Top 250 Expo Early Entries: 2020 Forwards

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Posted On: 08/25/18 5:00 AM

Prep Hoops Ohio’s Top 250 Expo isn’t this Sunday, or next Sunday, or the following, but the one after that. September 16 at Pickerington North. So, you have plenty of time to sign-up, and you can do that right here.

Wooster, Denison, Hiram, Marian, Marietta, Mount St. Joseph, Otterbein, Charleston, Mount Union, and Wittenberg have already RSVP’d for the showcase. You can play in front of them, and here’s the point of today’s article, also against legitimate competition. Nearly 50 players have signed up so far, most of which are bona fide college prospects, others with something to prove. There’s room for plenty more to join, and here’s the junior forwards you’d play against

Garret White, 6’8” C, Maumee (2020 ranking: #129)

White is a kid, as we’ve written about a little this summer, with potential and size. He’s surprisingly light on his feet and already makes an impact on the glass on most outings. However, his body control and shooting touch are a ways away. Showing gradual progress as an interior scorer and rim protector should be enough for a college program to take a shot on him in 2020.

Alex Mangold, 6’7” F, Lakota East (#34)

Mangold will have a chance at dominating the competition on Sept. 16. The strong and tough forward does a little bit of everything, whether it’s outside shooting, leading transition off a rebound, or scoring in the paint. He’s most efficient around the basket, but Mangold has a sweet stroke when he faces the basket and shot 38 percent from deep last year. Becoming a consistently aggressive rebounder is the next step.

Micah Thomas, 6’4” W, Princeton (Clark Montessori transfer)

Thomas isn’t including in the current version of 2020 rankings but has a spot reserved for our post-Expo update in October. He’s a two-way small forward whose game is predicated on athleticism. While his jumper is still an unknown commodity, Thomas can slash to the rim with a solid first step and some skill within 12 feet. He’s fast. Shows versatility and could potentially guard 2-4.

 

As more sign-ups come in, you can follow @PrepHoopsTop250 on Twitter for nationwide updates. Or go to the Likes on my personal account to see the Ohio-specific sign-ups, those are the only Likes I have, so you won’t have to deal with a jumbled mess.