Class of 2020 Climbers: Part I

High School

Posted On: 08/29/18 2:37 PM

High school academics began for the young juniors.  Basketball workouts are underway.  College camps are concluded.  It is a perfect time to revisit the Class of 2020 rankings and adjust to account for the player’s growth and stagnation.

If you want to look at the complete rankings, smash here.

Climbers are either players previously undervalued or possibly players that developed their game in the last few months.

These players represent the three highest landing climbers (upward movement listed next to arrow on right of name).

Gioppino Basketball clip art#11 Marcellus Brigham Jr.  ⇑12

Playing with Briarcrest Christian last winter Marcellus deferred a great deal.  He also didn’t get the perimeter touches needed to assert himself as a future wing.  That all changed with Bluff City Legends 16u.  Brigham danced around the floor like a lead dog and confidently proved his mobility to be on pace for a high major wing.  Brigham Jr. even captured a game winning basket in July.  His stock is climbing swiftly.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#20 Jacobi Wood  ⇑46

Based on a coach recommendation Jacobi Wood landed in the initial Class of 2020 rankings (last spring).  But, his ranking was offensively low.  Countless AAU evaluations allowed PrepHoopsTN to sort him more appropriately in his class.  More importantly, Jacobi earned college coach evaluations with steady point guard play.  He is one of the best point guards in the state at the ideal size for the premiere position.  Cleveland High is a a place he can constantly practice against other college prospects.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#37 Tariq Daughton  ⇑19

Like Marcellus, Tariq benefited greatly from an enlarged role.  Tariq is not a bench scorer as Webb School-Knoxville used him.  The young man is a natural slasher with unabashed cockiness.  With EAB 16u Tariq generally took over when the game needed his input.  Daughton understands when and how to create.  He moves better than defenders expect.  The casual demeanor belies his dangerous slashing speed.  Look for him to adopt a significant high school role this winter.