Author: Tyler Simpson, RLH Scout

Best HS Duo In The Nation?

With the high school season a little more than halfway over, and teams playing a national schedule, it’s time to pose the question; Who’s the best duo in all of high school basketball? Tipton Edits asked the question on their instagram account, and we figured we’d go ahead and rank the best HS duo in the nation. We took the 247 Sports Composite Rankings into effect, as well as notable performances this year. With that being said, here is RecruitLook Hoops’ rankings for best HS duo in the nation. 

  1. 2020 Jalen Suggs & 2021 Chet Holmgren/Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, MN) – Ranking number one was the toughest, as Cade Cunningham & Scottie Barnes make a strong case for it. Although, Suggs & Holmgren take the number one spot for me. Suggs has been nothing short of spectacular this year. The one performance that stands out is both Suggs and Holmgren’s against Sierra Canyon. Yes, that Sierra Canyon. The one loaded with star-studded names, sons of legendary NBA players. But that didn’t stop Suggs & Holmgren. Suggs poured in 23 points, while Holmgren had a double-double with blocks, as Sierra Canyon had no solution for him. Suggs & Holmgren are the perfect one-two punch. Holmgren’s defensive prowess, and guard like abilities, paired with Suggs, the uber-aggressive guard, with a fearless attitude on the court, nets this duo as the best in the nation.
  2. 2020 Cade Cunningham & 2020 Scottie Barnes/Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) – Cade Cunningham, in my opinion is the #1 player in all of 2020. A unique talent with point guard playmaking combined with his sheer size and strength at 6’6” makes him an incredible all-around player. Barnes’ motor is something that basketball scouts and junkies notice every time they watch him play. He offers versatile skill set along with his defense that’s always getting lauded. That’s why they check-in at number two for us. 
  3. 2020 Jeremy Roach & 2021 Trevor Keels Paul VI (Fairfax, VA) – Roach & Keels check in at number three here. Roach has returned from injury and looking as strong as ever, showing why he’s one of the best floor generals in the nation, but also keeping the same explosiveness he had pre-injury. Keels on the other hand has consistently hit big shot after big shot for his Paul VI team, most recently in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions & against Sierra Canyon at the Hoophall Classic. Combining an elite floor general like Roach with an elite sharpshooting guard like Keels, is the making of one of the better duos in the nation. 

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

2020 Joshua Christopher & 2022 Dior Johnson/Mayfair High School (Lakewood, CA) – Joshua Christopher became one of my favorite players in the 2020 class last year during his tear through the EYBL in the spring. Christopher’s scoring prowess doesn’t go unnoticed, combine that with Sophomore phenom, Dior Johnson, and you have a duo worth watching every time they step on the court. 

2020 Jalen Green & 2020 Nimari Burnett/Prolific Prep (Napa Valley, CA) – If there’s a more pro-ready player in the 2020 class, than it’s Jalen Green. Elite athleticism, can score in a multitude of ways, and has great defensive upside. Combine Green with Burnett, who is one of the better combo guards in the nation and you have two of the bigger bodied guards in the nation, who excel at finishing at the rim. Making them a top duo in the nation. 

2020 Evan Mobley & 2020 Dominick Harris/Rancho Christian High School (Temecula, CA) – Evan Mobley is regarded by some as the best prospect in the 2020 class. Then, factor in Dominick Harris, who has had a strong start to his senior season, and you’ve got a formidable duo.

Scouting Report: Cory Davila

Height: 6’7”

Class: 2020

Position: Forward

GPA: 

AAU Team: MOKAN

High School: Basehor-Linwood

Strengths: Cory has a strong body that he uses well for rebounding and gaining position inside the post. Hasn’t been playing basketball for very long, but has incredible footwork for his age and this point in time as a prospect. 

Improvement Opportunity: Could be a little more aggressive in the post at times. Needs to expand his shooting range to really fulfill his position at the next level. Can disappear at times during the games, but can show up when needed to. 

Projection: DII or NAIA.

Scouting Report: Jack Sheplak

Height: 6’4”

Class: 2020

Position: Guard

GPA: 

AAU Team: Team KC

High School: Blue Valley North

Strengths: Jack is a great all-around player. Competes on both ends of the floor and loves to get his teammates involved. Can shoot the three at a high rate and hit it with ease. Strong rebounder, and even better in transition at seeing the court.

Improvement Opportunity: Needs to get better on the defensive end as he has a hard time staying in front of his man at times. Could also hit the three at a more consistent rate, have seen him go 6-6 and then 1-9 from outside.

Projection: Has been hearing from low majors, DII, and etc. I expect Jack to end up at the DII level.

Tayven Glasgow’s Strong Start

Tayven Glasgow has had a strong start to his final season of high school basketball, a start that has surprised some people, but certainly not him. As he continued to work under the radar and improve his weaknesses, other people flew higher than him but that didn’t stop him during his final AAU season either. Glasgow’s final AAU season was something he could look back on and be proud about, he continued to work on his game and show potential college coaches what type of player he is. A winner, playmaker, and a team-first guy. He displays an unselfishness ability about him, that certainly goes overlooked when looking for the right player to fill a hole in some college coaches roster next year. 

“I put in a lot of work to get my body right, and worked on my game all summer. That allowed me to regain my confidence, and in basketball confidence is everything.”

Glasgow is right, confidence in basketball is everything. But he’s glad to have found that confidence again, knowing he can play with the best of them. A big proponent to Glasgow losing his confidence was a lot of missed opportunities. Something he wishes he had back, but he’s focused on looking ahead and moving forward. “The culture in the area isn’t very good,” added Glasgow. “There’s a lot that can bring you down if you let it.”

When culture comes to mind in basketball and surrounding cities, it’s all about being happy for someone’s success. You’ve got the DMV area, probably one of the most rich basketball talent areas in the nation, an area that has produced such superstars like Kevin Durant, Elgin Baylor, Johnny Dawkins, Adrian Dantley, and so forth. When those players made it big, who hail from the DMV, everyone cheers for their success. That’s what good culture is about, and that’s what Glasgow eventually wants to see from the Kansas City area. 

“Just wanting to see other people win, that’s what it’s really about. Be happy with other’s success.”

Glasgow’s doing all he can to improve the culture, but also with the strong start to his senior season of high school, that’s already improving it enough. 

When asked about what he did to gain his confidence back, Glasgow attributed his desire to win and his strong play so far this season. “I hate losing, so last year was tough for me. I just don’t want that to happen again,” added Glasgow. 

Glasgow’s game has improved ten folds since the summer, he’s becoming a more polished all-around basketball player and he’s taken a sense of pride in that as well. 

“I’ve always tried to be the best all-around basketball player I can be,” said Glasgow. “If I was only showing up in one to two categories I’d be doing a disservice to myself and my team.”

This season has seen Glasgow fall a bit under the radar in terms of recognition from media across the metro. He’s held two of the top scorers in the metro area to their worst shooting nights of the season, showing how relentless of an on-ball defender he is. Most kids would use that as fuel, having a chip on their shoulder, but that’s not Glasgow. “I feel like if it was meant for me to get recognition then I would get recognition,” said Glasgow. 

“I’m not really seeking validation, I just want to win games and hopefully a state championship.”

With that potential goal inching closer, the mindset and the message is clear. “Our record might not say it, but we’re a really good team. I think once we get a full head of steam, we’re going to be a real problem.”

There’s always something that can be improved, and right now for Glasgow that’s trying not to be too passive at times. Being a team first player like him, that could come quite a lot, but there also needs to be times when he needs to be aggressive, and he knows that. He wants to be the spark his team needs at crucial points during games. 

While he has no offers, coaches have been reaching out to him and showing interest. It’s only a matter of time before that first offer comes in, and when it does, a coach is going to be getting an absolute steal.

Lennox Erupts, Leads Truman Against Lutheran North

Kaimen Lennox of Truman High School is a man on a mission, wanting to show that he is more of a scorer this year than years before. Lennox proved that friday night in their win against Lutheran North out of St. Louis, finishing with 28 points, Lennox wowed many in attendance. Displaying his scoring prowess, elite court vision, and much improved defense. 

Lennox attributes his new found scoring mindset to his teammates. “I’m really trying to win the Direnna Award, so they continue to push me and back me up the most.” 

“Don’t sleep on us.”

That’s the message that Lennox is professing to everyone in the Kansas City Metro and the state of Missouri. Truman has a very talented team and veteran leadership, but they can’t seem to put it together in the early season. They’re a team that takes a few games to get them going and really find their identity, but they’re wanting to change that this season. “We never really have a statement win and we want to change that.”

To go with Lennox’s scoring ability, he has incredible court vision as well. Last night against Lutheran North he showed that, finding teammates in ways not a lot of players can. A few passes were jaw-dropping and simply amazing. It’s an attribute he prides himself on highly. 

“More people focus on the scoring and the wrong parts of the game,” said Lennox. “I want to get to the next level, I’m not the tallest or the most athletic so I have to focus on the intangibles.”

The defense from Lennox was most impressive last night, seeing he’s got quicker and able to slide his feet easier to stay in front of the player he’s defending. It’s a part of his game that he knows he wasn’t very good at so he really went to work on improving it. 

With the win over Lutheran North, it sets up a showdown against their crosstown rival in Wiliam Chrisman. The mindset heading into the championship game is all about having no fear. They believe this is their season and they’re going to go after anyone that’s in their way. 

But what makes the game tomorrow even more special is the match-up with his AAU teammate Isaiah Jackson. “We’re going to go at it, he’s still my brother, but I hope everything goes right.”

It’s going to be a battle, and a must-see game. 

The 2020 guard is a sought after commodity for colleges at the next level as well. Having heard from a majority of the local Division Two schools such as Northwest Missouri State, Washburn, & Drury. South Dakota State, Nebraska-Omaha, and Missouri State are also showing interest as well. 

Lennox has no timeline for making a decision, he just wants to find the right fit. Regardless, any school at whatever level he ends up at will be getting a steal and a great point guard.