Jadin Booth, Donovan Williams

Jadin Booth, left, and Donovan Williams are the two highest ranked players in the 2020 class.

There was a lot of change in the post-summer player rankings for the 2020 class.

It required a review of pages of notes on what I saw over the last few months. From AAU tournaments to open gyms with high school teams and our Top 50 Summer Showcase, all things are taken into consideration.

The players that are committed to or being recruited at the higher levels automatically move to the top of the list. From there I use the personal feedback from high school coaches, AAU coaches, college coaches and the hours spent in gyms across the country.

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New No. 1

Lincoln North Star guard Donovan Williams moves into the top spot.

He is 6-foot-5, 190 pounds and as an athlete, he is unmatched in the class. Williams and Jadin Booth, who dropped one spot to No. 2, received their first scholarship offers in June when UNO offered them. Williams' second Division I offer came from Nebraska in July.

Both played similar competition on the Adidas Gauntlet this summer and both performed well. But the highest scholarship offer will always win out when doing player rankings.


Omaha North guard Wal Chuol made the biggest jump of any player, going from No. 25 to No. 8. He reminds me a lot of former Omaha South guard Buay Tuach. Like Tuach when he was the same age, Chuol’s body is not done growing and his offensive game is expanding. Chuol’s length on defense is what makes his potential sky high.

Elkhorn South forward Zach LaFave jumped 10 spots to No. 14. LaFave has grown two inches and gained 20 pounds in a year. He is a worker and throughout the summer he was matched up against post players that were four to six inches taller than him.

A 32.5-inch no-step vertical tied for second at the 2018 Athletes' Training Center NebHSRecruiting Top 50 Showcase. LaFave reminds me of former Lincoln East forward Sam Griesel. Their testing numbers are very similar as is the way they play the game.

Max Murrell moved from No. 8 to No. 3. It would be easy to see Murrell rise even farther as he remains healthy and improves his post moves. Looking at the testing numbers from the Top 50 Showcase, Murrell is far more athletic than he looks.

Connor Creech could continue to rise up the rankings. In this installment he rose from No. 20 to No. 15. Creech has grown two inches and is a basketball junkie. Creech comes from a basketball family and his on-court IQ shows it. At 6-foot-2 he can control the game from the point guard position and move off the ball as well.

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