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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.

O’Fallon having terrific season

O’Fallon is off to a great start at 15-3 and only sitting 1 game behind Collinsville for the SWC lead, but they face a big road test tonight against DeSmet. O’Fallon came off a great week beating Ladue in the Denver Miller Kirkwood Tournament.

O’Fallon has been getting balanced scoring from several key members.

Shaun Riley II : The 6’6 Junior is the leading scorer, averaging 12.2 points a game and 7.8 rebounds per game. The athletic lefty has expanded his game to the perimeter and is scoring from all 3 levels now. His downhill attack is tough to stop as he can finish with authority at the rim.

Dawson Algee: The 6’3 Sophomore is averaging 10 points a game and 7.2 rebounds a game. Dawson is a load around the basket and eats up rebounds on the glass. Algee’s motor and aggressiveness are what every coach wants on his team.

Caleb Burton: The 6’2 smooth sophomore point guard is having a strong encore to his freshmen season. Caleb averages 3 assists a game and 3 rebounds a game to go along with 8.6 points a game. His game has really taken off on the defensive end — he often guards the teams best offensive player.

Drew Tebbe: The 5’9 sharpshooting junior is the fuel to O’Fallon’s fire. He is shooting 40% from the three with several games of over 5 makes. He is dangerous from anywhere on the floor which creates driving lanes for other players.

O’Fallon has interesting games in the next few weeks. 
1/21 at Desmet
1/28 at East St. Louis
1/31 vs Collinsville
2/7 vs Belleville West
2/8 vs Chaminade in the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout 

Trae Swartz is buzzing

Trae Swartz from Ottumwa High School in Iowa is having a terrific junior season. The 2021 small forward is averaging 22.4ppg on 52% shooting from the field and 46% from 3-point range. Trae’s had scoring games of 42, 36 and 33 points this season.

He has played a lot of post, but at 6-4 he isn’t considered a true post for the next level. However, this post work is creating new elements to his game as he develops more of a scoring prowess. His ability to score inside and out is a true mismatch for defense — smaller guards can’t defend him in the post or mid-range, and bigger forwards can’t stay with him on the outside.

Trae’s shooting and overall scoring abilities are getting a lot of attention right now, but he’s contributing to his team all over the court. He’s currently the team’s leading rebounder at 6.5 per game.

Trae will be an interesting prospect to monitor this spring and summer on the travel scene. He’s been hearing from several division two programs across the midwest with a few low-to-mid majors checking in on him too.

Cole Farrell continues his ascend

Cole Farrell (2021) is one player we’ve seen numerous times this year, dating back to April for the RecruitLook Hoops League. One thing we’ve learned… you don’t want to stop watching him — he’s that electrifying.

Farrell, the 6’4 wing from Hazelwood Central (Mo), continues to build off a successful summer. Farrell started to gain the attention of division one coaches as his name was buzzing in the coaches pit. SEMO and SIUE jumped in early and offered him after the RecruitLook Hoops event in Atlanta.

Teams see the extreme potential that Farrell possess. He’s kinda a tweener on the offensive end because of how athletic and fast he plays. He isn’t a true point guard, but he has great handles and is super fast with the ball. He isn’t a true stand on the perimeter wing and shoot the three, but he can stroke from deep when he needs to.

We’re excited to continue watching Farrell’s development. He is going to make a college coach extremely happy with his high flying, rim running, elite defense and athletic abilities. An offense that will allow him to just be himself and play loose is going to be perfect for him.

Farrell is going to see his stock soar this spring and summer, especially when he’s making plays like this…

Trevion Labeaux 2022 Wing

Trevion Labeaux is enjoying a nice sophomore season for Waterloo East. The 6-5 wing can play multiple positions on the court — he’s versatile with his size and athleticism, and he’s built for an underclassmen.

You might see his highlight dunks on YouTube, but it’s his all around game on the offensive end that is impressive. He knows how to get to his spots on the court to score, and he’s exceptional in the mid-range game. He’s got good elevation and form on his jumper…coupled with his height/length…it’s tough for defenders to contest him.

He’s currently averaging 15ppg and 7rpg while shooting 58% from the field.

His stock this spring and summer should continue to improve. If he can continue to develop his perimeter shot and creativity on his scoring, he’ll be one of the more sought after 2022s in the area.