MD/DC/VA 2020 Breakout Candidates

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Posted On: 09/10/18 5:00 AM

In anticipation of the upcoming high school season, we will be taking a closer look at various teams and players throughout Maryland, DC, and Virginia. In this edition we predict the biggest local breakout performers from the 2020 class.

GARRETT JOHNSON | 6’5 SG | OAKTON

Look for a major uptick in usage and production for Garrett Johnson this season. The 6-foot-5 wing, who scored 10 or more points in four games last year, hit 21 threes as a sophomore. Johnson played aggressively when we saw him at Flint Hill Summer League, and it certainly looks like he will be featured in a major role.

JAHMAL BANKS | 6’5 SG | BISHOP O’CONNELL

O’Connell loses the WCAC Player of the Year, but still has it’s top glue guy in Jahmal Banks. At 6-foot-5, Banks is a very skilled and versatile guard who stuffs the stat sheet, but also makes plays that won’t show up there. Banks is a consistent double-double threat, and this year we think he wouldn’t be surprised to see him go for 20 or more on a given night.

JULES BIKOY | 6’3 SG | ST. MARY’S RYKEN

Jules Bikoy

Jules Bikoy scored 10 or more points in just two games last year, but he looked dominant at times this summer, and seems poised for a breakout season. Bikoy is a high level athlete with the potential to score from anywhere on the floor, defend multiple positions, create for himself, and others. 

ISMAEL PLET | 6’7 PF | VIRGINIA EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Ish Plet

Ismael Plet was injured for the latter part of the summer, which is why we didn’t hear much from him in terms of recruiting activity. Plet is one of the most important players for VES this year with his ability to rebound out of area and his versatility. 

COLIN SMALLS | 6’0 PG | ST. ANDREW’S

Colin Smalls

Colin Smalls was great in his first season at St. Andrew’s, and fully we expect him to build off the momentum he created last year. Smalls is one of the more experienced returners on this young, up-and-coming team.