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Local Standouts made their way in the ESPN basketball recruiting rankings

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In earlier ESPN rankings for the 2017 basketball recruiting , Gonzaga’s Chris Lykes was nowhere to be found. When the ESPN Top 100 for the 2017 class released, Lykes was ranked the No. 46 player in the country.

The 5-foot-7 guard averaged 22 points per game for the Purple Eagles during the 2015-16 season. He was named Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and Gatorade Player of the Year. He scored a career-high 38 points against Bishop O’Connell on Feb. 14. It was one of the seven games where Lykes registered 30 or more points.

Lykes was playing for Team Takeover in the Nike EYBL over the last two months. He averaged 19.9 points per game and shot 48 percent from the floor. In the final session in Atlanta, Lykes helped Takeover win four of their five games.

Lykes had offers from many schools, but he is only considering Georgetown, Villanova, Miami, Notre Dame, VCU and Virginia.

DeMatha’s D.J. Harvey is a four-star and ranked the No. 36 player in his class. Harvey averaged 11.1 points, and 6.7 rebounds per game in the EYBL circuit. Harvey has cut his list of schools to 10. Some of the schools he is looking at are Maryland, Duke, Arizona and Notre Dame.

Paul VI point guard Aaron Thompson was listed a four-star and ranked the No. 94 player in the nation. The Pittsburgh commit averaged 7.2 points, and 3.9 assists for Team Takeover.

John Carroll guard Immanuel Quickley, and H.D. Woodson Kiyon Boyd were ranked in the 2018 ESPN Top 60. Quickley is a five-star point guard, and ranked the No. 19 player in his class. Meanwhile, Boyd is a four-star and placed 44th.

For the 2019 ESPN Top 100 Watchlist, DeMatha guards Marvin Price and Justin Moore showed up on the list. Both players contributed on the Stags varsity team during their freshman season.

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  1. Editor’s Note: I want to make note of that Brandon Slater (Paul VI) was ranked the No. 29 player in the 2018 class by ESPN. Also Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph in Baltimore) was placed No. 18, and Isaiah Mucius is No. 30 in the nation.


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