The summer is over and as we head into fall leagues in preparation for the start of the season in a few months, the Class of 2024 rankings have been updated and released. There’s not a ton of change but…
The summer is over and as we head into fall leagues in preparation for the start of the season in a few months, the Class of 2024 rankings have been updated and released. There’s not a ton of change but there is a newcomer to the top five. Here’s how things shook out.
1 – Terrence Hill Jr Terrence Hill Jr 6'2" | PG TBD | 2024 #175 Nation OR (2024 Roosevelt)
Staying at the top of the class is Hill, who continues to be the state’s most highly-recruited Division I prospect. The 6-foot-2 lead guard showed what he could do on the national scale, finishing second in the entire EYBL 16U in scoring. He continues to be serious threat from deep but has improved his game going to the hoop. One area where we’ve really noticed some growth with Hill is his motor as he’s been playing with more purpose on both ends. A high major offer may be just around the corner.
2 – Austin Maurer Austin Maurer 7'0" | C Cascade Christian | 2024 State #143 Nation OR (2024 Cascade Christian)
Maurer continues to stick around at number two as college coaches continue to be intrigued by his combination of size and skill. The 6-foot-11 junior played up at times with the Oakland Soldiers 17U squad and certainly showed that he could hold his own. Expectations are going to be high for the big man as Cascade Christian is likely the favorites to win it all in 3A and Maurer will be a marked man by every defense in the state.
3 – Jaden Steppe Jaden Steppe 6'8" | SF Tualatin | 2024 State #258 Nation OR (2024 Tualatin)
It was a close call for #3 but Steppe earned the slight nod. The now 6-foot-8 junior shined as one of the main forwards for the Rose City Rebels on the EYBL yet was able to demonstrate that he’s worthy of guarding on the perimeter where he could knock down threes or create off of the dribble. His ability to utilize his footwork down in the post is something that might rank amongst the top in the state for any class.
4 – Pearson Carmichael Pearson Carmichael 6'6" | SG Summit | 2024 State OR (2024 Summit)
Carmichael comes in at the fourth spot but is coming hard and heavy at those above him. The now 6-foot-7 wing is as smooth as silk operating on the wing, whether it’s hitting jumpers or pulling up off the bounce. The junior had a big summer with the Players Play AAU program and has been very active with his college recruitment, visiting campuses and receiving offers from schools this summer such as Pepperdine and UC San Diego.
5 – Utrillo Morris Utrillo Morris 5'8" | PG Roosevelt | 2024 State OR (2024 Roosevelt)
Morris is the newcomer to the top five and it’s well deserved. The 5-foot-9ish point guard is arguably the quickest player in the state and as a complete magician with the basketball, is very difficult to guard one-on-one. He masterfully managed the point for the Rose City Rebels on the EYBL circuit and was flat out unstoppable at times in HS ball in June. Continued improvement of his three-point shot will make him near unguardable.