When we first saw Class of 2019 Armaan Franklin of Cathedral (IN) in high school at the 2016 Summer Jam with Indiana Elite Central it was evident back then that Division I programs should be on notice.  

Franklin collected a few low and mid-major DI offers during the fall and winter of his sophomore year, and continued to roll last spring and summer on the UA circuit with G3 Grind.

Now standing 6’5, Franklin is making his case as one of the most underrated players in the country. What stood out to us two summers ago were his gifts on the offensive end, and tools to develop into a nightmare matchup for a guard. Franklin’s ability to shoot all the way out beyond the three-point arc, both off the catch and off the dribble, is obviously an attractive trait of any two-guard. But he was also very strong off the dribble using either hand to create for himself and teammates, which is rare for freshmen. 

Franklin is averaging over 20 points per game this season with Cathedral, as well as 8 boards and 3 dimes. Showing off the ability to be effective running the point makes Franklin an even more versatile recruit and one of the more dangerous offensive threats.  Given his size and athleticism now, he also projects out as a guy who will be able to provide tough defense at either guard spot on the next level.

As the junior has continued to break out in Indiana this season, local high major programs have begun to take notice.

Franklin has secured offers from Ohio State, Butler and Xavier during January to join his swelling collection of mid-major offers. Archie Miller and the home-state Indiana Hoosiers, along with Matt Painter and Purdue, have also reportedly begun to monitor Franklin much more closely. If he continues on the trajectory he’s been on, Franklin should continue to reel in high major offers not just in the Midwest but from all over the country.  

While Franklin is starting to soar, Class of 2018 talent Ochai Agbaji of Oak Park (MO) is also opening a lot of eyes.  The unsigned senior most recently added an offer from Loyola Chicago last week. The 6’5 two-guard has been making a statement during his senior season averaging 28 points per game, while guiding Oak Park to a 13-2 record thus far. 

With great athleticism and instincts on both ends of the floor, Abgaji has begun to attract heavy interest from a handful of high major programs while holding offers from Loyola-Chicago, Air Force, Colorado State, Fresno State, Miami (OH), UMKC, New Orleans, Northern Iowa, Texas State, etc.  He’s continued to tighten his handle and polish his perimeter shooting it’s becoming clear that he is capable of playing high major DI ball. 

Much like Franklin in the respect that he can devastate the opposition playing off the ball, he is also able to cause havoc with the ball in his hands forcing defenses to collapse and finding open teammates for easy looks. Defensively, his quick feet, length and strength for his age and size are rare.    

While high major programs finish out their respective classes of 2018, Agbaji may see some high major offers come in if he decides to wait out his decision until the spring and give more programs a chance to evaluate him as he continues to tear up his senior season.