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By Big Shots Nation, 09/16/19, 1:15PM EDT


The 2020 class of small forwards is full of talent and versatility in Virginia. Here's a look at the Top 10.

1. Henry Coleman, Trinity Episcopal

Henry Coleman has emerged as quite the forward prospect in the 2020 class of Virginia. At 6-foot-8, he has the ability to play either forward spot and at the next level, he's bound to create mismatch problems. He can play inside and out with his ability to bang down low and play on the perimeter. He's due for a big year at Trinity Episcopal as a double-double machine. Coleman is down to a final five of Duke, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and NC State. 

2. Josiah Freeman, Paul VI

Josiah Freeman is a prospect whose stock has really jumped this past summer. While he's listed at just 6-foot-4, Freeman plays a lot bigger than that on the wing given his strength and long wingspan.  He can score on all three levels as well as defend and crash the glass on the defensive end. He battled through injuries in the past but since getting healthy, he's shown why colleges should be on alert for him with District WAWG on the Under Armour circuit. He holds offers from Radford, UNC-Greensboro, Siena, Hofstra, East Carolina among some other mid-major programs. 

3. Marchelus "Chi Chi" Avery, Life Christian

There's a solid group forming over at Life Christian Academy and they're led by an explosive prospect in Marchelus "Chi Chi" Avery. One word to describe Avery's game is fearless. Avery has a long wingspan and solid floor game that allows him to attack the rim with reckless abandon. When he isn't taking defenders off the dribble, he's knocking down 3-pointers from behind the arc. He's got a lot of tools in his bag when it comes to the hardwood. On defense, he makes his presence felt, blocking shots at the rim and pressuring the basketball. He holds offers from Oklahoma State, VCU, East Carolina and Old Dominion.

4. Tymu Chenery, Episcopal

Quinnipiac University is getting quite the steal in 2020 small forward Tymu Chenery. Chenery is a long, versatile forward that can play the wing and even on the inside with his knack for crashing the glass and terrorizing opposing post players. He's a smooth outside shooter that can get to the rim off the dribble and showcase his athleticism. On defense, he uses his wingspan well to protect the paint and rebound with ease. He doesn't try to overdo things, which really allows for him to stand out as a next-level prospect. He'll be one to watch in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at the next level.

5. Ben Li, Middleburg

Lehigh University is getting quite the steal in forward prospect Ben Li. Li is another versatile player that can play either forward position given his ability to score on all three levels. He's a 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward with the mobility and handles of a guard. His confidence with the ball in his hands should carry him far much like it has during his recruitment process. He was a walking double-double this past season at Middleburg Academy and should do even more damage in his final year.

5. Karl Chavis, Oscar Smith

Karl Chavis is an athletic forward that gets out in transition and excites the crowd with his athleticism. He creates mismatch problems on the floor given his 6-foot-6 frame and ability to play on the interior. He often stretches the floor with his ability to knock down the 3-pointer and given his division in high school, he often plays the center position. He's shown the ability to play multiple positions on the floor and as a late bloomer, he's due to see his recruitment grow in his final high school season. He currently holds an offer from North Carolina A&T.

6. Awive Mahlong, Eastern Mennonite

Aviwe Mahlong is another prospect due for a big senior season at Eastern Mennonite School.  He made the All-Conference and All-Tournament teams at the Division III VISAA level after averaging 16.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per contest during the 2018-19 season. He's a prospect that can play whatever role he's given with his versatility. He can score, secure double-doubles and defend among the best of them. He's one prospect to watch this season that could be considered underrecruited as well.

7. Isaiah Rhodes, Stonebridge

Isaiah Rhodes is tucked away at Stonebridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia, but his play has turned heads, especially with the likes of Millersville University pursuing him. Rhodes is a solid threat on the wing and won't hesitate to get to the rim to make an impact. He knocks down shots from behind the arc with relative consistency and is always looking to make plays for himself and others. They'll have a new look in 2019-20 so it will be interesting to see how they respond. 

8. Landon Hawes, Potomac Falls

Potomac Falls has an emerging prospect in 6-foot-4 forward/wing Landon Hawes. He put up 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game last season as a junior. He's a skilled scorer on the wing that can knock down shots with efficiency. He shot 36 percent from 3-point range this past season and really improved his rebounding on the defensive end. He's drawn attention from some college programs already and should have a strong senior season. He currently holds an offer from Frostburg State.

9. Khaliyl davis, wOODROW WILSON

Khaliyl Davis is a 6-foot-6 prospect that possesses a high motor and athletic ability. He can finish around the rim and knock down shots behind the perimeter with relative efficiency.  He's another forward prospect full of versatility with his ability to stretch the floor with his shooting and ability to get to the rim. He does well in traffic just as well, getting to the rim and free-throw line by drawing fouls. He's drawn an offer from Hampton University already. Don't be surprised if he pulls more offers in his final high school season.

10. Misha Zuribashvili, Bishop Sullivan

Misha Zuribashvilli is an underrecruited prospect, but that shouldn't be for long as he emerges for Bishop Sullivan this upcoming season. He's a pure scorer at 6-foot-6 that uses his size well to get to his spots on the floor. He has tight handles which allows him to create with ease off the dribble and he isn't afraid to get to the rim and create contact for fouls. Zuribashvili is due to makes waves in his senior season, all levels would be wise to keep an eye out for him.