Posted On: 09/18/18 3:43 PM

Getting started with some very early 2018-19 regular season previews, we’re going to break down the top 5 teams and top 5 college prospects in each region. We start with the always competitive first region where McCracken County looks to repeat but several other schools could find their way to Rupp Arena in March.

Top 5 Teams

  1. Graves County – The Eagles will return a lot of talent to last year’s runner-up team. Senior Ryan Mathis is the star, but Graves has a lot of quality depth coming back this season.
  2. Mayfield – Unlike McCracken, Mayfield returns all their major players from a season ago. The Guthrie twins will have one last shot to get the Cardinals to Rupp Arena before they graduate.
  3. Marshall County –  This assumes Zion Harmon gets eligible. There are a lot of unknowns as far as how Harmon would fit at Marshall but any time you can add a top 25 national recruit, you do it. If Harmon is ruled ineligible, Marshall is likely closer to 6th in the region.
  4. McCracken County –  The Mustangs graduated over 30 points per game but Jackson Sivills has stepped up and become the highest ranked Junior in the state. Look for Sivills and Sophomore PG Noah Dumas to share a lot of the scoring load, especially early.
  5. Paducah Tilghman – JJ Reed graduated but Rodriguez Thomas is still around and the Blue Tornadoes added some transfers to the back court. Tilghman needs to replace 6 seniors on the roster so they could be a little slow out of the gates.

Top 5 College Prospects

  1. Zion Harmon, Marshall County – Again, this all changes if Harmon is permanently ruled ineligible but Zion is a top national recruit with several high major offers heading into his sophomore season. It remains to be seen what happens with his eligibility on appeal but Zion is the top prospect in the first.
  2. Jackson Sivills, McCracken County – Our top ranked Junior, Sivills has been offered by 7 different D1 programs and is starting to hear from high majors as Butler and Iowa State have both stopped by Paducah to see him recently.
  3. Carson Guthrie, Mayfield – His twin brother has the more impressive stats but Carson is taller and more athletic so he is the better college prospect than Connor. Both Guthrie brothers will play at the next level.
  4. Connor Guthrie, Mayfield – Connor is the better high school player of the two but didn’t get as lucky as Carson with height and God-given traits. Connor shoots the ball better and has strong leadership characteristics. Both Guthries would make excellent D2/NAIA level college players.
  5. Rodriguez Thomas, Paducah Tilghman – Thomas is a really good shooter whose future is probably off the ball. Rodriguez shot 45% from 3 on 4 attempts per game as a Junior. Look for Thomas to land at the college level as a shooter who can also get to the rim.