With our very first 2020 class rankings coming out last week, there is a whole new group of kids to get to know across the Commonwealth. The talent level in 2020 is high overall and will potentially have several Division I signees before the class graduates and move on to the next level. The shooting guard position features several lights out shooters who have the potential to see D1 scholarships before their high school careers end.
Amari Taylor, Tates Creek – Taylor averaged right at 10 points per game as a freshman at Lexington’s Tates Creek High School, shooting 40% from the field (36% from 3-point range). Amari’s got a good frame and has really improved his shot mechanics in the last year. For Tates Creek to have success this year, he’s going to have to see a significant increase in his points per game.
Reese Smith, Boyle County – The rare 3 sport star, Smith is an absolute freak athlete. Smith averaged almost 14 points per game last season and grabbed 5 rebounds per game. Reese is also a top wide receiver and defensive back in the state and was even a state champion in track in the spring as a sprinter. Smith has a chance to go Division I in any of the three sports and should graduate high school as one of the best athletes in Boyle County history.
Luke Morrison, South Oldham – Already standing 6’4 and coming off a freshman season where he averaged almost 8 points per game for the South Oldham Dragons, Morrison is definitely a player to keep up with over his high school career. Coming off a really strong showing in July with Louisville Legends AAU, Morrison could be a candidate to move up the rankings if his high school production is equal to how he played in July.
Marcellus Vail, Collins – Standing 6’2 and possessing a pure jump shot, Vail is one of the best scorers in the 2020 class. Marcellus should step into a starting role for Collins this season. Recently profiled HERE, Marcellus recently added early interest from Morehead State and Lipscomb.
Howard Fleming, Male – A long, lanky wing from Louisville, Fleming has a ton of potential. His size, build and skill set remind of fellow Louisvillian D’Angelo Russell at the same age. However, Fleming doesn’t yet possess the killer mentality that young D’Angelo had. Howard was named to the All District team as a freshman and should continue to rack up accolades throughout his high school career.
Other names to know: Matthew Taylor (Corbin), Jackson Sivils (McCracken County), Kaelin Drakeford (Mercer County), Cody Potter (Shelby Valley), Don Victor (Hopkinsville), Kobe Brents (Glasgow)