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Cleveland's 10 Most Dominant HS Basketball Stars

High school basketball is back. Earlier today, the OHSAA confirmed that the 2020 boys season will kick off, as scheduled, in one week on November 25.


This season will probably look a bit different than past seasons: fans will be limited, players exposed to COVID-19 will sit out, and post-game handshakes will be scrapped. But one thing that will look familiar is the depth of Northeast Ohio's talent. Once again, the Cleveland area is stacked with many of Ohio's top players and teams. As the season begins, here are the ten stars from Northeast Ohio you need to follow:

10. Michael Bova

-School: St. Edward

-Year: Junior

-Position: PG

-Height/Weight: 6'2'' / 175 LBS

-Why He's No. 10: Co-MVP of the NEO Top 20 Combine. Stepped up big for the #1 ranked Eagles, off the bench, in the 2019-20 season.


9. Elmore James IV

-School: Brush

-Year: Junior

-Position: SG

-Height: 6'4"

-Why He's No. 9: Averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals in the 2019-20 season. Co-MVP of the NEO Top 20 Combine.


8. Josiah Harris

-School: Richmond Heights

-Year: Junior

-Position: PF

-Height/Weight: 6'7'' / 185 LBS

-Why He's No. 8: Ranked as a 3-star recruit by 247Sports. Averaged 20.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in the 2019-20 season.


7. Markus Ilver

-School: Western Reserve Academy

-Year: Senior

-Position: PF

-Height/Weight: 6'8'' / 215 LBS

-Why He's No. 7: Ranked as a 3-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports. This is his first season with WRA, but all available evidence suggests he knocks down threes like Steph Curry.


6. Sonny Johnson, Jr.

-School: Garfield Heights

-Year: Junior

-Position: PG

-Height/Weight: 5'10'' / 150 LBS

-Why He's No. 6: Committed to play for Penn State. Ranked as a 3-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports.


5. Seth Wilson

-School: Lorain

-Year: Senior

-Position: PG

-Height/Weight: 6'1'' / 180 LBS

-Why He's No. 5: Committed to play for West Virginia. Ranked as a 3-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports. Averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds in the 2019-20 season.


4. Jalin Billingsley

-School: Lutheran East

-Year: Senior

-Position: PF

-Height/Weight: 6'8'' /215 LBS

-Why He's No. 4: Committed to play for Georgetown. Ranked as a 3-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports. Averaged 17.4 points and 13.0 rebounds in the 2019-20 season.


3. Sencire Harris

-School: St. Vincent-St. Mary

-Year: Junior

-Position: SG

-Height/Weight: 6'3'' / 180 LBS

-Why He's No. 3: Ranked as a 4-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports. Averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.0 steals in the 2019-20 season.


2. Malaki Branham

-School: St. Vincent-St. Mary

-Year: Senior

-Position: SF

-Height/Weight: 6'4'' / 175 LBS

-Why He's No. 2: Committed to play for Ohio State. Ranked as a 4-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports. Averaged 20.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists in the 2019-20 season.


1. Chris Livingston

-School: Buchtel

-Year: Junior

-Position: SG

-Height/Weight: 6'6'' / 190 LBS

-Why He's No. 1: Ranked the #3 recruit in the nation for the class of 2022 by Rivals. Ranked as a 5-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports. Voted First Team All-Ohio in 2019 when he averaged 24.3 points per game.

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