January 31, 2018
By: Julius Kim
The state of Maryland is known for having basketball legends, elite stars, and prospects that are up next. As we all, at times, get overwhelmed to watch and keep track of the five-stars and top 100 guys, here are seven individuals from the class of 2019 that need some love too.
Johnathan McGriff – Huntington Prep – Team St8ment
At nearly 6-foot, McGriff described his game as a true point guard who likes to constantly get his teammates involved but can insistently take over a game when needed. He’s still working on getting stronger in all aspects of his game and mentioned offers from Rutgers, UNLV, and Kansas State.
Daniel Allen – McKinley Tech – The District BC
Allen said he has the ability to score on all three levels. He continued, as he also stated he is a crafty finisher inside and can see plays before develop. When asked what he wants to improve, in terms of his game, he stated that he can dunk at 5-foot-9 but he is still working on it. Allen added he wants to get quicker laterally and his different moves around the basket.
Judah Jordan – Capitol Christian – Team Thrill
The Team Thrill product expressed his game as a very smooth and sharp prospect. He wants to improve on strengthening his body so he can handle contact. Along with his development with his body, he is working on shooting off the pick and becoming a knock down spot up shooter. He has scholarships from Kent State, Penn State, Towson, and Hampton.
Will Thomas – Mervo
Thomas said he is at his best when he finds his teammates in their hot spots and his scoring ability. He is an athletic, long, and ambidextrous prospect who is still working on his rebounding and defending. He claimed offers from Towson and Quinnipiac.
James Bishop – Mount St. Joe’s – Team Thrill
As Bishop recently scored his 1,000th career point, he is a guard who can score on all three levels. He can play on and off the ball while creating for others. He stated he wants to rebound more and be more consistent on the defensive end. Bishop has earned offers from Marquette, LSU, Kansas State, Temple, VCU, and NC State.
Mekhi Long – Massanutten – Team St8ment
At 6-foot-7, Long stated his game as a driver and playmaker. He wants to continue working on his jump shot from mid-range to the three as well as his off the dribble shot. He has offers from Memphis, Rhode Island, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, ODU, Towson, and JMU.
Yavuz Gultekin – John Carroll – Mid Atlantic Select
Turkish native Gultekin is a high motor and versatile prospect. He stated that he can shoot from anywhere and will do anything for his team to get the win. He is still working on his conditioning as the game is played faster in the United States. Gultekin mentioned offers from Penn State, George Mason, St. Joe’s, DePaul, and Kansas State.
Pic of James Bishop: Adam Ayalew