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The 2019 Rankings have recently been updated! We now have over 160 players in our 2019 rankings, and there are plenty of college level prospects throughout the rankings from top to bottom. The 2019 top 5 was difficult to do. The first 3 players in the top 5 were relatively easy to put there, but the order for them was difficult. All three are future high major locks, and likely all top 100 players in the country. There was extremely strong cases for all three to be listed at number one, and it has gotten to the point going forward that all three could take the number one spot in future rankings. The 4 and 5 spots were also difficult to determine. We considered four or five players for those last two spots, and all of them had cases for making top 5. For our subscribers, click here or the entire updated 2019 class rankings. And without further ado, we will reveal the Prep Hoops Michigan top 5 players in the 2019 class.
Coming in at number 1 in our updated rankings is Romeo Weems. Weems continues to hold this spot as he is a top 50 player in the country and is a high major lock. Weems started for Team USA in the FIBA Americas 16u championships this past summer, and averaged over 7 points and 7 rebounds per game. What makes Weems unique and so coveted is not necessarily his skills, although those are obviously not weaknesses for him. What makes Weems such a great and unique player is his incredible motor as well as his leadership abilities. Weems’ motor is reminiscent of 2018 Butler commit Markeese Hastings, who has been uber productive in recent years. At this stage in high school, Weems is more skilled than Hastings, and it shows by his offer sheet. Weems holds offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Missouri, VCU and several others. He led New Haven to a Class B championship last year, and he makes one of the Class B favorites once again.
At number 2, we have 6’2 Old Redford Academy point guard Mark “Rocket” Watts. Watts is another top 100 player who had a strong case to be number one. Watts may have one of the most impressive list of offers in the entire country. He possesses over fifteen offers, and nearly all of them are high major. Some of those offers are Michigan, Michigan State, USC, Mississippi State and many others. What makes Watts such a great player is his ability to score from just about anywhere inside halfcourt. His shooting ability allows him to play off the ball with ease, with range that stretches beyond the NBA three point line. Watts also is very quick with the ball, and he can easily create space for himself to score. His playmaking ability is under appreciated because there is so much emphasis on his ability to shoot and score, but he has generally put up impressive assist numbers over the years as well. Watts leads an Old Redford team that will have perhaps the most talented starting 5 in Class B.
At number 3 in our rankings is 6’5 Southfield Christian combo guard Harlond Beverly. Over the last five months, Beverly has quickly turned himself into a nationally recruited player. He had a huge summer with REACH Legends and it resulted in him receiving several good high major offers. He is likely the most complete player offensively in the 2019 class, as he is an elite athlete and isolation scorer. His size and athleticism also allows him to potentially play anywhere across the backcourt in both high school and even at the next level. Like Watts his playmaking ability is underappreciated because of his elite scoring ability, but he too put up good assist numbers in July for REACH against elite competition. Beverly will lead a Southfield Christian team that should be considered the favorite to win Class D this season. He holds offers from Michigan State, Baylor, Xavier, Missouri and more.
At number 4 we have Mike Fletcher. Fletcher is a 6’7 power forward from Flint-Carman Ainsworth, who may be the top dual sport athlete in the 2019 class. He possesses a handful of mid major D1 basketball offers, as well as several Big Ten football offers. We at Prep Hoops believe he has the potential to possibly play high major in basketball too, and it is why we rank him so high. He is a mismatch for opposing bigs due to his unique blend of skill and strength. Fletcher has the low post footwork and touch inside to dominate on the block, the perimeter skillset to take slower players off the dribble or the ability stretch the floor with his shooting. When he is locked in, he may well be the toughest player to defend in 2019. Certainly the post players at the minimum.
And coming in at the number 5 spot is 6’3 West Bloomfield guard Donavan Moore. Moore is new to the rankings, as he moved to Michigan this summer from Illinois. He is a very athletic southpaw who is capable of doing pretty much anything for his team. In the summer when we watched, he thrived in isolation situations, where he used his explosive athleticism to blow by defenders for dunks or to create space for mid range shots. The southpaw Moore also is a capable three point shooter and playmaker, which forced defenders to have to play up on him. His long arms help to make him a great defender as well. He showed the ability to defend multiple positions and have little issue in AAU. Moore currently has 9 D1 offers at the mid major level, but is also receiving Big ten interest from the likes of Michigan State and several others. Moore leads a West Bloomfield team that made it to semifinals last year, and is a perfect replacement for 2017 grad and now Eastern Michigan player Kevin McAdoo. Don’t be surprised to see West Bloomfield make another appearance at the Breslin center this March.