The 2019 grassroots season has come to an end and now it is time for us to look ahead into the high school season coming up this fall and winter. The class of 2020 prospects will be going into their senior year and final run with their high school squads. It has been a fun and different grassroots season then past years with new NCAA recruiting calender. Here we take a look at which prospects had the biggest stock rise throughout the spring and summer.
PG DJ Steward (Whitney Young High School, IL) – DJ Steward arguably has had the biggest stock rise throughout this year’s grassroots season running with Nike EYBL Meanstreets (IL). DJ averaged 22.9 points per game throughout the season and has been extremely impressive while doing so. He is an efficient point guard who has a solid balance on scoring the ball and facilitating the offense. Steward is a certified playmaker and is a reliable shot maker from basically anywhere on the floor. He is a distributor and his lethal play earned him a few high major offers from top schools like Duke and North Carolina, which he earned after the Nike Peach Jam during the live period. He has recently cut his list down to eight, which include Duke, North Carolina, DePaul, Louisville, Texas, Illinios, Indiana, and Iowa State.
PG RJ Davis (Archbishop Stepinac, NY) – What a spring and summer it was for the dynamic point guard RJ Davis. RJ came into this AAU season unranked and once he became nationally known prospect, he was ranked towards the bottom of the list. That did nothing but spark up the 6-foot-0 point guard as offers began to come in from left and right. Over the last couple of months, Davis had earned high major offers from school like Kansas, North Carolina, Louisville, Texas, Cal, and others. He is a supreme bucket-getter and can score in an array of ways. RJ is quick attacking the rim, a good outside shooter, and can draw contact at anytime when attacking the rim. He is literally a walking bucket, averaged 20.6 points per game with the NY Renaissance (NY) in the Nike EYBL.
SG Bryce Thompson (Booker T. Washington, OK) – After averaging 25.3 points per game in the Under Armour Association with Oklahoma Run PWP (OK), Bryce Thompson’s stock had no choice but to rise, especially after an incredible spring period. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard shows a lot of shade of a CJ McCollum type of guard. Thompson is able to create his own shot off the bounce so effortlessly and his sweet shooting stroke helps him convert a plethora of jumpers from anywhere on the floor. He is an all level prolific scoring guard and could potentially be a McDonald’s All American come March. Schools like Michigan State, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and others have set their eye on him and will look to add the great scorer to their roster in a couple years.
SG Keon Johnson (The Webb School, TN) – Keon Johnson, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Tennessee, has three schools on his mind, Virginia, Tennessee, and Ohio State are his final three. Johnson has had himself one heck of a grassroots season and was one of the leading scorers in this year’s Adidas Gauntlet averaging just about 23 points per game. He was one of the standout prospects at this year’s NBA Top 100 Camp in June in Virginia. Keon is one of the nation’s top on-ball defenders in the class. He is an athletic two-guard with a quick first step when attacking the basket. Johnson has improved his jumper over the last couple of months and has been able to convert on his three point and mid-range shot attempts. This kid plays with a great motor and could impact both ends of the floor on the next level.
UVA commit F Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Blair Academy, NJ) – After being injured and out for most of the grassroots season last summer, newly Virginia commit Jabri Abdur-Rahim came into this year’s AAU season with only one mindset, getting back to where he belongs. Where does he belong? At the top of the rankings with best of the best. Abdur-Rahim was one of the EYBL’s leading scorers this year at 25.3 points per game with the Playaz Club (NJ). Jabri holds elite scoring instincts, a good change of speed in the open floor, and has an almost unstoppable elite pull up jumper. He stands at 6-foot-7, which is a huge advantage on most of his opponents and defenders guarding him. Once he gets to Virginia, it will be no surprise if he wins ACC freshman of the year. Jabri’s stock has gone nowhere but up since coming back from injury throughout this grassroots season.
PG Sharife Cooper (McEachern High School, GA) – The 6-foot-0 point guard Sharife Cooper has been on a tear for the last few months with his phenomenal play. His stock certainly continues to rise and after another outstanding Nike EYBL season where he averaged 25.5 points per game, 8.0 assists per game, and 1.5 steals per game. He has completely certified himself as one of best point guards in the 2020 class. Sharife has extremely great instincts when it comes to scoring the ball and creating plays for his teammates. He is dynamic in the open floor, holds a great change of speed, and has the elite layup package he will need at the next level for a prospect his size. The future McDonald’s All American always plays consistently and his floor awarenesses is definitely high level.
UNC commit C Day’Ron Sharpe (Montverde Academy, FL) – UNC bound Day’Ron Sharpe has probably had the biggest stock rise this spring, summer out of all the big man prospects in the class. Roy Williams is certainly receiving a good one and he will fit right in in North Carolina’s system. Sharpe is a 6-foot-10 big man who plays with a high major motor. He holds long arms, which helps him to be impactful on both ends of the floor. Day’Ron is an elite glass cleaner, a rim protector in some situations, and has that soft touch around the rim offensively. Sharpe runs the floor very well and like I said, his motor is just on a different level. The future UNC Tar Heel proved and displayed his skills during the NBA Top 100 Camp back in June. Sharpe should move up the charts and could be a potential McDonald’s All American.
F Henry Coleman III (Trinity Episcopal, VA) – Duke, Virginia Tech, Michigan, NC State, and Ohio State round out the final five schools for the 6-foot-8 forward Henry Coleman III. What a grassroots season it was for Henry, running with Team Loaded (VA) in the Adidas Gauntlet this year. His stock has boosted itself with this tremendous play on the floor. He is an extremely versatile defensive player who is able to guard multiple positions on the floor. Coleman III has the physcial profile and college ready body already for a kid his age. He is a powerful finisher when attacking the rim, moves without the ball fairly well, and plays with such a high motor and could be considered an energy guy for his team. Henry is for sure a walking double-double as he is an effective playmaker on the glass on both ends of the floor.