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Updated 2019 Top 30

By Nick Milosevich , 08/04/17, 4:30PM CDT



On Friday, updated our 2019 Greater Houston Area Rankings, and the top 10 remained intact from June. Sahvir Wheeler holds the #1 spot, but Montavious Murphy is not far behind. Wheeler was the lone 2019 to start for a local 17U shoe team this summer, and had several productive outings in July. Murphy was one of the key cogs on a Houston Hoops 16U team that improved recently, winning several games at GASO and in Vegas. I would love to see him commit to being a 4, much like Jae LeDee did over the past year, and I believe that Murphy will experience similar success and could reach the top spot once making that transition. 

Numbers 3 through 7 all garnered serious consideration for the #3 spot, but Javonne Lowery probably had the best overall summer of the bunch for Basketball University 16U (Lowery also got some valuable 17U experience in Vegas as he was moved up due to BU being shorthanded). Jordyn Adams missed the majority of AAU season with a foot injury, but returned in July and was rounding back into form after making the switch from Hoops 16U to M&E Elite. Corey Nickerson of Defenders 16U, Donovan Williams of Texas PRO 16U, and Calvin Solomon of BU 16U have all improved considerably over the course of the summer while providing their teams with consistent production on both ends of the floor. 

The two big risers on the list are Chris Green (to #12 from #19) of Texas Elite 16U Rick and DJ Johnson (to #13 from #23) of Texas PRO 16U. The pair have many similar qualities, as both are athletic 2-guards who do the majority of their damage going towards the basket. Their teams squared off at GASO, with Green scoring 28 points in a close victory while Johnson nearly erased a big deficit for PRO, scoring 22 points. The top half of the 2019 rankings is filled with shooting guards, which should make for some great head-to-head matchups over the next couple of years, and Green and Johnson announced themselves with standout performances in July. 

Elsewhere, there were a few minor changes to the list, as this class has many groups of players that remain difficult to separate at this juncture. In addition, there are several names just outside the top 30 who are pushing hard for inclusion. The upcoming high school year will be crucial in providing a clearer pecking order heading into the final AAU season for this class next summer. Please check back on Monday for an updated 2020 Top 20, and our 2021 Top 10 will debut August 16.