Class of 2019: Senior Climbers Part I

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Posted On: 11/13/18 4:40 PM

‘Tis tip time on the 2018-2019 regular season.

It is a perfect time to revisit the Class of 2019 rankings and adjust to account for the player’s growth and stagnation.

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

Climbers are either players previously undervalued or possibly players that developed their game in the last few months.

These players represent the four highest landing climbers (upward movement listed next to arrow on right of name).

Gioppino Basketball clip art#11 Ques Glover  ⇑26

Of the eight Class AAA state finalists Bearden returns the most firepower.  Class AAA Champions Memphis East lost three starters (Chandler Lawson, Alex Lomax, Ryan Boyce) and even though Riverdale returns all five starters they don’t have the elite scorers of Bearden.   Glover’s mid-30 ranking was largely attributed to his shorter stature, which seemed to be a difficult hurdle to overcome in the recruiting game.  With BMaze Elite 17u Ques proved he is fully capable of playing with and against Division I players.  He is the third best unsigned point guard in the state (Baugh, Deovaunta).

Gioppino Basketball clip art#12 Trent Stephney  ⇑19

From #31 to #12, Ques’ teammate Trent Stephney (Bearden) the summer showed off an electric scorer.  Like Glover, Trent appears to be short for his position.  Stephney projects as a scoring guard like a Monta Ellis or Louis Williams.  Point guard is not his ultimate place of residence. Stephney competed with EOTO-TN 17u and impressed several D1 coaches.  Bearden will play a wide-ranging, difficult schedule this year and it is easy to imagine he demonstrates more potential on tour.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#17 Jalen Cincore  ⇑31

No player made better use of 17u AAU in Tennessee than Bartlett’s Jalen Cincore.  The scoring wing ascended from #48 to #17 and ultimately picked Georgia Southern over UNC-Asheville.  Cincore is a key starter on one of the top four AAA teams in the state (East, Bearden, Whitehaven, Bartlett) in our estimation.  Cincore ran successfully with Tennessee Panthers AAU and the offers flooded in during July. 

Gioppino Basketball clip art#23 CJ Gettelfinger ⇑15

Somehow Oakland University (MI) held onto the very last day with CJ Gettelfinger.  State Champion point guard CJ verbally committed to Oakland 15 months ago.  Oakland kept the linkage strong and will land CJ Gettelfinger during the Early Signing Period.   CJ moves so sharply at 6-foot-4.  The lefty passes whimsically and devotes an uncommon grit.  With Grant Ledford he is aiming for another Division II State Title this winter.