|S. Morrow, T. Williams, K. Walker, J. Harris, J. Toles, D. Billings|
The NYBL staff has worked very hard to compile the most complete and accurate National Basketball Class of 2020 Top 60 Ranking. The NYBL staff has had the pleasure of watching and evaluating these players during the competitive second NYBL season, at the 6th Grade AAU Nationals in Hampton, VA, at the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp, at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase where the NYBL All Star Top 20 game took place and at various other tournaments and camps around the country this past AAU season. These rankings are post season rankings that will be updated after this upcoming year’s AAU season around the same time. When looking at our rankings we take into account the performance, production and potential of the prospect. Also, the players IQ and skill set come into the equation when we evaluate players. Although many things can change between a player’s 6th Grade year and his senior year of high school, we believe that this is a good starting point in the evaluation process for the talented players that are trying to earn college scholarships. We understand that there will be debate that some players should be higher or lower in the rankings, and that players will move in and out of the class due to the reclassification phenomenon from year to year and certain players will get better and others will not, some will stop growing and others will spout up, but it will be our goal to provide the best and most accurate list through our evaluation process. So let’s dig in and analyze the Class of 2020 Top 60 National Basketball Rankings.
The Perimeter Rules but we are Starting to see Major Size Patrolling the Paint
Right now the breakdown of the Top 60 is still heavily weighted to the perimeter. Although the perimeter has more depth because the class if still young and developing, some players with major size are starting to make an impact on the circuit and in turn in the national rankings. There are 15 Players that are 6’4” or taller or 25% of the Top 60. There are 10 Point Guards, 17 Wing Guards, 10 Wing Forwards, 10 Power Forwards, and 13 Centers that comprise the Top 60. The Wing Guard position (many call them Shooting Guard) is the deepest position in the class. 22 of the Top 60 played in the NYBL. We have also included a 15 player Watch List of players that we are monitoring and could crack the Top 60 rankings when they are updated next fall (will be expanded to a Top 100 when this class moves to 8th Grade).
Each Position is Strong at the Top but Depth is an Issue
|Hunter Jackson, Jaden Springer, Tyler Brelsford, AJ Hoggard & Chase Ellis|
The Pre-Season Top 3 Teams Have a lot of Talent
Last season’s 6th Grade AAU National Champion Oakland Soldiers and the AAU National Runner –Up WACG All Stars are both loaded with top ranked players as Oakland Soldiers has four in the Top 60 and WACG has five in the Top 60 with the rumored addition of Ben Todd. The new kid on the block from Baltimore Slam City Elite boasts eight Top 60 players. Many question if this talented group has enough balls to go around, can they put their egos aside, play as a team, and sacrifice in order to win the National Championship. We are anxious to see what other teams and players come out of nowhere like the St. Louis Wildcats and Rashard McDaniels did last year at AAU Nationals.
The DMV/Baltimore seems to Produce the Most Talent
13 of the Top 60 players hail from the DMV/Baltimore which is DC, Maryland and Northern VA. Team Takeover #11 and DC Premier NR (Placed in the Top 10 8u – 11u) are the top two programs and continue to churn out DI players. The DMV produces approximately 75 DI players on a yearly basis. Terrance Williams (#2), Jordan Toles (#6), Tyler Brelsford (#10), Isaiah Todd (#13) are the Top 4 ranked players in the DMV and are all ranked in the Top 20 in the class. Cameron Byers (#24) rounds out the Top 5 players in the DMV. North Carolina is also becoming a hotbed for youth basketball’s top talent as Five Top 60 players hail from the Tar Heel State. (Note: The Class of 2019 has Twelve Top 100 players from the state of North Carolina.)
The West Coast is More Relevant in 2020
The Class of 2020 has more talent on the West Coast than the Class of 2019 does. 6 of the Top 21 players are from the West and 9 of the Top 60 versus only 6 of the Top 100 for the Class of 2019 are from the West. This makes sense as two of the top teams in the country are from the West in Oakland Soldiers and West Coast All Stars.
The NYBL will also be releasing National Rankings for the Class of 2021 (Top 25) in the next few weeks. Also please check out the recent press release below with the announcement of the