It’s a measure of the ever evolving hype machine that it now feels almost commonplace to even speak about ranking middle school prospects. Whether you like to accept it or not, it’s happening, and in the Class of 2020 (2020!), one player currently competing as a small forward is starting to set himself apart.
The young (very young) man in question is Jose Gonzalez III, a prospect out of Ventura California who originally hails from Newport News, Virginia. The seventh grader led his team to the Elite32 camp title in Anaheim, going undefeated in the process. Gonzalez led the way, as he had in the build up: In one game before the tournament he dropped 26 points and corralled 10 rebounds.
Because he currently stands 5-foot-1o and 145 pounds, Gonzalez can play like a power forward. That may not remain true in the future, as other teens catch up to his size. The good news is that he has the ball handling skills to adjust fairly seamlessly, and it would not be surprising if he eventually played as a point guard.
Or maybe he’ll keep growing and compete in the same style as LeBron James has during the Cavs’ current hot run (please note: we are NOT comparing poor Gonzalez to LeBron James, we’re just making a stylistic reference). You never know.
That, of course, is the beauty and horror of our modern age, where seventh graders are now bona fide prospects.