In the Canadian 2020 National Player Rankings, the number one spot belongs to Australia.
Each month, new prospects present themselves and end up being added to the national database for further evaluation. Undoubtedly, there will be considerable movement in the coming months and years, yet the cream will always rise to the top.
The number one spot in the past was highly debated and often a topic of discussion. It took a foreigner to jump in the mix, to take the top spot, with the arrival of Makur Maker into Canada via Australia.
Makur Maker, cousin of Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks) suits up in Canada for Mississauga Prep. The 6’11 forward has the eyes and ears of executives and scouts at the NBA level, and for good reason.
Like Thon Maker, Makur is originally from Australia, briefly attended school in America (Chaminade, California) prior to crossing the border to the North.
Makers’ Coach Ed Smith believes he could end up surpassing Thon’s development in the long run.
This season will be an important one in Makur’s development, as he does have interesting physicals that make him unique.
— NPH (@NorthPoleHoops) October 2, 2017
So where does that put the aforementioned Canadians?
They are still at the top, but with others climbing towards them quickly.
2020 Top of The Class
At the shooting guard position, to date, there is no one as proven as 6’7 Addison Patterson from Milton, Ontario.
The Jordan Brand Classic MVP possesses a wiry frame, is a ferocious competitor, and has a scoring arsenal with a developing mental game. Patterson is an offensive weapon at all times.
When the defense matches the offense, Patterson’s value on the floor is going to be sky high.
At such a young age he already holds offers from Arizona State, Oregon and Florida.
To date, it seems clear cut that Cashius McNeilly is the best point guard in this class. McNeilly has been an elite play maker competing at age groups three years ahead.
This smooth operator brings court sense, IQ, athleticism and skill set, while producing in all environments (club, national team, Prep).
McNeilly is currently being pursued by Virginia Tech, Maryland, St Bonaventure and Georgia Tech to name a few.
That said, he has competition on his heels.
Lately, there have been prospects who have challenged this notion of the top 2020 Canadian PG.
Take Okay Djamgouz as an example, a 6’4 combo guard from Oakvile, Ontario, currently transitioning positions, with the mindset like none we have seen in his class. History has shown us, that prospects with similar mental game (Jamal Murray, Rowan Barrett Jr, Nickeil Alexander-Walker) will typically rise to the top, yet Djamgouz still has to prove that he can produce at the highest of levels.
The “Turkish Delight,” as Jr Scout Nik Zefi previously referred to him, opened his prep career, registering 30 points against older competition in the NPA on 6/8 from behind the arch–a sign of things to come this season.
With similar length to McNeilly and a highly efficient three point shot, he’s one of those players who has mounted his way up to be considered a Top 5 prospect in this class.
What separates Djamgouz from others in this class, is his relentless pursuit of excellence in his craft, his self accountability; getting up every morning and making his way to the gym for 6:30 am.
Whether its on the court or in the classroom, he excels in all environments.
He is coming off of unofficial visits at FIU, Princeton, Fordham and Columbia, while heavily being pursued by Ivy League and high academic programs, as a 94% student-athlete.
Players in the class are building their reputations and showing whether or not they can consistently perform at a high level.
There’s production, potential and consistency. For ages, these have been the testaments that separate the great from the good.
Joshua Hemmings‘ potential is gradually being maximized. Hemmings is getting comfortable in his tall and long frame. He’ll put it all together this season at Oak Hill.
Oak Hill is a powerhouse program in the United States–some Oak Hill notables are Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith.
It will be a testy schedule for Oak Hill and Hemmings, but that is exactly what the next evaluation will need.
This a top heavy class and Hemmings is another one of those prospects that could end up taking a higher position. He sees the floor from a higher position with the ball in his hands standing at 6’8.
As a play maker off the bounce, he can get his own and has the vision to connect with teammates on the move. There’s a good chance that he may have another inch or two of growing as well. Serious upside.
Hemmings holds NCAA offers from Cincinatti, Georgia Tech, Tulane, UCLA and USC already on the table.
The 2020 class is still being populated and as new player profiles are added to the NPH National database, there will again be fluctuation in prospect position in the Top 100.
Makur Maker is solid at the number one spot as of now, and the Top 5 as a whole are building strong resumes and will continue to do so this season.
Montreal’s Tre-Vaughn Minott is on the outside looking in. We are looking for him to prove himself against NPA competition before he makes another move up the charts.
One thing that’s for sure is that he is ahead of schedule in many regards, compared to other bigs in the class. In addition, his physicals, athleticism and coordination project that he still has a lot of untapped potential.
Coleman Stucke and Luka Sakota, are two names that have produced and brought consistency over the years.
Stuke has a torch on him that he can let off from three and plays extremely tough. With an added handle he could be a serious threat.
Sakota does a lot of the spoon feeding on King’s Christian as he can see over the defense in most cases and has excelled athletically. With great size for the point guard position at 6’4, he is sure to be impact this season. We are very high on Sakota and feel he will continue to excel at the highest levels for years to come.
You probably have not heard the names, or may not be familiar with the likes of Matteus Case, Bryant Selebangue or Ben Datro; yet these guys, and a long list after them are on the come up.
There’s still a lot to learn about this class, but here are the Top 5 Canadian prospects, as we see it.