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Posted On: 10/5/18 5:00 AM
We’re examining the updated 2019 Prospect Rankings by touching on players from each basketball hotbed in the state: Northwest, Northeast, Central, Dayton, and Cincinnati. The high school season is approaching rapidly, and with that in mind, this seems like the most time-appropriate way to break it down. These kids will be competing for conference and regional championships with each other very soon!
Pfriem enters his senior season at Moeller as one of the most intriguing prospects in the state. Although his rugged face-up four ability and intelligence is perfectly suited for the D-II level, an outstanding academic résumé and the Moeller bump should provide low-major options. One thing that could help is thriving in late March. His offensive versatility and power should pair nicely along with either Logan Duncomb or Max Land in the Moeller frontcourt.
Lawal slipped a little bit in our 2019 rankings after another inconsistent summer with All Ohio Red. He appeared destined for the D-I level as soon as he jumped on the Cincinnati high school scene. However, Lawal has only received one offer in the last year (Miami Ohio) and his motor just isn’t all the way there. Flashes of a premiere rim protector and a fluid 6’11” prospect provide hope, though.
Smith looks to be one of the best JUCO forward prospects statewide. He really came into his own in July and it’s only been a couple years that Smith has played organized basketball. The 6’8” forward has some ball-handling ability from the perimeter but his true strength seems to be around the basket as a rebounder and finisher. As he continues to add muscle and skill throughout his JUCO stint, low-major recruitment is definitely within the realm of possible outcomes.
Whether it’s been AAU ball or Hughes’s ultra fastbreak-oriented team from last season, Jackson hasn’t had the opportunity to shine at this level yet. However, the plodding big has some athleticism to him with pretty good feet and rebounding ability. He’s a big kid, more of a plodding big. He can take advantage of a size advantage inside with powerful post moves. Showing flashes as a senior will be crucial for his recruitment.