Class of 2020 Climbers: Part II

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Posted On: 08/29/18 2:49 PM

The Class of 2018 cobbled together an unusually elite bunch of point guards (Garland, Harris, Freeman, Lomax).  In 2019 the forwards of Memphis East stared down upon the peasants like gargoyles upon the Notre-Dame-de-Paris.  With elite wings the Class of 2020 intends to make its own mark.  Behind the two ridiculously driven and talented wings (Keon Johnson, Matthew Murrell) the class features plenty more exciting wing prospects.  

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#5 Andrew Williams  ⇑3

Judging by Andrew Williams’ offensive rebounding tenacity and wonderful length he just might be a filthy good college wing someday.  Though Williams still fits the mold of a high school forward his transfer to Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (HHCA) predicts a natural move away from forward to versatile wing.  HHCA features some giants and their presence will allow Williams to mature as a wing without pressure to post up.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#21 Emory Lanier  ⇑7

The coach’s son, Emory might just wind up a college point guard.  Strong and lean.  Lanier is an intelligent young man with many skills.  As you might expect Lanier’s basketball mind developed faster and more fully under the watchful eye of University of Tennessee Assistant Coach/Father Rob Lanier.  The 7-spot climb needs to take into account the new 2020 additions to land in the upper reaches of the rankings too.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#42 Dorrian Anderson  ⇑16

June’s West TN Showcase opened eyes for the lanky, athletic wing prospect D.D. Anderson.  An excitable Anderson engaged in the attack.  Anderson found little resistance in the halfcourt utilizing both his mid-range and his dive to the basket. Oakland of Murfreesboro, Tennessee needs to have a breakout season with four college prospects in the program.  Ray Tyler and Keishawn Davison dutifully vaulted to the front of the school’s class, but Anderson and DeArre McDonald developed quite a bit in the last six months.  Anderson’s 6-foot-6 body indicates more development will follow too.