Prep Hoops Missouri takes a look at several players in the Class of 2020 who were big stock risers during the past season. These players really stepped up and performed well beyond their preseason ranking (or non-ranking in some cases).…
Prep Hoops Missouri takes a look at several players in the Class of 2020 who were big stock risers during the past season. These players really stepped up and performed well beyond their preseason ranking (or non-ranking in some cases).
Jordan Jermian 6’2″ Raymore-Peculiar: Standout point guard who missed much of last season due to an injury and it showed in Ray-Pec finishing with a .500 record. At full health this season, he was one of the top players in the KC area after leading Ray-Pec to a district title and a berth in the Class 5 state quarterfinals. He was a major asset in nearly every category to help his team win games. Jermain averaged 17.8 points, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free throw line.
Matteus Case Matteus Case 6'5" | SG Chaminade | 2020 State MO 6’5″ Chaminade: The talented wing player from Canada played a big role in the Red Devils run to the Final Four of the Class 5 state tournament. He is an athletic and skilled performer who fit in his skills well within a very talented and deep team. He can handle the ball and make good decisions with the ability to create a shot off the dribble. He also made 34 3-pointers. He averaged 10 points a game on a well-balanced team. He has garnered some Division I interest.
Brant Bowers Brant Bowers 6'2" | SG Rock Bridge | 2020 State MO 6’3″ Rock Bridge: After playing a reserve role on last year’s Class 5 state championship team, Bowers stepped into a major role in helping to lead the Bruins to a berth in the state quarterfinals. He had a tremendous summer shooting the ball with his Missouri Elite grassroots team and that carried over into the regular season as he consistently knocked down perimeter jumpers during the Bruins 22-game winning streak en route to the state quarterfinals.
Josh Kilpatrick 6’5″ Grain Valley: The versatile lefty used his size and skill set to stuff the stat-sheet across the board. He proved to be a match-up problem with his height and ability to create offense off the dribble and hit perimeter jumpers. Kilpatrick averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, three assists and nearly two steals a game. He also had a penchant for making big plays in clutch situations.
Terridean Bogan Terridean Bogan 6'0" | PG Charleston | 2020 State MO 5’10″ Charleston: The little point guard was a big force for the Bluejays in their run to the finals of the Class 3 state tournament. His quickness and speed proved to be a major advantage at both ends of the floor. He averaged three steals a game as the head of the Bluejays’ full-court press. On offense, he could break defenders off the dribble to get into the lane, plus he also hit 60 3-pointers. He averaged 14.2 points and 5.2 assists a game.
Clayton Merrigan 6’2″ Platte Valley: The small-school standout guard did just about everything in leading the Athletics to a second consecutive berth in the Class 1 Final Four. He is an excellent 3-point shooter, but he was also a facilitator who can handle and pass the ball while making his teammates better. He was also a solid defender who could guard several positions.