Posted On: 08/27/18 11:31 PM

The Class of 2020 rankings are here!

Always remember at we rank on what a player WILL BE, not on what they are today.   In no way does this mean stop striving, because rankings always have flaws and always overlook good players.

This grouping of ten wings mostly possess the handles to play sparingly as point guard too.  Ideally, this list will result in 8ish wings and two elite point guards.  Emory Lanier might be able to make that move to point guard as defenders get taller with age.  Right now he exists comfortably as a high school 2-3.  At the same time, Jamaal Walker, Cory Reynolds, Dusty Williams, and Harry Lackey will be wonderful wings despite having no capability to play point guard.  

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

Read about the top 10 wings in 2020 here.

The following list reveals the 11th-20th wings in the state alongside their statewide overall ranking.  The first player listed is the #11 wing, and also the #21 overall player in Tennessee in 2020.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#21 Emory Lanier (Webb School-Knoxville)

The potential of Emory Lanier was always apparent, but his AAU season prove very beneficial.  A combo guard, Lanier displayed wonderful court vision, scoring ability, and fantastic basketball intellect.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#22 Dusty Williams. (Franklin Centennial)

Gleeful and cordial Dusty Williams permeates joy on the court.  Can Williams be a leading scorer?  We will find out this winter as Centennial tries to mature into a junior-dominated basketball team.  Dusty’s outside shooting continues to catch defenders off guard.  He moves exceptionally with the ball at his fingertips too.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#23 Chris McKnight (Raleigh-Egypt)

Team Thad 16u ran out a startling stable of good guards.  With so many top players on one squad players like Chris McKnight did get glossed over for stretches.  Realize that Chris is a confident catch-and-shoot player.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#26 Harry Lackey (Brentwood)

Wing Harry Lackey drifted in and out of excellence in July.  Sadly there are times Harry looks disinterested.  When engaged Harry is a fantastic 6-foot-6 wing attacker.  He has all the tools of an elite wing: handles, strength, court vision, confidence.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#27 Jamaal Walker (East Hamilton)

EAB 16u provided a nice platform for many of the players in the 2020 class (Daughton, Dusty Williams, Keshawn Lawrence, Jamaal Walker, Javonte Platt).  The long-limbed Walker is a fun prospect to watch develop.  It continues to take him a little longer to refine the shot mechanics, but he is getting it.  As Walker’s range improves the value skyrockets.  Walker’s ceiling is probably top 15 in the class. 

Gioppino Basketball clip art#36 DeArre McDonald (Murfreesboro Oakland)

With WHBH Gold 16u, DeArre finally got to operate as a true guard.  McDonald’s power tricked earlier coaches into identifying the future guard as a rebound specialist.  That descriptor sells DeArre much too short. Both DeArre and his family see the true potential that WHBH Founder J.P. Primm unlocked this summer.  McDonald can defend three college positions and projects to attack profitably from the 2-3. 

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#37 Tariq Daughton (Webb School of Knoxville)

Goofy and gifted.  Tariq leads by example.  Though Daughton might wind up as a point guard he consistently scores as a slasher now.  Daughton and Emory Lanier are the future of Webb School.

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#38 Quintavious Bailey (Raleigh-Egypt)

Bouncy Quintavious Bailey thrives off his complex mix of toughness and athleticism.  Raleigh-Egypt High School played a very young lineup last season and they took their lumps.  If they are going to excel in 2018-2019, the rugged and fearless Bailey will have to be tremendous again.

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#39 Cory Reynolds (Brentwood Academy)

Used last winter as a forward, Cory Reynolds projects as a college off-guard.  His reputation in the state slipped a little during AAU season only because Cory played with an out-of-state team, Team South 16u.  Reynolds plays with quality defensive accountability.  He helps rebounding defensively.  Unfortunately, Reynolds will see very little time on the ball again this winter as Randy Brady, Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. are positioned to dominate the ball for Brentwood Academy.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#40 Durstin Adams (White House)

Durstin Adams is one of many multi-skilled players for White House High School.  Durstin essentially played center in 2017-2018, but he will need to thrive on the wing to play beyond high school.  Adams’ athleticism helps make that a realistic transition.   


Is this list no good?  Do you disagree?   Tweet @PrepHoopsTN and let your complaints known.  Share your top 2020 wings and let the debate begin!