Middle School Elite is working diligently to identify the better athletic and skilled players in the nation. We’re actually the first scouting service to rank 5th graders (2018).
Next week, we’ll release our rankings of the top 10 4th graders (2019) and top 20 6th (2017) & 7th graders (2016) in the country. Amazingly, they’re excited and hyped about early exposure!
Check out Clark Francis’ (Hoop Scoop) upcoming exclusive national rankings for the graduating classes of 2017 (6th grade) & 2016 (7th grade) & 2015 (8th grade).
Our list provides an organizational chart of players competing in their respective division. We aren’t rocket scientist of youth basketball, but we admire and appreciate extraordinary premature talent. Their natural and learned ability is what makes them relevant today!
Why are these players our top 5 ?
1. Marquise Walker 5’0″ (Chicago, IL) – He’s a tough physically built point guard in the mold of Isiah Thomas. He’s very mature for his age having always played with older kids. He has the total package: size, speed, court vision, scoring, and the ability to make others better. A dazzling ball-handler who’s nearly impossible to keep out of the lane where he usually finishes, draws fouls, or makes pinpoint feeds to his big men. Walker is a play-maker in the open floor with an array of moves. Example- spin dribbles, hesitation moves, no-look passes, euro steps, and reverse pivots. He has a smooth stroke to land 3 pointers and the ability to finish easily with both hands. What separates Walker from the pack is his poise and ability to elevate his play on command. Its not uncommon for him to take over games during the 4th quarter and lead his team to victory. As a game changing prospect, he plays his best when the stakes are the highest.
2. Gavin Schoenwald 5’10” (Nashville, TN) – The best center prospect in the country, he can play 3 front-court positions. Rangy and mobile Schoenwald is an exceptional defensive anchor. He blocks shots at a very high level. He intimidates offensive players and rebounds on both ends of the floor. On offense, he’s capable of making 15ft jump shots. He can put the ball on the floor and has the ability to make sound decisions on the move. He passes well out of double teams and can finish with either hand. Schenwald is very athletic and runs the floor effortlessly often beating guards to the other end.
3. Chase Adams 4’7″ (Chicago,IL) – Pound for pound the best player in the country. All he does is win. This pint sized point guards heart is twice his size. A sensational passer, he sees plays before they develop often leading to teammates dropping passes or botching finishes. Lil Chase is blazing fast with the basketball and an extraordinary ball handler. He has the ability to leave people in the dust. He has a gear you can’t teach. Despite his size he defends at a very high level often surprising people with his athleticism. He makes everyone around him better.
4. Courtney Ramey 5’2″ (St. Louis, MO) – A scoring machine. Ramey scores on a variety of moves, but his best may be his patented floater shot. He can get this shot off at will and it never seems to get blocked. He’s a terror in transition with his lightning quick first step and ability to finish tough conversions. Isolate him and he has the ability to create for himself and others. He consistently makes 3’s when left open. He has very long arms and really mixes it up defensively. His steals lead to a lot of his points. Ramey is a major talent.
5. James Slater 5’5″ (Fairfax, VA) – Versatility is the name of the game for this smooth lefty from Fairfax, VA. He can play 4 positions on the floor and usually does. Slater has the ability to mix it up inside as well as step out and shoot the three pointer. Tall and with long arms, he can put the ball on the floor, go coast to coast and finish or find an open teammate for a scoring opportunity. He has major upside if he continues to grow.
2010 Middle School Elite 5th grade Top 20 National Rankings Class of 2018
#1 Marquise Walker 5’0″, Point Guard, Chicago, IL
#2 Gavin Schoenwald 5’10”, Center, Nashville, TN
#3 Chase Adams 4’7″,Point Guard, Chicago, IL
#4 Courtney Ramey 5’2″,Guard, St. Louis, MO
#5 James Slater 5’5″, Forward, Fairfax, VA
#6 Atiba Taylor 5’5″, Guard/Forward, New York, NY
#7 Jamal Whittlesey 5’9″, Center, New Castle, DE
#8 Darrius Garland 5’1″, Guard, Gary,IN
#9 Donnovan Toatley 4’8″, Point Guard, Upper Malboro, MD
#10 Kevin Easley 5’7″, Center, Indianapolis, IN
#11 Kiyon Johnson 5’6″, Forward, Newark, DE
#12 Jalen Brooks 4’10”, Guard, Plainfield, NJ
#13 Jordan Simmons 4’10”, Point Guard, Crete, IL
#14 Tyresse Witerker 4’10”, Point Guard, Harlem, NY
#15 Kyler Kluge 5’1″, Guard, Eden Prairie, MN
#16 Noah Thomas 5’o”, Guard, San Antonio, TX
#17 Zion Young 5’2″, Guard/Forward, Chicago, IL
#18 DMarco Baucum 5’9″, Center, Washington, DC
#19 Deon Blakemore 5’3″, Forward, Houma, LA
#20 Mckyan James 4’9″, Guard, St. Louis, MO
Filed Under: MSE Rankings 2010