Posted On: 08/5/19 2:09 PM
photo: Jon Lopez
Ten months ahead of commencement, the 2020 class graduated from AAU basketball. No more endless summers spent in hotel rooms eating continental breakfast. Although, as the players may find out soon enough, college dorm rooms and meals at the dining hall isn’t a far cry from the Sleep Inn.
Anyways, we’ve enjoyed tracking the players’ progress all the way through, from the summer of 2017 through 2019. It’s the first class I’ve personally watched from start to end and we feel strongly about our grasp for this group.
We feel pretty good about the picture we’re presenting today. We’ve watched a ton of Ohio hoops since the last update, in April, and have had countless insightful conversations with college coaches about where guys stack up to help inform our choices.
First of all, we don’t include prospects in the Ohio Prospect Rankings who we won’t be able to continue tracking. Zeb Jackson, the previous no. 1, will finish his high school career at Montverde Academy in Florida. Our National Rankings will still include Jackson. He hasn’t disappeared from the Prep Hoops radar. Our Ohio staff, however, won’t be able to see him consistently from up here. Therefore, there’s a new no. 1.
John Hugley has earned that top spot. The improving 6-foot-9 center from Brush has cut his list of offers to a top 12: Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State, Miami (FL), Missouri, NC State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, UCONN, and West Virginia.
Luke Frazier slides up from no. 7 to no. 2. The future Dayton Flyer is the most dynamic playmaker in this class. His offensive upside is higher than any of his peers.
Mo Njie and Garvin Clarke remained at no. 3 and no. 5 respectively.
The only other major change at the top is Grant Huffman’s move to no. 4 from no. 8. The Davidson commit’s feel for the game and decision-making is truly elite. He tore up the UAA Circuit, proving himself on a national stage. The hitch in his jumper is becoming less of a sore spot. So much so that we believe Huffman’s jumper will become a complete nonissue in the coming years.