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The best underclassman I've seen so far this season is...

14, Dec 2019

The best underclassman I've seen so far this season is...

We’ve been on the road and been to a lot of events so far this early high school season. We’ve seen a lot of great action. We asked our staff to roll out the top underclassmen they saw at some of these top events. Meet the next wave of players from across the nation. 

Top Underclassmen I saw at the Lighthouse Classic

Daeshun Ruffin

Jackson, MS

Class
2021
|
Position
PG
|
Height
5' 10"
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School Team
National
56
National Pos. Rank
7
State
1
State Pos. Rank
1

I have made it known over the past few years that I’m one of the biggest Daeshun Ruffin fans around. Each time I see him play, I am wowed but some of the things he can do at his size. Despite his small size and stature at 5-foot-9, the junior is one of the most entertaining players in the country. He’s also one of the most productive. Ruffin can put up points in a hurry and makes tough shots and plays like ordinary. Not only is he one of the best underclassmen in the country, but he’s also one of the best guards nationally regardless of class. I would definitely buy a ticket to watch him play. - Garrett Tucker 

Top Underclassman I saw at Holiday Hoopsgiving

Bruce Thornton

Milton, GA

Class
2022
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6' 1"
|
School Team
National
55
National Pos. Rank
8
State
1
State Pos. Rank
1

As if his showing against Grayson the week before wasn’t enough, Thornton continued his solid play through both games at Hoopsgiving.Thornton lined up opposite of two other nationally ranked prospects and used the occasion to make a statement. Without including any dominant shot blockers, Thornton would take my vote for defensive player of the year. Not only does his play touch multiple parts of a box score, there are a ton of other valuable things that he brings to the table. - Tai Young 

Top Underclassman I saw at National High School Hoops Festival

Rodney Rice

Potomac, MD

Class
2022
|
Position
CG
|
Height
6' 3"
|
School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

There weren't too many more players in the building that made me routinely say "wow this kid is good". My intrigue grew even more when I realized that Bullis(MD) guard Rodney Rice was a member of the 2022 class. Being advanced beyond his classification may be a slight understatement. Between his shot-making, craftiness, and ridiculous ability to score at the rim, the chase for Rice's services at the power 5 level seems like a near certainty. - Tai Young 

Top Underclassmen I saw at HoopHall West

Jaden Hardy

Henderson, NV

Class
2021
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Position
SG
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Height
6' 4"
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School Team
National
2
National Pos. Rank
2
State
1
State Pos. Rank
1

The Henderson (NV) Coronado guard was awesome at the event. Just awesome. Stop you in your tracks awesome. He pumped in 40 of his team’s 96 points, recorded 11 assists and grabbed nine rebounds in the win. Hardy’s total game effort was the most impressive of all of the star-power performances in Scottsdale. He’s a no-brainer top 10 guy in the 2021 class. He’s already at No. 8 overall in our junior rankings. That probably needs to change a spot or two. Truthfully, he needs to move up. Hardy is one of the best guards in the country, regardless of class. His showing at this event justified such a thought. - Justin Young 

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Justin Young
Editor-in-Chief

Justin Young has been the editor-in-chief of HoopSeen.com since 2013. He manages the day-to-day operations on the site and in conjunction with our national and regional events. He was the national basketball editor for Rivals.com and a contributing editor at Yahoo! Sports. Young has been earned numerous awards for his work in sports journalism, including the Georgia Press Association Columnist of the Year. His Justin Young Basketball recruiting service has been in existence since 2002 and worked with over 300 schools from all levels. He is the director of HoopSeen Elite Preview camps and our national Preview camp series. 

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