Our boys basketball coverage for Gold Club VIPs continues with a look at the state’s top college prospects in each class. Yesterday we published our 2018 Hot 100 for seniors and today we take a look at the Hot 100 juniors (2019). Our post-summer Cal-Hi Sports Hot 100 will be updated at least once during the season and we’ll come back and publish our final rankings for 2017-18 in early summer 2018.
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The first 2019 Cal-Hi Sports Hot 100 for the 2017-18 school year is based on evaluations from this past summer’s NCAA viewing periods and non-viewing showcases since June. These rankings are based on college potential, not high school performance, although the baseline of where we begin with each prospect begins with high school basketball.
We’ll follow this report with our post-summer player rankings for the 2020 class (Top 65) and introduce the Class of 2021 (Top 25). In the coming months, we’ll continue publishing our archived Hot 100s as part of the most comprehensive California state player rankings you’ll find on the Internet that you can sort through using the easy-to-use dropdown menu below.
The previous ranking in the 2019 post-summer Hot 100 refers to the player’s position in the previous list we published in June 2017 right before the beginning of the summer viewing period in conjunction with the Hoop Scoop, our partner for boys basketball national player rankings.
There are four newcomers among the top 65 of the Class of 2019 and 35 more players to round out the first Hot 100 for this class. We expand from 65 to 100 players when sophomores enter their junior season and expand from 25 to 65 when freshmen enter 10th grade.
Leading the way among the newcomers is Grid-Hoop standout Drake London of Moorpark, who is quickly developing into a big-time two-sport athlete. London brings that football toughness to the basketball court with good face-up skills. London definitely had the ability to play both sports at the D1 level. The same can be said for forward-wide receiver Darren Jones from Cajon of San Bernardino, who moves up two spots to No. 14.