Posted On: 11/21/18 3:59 AM

‘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  progression, regression, or 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 lofty climbers (upward movement listed next to arrow on right of name).

Gioppino Basketball clip art#28 Jamari Bostic ⇑26

Ripley’s starting power forward Jamari Bostic can be a plus wing defender and plus rebounder at the mid-major level.  His development lags behind his potential as coach after coach relegates him to rim protector stunting Bostic’s hoop growth.  One concern about Bostic is his shooting range.  Can he dribble into a shot?  That can be important for college wings.  With Ripley Bostic almost never catches the ball outside 8′.  Evaluating Bostic for college coaches will be very difficult and frankly his high school placement will inhibit his college recruiting.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#46 Carson Cary ⇑18

EAB 17u provided Carson Cary the chance to play point guard.  Next to Keon Johnson and K.J. Johnson, Carson Cary defended lead guards and distributed.  With Columbia Academy scoring is more important for Cary.  He plays shooting guard with Columbia Academy, but the EAB 17u experience helped Cary land a preferred walk-on with Lipscomb University and Lipscomb University Head Coach Casey Alexander.  Carey brings a toughness and instant defensive help.  Football gave Carson that toughness and willingness to use his body to guide attackers laterally instead of into the lane.  Also, Carson Cary can slide his feet at an above average level.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#50 Sylvester Thompson ⇑39

From #89 to #50, Sylvester Thompson earned a precipitous climb with explosive bounce.  Originally considered a little undersized for the college level Sylvester reigns as super sub for Bartlett’s potentially statebound team.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#54 Isaiah Johnson  ⇑63

From #117 all the way to #54 in the state Isaiah Johnson soared with sparkling AAU play.  Isaiah served as point guard for Tennessee Tigers 17u team.  Johnson, like Sylvester Thompson, needed to prove he could compete against DI prospects despite his shorter stature.  The second week of AAU Isaiah played wonderfully at LakePoint Sports Complex northeast of Atlanta.  Johnson is kind of a bull guard with his aggressive penetration.  In the open floor Isaiah is even better than most.