With the 2017-18 high school basketball season approaching, many outlets are updating their national rankings for the 2019 recruiting class. Here are five players that came in widely underrated and have a chance to increase their standing before the spring evaluation period…

Avery Anderson III– RM5 Elite
Speed is a big part of this kid’s game. Anderson was impressive at the NY2LA Sports Lone Star Shootout in Dallas and also played some games at the 17U level with RM5 in the EYBL. Anderson may not have ideal size, but the pace he plays with and the ability to make high level decisions at top speed should make him a priority target in the Big 12 and SEC. Anderson holds offers from LSU, Texas A&M, SMU, and others going into his junior season.

Pierre Crockrell – DreamVision
This is a player that if he were 6-foot or taller, everybody would want him. It’s rather shocking that Crockrell only has two offers from Houston and Montana. Throughout the summer, Crockrell was the straw that stirred the drink for DreamVision’s 17U squad and came up clutch in some big moments, particularly in the NY2LA Summer Jam. Crockrell is exceptional at surveying the floor, getting into high percentage areas, and taking advantage of mistakes. He’s a pass-first floor general, but if he has to, he’ll take over as a scorer and isn’t fazed by the big moments. 

Al-Amir Dawes – NJ Playaz
DePaul, Minnesota, and Rutgers are on board with offers. Throughout the EYBL season, Dawes showed the ability to live and the rim and in an up and down style, just has a knack for creating easy looks. Really loved his touch in the paint, especially when his floater when he can’t get all the way to the hoop. A guard that doesn’t waste dribbles and plays with excellent body control inside, Dawes is all about business. While he rarely settles for poor looks, Dawes can get it done from the perimeter and was consistent knocking down 3-pointers on and off the ball. 

Zeke Nnaji – Howard Pulley
Nnaji holds just one scholarship offer from Wisconsin. The reason why a Big Ten power is on board and nobody else is that the Badgers had the luxury of having the 6-foot-9 forward at camp. Nnaji played sparingly at the 17U level and went way under the radar over the summer. However, while in Madison, Nnaji saw extended minutes with Howard Pulley and broke out in front of the UW staff. Nnaji is a combo forward with a budding offensive skillset. He can shoot from the perimeter and has an impressive fade away game down on the block. Nnaji has impressive length and is a big factor on the defensive end. He likely won’t stay a secret this season with Hopkins. Purdue, Minnesota, Nebraska, Stanford, Rutgers, Northern Iowa, and more have also gotten involved as of late. 

Samuell Williamson – Texas Impact 4:13 Elite
Really interested to see what happens with this sleeper. Williamson burst onto the scene at the Lone Star Invite and has since picked up offers from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UNLV, Rutgers, and more – yet still not a lot of people know about him. An intriguing 6-foot-6 sophomore that has so much growing left to do, Williamson could explode over the next year. He’s a lanky wing that can create his own shot and isn’t fazed by a hand in his face and shoots comfortable off balance. Williamson needs to fill out his lanky frame, but he’s a multi-faceted prospect and potential mismatch nightmare with a very high ceiling.