenari Jones | 5’10” PG | Carmel School (#39 Overall)
Jones plays in the same backcourt as Swinton in AAU, and it’s a nightmare for opposing defenses. Jones is quick, has a tight handle and can make shots off the bounce, so once he makes some he becomes a focal point for defenses. After that, he’s able to dump to post guys and kick to shooters after help, which he recognizes well and is able to read a few steps before other guys are.
Jarrett Hunter | 5’9” PG | Louisa County (#45 Overall)
A two sport athlete who has natural leadership and toughness on both ends of the floor, Hunter is a step ahead of most guys and is a winner in every aspect. He understands when it’s time to create shots for himself and for others, and he can do it both within the scope of the offense and in isolation situations. He’s strong, athletic and smart, making him a tough guy to plan for.
Jordan Lewis | 5’11” PG | Cox (#54 Overall)
Lewis has that natural feel and ability to make others on his team better that you simply can’t teach people who don’t have it when they step on the floor. He’s extremely shifty with the ball in his hands, he’s able to locate and find shooters in spots for them to succeed and he’s a guy who can score it from the midrange and in the paint as well. He has the understanding of how to make defenses pay with the ball in his hands.
Jamal Madison | 5’9” PG | Norview (#78 Overall)
Madison isn’t the biggest guy on the floor, but that doesn’t matter because he’s the straw that stirs the drink on whatever team he’s on. He sets the tone with his leadership, he controls the tempo and he understands the flow of the offense and the game and how to make plays within the realm of the offensive scheme. He can make plays for himself and others, and is a true floor general with the ball in his hands.