The 2019-2020 high school season is nearing an end and the 2020 grassroots season is shortly upon us. Whether prospects are playing on a shoe circuit or independent national tournaments, college coaches will be hitting flights across the country finding players that fit their system. Below we take a look at which prospects could potentially boost their stock during this grassroots season during the spring, summer season.
2021 F Paolo Banchero (O’Dea, WA) – Although Paolo is already considered a top-5 prospect in his class, he certainly has the potential to end the grassroots season as the number one prospect in the 2021 class. Banchero has just an incredible football-like physical profile at 6-foot-9 and holds great skill and versatility. At his size, he can be considered a force down low inside the paint, a powerful finisher at the rim, able to step out and score on the second and third levels, and holds some solid passing skills. Banchero is a monster and is a walking double-double who can average about five assists per game. He is currently ranked at number four in the class, according to 247sports.
2022 PG Sterling “Scoota” Henderson (Kell, GA) – Sterling Henderson, or aka Scoota, built a name for himself last grassroots season running with Game Elite Big 5 15U in the Adidas Gauntlet. Henderson received invites from USA Basketball to participate in their mini camp last July and October after his performances last spring, summer. Another stock boosting AAU season should be on the rise for the sophomore point guard. Sterling holds the size at his position, explosiveness, athleticism, and just an attacking downhill playmaker. He has looked more confident in shooting the ball this high school season and his jumper has certainly improved over the last year. Scoota is currently ranked at number eleven in the 2022 class according to 247sports.
2021 SG Trevor Keels (Paul VI, VA) – Trevor Keels has been extremely impressive throughout his junior campaign with Paul VI out of Virginia and could potentially end this grassroots as a top-20 or top-15 prospect in his class. Keels is currently ranked number nineteen in his class according to 247sports. He is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard with a football-like body frame that helps him shed off defenders when driving to the lane. Trevor has been more confident scoring the ball and he is able to score in a variety of ways. Keels is a reliable jump shooter, excellent at drawing fouls, and is extremely effective rebounding the ball for his size.
2022 C Favour Aire (Bishop McNamara, MD) – The 2022 class is already loaded with top tier talent from top to bottom and Favour Aire needs much more attention than he is receiving as of now. The 6-foot-10 big man is already known to be one of the best shot blockers and rebounders in the class. He is currently ranked number sixty-nine in the 2022 class according to 247sports. Aire averaged 14.4 points per game while snagging down 14.1 rebounds per game and blocking 3.4 blocks per game. Favour is an elite rim protector with a nice wingspan, holds terrific hands when catching passes from his guards, and makes his presence known inside the paint on both ends of the floor. Aire could have the biggest stock rise of all this grassroots season.
2021 PG Rahsool Diggins (Archbishop Wood, PA) – Rahsool Diggins is currently ranked at number seventy-one the 2021 class rankings according to 247sports. Diggins is a 6-foot-1 point guard who can see the floor well, able to weave his way inside through the opponents defense, a reliable shot maker, and holds sneaky quickness to get by his defenders. Rahsoool received the Philadelphia Catholic League’s most valuable player award this high school season and averaged just around 19.9 points per game. One of the top underrated point guards in the class headed for a big breakout grassroots season.
2021 F Adama Sanogo (The Patrick School, NJ) – Adama Sanogo has had himself an excellent season in his first year at The Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey. Sanogo is a walking double-double who has a good balance on scoring the ball and being effective on the glass. The 6-foot-9 forward is a soft touch finisher around the rim, holds an impactful football-like body frame, and just always seems to be at the right place at the right time on the floor. He also holds good mobility running rim-to-rim and is really at his best offensively when around the basket looking to score. Adama is currently ranked at the number sixty-six spot in his class according to 247sports.
2021 PG Carter Whitt (Leesville Road, NC) (currently #84)
2021 PG Frankie Collins (Compass Prep, AZ) (currently #88)
2021 PG Peyton Daniels (Tri Cities, GA) (currently #106)
2021 F Ernest Ross (Sante Fe, FL) (currently #38)
2022 PG Bruce Thornton (Milton, GA) (currently #38)
2022 SG Dariq Whitehead (Montverde, FL) (currently #20)
2022 PG Rodney Rice (Bullis School, MD) (currently #51)
2021 PG Bensley Joseph (Crushing Aca, MA) (currently #136)