Posted On: 03/27/19 3:14 PM
Here’s a broad overview of our updated 2020 top-130 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 new 2021 rankings!
CHANGES IN THE TOP-10
There are two changes worth highlighting in the updated top-10. Brandon Murray‘s stock is surging after playing a key role in winning states with Poly, and he moves up to at #9 as a result. Jamal West of St. Frances, who rose up to #10, has been one of the biggest stock boosters in the area over the last 12 months, and that trend continued this season.
FIVE STOCK RISERS
#21 | RONALD POLITE | 6’1 PG | OXON HILL | PREVIOUS RANK: 39
Ronald Polite parlayed his breakout at Capitol Hoops Summer League into an impressive junior campaign at Oxon Hill. With his first offer recently coming from George Mason, we expect more suitors to come calling in the near future.
#22 | JOHN “MANZIE” WILSON | 5’10 PG | ST. JOHN’S | PREVIOUS RANK: 33
John “Manzie” Wilson impressed in his first year at St. John’s, and really took control of the team down the stretch. A big selling point with Manzie is his ability to run a team at a breakneck pace while keeping control.
#33 | CAM TWEEDY | 6’6 SF/PF | WESTLAKE | PREVIOUS RANK: 87
Division one schools continue to express interest in multifaceted forward Cam Tweedy of Westlake. Tweedy enhanced his stock during a productive junior year, and is in good position to continue that trend this spring.
#60 | ZAC BLACKWELL | 6’0 PG | PATTERSON | PREVIOUS RANK: 86
Zac Blackwell has proven himself as one of the best on-ball defenders in the state. Blackwell’s ability to relentlessly suffocate the opposing team’s primary ball handler was evident throughout Patterson’s run to the championship.
#65 | AARON RUSSELL | 6’2 SG/PG | BISHOP MCNAMARA | PREVIOUS RANK: 91
Despite playing a sporadic role at McNamara, Aaron Russell exhibited heat check tendencies and proved that he could consistently knock down shots from the perimeter. Russell also showed that he can play with the ball in his hands and create for both himself and others off the bounce.
DIVISION ONE SLEEPERS
#19 | DELONNIE HUNT | 5’10 PG | ROCK CREEK CHRISTIAN
DeLonnie Hunt has just one offer from Bryant, but that could change drastically in the near future. A leader of men who is coming off a solid junior campaign, Hunt is in excellent shape and looks poised to break out this spring.
#23 | MALCOLM ALEXANDER | 6’4 SF/SG | BULLIS
Malcolm Alexander picked up his first offer from Howard over the summer, but has a chance to open more eyes with a strong showing this spring. A smooth operator on the wing who can score with little effort, Alexander will likely have to prove that he can lock down defensively before that happens.
#26 | RAHIM ALI | 5’11 PG | POLY
Not many point guards in the region can match the resume of Rahim Ali. A three-time state champ who can run a team efficiently, Ali continues to fly under the radar among his peers. It should not be long before D1’s begin actively recruiting him.
#31 | JOHN “MIKEY” SQUARE | 6’5 PF | ST. JOHN’S
John “Mikey” Square is a stingy and versatile defender who brings toughness to any front court. Square is listed at 6-foot-5, but plays much bigger thanks to his long arms, strength, and high work rate. It will be interesting to see how his recruitment develops moving forward.
#32 | JAYSHAUN FREEMAN | 6’0 PG | KENT COUNTY
A breakout performer at the DMVElite80, JayShaun Freeman put up crooked numbers on a nightly basis during his junior year. Kent County’s star lead guard appears in line for a major role with Team BBC this spring and could see a jump in his recruitment.
TOP 10 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 Durant|
|5||Woody Newton||6’8||PF/SF||Mt. Zion Prep||Team Takeover|
|6||Adrian Baldwin||6’1||PG||St. Frances Academy||Team Durant|
|7||Darius Miles||6’7||SF/PG||St. Charles||DC Premier|
|8||Darius Maddox||6’4||SG||St. John’s||Team Durant|
|9||Brandon Murray||6’4||SG/SF||Baltimore Poly||Team Melo|
|10||Jamal West||6’5||PF||St Frances Academy||Team Thrill|