Monday, April 16, 2018

The Warmup: Bossi's Takeaways

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Keon Johnson
SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Things get real on the grassroots basketball circuit at the end of this week when travel teams can play in front of college coaches. In preparation for that, teams hit Made Hoops "The Warmup" over the weekend. The rise of 2020 shooting guard 
 was among National Basketball Analyst Eric Bossi's major takeaways.
RIVALS.COM RANKINGS WEEKBossi's preview

2020 GUARD KEON JOHNSON SHOULD TAKE OFF THIS SPRING

 69 
NATIONAL
   
STATE
   
POSITION
6'5" 160 LBS SG
WEBB
BELL BUCKLE, TN
CLASS OF 2020
UNDECIDED
It isn't as if sophomore shooting guard 
 showed up at The Warmup as a complete unknown. A four-star prospect from Bell Buckle (Tenn.) Webb, Johnson already ranks No. 69 nationally in the class of 2020.
After seeing him play with his Nashville-based club team EAB, I think Johnson could rise even higher than that.
Johnson is a primetime athlete, has terrific vision as a passer and can score off the dribble and make plays in transition. The SEC is all over Johnson as AuburnOle Miss and Tennessee have offered. Kermit Davis had offered at Middle Tennessee State before taking the Ole Miss job. Vanderbilt is also paying close attention.
So far, Johnson says that he's been on the campuses of Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He is open to new interest and showing high-major programs his potential.
"I've been working on my shooting," Johnson told Rivals.com. "I'm becoming more of a threat from three and off the dribble."

MOSES MOODY LOOKS COMFORTABLE WITH NEW TEAM

 32 
NATIONAL
   
STATE
   
POSITION
RANK
N/A
6'5" 177 LBS SG
NORTH LITTLE ROCK
LITTLE ROCK, AR
CLASS OF 2020
UNDECIDED
Not just one of the top prospects in the Southeast, four-star shooting guard 
 is one of the top 2020 wing prospects in the country.
Ranking No. 32 overall in the sophomore class, the 6-foot-5 scorer has joined with Bradley Beal Elite and will play up a year on the 17U level of Nike's EYBL.
Moody is a pure scorer who can get buckets at the rim, from mid range and from deep. 
Heading into the live periods he's holding an impressive group of offers that includes ArkansasOklahomaOklahoma StateBaylor and Florida State. With Duke and Villanova expressing interest, Moody could become a national priority over the next few weeks.

HARRIS SHOULD EMERGE AS A 2019 POINT GUARD TARGET

   
NATIONAL
   
STATE
   
POSITION
6'1" 160 LBS PG
ROCK BRIDGE
COLUMBIA, MO
CLASS OF 2019
UNDECIDED
An unranked three-star prospect in the class of 2019, point guard 
 of Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge and Kansas City-based MoKan Elite should see his stock take off this month.
Harris holds an offer from Tulsa and has had interest from Missouri and Nebraska. So, he's gotten some looks but things haven't really taken off yet. I'm expecting that to change in the next few weeks.
There are a couple of important things going for Harris that should allow this to happen. Most importantly, the 6-foot-1 floor general can play. He's tough, quick, communicates with his teammates and makes things happen on both ends of the floor. Also in his favor is that he plays for a team that will draw a crowd because of a loaded roster that is highlighted by a potential top three player in the class of 2020 in big man 
.

2019 BIG MAN JACOB GERMANY IS ONE TO WATCH

   
NATIONAL
   
STATE
   
POSITION
6'9" 210 LBS C
KINGSTON
KINGSTON, OK
CLASS OF 2019
UNDECIDED
The best part about events like The Warmup is I always seem to find a guy that hasn't received much media attention who looks ready to emerge as a prospect that people will want to know more about. Coming out of my trip to Arkansas, I feel like Kingston (Okla.) High junior 
, who plays his travel ball for Team Griffin, could be that guy.
Germany currently holds offers from Mercer and TCU to go with interest from OklahomaOklahoma StateTulsa and Kansas State. Germany is a southpaw with a nice frame to build on, has touch as a jump shooter and is a good athlete around the rim. Those attributes should result in more scholarship offers and more college interest sooner than later.

MORE NOTES FROM THE WARMUP

 74 
NATIONAL
   
STATE
   
POSITION
6'1" 165 LBS PG
VASHON
ST. LOUIS, MO
CLASS OF 2019
UNDECIDED
Bradley Beal Elite's 17U team has an interesting 2019 backcourt in four-star combo guard 
 and three-star point guard  . McKinney is a high flying, hard playing and in your face athlete who looks like he would be a natural at a program that loves to run and pressure -- even at the risk of making some gambles -- defensively. He's high octane all the way. Collins on the other hand is more deliberate and more of a feel and skill guy. Their opposing styles along with the smooth scoring of the previously mentioned Moses Moody make them a fun backcourt trio to watch.
*****
The next few weeks are going to be huge for 6-foot-10 center 
 from Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill and MoKan Elite. Wilson can really run, blocks shots well above the rim and shows some offensive promise. He has the talent to be a member of the 2019 Rivals150 and a fairly highly ranked one at that. If he can show some consistency over the next few weeks, he's got a chance to lock in a place in the rankings and start reeling in high-major offers.
*****
Only a freshman, 6-foot-8 power forward 
 of the Houston Hoops 15U team and San Antonio (Texas) Antonian was one of the better-looking young post players I was able to watch. He's already pretty fluid, has some touch and plays with a good motors. Guys his size at that age with his current skill set tend to get recruited heavily.
*****
Over the weekend, slender scorer 
 from Rayville (La.) and Woodz Elite picked up his first high-major offer from Iowa State. Currently ranked No. 118 in the 2019 Rivals150, Wilson can fill it up from deep or off of the dribble and I doubt that the Iowa State offer will be his last before the end of his junior year.