High School Basketball Prospects

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  1. Shadowlight

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    Not easy to bake the perfect cake. For me no matter what sport the best case scenario is a dual thing where a white prospect has both top flight athleticism and a high ranking. Around here they are known as Caste Busters!! But over the past decade plus those type of white athletes have been very few and far between. Often they rank high in one of the dual aspects but are lacking in the other. Sure there have been more than a few white baseball prospects with tremendous speed but rarely are they rated among the best prospects and few make it to the Majors. So in a sense they "don't exist." And too often like in basketball the top 100 white players are big guys more noted for finesse and power rather than explosive hops and speed. They might make it but we hear about their "lack of quickness" for four years.
    Let us hope that is not the case with what looks to me like the heir apparent of Rex Chapman since he is from Kentucky. The problem is at this point in time he has a low rating of two stars which gets you into say a low major like New Hampshire. So his skills need refinement and a ton of hard work in order for him to jump to a High Major School. Is he hungry enough like so many black athletes or will he drift away into oblivion like so many other distracted white kids these days? But if he can get his act together we are looking at a prime time special athlete. From the class of 2020 and already sporting a 41 inch vertical with blinding speed I introduce the very raw (so was Michael Jordan his freshman year in HS) 6"4" SG Trey Brock. The goal is to get him into the top 25 prospects for the class of 2020. See below for a quick synapsis of this incredible athlete.
    https://future150.com/hs/basketball-news/trey-brock-eyeing-breakout-sophomore-season
     
  2. Jack Lambert

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    What a find Shadowlight!! He looks like he is going to be a good one!

    In some more good news, 2018 forward Chris Doherty committed to Notre Dame today!!! That gives the Fighting Irish 4 out of 5 white players for 2018!! I'm glad there a still a few "colorblind" staffs left in college basketball.

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    Chris Doherty
    https://247sports.com/Player/Chris-Doherty-46047604
     
  3. Jack Lambert

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    It's been awhile, but here a couple more prospects to keep your eye on:

    Shadowlight mentioned a player from Kentucky, Trey Brock, as a stud in the 2020 class to watch out for. There's a 2020 Kentucky player better than Brock is: that would be Trinity PG Justin Powell. He's 6'5, 180, and is a complete stud. This guy has it all: great athleticism, good speed and quickness, great passing skills (look at his vision and passes in the video!), and can play defense. He's an acrobat in the air and is able to finish some tough shots around the rim; he also has legit three point range. He's the No. 1 player in the state of Kentucky for 2020, and has offers from programs like Auburn (!), Cincinnati (!), Vanderbilt, and Xavier. Expect blue bloods to be all over this kid. Do yourself a favor and watch this kid's highlights, it's well worth your time!

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    Justin Powell


    https://247sports.com/Player/Justin-Powell-46048027



    The next guy is from the Class 0f 2019. That would be Newburgh, Indiana product Alex Hemenway. The 6'3 170 lb guard is a great scorer from all levels, and has athleticism to boot. He's especially good finishing around the rim and through contact. Hemenway has offers from Butler, Xavier, Creighton, and Nebraska, among others, and is a legit HM prospect. I look forward to seeing where he goes; from the current list, Creighton or Butler would be most ideal.

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    Alex Hemenway

    https://247sports.com/player/alex-hemenway-46036018

     
  4. Jack Lambert

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    Here are three more 2018 prospects who will all hopefully be at high major schools.

    The first is the surest thing, as he's visiting four HM schools and then deciding between them. That would be Aussie forward Sam Froling, the brother of Marquette forward Harry Froling, who we're going to get to see when he suits up this weekend. The 6'9, 205 forward has a good all-around game. He's tough around the rim, and blocks a lot of shots, as his highlight film shows. He's also good on offense, with his back to the basket or facing the basket. Froling can also shoot threes. As I mentioned, Froling is currently on a visit tour of colleges before going back to Australia, when he'll decide. His finalists are: Wichita State, Arizona, Creighton, or Maryland. Any of the four would be good for him, although playing time would likely come through Creighton or Wichita State. However, Froling and Alex Barcello (an Arizona PG) would be a good pairing at Arizona.

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    Sam Froling

    https://247sports.com/Player/Sam-Froling-46036725



    The next two guys are late risers in the 2018 class; both of them are now getting high major interest after initial mid-major offers.

    The first guy is Drew Peterson, a 6'7 wing from Libertyville, Illinois. He's taking a visit to Wisconsin on December 23, and with the Badgers' need of finding a scorer, it's likely Peterson will get an offer when he visits. I'm unable to find a recent video of Peterson's (the most recent good ones are from a couple years ago), so I'll give you his stats so far this year. Peterson is averaging 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals per game!! Not too bad. If I find a good video, you can be sure I'll post it. He's no Tyler Herro in terms of pure talent, but Peterson would definitely fit in with Wisconsin should they offer him.

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    Drew Peterson

    https://247sports.com/Player/Drew-Peterson-46036183

    The last guy for now is Connor Crabtree. The 6'5, 180 lb guard, now at Hargrave Military Academy, is one hell of an athlete. His highlight film from his senior year of high school is pretty dang good. I'm not sure of the caliber of opposition he played, but man, he can light it up. Crabtree is an athlete that can shoot, drive, and get up and throw down some nice dunks. Crabtree also has good handles, and good basketball IQ. He looks pretty long, which helps him on defense, especially with getting into the passing lanes. He was a 1,000 point scorer in high school. High majors have started taking notice of him lately, with schools like Butler, Virginia, and Marquette all stopping in to see him recently. With the skills this guy looks like he has, it's "amazing" only mid majors have been involved with him until now. "Weird" huh? Any of the three schools I mentioned for him would be ideal landing spots, although I think Butler would provide the clearest path to playing time for him. I'm just hoping he doesn't commit to a mid-major school; his skills are too good in my opinion.

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    Connor Crabtree

    https://247sports.com/player/connor-crabtree-46035450

     
  5. Jack Lambert

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    There's a 2019 guard from Glens Falls, New York. If you aren't aware, that's where Jimmer Fredette went to high school at. Glens Falls is also where Joe Girard III is currently attending HS. He's already drawn comparisons to Jimmer for his incredible sharpshooting skills and scoring ability. The 6'1, 195 lb guard is already a scoring machine; he's just 247 points shy of Jimmer's record as a JUNIOR. Girard and Fredette have even worked out together, and Jimmer has said that Girard is already better than he was at a similar age. Not surprisingly, BYU has already offered, as have a few other schools. High majors like Notre Dame, Michigan, and Villanova are all interested in the dynamic guard's services. Girard is definitely one to watch moving forward!! Even sites like Bleacher Report are calling him the "next Fredette!" I've linked an article by the 247 profile.

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    Joseph Girard III


    https://247sports.com/Player/Joseph-Girard-45572935
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...er-fredette-is-getting-help-from-the-original

     
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    Awesome love logging on to see stories like this, rooting for the young man!
     
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    JL had some free time this afternoon and I watched several of the highlight films you have posted above and man, there is some SERIOUS talent out There! I liked Powell and Hemenways smooth all around games as well as Crabtree! That young man has some SERIOUS ups! Very entertaining to see him flying down the court throwing down dunks!
     

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