Top 40: Houston 2020 Boys Hoops Prospects

Top 40: Houston 2020 Boys Hoops Prospects
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LJ Cryer, Morton Ranch, Baylor-commit

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We have watched some of these players grow from starting as freshmen to now heading into their senior seasons.

The group is headlined by D-1 commits LJ Cyrer, Tramon Mark, Eddie Lampkin, Jahari Long and Marcus Williams. The Top 5 has a pair of Morton Ranch stars in it, including Cryer (Baylor-commit) and Lampki (TCU-commit). The only other programs to have two players each in the Top 10 are Jack Yates and Dickinson.

Check out the Top 40 players in the Class of 2020.

CLASS OF 2020

1 LJ Cryer, Morton Ranch, Baylor-commit
2 Tramon Mark, Dickinson, Houston-commit
3 Eddie Lampkin, Morton Ranch, TCU-commit
4 Jahari Long, Episcopal, Seton Hall-commit
5 Marcus Williams, Dickinson, Northern Colorado-commit
6 Rubin Jones, Yates, North Texas-commit
7 Gerald Doakes, Yates, Uncommitted
8 Nate Martin, Cypress Creek, Texas State-commit
9 Antwon Norman, Yates, Uncommitted
10 D'Avian Houston, Episcopal, College of Charleston-commit


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