Recruiting 2020 - The 10 Most Wanted
- By Tim Wallis, Day 1, 2020
1. Randall Dozier
(LaSalle Academy, Rhode Island)
A 6-9 forward who came close to averaging a triple double, Dozier dominated the Rhode Island Interscholastic League and has been courted by at least half a dozen elite college programs, including Duke, Georgetown, UCLA, Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Memphis.
2. Josh Gamble
(Prestonwood Christian Academy, Texas)
The top rated high school point guard in the nation, Gamble has pro size at 6-3 and is considered virtually a sure thing to make the JBL, whether that’s in a year from now or four. Has plenty of options, but is expected to stay close to home and accept the offer from Texas.
3. Odell Bracey
(Brophy College Prep., Arizona)
The 6-4 guard averaged 22.4ppg, 14.0apg and 3.1spg last season as one half of the Broncos’ dynamo odd couple with Detrez Owens (next on this list). Bracey’s quickness and vision coupled with Owens' knack for getting the ball into the basket made them highlight reel regulars.
4. Detrez Owens
(Brophy College Prep., Arizona)
Also 6-4, but about 40 pounds thicker, Owens poured in 31.1ppg as well as 7.1rpg and 4.5apg, most of those points coming from a Bracey assist. The almost supernatural connection between the two on the court makes it difficult to judge how good they are individually and we may have to wait at least another year to find out, with both players expressing a desire to continue playing together. North Carolina and Ohio State, amongst many others, are eager to give them that opportunity.
5. Khalen Anthony
(Duluth East H.S., Minnesota)
The leading scorer in the nation at 33.4ppg, the 6-11, 250 pound Anthony was a goliath in the Minnesota Freelance conference. He won’t find it as easy to dominate inside at college level and his defensive effort has not always been there, but he’s a future JBL player. Looks likely to end up at either Connecticut or Stanford.
6. Devon Harrell
(Bethel H.S., Virginia)
Harrell led the country in assists at 14.4apg and was 2nd in steals at 3.7spg. At 6-5, he’s comfortable playing positions 1-3 but sometimes tries to do too much, as reflected in his high turnover count (3.58 per game). Syracuse and Georgia Tech appear to be his most likely destinations.
7. Antoine Willis
(Capitol H.S., Louisiana)
Willis is a rebounding machine with extraordinary strength and a high basketball IQ. He’s still fairly limited offensively and there are concerns about his conditioning and work ethic, but defending champs Arkansas have been chasing him hard as the replacement for recent JBL draftee Isaac Foster and they are not the only top school to show interest.
8. Josiah Robinson
(Murphy H.S., California)
Following a growth spurt, the now 6-11 small forward averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists last season, but is still learning how to use his newfound physical gifts. He could take his pick from the California schools, but has found himself a little too close to trouble off the court and it is thought his parents are encouraging an interstate move.
9. Zach McCray
(Atlantic Shores Christian, Virginia)
McCray’s numbers were as good as any other senior in the country, the 6-9 forward putting up 26.3ppg, 13.7rpg, 9.2apg and 2.4bpg over 22 games. The Seahawks had a soft schedule, but stats like that get attention. Kansas and Memphis are thought to be very into him.
10. Brandon Weir
(St Bonaventure Academy, Wisconsin)
The nation’s leading shotblocker (4.0bpg) and also among the leaders in rebounds (16.1rpg), Weir is a 6-11 C/F with a menacing defensive presence. At the moment he scores all his points from dunks and putbacks, averaging 12.8ppg, but he shows good awareness at the offensive end. Marquette already have a verbal agreement for him to accept their scholarship offer.