Incoming freshmen always have some ups and downs to their games and while there are many who open the doors to their first day of high school with quality hardwood reputations due to middle school exploits, there are others who hit the scene with little to no fanfare that have very bright futures in front of them. This year is no exception as there are a number of well-known Class of 2020 talents and others who will just begin their ascent both regionally and nationally. Here’s a quick look at five potential immediate impact talents in the Midwest that will be making the transition to high school this season…
Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order
NIMARI BURNETT – 2020 – PG – MAC IRVIN FIRE – MORGAN PARK HS
An excellent young lead guard with plus length, skill, and feel, Burnett is far from a finished product and that’s intriguing as he’s already very advanced. He handles the ball, he can score off the bounce in traffic, with his mid-range jumper, and his perimeter stroke extends beyond the arc. He makes plays when it matters and he’s only getting better. Physically, instinctively, and skill wise Burnett is developing and getting better while already delivering dominant results. He’s a projected high major impact guard with a very high ceiling who could deliver some quality results right off the bat.
JALEN JOHNSON – 2020 – G – WI PLAYGROUND WARRIORS – SUN PRAIRIE HS
Another quality young talent who drips with potential. Equipped with an excellent frame, plus length, solid instincts, and a skill package that allows him to control the game creating or scoring, Johnson has scary upside and potential. His range extends beyond the arc, he can attack off the bounce and finish, he scores in transition, and he has the ability to create offensively and deliver passes on time in transition and half court sets. Still growing with plus plus length arms, Johnson’s basketball obviously lies ahead and if his consistency meets up with his potential and advanced skill in the coming years he like the others herein will be a high major impact talent that generates a significant amount of recruiting offers.
SHON ROBINSON – 2020 – F – MAC IRVIN FIRE – MORGAN PARK HS
Had a chance to really watch this young man all spring and summer up close and his potential is both intriguing and ridiculous in the same sense. Already boasting a plus length 6-8 wiry frame, Robinson’s wingspan is 7 foot plus as well. He has nice timing defensively, is a decent athletic, and he brings nice versatility to the court. He has shown an ability to score from all three levels and has drawn early comparisons to a young John Henson with some even referencing Rasheed Wallace as well. Time will tell but obviously there is still significant room for Robinson to grow and develop physically and skill wise but as a young big heading into his first year of high school there a lot to be excited about with this young prospect. Expect big things from him as he grows and matures and he took looks the part of a high major impact talent.
JAMARI SIBLEY – 2020 – F/C – WI UNITED – NICOLET HS
Few, if any, prospects in the class took as big a leap forward the past 6-12 months as this long wiry forward who delivered dominant effort after dominant effort all spring and summer. Skilled with an ability to dominate the paint scoring, rebounding, and defensively, Sibley can knock down the jumper to 15 feet, he slashes in transition, he can elevate and poke out when needed, and he has an excellent feel for the basketball on the class right now making him a lethal rebounding machine and a double double magnet every time he takes the court. Defensively he’s disruptive and versatile and the most impressive thing is he generally brings a quality effort and runs the floor hard so there doesn’t appear to be any prima donna to him at this stage, which has become the norm for some young middle school prodigies unfortunately. He works hard, is willing to improve, and he makes things happen in dominant fashion whenever he takes the floor. Physically and skill wise he is barely scratching the surface and that bodes well for his high major impact potential long term.
JALEN SUGGS – 2020 – G – TEAM SIZZLE – MINNEHAHA ACADEMY
A highly skilled and dominant talent who already holds multiple Division 1 offers (i.e. Baylor, Georgia Tech, etc.), Suggs has already played at the high school level despite being in middle school as Minnesota allows it. He’s athletic, has handles, can create with dominance, and score with dominance, and he’s a top 10 caliber talent nationally in terms of his on court exploits already. Still growing and maturing both physically and skill wise, Suggs has a significantly high ceiling and he like the others on here looks the part of a high major impact talent if his consistency, maturity, and skill package reach the level projected.