Posted On: 11/29/18 5:00 AM
Here’s a broad overview of our updated rankings, taking a look at some of the trends we’ve seen so far. Stay tuned for more in depth breakdowns of the 2020 class, and 2021 rankings!
CHANGES IN THE TOP-10
There are two noteworthy changes at the top of the rankings in the latest update. The first involves Woody Newton, who returns to the top-five after showing continuous improvement to go along with steady production. There is little doubt that Newton has a high ceiling, and he is definitely making positive strides. The other change involves Darius Miles, who moves back into the top-10 after demonstrating the maturity that we’ve wanted to see out of him for some time. We believe that Miles has an incredibly high ceiling, and like Newton, is really still just scratching the surface of his potential.
FALL STOCK RISERS
#21 | MALCOLM ALEXANDER | 6’4 SG | BULLIS | PREVIOUS RANK: 49
Alexander continues to move up the board as his role grows at Bullis. We like that he can make shots from the perimeter and is efficient with the ball.
#23 | LINCOLN BALL | 6’4 SG/PG | WILLIAMSPORT | PREVIOUS RANK: 32
Ball has steadily seen his stock rise over the course of the past two years, and at this point is one of the best overall prospects in the state. He’s a versatile guard who can see the floor, handle, and create shots for himself and others.
#27 | JAMIE BERGENS | 6’1 PG | WEST NOTTINGHAM | PREVIOUS RANK: 53
Bergens had a good spring and summer, but this fall he really caught our eye with a strong showing at the DMVElite 80. The skilled point guard from Holland is currently on the radar of several low to mid level division one programs, and his stock is trending up.
#42 | TYLER BRELSFORD | 6’3 SG | MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH | PREVIOUS RANK: 51
Brelsford continues to grow into his body, and is about 6-foot-3 now. It looks like he is becoming a reliable scoring option as well as a playmaker this season at Mount Saint Joe, and should continue to improve as he gains experience.
POSSIBLE BREAKOUT CANDIDATES
#14 | CHUCK HARRIS | 6’2 PG | GONZAGA
Harris is a hungry player with a strong work ethic, and continues to improve on multiple facets of his overall game. We expect him to be a steady presence in the backcourt for Coach Steve Turner.
#16 | BENDJI PIERRE | 6’7 SF | BISHOP WALSH
Pierre is a skilled wing who has developed into a very good athlete. Look for Coach Dan Prete to deploy the New Jersey native in a variety of areas on the court to help him produce and maximize his potential.
#22 | PAUL SMITH | 6’8 PF/C | DEMATHA
Smith will have a vital role off the bench for the Stags this year, and we expect him to have some big games this year. All it takes is for him to have one big game in front of the right audience, and the offers could start flowing in.
#32 | JULES BIKOY | 6’3 SG/PG | ST. MARY’S RYKEN
Bikoy could potentially be one of the best defensive players in the WCAC this season. He has all the physical attributes to be a big time guard at the next level, but we’re waiting for him to realize how good he can really be and lock in for a full season. This could be that season.
#34 | JAYSHAUN FREEMAN | 6’0 PG | KENT COUNTY
Freeman is another DMVElite 80 standout who really caught our eye with his unique quickness, athleticism and defensive potential. He will be an exciting player to watch for the next two seasons at Kent County.
TOP TEN OVERVIEW
|1||Hunter Dickinson||7’1||C||DeMatha||Team Takeover|
|2||Justin Lewis||6’8||PF||Baltimore Poly||Team Melo|
|3||Terrance Williams||6’7||PF/SF||Gonzaga||Team Takeover|
|4||Earl Timberlake||6’5||SF/PG||DeMatha||Team Loaded VA|
|5||Woody Newton||6’8||PF/SF||Mt. Zion Prep||Team Takeover|
|6||Darius Maddox||6’4||SG||St. John’s||Team Durant|
|7||Adrian Baldwin||6’1||PG||St. Frances Academy||Team BBC|
|8||Myles Stute||6’6||PF/SF||Gonzaga||Team Takeover|
|9||Darius Miles||6’6||SF/PG||St. Charles||DC Premier|
|10||Dimingus Stevens||6’5||SG||Woodrow Wilson||Team Takeover|