Since the ending of the 2019-2020 high school season, we have seen a plethora of top tier prospects announce where they will be playing next year during the 2020-2021 high school season. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020-2021 high school season will most likely be on a different timeline regarding national events, showcases, and tournaments. Some states, like California (CIF Schools), have postponed their high school seasons to a later start. Below we take a look at which top prospects should make an immediate impact for their new squad next season.
Jalen Duren, a top-5 highly ranked prospect, was one of the first prospects to announce his next move for the 2020-2021 high school season back in March. Duren averaged 17.1 PPG, 12.5 RPG, and 3.4 BPG in his sophomore season for Roman Catholic (PA). He gives Montverde another elite caliber big man down inside the paint and will make the biggest impact out of the new prospects next season in a Montverde jersey. Duren is a 6-foot-8 plus big man with an elite level physical frame for a kid his age. He is a powerful finisher, holds great hands, excellent at alternating shots, and very mobile for his size.
Powerhouse Oak Hill Academy has produced many high level prospects in the past. Big time names like Rod Strickland, Carmelo Anthony, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Durant, Cole Anthony, and others have came through the Oak Hill program. Highly ranked prospect, Dior Johnson, is up next for head coach Steve Smith. Johnson averaged 24 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 4.9 APG last season for Mayfair (CA) last season. Johnson will run the point guard duties for the Warriors for the next two years. At 6-foot-3, Dior is a special playmaking guard who is able to score in bunches, a mid-range jump shooter, and a tough finisher when attacking the rim.
Nolan Hickman is one of the biggest transfers of the offseason, and the 6-foot-3 guard has a chance to separate himself as one of the best point guards in the 2021 class. Hickman will team up with 2022 high-major recruit PopPop Isaacs, and the former Eastside Catholic (WA) star should fit in nicely after strong junior season in which he averaged 17.3 points, 3.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. The Seattle Rotary product will be handed the keys to the Wasatch backcourt, and he should find plenty of success alongside a talented group.
Sunrise Christian, located in Bel Aire, Kansas, has made back-to-back GEICO National appearances and should make it a third straight for the 2020-2021 high school season. Kennedy Chandler, who is transferring from Briarcrest Christian (TN) where he averaged 24.0 PPG, 5.0 APG, and 5.0 RPG during the 2019-2020 high school season, will add much more elite talent to an already talented roster next season for Sunrise Christian. Chandler will be joining future McDonald's All American 2021 F Kendall Brown next season and both should be one of the top duos nationally throughout the season. Chandler is a quick, speed guard with quick instincts, able to make plays, finish at the rim, and penetrate the lane when attacking the rim.
Coronado, a program located right outside of Las Vegas, will be receiving another scoring guard to go alongside 2021 SG Jaden Hardy, one of the nation's top scorers. Collins has transferred from Compass Prep (AZ), where he averaged 13.9 PPG, 6.2 APG, 3.5 RPG, and 2.4 SPG during the 2019-2020 high school season. Collins and Hardy should make up one of the best backcourts next season nationally with their scoring and playmaking abilities. Frankie is a 6-foot-1 point guard who is able to hit shots, make terrific passes, plays with toughness, and finishes through contact consistently for his team.
The guard positions at powerhouse IMG Academy needed to be filled with the loss of Springer and Murrell and who better to fill that role than 2022 PG Jaden Bradley? The 6-foot-4 point guard has transferred from Cannon School (NC), where he averaged 23.1 PPG, 6.1 APG, 6.4 RPG, and 2.9 SPG and led them to the class 4A state title. Bradley will be running the point guard position for the next two season at IMG Academy, located in Bradenton, Florida. Jaden will be joined by a couple other key transfers and elite prospects next season for the Ascenders. He shows great speed in the open floor, an active defender, able to get downhill, and his high athleticism are just a few qualities he holds as a junior.
DeMatha Catholic has had a few talented prospects come through their program over the last few years, NBA all star Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers being one of them. The Stags will be receiving one of the nation's best scorers in the 2022 class in Rodney Rice. Rice will be transferring from Bullis School (MD), where he averaged 22.9 PPG during his sophomore campaign during the 2019-2020 high school season. He is a positional size combo guard at 6-foot-4 who is able to score on all three levels, a reliable shot maker, able to make shots off the bounce, and an elite ball handler. Rodney should make his impact next season scoring for the Stags.
Milton High School, located just outside of Atlanta in Milton, Georgia, should be back in the national rankings next year to begin the 2020-2021 high school season. The Eagles are already returning most of their core from their 26-5 class 7A final four squad from a year ago, including their starting backcourt in 2022 PG Bruce Thornton Jr. and 2023 PG Kanaan Carlyle. The Eagles have now added 2022 F Kendall Campbell, who is transferring from Meadowcreek (GA) where he averaged 17.4 PPG and 9.8 RPG during the 2019-2020 high school season. Campbell is a 6-foot-7 plus forward who will make his immediate impact in the paint for the Eagles next season. Kendall gives Milton a paint presence down low to go along with their dynamic backcourt.
Prolific Prep, a program located in Napa, California, made their first ever GEICO Nationals appearance last season led by future NBA Draft lottery pick Jalen Green. The Crew will be losing a plethora of key pieces from last season's squad but Memphis commit 2022 SG Arterio Morris should be the next man up for Prolific Prep during the 2020-2021 high school season. Morris, who is transferring from Kimball (TX) where he averaged 23.7 PPG, 7.8 APG, and 7.3 RPG during the 2019-2020 high school season. Arterio plays with a lot of aggression and speed, a solid finisher at the basket, and has a nice mid-range game in his arsenal. The 6-foot-3 guard should make his immediate impact on the scoring end next season for Prolific Prep.
One of the nation's top scoring guards in the 2022 class, Keyonte George, should make his impact right away with his new squad iSchool Lewisville next season. George will be transferring from Lewisville (TX) where he averaged 23.9 PPG during the 2019-2020 high school. Keyonte will be a main piece to the Cougars core next season and will compliment to returning 2022 PG Cruz Davis. He sits at 6-foot-4, an electric scoring guard, an underrated defender, and according to his head coach he is a game changer.
Florida State commit Bryce McGowens will probably make the most impact out of all the transfers going into next season with his new Legacy Early College squad. Bryce will be joining a preseason top-10 program and will be paired in the backcourt with South Carolina commit 2021 PG Jacobi Wright. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is transferring from Wren (SC), where he averaged about 22.0 PPG during the 2019-2020 high school season. McGowens is one of the better scoring guards in the 2021 class and will be adding fuel to the fire to an already talented Legacy Early College squad, who finished last season with a 23-8 overall record.
2021 F DaRon Holmes (Montverde Academy, FL)
2022 SG Justice Williams (Montverde Academy, FL)
2022 PG Jalen Hood-Schifino (Montverde Academy, FL)
2022 F Malik Reneau (Montverde Academy, FL)
2022 G Zion Cruz (Oak Hill Academy, VA)
2022 SG M.J. Rice (Oak Hill Academy, VA)
2022 F Chauncey Wiggins (Grayson, GA)
2022 C Jaxon Koroll (Long Island Lutheran, NY)
2022 SG Darrion Williams (Bishop Gorman, NV)
2022 C Vernon Collins Jr. (Greensboro Day, NC)
2021 SG Tamar Bates (IMG Academy, FL)
2022 SG Jett Howard (IMG Academy, FL)
2022 SG Shaedon Sharpe (Dream City Christian, AZ)
2021 SG Demari Williams (Dream City Christian, AZ)
2021 F Robbie Armbrester (Wasatch Academy, UT)
2022 SG Kamari Lands (Prolific Prep, CA)
2022 G Skyy Clark (Brentwood Academy, TN)
2022 F Gradey Dick (Sunrise Christian, KS)
2021 F Jerrell Colbert (Wagner, TX)
2022 PG Austin Nunez (Wagner, TX)
2021 PG Keshawn Gilbert (Vashon, MO)
2021 F Keon Edwards Jr. (Legacy Early, SC)
2021 PG Broc Bidwell (Milton, GA)
2022 SG Otega Oweh (Blair Academy, NJ)
2021 C Bretner Mutombo (Hamilton Heights, TN)
2021 C Kristian Kocab (Hamilton Heights, TN)
2022 SG R.J. Moore (West Oaks Academy, FL)
2021 PG Kasai Fontanez (West Oaks Academy, FL)
2021 PG Trey Pettigrew (Hillcrest Prep, AZ)
2021 SG Brandon Weston (Hillcrest Prep, AZ)
2022 G A.J. Smith (Combine Academy, NC)
2022 C Patrick Wessler (Combine Academy, NC)
2022 G Ramel Lloyd (Rancho Christian, CA)
2022 F Lee Dort (Greenhill School, TX)
2022 G Noah Shelby (Greenhill School, TX)
2023 F Omaha Biliew (Waukee, IA)
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