Posted On: 08/28/18 10:00 AM
Prep Hoops Missouri takes a look at the top forwards and post players in the Class of 2020.
Michael Peake 6’7″ KC Northeast
An athletic power forward who excels around the rim with his explosiveness, but can compliment it with a nice skill set on the perimeter. He displayed the ability to beat defenders off the dribble to score at the rim. He run the court well and provides a big boost to the transition game with his rim-runs.
A transfer from DuQuoin, IL who will make a major impact for the Panthers this season. He is a multi-skilled combo forward with a very effective post game with the ability to run the court and make plays on the perimeter. He has received interest from a number of mid-major Division I programs.
Davion Bradford 7’0″ Mehlville
Developing young big who returns to the St. Louis area after spending his sophomore year in Arizona. He played his freshman year at CBC. He has a looming presence in the paint on defense with his size and ability to protect the rim. A very capable scorer when he gets the ball in certain spots around the basket. Has a number of Division I offers.
Ryan Kalkbrenner 6’11” Trinity
A talented young big who has continued to improve with each season. His length and timing make him an excellent shot blocker. He had 12 blocks in a victory over Lutheran North in the district playoffs last season. His offensive game continues to evolve from a low-post threat to someone who can also sink perimeter jumpers and put the ball on the floor.
Ethan Kilgore 6’6″ East Buchanan
A two-year standout at East Buch who missed much of the summer activity with a foot injury. He is a versatile combo forward who has already scored more than 1,000 points in two varsity seasons. He is a matchup problem with his perimeter scoring and passing plus his ability to score around the rim.
Eric Northweather 6’8″ Blair Oaks
One of the top post player in Mid-Missouri, Northweather had good size and solid athleticism and some excellent skills around the basket. He has good mobility and a soft shooting touch out to 15 feet. He continues to grow in stature and in his overall game.
J.J. Schwepker 6’5″ Fort Zumwalt South
A very talented Stretch 4 who is one of the top perimeter shooters in the class. As a sophomore, he averaged 11 points a game and made 60 3-pointers in helping the Bulldogs to a district title and a berth in the Class 5 state quarterfinals.
Elijah Bishop 6’6″ Soldan
The big-bodied power forward is one of the top pure post players in the 2020 class. His big frame and good footwork make him a difficult matchup inside as he also gets good position and had good fundamentals. He has also been working on his perimeter shooting throughout the summer.
Daniel Abreu 6’5″ Willard
A versatile combo forward who plays many different roles to help his team win. He is an excellent passer from the high post with the ability to handle the ball and facilitate as a forward. He is a solid scoring threat inside with the ability to rebound and play very good team defense.
Devion Harris 6’6″ Parkway Central
A developing young post player who will assume the mantle of go-to guy at Parkway Central after the graduation of an excellent senior class. He provided solid inside scoring and shot blocking in helping the Colts to the Class 4 state quarterfinals last season. He has good length and a big upside.
Evan Schneider 6’6″ Ladue
A strong, physical post player who had a big month of July with the Mid-Mo Elite. He doesn’t mind the bump-and-grind in the paint as he can score and rebound with consistency. He has done a nice job of expanding his game where he can handle the ball from the high post and knock down a jumper.
Dalton Gayman 6’5″ Nevada
The younger brother of former Nevada star Clay Gayman, Dalton moves to center stage with the graduation of Clay, who is now at Abeline Christian. He is versatile lefty who loves the contact in the paint, but can also step out and handle the ball and create plays off the dribble. He is capable of producing double-doubles this season.
Michael Skoff 6’4″ DeSmet
The versatile combo forward enjoyed a very productive summer with the Arsenal Hoop 16U team. He can provide very good 3-point shooting to stretch the floor, but he can facilitate with his passing ability and put the ball on the floor and make strong drives to the basket.