Class of 2020 Climbers: Part IV


Posted On: 08/30/18 4:37 PM

Three forwards veering in different directions populate this list of climbers. Keep in mind all three players ascended up the 2020 rankings lately.  The differences begin immediately though.  Delvin projects as a shooting guard, whereas Ewing and Saylor are traditional forwards.  Ewing hovers on the fringes of the wingdom kingdom.

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#18 Delvin White  ⇑1

The bouncy, athletic Delvin White slid over to point guard for AAU basketball.  Standing 6-foot-5 the move made a world of difference.  Even if Delvin doesn’t hold on as a point guard the skill development as a passer and dribbler will translate into a more vaunted wing prospect.  Transferring to Briarcrest Christian is indeed a move for the future.  Delvin is an undervalued prospect statewide, but there are numerous reasons he belongs in the top 20.  

Gioppino Basketball clip art#61 J’Quan Ewing ⇑35

For WHBH Gold 16u J’Quan Ewing added a unique dimension with his 6-foot-6 frame.  Ewing is working on extending his shooting range and agility.  In a halfcourt set J’Quan brings many elements.  Ewing looks like a future forward.  Of course, the position of power forward continues to evolve to the point of obsolescence.  For his basketball future Ewing needs to be more dominating on the blocks or keep his mobility as a training focus.  At his size Ewing will be given every chance to impress. 

Gioppino Basketball clip art#78 Daniel Saylor  ⇑4

Too often with big men analysts get obsessed with they are not.  With Daniel Saylor is imperative to focus on what he is.  Saylor is 6-foot-8 barefooted.  He does most of his damage around the basket and defends his man decently.  Saylor can step out to 8′ comfortably.  Imagine a 6-foot-8 face-up four with above average rebounding in his area and you have Daniel Saylor’s ceiling.  Team Tae played very fast and free, which really isn’t Daniel’s perfect style of play.  Still, Daniel was a rim protector for stretches.