Posted On: 03/29/19 4:00 PM
Here’s a broad overview of our updated 2021 top-100 rankings, taking a look at some of the trends we’ve seen so far. Stay tuned for more in depth breakdowns of the 2021 class!
CHANGES IN THE TOP-10
Five newcomers highlight a drastically altered top-10. Quincy Allen, a 6’7 wing from Maret, shoots up from 14 to 3 after asserting himself and being named All-MAC in his sophomore season. McDonogh wing David Brown III, who moved up to fourth from his old spot at 19, is another who helped himself with a productive campaign. Erik Reynolds, a crafty 6’1 guard from Bullis, stood out among his peers as a result of his contributions on both ends of the floor. GDS lead guard Jordan Rayford is another All-MAC selection who moves up after impressing throughout the year. Zaakir Williamson, a forceful paint presence who rounds out the top-10, was a major impact player for Rock Creek this season and continues to rise up the ranks.
FIVE STOCK RISERS
#12 | ZION RUSSELL | 6’2 SG/PG | GEORGETOWN PREP | PREVIOUS RANK: 35
Russell is an explosive 3-and-D guard who can help himself if he can prove to be a reliable primary ball-handler.
#18 | GUY FAUNTLEROY | 5’10 PG | ROCK CREEK CHRISTIAN | PREVIOUS RANK: 51
Fauntleroy proved himself as one of the top guards in the area after a breakout season at Rock Creek.
#20 | SAVEON JACKSON | 6’1 PG | KIPP | PREVIOUS RANK: 37
Like Fauntleroy, Jackson is a St. John’s transfer who took control of his new team’s destiny and led them to a championship.
#30 | AFAMDI ACHUFUSI | 6’3 PG | SIDWELL FRIENDS | PREVIOUS RANK: 39
Achufusi is a swiss-army knife who can defend a bevy of positions, score in the post, rebound and make plays with the ball in his hands. Is he next up at Sidwell?
#40 | DAY’SJUAN WATERS | 6’3 SG | GOOD COUNSEL | PREVIOUS RANK: 50
A smooth scoring wing who can get hot and fill it up in a hurry, Day’sJuan Waters hit 28 threes and shot 80% from the line for a young and improving Good Counsel team.
SPRING WATCH LIST
#8 | ERIK REYNOLDS | 6’1 PG | BULLIS/TEAM TAKEOVER
For those who haven’t seen Reynolds play yet, it won’t take long to see that he is a complete guard. One of his best attributes is his competitive edge. Reynolds has that alpha dog mentality that coaches adore.
#9 | JORDAN RAYFORD | 6’5 PG | GEORGETOWN DAY/TEAM DURANT
Rayford will get the chance to showcase his skills on the EYBL for the first time, and is a safe bet to improve his stock if he can consistently assert himself.
#22 | JAMES GROSS JR. | 6’2 SF | ROCK CREEK/DC PREMIER
Gross is on the short list of must-see athletes in the DMV. He plays with a high motor, but doesn’t quite know how dominant he can be yet. Once things click for Gross, things could get scary for his opponents.
#23 | JARED BILLUPS | 6’5 SF | MCDONOGH/TEAM BBC
Take one look at Jared Billups and you’ll notice he looks the part. But watch him play and you’ll realize that he’s the type of player who will run through a wall for his teammates. If Billups can cultivate his raw skills, it will only add to his intrigue.
#29 | JULIAN REESE | 6’8 PF | NEW TOWN/TEAM THRILL
Reese is a skilled southpaw big who can boost his stock with a productive grassroots campaign.
TOP 10 OVERVIEW
|1||Jakai Robinson||6’5||SG||National Christian||Team Takeover|
|2||Ryan Conway||6’0||PG||Dulaney||Team Melo|
|3||Quincy Allen||6’7||SF||Maret||Team Takeover|
|4||David Brown III||6’4||SG||McDonogh||Team Durant|
|5||Jordan Hawkins||6’5||SG||Gaithersburg||DMV Stags|
|6||Benny Williams||6’8||SF/SG||St. Andrew’s||Team Takeover|
|7||Ike Cornish||6’5||SF||Dulaney||Team Melo|
|8||Erik Reynolds||6’1||PG||Bullis||Team Takeover|
|9||Jordan Rayford||6’5||PG||Georgetown Day||Team Durant|
|10||Zaakir Williamson||6’7||PF||Rock Creek Christian||DC Premier|