The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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14. Jalen Green

Jalen Green dunks the ball at Hoophall West on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Photo: Logan Newman/USA TODAY High School Sports)

School: Prolific Prep (Napa, California)
Sport: Basketball
Position: Combo guard
College: Uncommitted

Jalen Green’s incredible athleticism serves him well during the game, helping him penetrate the lane with ease on offense, dunk with ferocity the way other kids might on a Nerf hoop, and stay in front of the opposition on defense.

But while athleticism is important to the No. 3 player in the Chosen 25, Green isn’t over-reliant on it. He is a sharpshooter who can take over on offense, score huge numbers of points in a short amount of time, and would at times get assigned to the top offensive weapon on opposing teams, as what happened during Hoophall West when his former team, San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, California), faced Arizona signee Nico Mannion’s Pinnacle High School (Phoenix).

Now at Prolific Prep, Green will show off his USA Basketball experience at a more national level. Highlight videos of his dunks regularly go viral; fans would be wise to pay attention to the other ways he scores, too. Green, named to the ALL-USA Second Team last year as a junior, averaged 30.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists while shooting 63 percent from the field and leading San Joaquin to the playoffs.

There’s one more year until Green hits the big time – at which college, it’s not yet known – but he still has time to score 49 points, or 46 points in a one-point win, or rack up his team’s first 18 points in a game (which he did during Hoophall).

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