Unquestionably, this is the deepest class of talent to ever come out of the Greater SA area. Despite the transfer of Tristan Clark out of state to Findlay Prep (NV), there will be no shortage of D1 talent, D2 or D3 from the Alamo City.
In our first initial rankings, it was a very heated debate between our staff for the top spot. From skill level, to physical size, overall impact, college projection and more, the smooth shooting lefty from Holmes High School, Marco Anthony, nudged out the quick athletic combo guard from Johnson High School, Greg Bowie II, for the top spot.
Here’s our first edition of the “Top 10” for the 2017 class.
Has the all around skill set and physical body that earned him our initial top ranking in the ’17 class. He projects at either the 2 or 3, has good handles, will attack and finish above the rim, is not opposed to using the lost art of the mid-range jump shot, and his left handed stroke will go out to the 3-point line. Already has the frame that most D1 players do not have, is built like a D1 linebacker. His overall style of game can be summed up with one word, “Smooth.” Has offers from: UTSA, Long Island, Mercer, and Sam Houston State.
Very skilled guard, and although listed as a point, can play either spot. Above average handles who has range beyond the arc. Has a quick step that makes it difficult for others to stay in front of him. Will change direction quickly, or can stop on a dime to use his accurate jump shot, or make you pay from deep if you back off. Really excels in the open court and is a blur in getting to the hoop. Offers from: UTEP, UTSA, Sam Houston State, Incarnate Word, Texas State, and Texas Arlington.
Could very well have the quickest first step in all of Greater SA. Has very good ball handling ability, will facilitate with no problem at all. Has good basketball savvy and will find teammates with lobs, the extra bounce pass, and weak-side looks. To add to his ball handling, has a deadly shot from all over the court, and will dial it up from deep, with no problem putting it up from well behind the 3-point line. Offers from: LIU, UTSA, UTEP, Sam Houston State, and St. Francis (PA).
An athletic two guard who is extremely effective on both ends of the court. Only 6’3″, but uses his length and leaping ability well. Has good range to and beyond the arc. Will put the ball on the floor and use his athleticism to slash to the hoop. With great leaping ability, will finish strong above the rim. Defensively, moves very well laterally. Uses his hands in the passing lanes and to hound his counterpart. Offers from: Sam Houston State and Texas State.
Is exceptionally fast getting up and down the court. Is tough to stay in front of, and as a floor general, can score or facilitate. His speed and athleticism allow him to get to the hole with ease, and the ability to finish. Can shoot from three, but is better suited using his quickness in the open or half court set up. The big question surrounding Harris is will he choose to play football or basketball, or possibly both, at the next level. Has an offer from Houston Baptist.
6). Isaiah Thorne PG, 6’0″ Warren HS
Really came onto the scene during Warren’s playoff run last season. Plays with a high confidence, and thrives with competition. Similar to to Harris and Magee, can shoulder the scoring load, or pass first getting teammates involved. Has good handles, plays with a high basketball IQ, knowing when to push, set up half court, or expose any mismatches. Has range beyond the three point line and will let it fly without any doubts.
7). Jeff Fesperman SG, 6’2″ Churchill HS
A gritty, tough, hard nosed two guard who has shown he’s one of the best long range shooters in Greater SA. Is constantly on the move and doesn’t need much space to put up his shot. From mid range to downtown, is very accurate. Can handle the ball, and has good build to his frame, which compliments his grit and toughness. Already has an offer from Air Force.
8). River Reed PF, 6’8″ Reagan HS
Had an up and down summer circuit, and questions remain about his true position. In watching him very closely at the Fall GASO, he’s added muscle and has bulked up, reportedly right around 190-195lbs. Is still a little light, but much closer to what should be his playing weight. Has shown the willingness to play down low, bang and get physical. On offense, has worked on his low post moves. With his long reach he’s still a factor defensively hitting the glass and blocking shots. Can shoot from the outside for a big man, but will have to be more consistent and can then turn into a weapon in the “Pick and Pop” role. Getting stronger, bigger, and working on his low post game will only help him that much more in potentially becoming a true low post. Has offers from Stephen F. Austin and Incarnate Word.
9). Stanley Umede SG/SF, 6’3″ Warren HS
A very intriguing two guard/wing who is still coming into his own, and with continued growth, has the potential to be a D1 prospect. He’s long, lanky, and uses that to finish with soft touch when going to the hole. Will use a mid range jump shot, and can shoot a set three. His length and athleticism are an added bonus that helps him on defense.
10). Burone Edwards SG/SF, 6’4″ Roosevelt HS
Very athletic two guard who has the quicks to get up and down the court, excels in transition and will guard you like a glove. Right now, his best asset is slashing and finishing at the rim. Has to work on developing a consistent jump shot. Is able to hold down opponents and will play lock tight defense. Moves well laterally and will make a play on defense as well.