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 small forward position features several athletic wings who have the potential to see D1 scholarships before their high school careers end.
Eli Rogers, Manual – Rogers has great size for the position at 6’7″ but will need to improve his quickness and athleticism to be able to guard his position at the next level. Rogers received his high ranking due mainly to his immense potential. You don’t see many kids in Kentucky who are 6’7″ and possess good perimeter skills at such an early age. His continued development could move him near the top of the class before the end of his career at Manual.
Kenny White, Madisonville-North Hopkins – Another 6’7″ small forward, White has big time potential. A long athlete who is capable of guarding multiple positions, White could wind up being one of the top 2-3 players in the class if he develops a better motor. Kenny has the size and skill set to play high level college basketball but needs to develop his perimeter shot. His growth and skill development is one to watch and he could see a major increase from his modest freshman averages of 5 points and 4 rebounds per game for the Maroons.
Mobi Ajuonuma, Powell County – Largely unknown across the commonwealth, Mobi has only been playing basketball for a little over a year now. Mobi will play for Powell County this season and could be the biggest surprise in the 14th region this season. He was impressive with the Pulaski Thunder this past AAU season. Undersized at about 6’2″, Mobi is a tremendous vertical athlete and has a big time motor. Ajuonuma should be a top sophomore in the 14th region this upcoming season.Chesimon Moore
Chesimon Moore, Louisville Collegiate – Another long wing at 6’5″, Moore has a lot of skill and a ton of upside if he can put it all together over the next 3 years. Moving to Collegiate this season after starting his high school career at Atherton last season, Moore has the potential to be a breakout player in the 7th region. Chez is a good athlete who is at his best when getting to the rim. But he is improving as a shooter and defender as well. If Moore can find a way to ramp up his motor, he can make a difference for coach Zach Settembre’s Titans.
Cameron Underwood, Butler – Underwood is a 6’2 slasher who is going to see an increased role for the Bears this season. An athletic slasher who can finish at the rim and knock down the open 3. Cameron plays with a big time motor and a ton of energy. Underwood also excels in the classroom where he maintains a 4.0 GPA.
Other names to know: Caleb Jefferson (Newport Central Catholic), Terrance McDaniels (Trinity), Thomas Dozier (Butler), Will Hairston (Dunbar), Taylor Spurlock (Harlan County)