Multiple Teams · The Basketball Channel releases Top 2019 List


Colleyville Heritage sophomore varsity player, Niko Bossinakis has received national attention this month from The Basketball Channel. A list of the top 60 Class 2019 players in the Nation was released on February 8.  Niko was listed as a top breakthrough player. There were a total of 13 players from Texas that were listed by the Basketball channel, with 7 being from the DFW area. Niko averaged over 16 ppg this season and will be playing on the Adidas circuit this spring/summer with YCG36, Marcus Smart’s team.

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We’ve hit the Midway point of the high school season and have had a chance to see a number of the top players from around the country and now feel it’s time to take our first look at the Class of 2019. The Class has immense promise with fifteen to twenty players that already show the makings of potential impact talents by the time they reach college in three years.

This talented group is led by 6-6 wing man R.J Barrett from Montverde Academy who has been lighting up the nation’s best over the past two years. This Canadian import has range to three, can slash and finish in traffic with either hand or run the break with best in the class. He will get a big challenge from the next four athlete’s we are going to highlight. The quartet is led by 6-10 power forward Charles Bassey from San Antonio, TX St. Anthony high who averaged 20 points and 16 boards as a freshman and was key n leading St. Anthony’s to the private school state championship game. But, Alas he currently has been ruled ineligible by the TAPP to compete this season. This has to do with circumstances revolving around his scholarship funding to attend St. Anthony’s, not academic, as Bassey is an excellent student. St. Anthony’s maintains that nothing out of the ordinary was done for Bassey. Wonder why they didn’t investigate this until he led his team to state final?

Right behind Bassey at No.4 on our list is 6-3 west coast scoring point LaMelo Ball who has great ball skills, range to the NBA arc and athletic gifts to make highlights at the rim. He is a great passer and reminds me of a young (before injuries) Shaun Livingston at the same stage! He is a highlight maker with the shot, drive or pass! At number four is one of the fastest rising front court talents in 6-9 Vernon Carey from Fort Lauderdale, FL University School has been a dominant force this winter. He flat out tore it up in Raleigh, NC after Christmas scoring from the blocks to the arc, showing range, handle and immense ounce that had many scouts buzzing at courtside. He needs to add some strength to his long and lanky frame, but he has time to let his body catch up with his game! Rounding out our top five is one of the smartest scorers in the class, 6-4 Scottie Lewis who has been kickin’ butt and taking names since his seventh grade season. He has range to three, can attack off the dribble with either hand, finish versus contact or when tripled up find open man with the pass. He has the complete package and a work ethic that will keep in the hunt for the nation’s top spot in his class.

But, the top five can’t rest on their laurels as big men like 7-0 Balsa Koprivica, 6-9 Matthew Hurt, 7-2 Chol Marial, 6-10 James Wiseman, wingmen including 6-7 Trendon Watford,6-7 D.J. Jeffries, Patrick McCaffery, and guards 6-2 Cole Anthony, 6-5 Cassius Stanley, along with 6-4 Bryan Antoine aren’t far behind and will be coming for their spots on the circuit this spring on through the summer. So as is usually the case, as we enter the second half of the high school season and head into the spring, we will see a number of players explode in April and July to challenge for top spots in the class. So with that in mind, here is how we see the nation’s top rising sophomores today, as we take a look at the FutureStars Class of 2019 Top 60+ talent:

Van Coleman’s FutureStars Class of 2019 Top 60+

Rank Players Hgt Class Pos Hometown High School State – College

1. R.J. Barrett 6’6 2019 WF Montverde (Academy) FL

2. Charles Bassey 6’10 2019 PF San Antonio (St. Anthony’s) TX (ineligible 2016-17)

3. LaMelo Ball 6’3 2019 PG Chino Hills (H.S.) CA – UCLA

4. Vernon Carey 6’9 2019 PF Fort Lauderdale (University School) FL

5. Scottie Lewis 6’4 2019 SG Tinton Falls (Ranney School) NJ

6. Trendon Watford 6’7 2019 WF Birmingham (Mountain Brook) AL

7. Balsa Koprivica 7’0 2019 C Fort Lauderdale (University School) FL

8. Matthew Hurt 6’9 2019 PF Rochester (John Marshall) MN

9. D.J. Jeffries 6’7 2019 WF Olive Branch (H.S.) MS

10. Cole Anthony 6’2 2019 CG Jamaica (Archbishop Molloy) NY

11. Cassius Stanley 6’5 2019 SG North Hollywood (Harvard-Westlake) CA

12. Chol Marial 7’2 2019 C Cheshire (Academy) CT

13. James Wiseman 6’10 2019 PF Nashville (Ensworth) TN

14. Patrick McCaffery 6’9 2019 WF Iowa City (West) IA

15. Bryan Antoine 6’4 2019 CG Tinton Falls (Ranney School) NJ

16. Christian Brown 6’6 2019 WF Columbia (A.C. Flora) SC

17. Chandler Lawson 6’8 2019 PF Memphis (East) TN

18. Onyeka Okongwu 6’9 2019 C Chino Hills (H.S.) CA

19. Andrew Nembhard 6’2 2019 PG Montverde (Academy) FL

20. Khalil Whitney 6’4 2019 CG Roselle (Catholic) NJ

21. Marcedus Leech 6’5 2019 SG Poplar Bluff (H.S.) MO

22. Tyger Campbell 6’0 2019 PG La Porte (La Lumiere Academy) IN

23. Juwan Gary 6’5 2019 SG Columbia (Gray Collegiate) SC

24. Joey Baker 6’7 2019 CF Fayetteville (Trinity Christian) NC

25. Francis Okoro 6’9 2019 C Normal (Community West) IL

26. Precious Achiuwa 6’7 2019 WF Elizabeth (Patrick School) NJ

27. Romeo Weems 6’5 2019 WF New Haven (H.S.) MI

28. P.J. Fuller 6’3 2019 CG Seattle (Nathan Hale) WA

29. Terry Armstrong 6’5 2019 SG Marietta (Wheeler) GA

30. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 6’8 2019 PF Shawnee Mission (Bishop Miege)

31. Keion Brooks 6’7 2019 WF Fort Wayne (Northside) IN

32. De’Vion Harmon 6’2 2019 PG Denton (Guyer) TX

33. Makhi Mitchell 6’8 2019 C Forestville (Bishop McNamara) MD

34. Kofi Cockburn 6’10 2019 C Middle Village (Christ the King) NY

35. Grant Sherfield 6’2 2019 PG Fort Worth (North Crowley) TX

36. Bryce Willis 6’4 2019 SG New Rochelle (Iona Prep) NY

37. Isaiah Stewart 6’8 2019 PF Rochester (McQuaid Jesuit) NY

38. Jordan Mitchell 6’6 2019 WF Gahanna (Lincoln) OH

39. Wendell Moore 6’4 2019 WF Concord (Cox Mill) NC

40. Jared Jones 6’9 2019 C Mableton (Pebblebrook) GA – Auburn

41. Samba Kane 6’10 2019 C Aurora (Regis) CO

42. Tyrese Massey 6’3 2019 PG Garland (South Garland) TX

43. Karim Coulibaly 6’8 2019 PF Laurel (St. Vincent Pallotti) MD

44. Kirkland Smith 6’7 2019 CF Los Angeles (Fairfax) CA

45. Justin Moore 6’3 2019 CG Hyattsville (DeMatha) MD

46. Stanley Joseph 6’10 2019 C Wichita (Life Prep) KS

47. Tyreek Smith 6’8 2019 PF Dallas (Advanced Prep International) TX

48. Darren Jones 6’8 2019 PF San Bernardino (Cajon) CA

49. Drew Timme 6’9 2019 PF Richardson (Pierce) TX

50. Assane Diof 7’1 2019 C Denver (East) CO

51. Nobal Days 6’9 2019 PF Racine (Park) WI

52. Ashton Hagans 6’3 2019 SG Covington (Newton) GA

53. Josh Green 6’4 2019 SG Phoenix (Hillcrest Academy) AZ

54. Isaac Okoro 6’5 2019 WF Powder Springs (McEachern) GA

55. Elias King 6’6 2019 WF Huntington (Prep) WV

56. Jarod Lucas 6’2 2019 CG Los Altos (H.S.) CA

57. Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd 6’8 2019 PF Mount Hermon (School) MA

58. Rylan Jones 6’0 2019 PG Logan (H.S.) UT

59. Makese Jacobs 6’0 2019 PG West Chicago (Community) IL

60. Qudus Wahab 6’11 2019 C Ashburn (Virginia Academy) VA

Potential Top 60 Breakthroughs: (Listed By Height)

Players Hgt Class Pos Hometown High School State – College

Matt Van Komen 7’3 2019 C Lehi (H.S.) UT

Naheem McLeod 7’0 2019 C Plymouth Meeting (Whitemarsh) PA

Makur Maker 6’11 2019 C West Hills (Chaminade) CA

Antwan January 6’10 2019 C Woodland Hills (Taft) CA (Re-Class to 2019)

Isaac Johnson 6’10 2019 C American Fork (H.S.) UT

Jaden Bediako 6’10 2019 C Brampton (Ridley College) ON

Taeyon Neal 6’10 2019 C Chicago (Providence St. Mel) IL

John Bol-Ajok 6’10 2019 PF Exton (Church Farm) PA

Malik Bailey 6’9 2019 C Burlington (Life Center) NJ

Aidan Igiehon 6’9 2019 C Lawrence (Woodmere Academy) NY

Bernard Kouma 6’9 2019 C Troy (Redemption Christian) NY

Roman Wilson 6’9 2019 C Kansas City (Lincoln Christian) MO

John Rand 6’9 2019 C East Marion (Columbia) MS

Taylor Currie 6’9 2019 PF Clarkston (H.S.) MI

Babatunde Akingbola 6’8 2019 C Powder Springs (McEachern) GA

D.J. Burns 6’8 2019 C Rock Hill (H.S.) SC

Oscar Tshebwe 6’8 2019 C Grundy (Mountain Mission) VA

Armando Bacot 6’8 2019 PF Richmond (Trinity Episcopal) VA

B.J. Mack 6’8 2019 PF Charlotte (Christian) NC – Virginia Tech

Blake Henson 6’8 2019 PF Deltona (H.S.) FL

Omar Payne 6’8 2019 PF Kissimmee (Osceola) FL

Isaiah Mobley 6’8 2019 PF Temecula (Rancho Christian) CA

Dylan Jones 6’8 2019 PF Waukee (H.S.) IA

Quinn Slazinski 6’8 2019 PF Houston (Westbury Christian) TX

DeMarcus Paymond 6’8 2019 PF Jackson (Calloway) MS

Tucker Hill 6’8 2019 CF Luka (Tishomingo County) MS

Jake Kyman 6’7 2019 PF Rancho Santa Margarita (Santa Margarita)

Cade Potter 6’7 2019 PF Orange (Lutheran) CA

Eric Dixon 6’7 2019 PF Abington (H.S.) PA

Raymond Hawkins 6’7 2019 PF Oakland (Bishop O’Dowd) CA

Malcolm Dandridge 6’7 2019 PF Memphis (East) TN

Daniel Boatwright 6’7 2019 CF Canoga Park (H.S.) CA

Ismael Massoud 6’7 2019 CF Granby (McDuffie School) MA

Michael Moreno 6’7 2019 WF Georgetown (Scott County) KY

Zimife Nwokeji 6’7 2019 WF Tallahassee (Maclay School) FL

A.J. Lawson 6’7 2019 WF Brampton (GTA Prep School) ON

Antwon Jackson 6’6 2019 PF Las Vegas (Clark) NV

Malik Muhammad 6’6 2019 PF Los Angeles (Verbum Dei) CA

Jamon Kemp 6’6 2019 CF Seattle (Garfield) WA

Andrew Delaney 6’6 2019 CF Mullikan Hill (Clearfield Regional) NJ

Aundre Hyatt 6’6 2019 WF Charlottesville (Miller School) VA

Jaimie Jacquez 6’6 2019 WF Camarillo (Aldolpho) CA

Deon Stroud 6’6 2019 WF Fresno (San Joachim Memorial) CA

Donte Scott 6’6 2019 WF Philadelphia (Imhotep Charter) PA

Josiah James 6’6 2019 WF Charleston (Porter-Gaud School) SC

Kobe Brown 6’6 2019 SG Huntsville (Lee) AL

Max Agbonkpolo 6’6 2019 SG Ranch Santa Margarita (Santa Margarita) CA

Majok Deng 6’5 2019 WF Tucson (Salpointe Catholic) AZ

Sharif Kenny 6’5 2019 WF Arlington (Bishop O’Connell) VA

Justin Champagne 6’5 2019 WF Brooklyn (Bishop Loughlin) NY

Cobie Banks 6’5 2019 WF Floyds Knob (Floyd Central) IN

Julien Franklin 6’5 2019 WF Villa Park (H.S.) CA

Charles Smith IV 6’5 2019 WF Houston (Westbury Christian) TX

Niven Glover 6’5 2019 WF Orlando (Oakridge) FL

Cade Cunningham 6’5 2019 WF Arlington (Bowie) TX

Josh Nickelberry 6’5 2019 WF Fayetteville (Trinity Catholic) NC

Nate Dominck 6’4 2019 WF Plano (Senior) TX

Robert McRae 6’4 2019 WF Los Angeles (Fairfax) CA

Marvin Price 6’4 2019 WF Hyattsville (DeMatha) MD

Da’mir Faison 6’4 2019 SG Hazelton (Area) PA

Marcus Tschonis 6’4 2019 SG Portland (Jefferson) OR

Mohammed Alausa 6’4 2019 SG Chicago (University Lab) IL

Dexter Shouse 6’4 2019 SG Indianapolis (Lawrence North) IN

Niven Glover 6’4 2019 SG Orlando (Oakridge) FL

Anthony Edwards 6’4 2019 SG Atlanta (Therrell) GA

David Johnson 6’4 2019 SG Louisville (Trinity) KY

Brandon Weatherspoon 6’4 2019 SG Camden (Velma Jackson) MS

Amauri Pesek 6’3 2019 SG Omaha (South) NE

Niko Bossinakis 6’3 2019 SG Colleyville (Heritage) TX

Keenan Jones 6’3 2019 SG Chicago (Whitney Young) IL

Trayvon Williams 6’3 2019 SG West Des Moines (Valley) IA

Jordan Livingston 6’3 2019 SG Burlington (Life Center) NJ

Nick Blake 6’3 2019 SG Las Vegas (Shadow Ridge) NV

Cartier Bowman 6’3 2019 SG Montclair (Immaculate Conception) NJ

Armaan Franklin 6’6 2019 SG Fishers (H.S.) IN

Idrissa Bivens 6’3 2019 CG Brooklyn (Bishop Loughlin) NY

Anthony Harris 6’3 2019 CG Fairfax (Paul VI) VA

Kira Lewis 6’3 2019 PG Hazel Green (H.S.) AL

Zach Harvey 6’3 2019 PG Topeka (Hayden) KS

C.J. Rice 6’2 2019 SG Putnam City (Putnam City West) OK

Chris Harris 6’2 2019 SG South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie) TX

Isaiah Wong 6’2 2019 SG Lawrence Township (Notre Dame) NJ

Gianni Hunt 6’2 2019 CG Torrance (Bishop Montgomery) CA

Jeremiah Francis 6’2 2019 PG Pickerington (Central) OH

Chance Michaels 6’2 2019 PG Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman) NV

Ashton Hughes 6’2 2019 PG Covington (Newton) GA

Sean Harlston 6’2 2019 PG Compton (Dominguez) CA

Taelon Martin 6’1 2019 PG Springfield (Putnam Vo-Tech) MA

Tyree Rankins 6’1 2019 PG Portland (Grant) OR

Tre Mann 6’1 2019 PG Hawthorne (The Villages) FL

Mario McKinney 6’0 2019 PG St. Louis (Vashon) MO

Marquis Walker 6’0 2019 PG Westchester (St. Joseph) IL

Danny Washington 6’0 2019 PG Greenville (H.S.) MS

Trent Brown 6’0 2019 PG Pinnacle (H.S.) AZ

Jaxen Turner 6’0 2019 PG Moreno Valley (Rancho Verde) CA

Kobe Langley 6’0 2019 PG High Point (SW Guilford) NC – Virginia Tech

Ethan Anderson 5’10 2019 PG Los Angeles (Fairfax) CA

Sahvir Weaver 5’7 2019 PG Houston (Christian) TX – Texas A&M

That’s our mid-season look at the Class of 2019, we will update the class again after the Spring Evaluation Period, so if you think we missed a deserving player…just email me at van@thebasketballchannel.net and I will add them to me spring evaluation list. Up next, will be my first look at the Top 25 “Players to Watch” in the Class of 2020!