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Posted On: 08/2/18 5:00 PM
We spent most of June and July on the road evaluating prospects from the DMV at various events, and now its time to take a look back at what we’ve learned. Here we begin by taking a look at some of the players who’ve helped themselves with consistently strong play over the summer. In this edition we highlight five class of 2020 guards that have done just that.
6’0 PG Colin Smalls | Team Durant/St. Andrew’s (MD)
Colin Smalls was top three on his high school team in scoring, assists, and made threes as a sophomore. We expect him to produce with similar consistency as a junior, and he gave us plenty of evidence to back up that claim this summer. Smalls was a key two-way player for a very good Team Durant 16u Squad that won their respective division at AAU Nationals in Orlando to close out a successful campaign.
5’8 PG Tyler Henderson | Team Loaded 804/LC Bird (VA)
One of just a handful of local point guards to feature on a 17U team this summer, Tyler Henderson more than held his own against a litany of division one guard prospects. LC Bird’s young but experienced floor general comes from a long line of success, and we expect him to follow suit.
6’0 PG DeLonnie Hunt | DC Premier/St. John’s (DC)
DeLonnie Hunt was excited to show what he could do in July after being sidelined a year ago due to injury. The explosive and skilled lefty played an aggressive, exciting, controlled brand of basketball, and showed that he could run a team at a high level while efficiently putting the ball in the basket. Bryant recently became the first school to offer Hunt, but many more should follow their lead soon.
6’2 PG Ronald Polite | DC Premier/Oxon Hill (MD)
Ronald Polite was a consistent standout performer this summer. We saw him excel at the Capitol Hoops Summer League, Maryland Team Camp, Hoop Group Elite 1, and Hoop Group Team Camp. The silky smooth point guard has good length, a high IQ, impressive paint getting abilities, and intriguing defensive potential. Polite is one of the best all-around point guard prospects we’ve evaluated in the DMV region, and will be included in our next rankings update.
6’3 PG Jordan Toles | Team Thrill/St. Frances (MD)
When considering the best athletes in the country, regardless of sport or class, Jordan Toles must be included in that list. In recent months, the sturdily built 6-foot-3 lead guard has shown tremendous growth in both his skill set, and approach to the game of basketball. If Toles continues to apply himself as he is now, there is no reason why he should not be able to play both football and basketball at a high major college program.