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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Gleaming the cube — Ranking the diamond-studded ’21 hoop recruits

By: , June 16, 2020, 4:46 pm

Burney’s Top 20 “Diamonds In The Ruff” in Boys BBall recruiting in Hoosierland’s Class of 2021:

1 Chris Mantis (Lowell 6-foot-6 G/F) — Most underrated playmaker in the state’s entire recruiting crop.

• 2019 stat line: 25 ppg., 10 rpg., 4 apg.

2 Lane Sparks (Greensburg 6-1 G) — Best value at the guard spot in the state’s Class of 2021.

• 2019 stat line: 21 ppg., 5 apg., 7 rpg.

3 Kooper Jacobi (Silver Creek 6-6 G/F) — Maybe the most upside of any guard in the state’s Class of 2021.

• 2019 stat line: 17 ppg., 7 rpg., 3 apg.

4 Lane Lauderbaugh (South Decatur 6-6 G/F) — Wizard on the wing, makes magic happen whenever he’s got the rock in his hands.

• 2019 stat line: 24 ppg., 12 rpg., 3 apg.

5 Connor Hickman (Bloomington South 6-2 G) — Heady game-changer shooting the rock.

• 2019 stat line: 16 ppg., 3 apg., 3 rpg

6 Colson Montgomery (Southridge 6-5 G) — Lethal weapon out of the backcourt.

• 2019 stat line: 21 ppg., 7 rpg

7 Cole Wireman (Kouts 5-11 G) — Baby-faced assassin, under-the-radar gunner. 

• 2019 stat line: 25 ppg

8 Brody Whitaker (Greencastle 6-3 G) — Straight baller just starting to get the attention he deserves.

• 2019 stat line: 22 ppg., 8 rpg., 4 apg.

9 Koron Davis (Bowman Academy 6-5 G) — Dynamic finisher, fierce competitor.

• 2019 stat line: 23, ppg., 5 rpg

10 Zane Burke (Ft. Wayne Blackhawk Christian 6-2 G) — The best player in the Ft. Wayne area you don’t know about but should ASAP. 

• 2019 stat line: 18 ppg., 4 apg., 4 rpg

11 Jake Moynihan (Seton Catholic 6-5 G/F) — Burning with fire and intensity, tough as nails. 

• 2019 stat line: 20 ppg., 12 rpg

12 Mason Brooks (North Putnam 6-5 G/F) — The definition of a Sir-Grind-A-Lot, plays tough baseline to baseline.

• 2019 stat line: 22 ppg., 10 rpg.

13 Kolden Vanlandingham (Northeastern 6-2 G) — Can go nuclear in the blink of an eye.

• 2019 stat line: 20 ppg., 5 rpg., 3 apg.

14 Carter Lumpkin (Northeastern 6-2 G) — Perfect technique, lightning quick trigger finger.

• 2019 stat line: 17 ppg., 5 rpg.

15 Foster Mefford (Southwestern 6-1 G) — Fundamentals, ferocity and fearlessness make for a special player.

• 2019 state line:  21 ppg., 6, apg., 6 rpg

16 Isaiah Swope (Castle 5-10 G) — Spunky point guard who plays bigger than his actual size.

• 2019 stat line: 20 ppg., 5 apg.

17 Brett Sickafoose (Whitko 6-2 G) — Can heat up in a hurry, blazing baller of a talent. 

• 2019 stat line: 24 ppg., 7 rpg., 4 apg.

18 Gabe McQuay (Indianapolis Howe 6-0) — The consummate floor general, one of the most underrated backcourt prospects out of the Circle City. … Deserves more love for what he does for his club

• 2019 state line: 17 ppg., 4 apg., 4 rpg

19 Blake Barker (Columbus North 6-1 G) — Run-and-gun, high-motor type.

• 2019 stat line: 17 ppg., 5 rpg., 3 apg.

20 (tie) Josh Lazzarino (Noble-Whitley 6-0 G) — Typhoon of terror in the clutch.

• 2019 stat line: 20 ppg., 4 rpg., 3 apg.

20 (tie) Jackson Paul (Churubusco 6-1 G) — Very strong work ethic, very fine game.

• 2019 stat line: 20, 5 rpg., 3 apg.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN