Tom Stricker ranks the top rising senior basketball players in Baltimore area
Nobody watches more high school basketball than Tommy “Hoops” Strickler, the scouting guru with the Hoop Group.
While the 2018-19 basketball season still sits a few months away, the summer circuit is red hot and Stickler is on the scene daily.
Exclusively for VSN, Strickler ranks the Top 17 seniors heading into the coming high school season.
17. Jalen Willis, Joppatowne, 6-foot-1, guard
Ability to score on defenders and knock down the 3-pointer.
16. Davon Newman, Mervo, 6-6, forward
Not quite his twin brother Tavon, but nonetheless skilled.
15. Tavon Newman, Mervo, 6-7, forward
Bouncy, rail-thin combo forward. Can score in variety of ways and can mix it up inside.
14. Gerard Mungo, Patterson, 6-2, guard
Combo guard playmaker/shooter who shows versatility.
13. Cameron Spencer, Boys’ Latin School, 6-2, guard
Stood the test against the MIAA A best guards last season. Nice sized off-guard who can knock down the 3 consistently and could get Division I looks.
12. Armani Walker, Poly, 6-8, forward
Hard working post whose defense and attitude make him a low D-I prospect.
11. Jalen Rucker, Gilman School, 5-9, guard
Hard-nosed smallish pure point playmaker. Has played way into the low D-I mix with improved play and shooting.
10. Drew Greene, McDonogh School, 6-2, guard
Smooth glider who emerged as a low D-I prospect last season. Scores from all over the court.
9. Logan Curtis, Calvert Hall College, 6-3, guard
Solid low D-I prospect. Can handle and shoot. Will be the heart and soul of his team. Committed to East Carolina.
8. Jason Murphy, St. Frances Academy, 6-8, forward
A reserve last season, Murphy can solidify his Division I potential with a good summer league performance.
7. Rajier Jones, St. Frances Academy, 6-2, guard
Cool customer who always plays big in big games. Does all the right things on the court and consistently hit the 3.
Another mid major waiting to happen.
6. Chase Drew, Gilman School, 6-4, guard
After sitting out last season, Dulaney transfer shows good looking pure jumper, but must prove himself. Mid-majors will be looking.
5. Chase Parr, Glenelg Country School, 6-9, center
Much improved inside player who has risen to mid-major staus with a sneaky athleticism and defined jump shot. Also has an offer from Towson.
4. Will Thomas, Mervo, 6-5, forward
Multi-dimensional wing who can shoot with either hand. Scores well from all over the court. Many mid majors have offered including Towson.
3. Anthony Walker, Perry Hall, 6-8, forward (recently transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire)
Dynamic athletic post who developed rapidly during Perry Hall’s second straight state title run and keeps expanding his game. More than 12 offers, including Virginia Commonwealth and St. Bonaventure.
2. Marvin Price, Patterson, 6-4, guard
After stop at Huntingtown Prep in West Virginia last season, Price returns. Actually may be a better prospect than Bishop. High major all the way. Offer from Georgia Tech among others.
1. James Bishop, Mount St. Joseph, 6-2, guard
Through hard work and talent he has risen to the top of the heap, Outstanding lefty shooter, now playmaking as well, Baltimore’s best. Several high Majors are involved, including the Terps, Marquette, and others at that level.