Baltimore native rated ESPN's No. 1 hoops prospect in Class of 2020

A Baltimore transplant is in position to be the city’s highest-ranked boys basketball recruit since Josh Selby.

Rising sophomore forward Isaiah Todd on Friday was named the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2020 by ESPN. DeMatha center Hunter Dickinson also made the top 10, at No. 9.

“At the top, Todd has versatility and ball skills with an extra-long frame,” ESPN’s Paul Biancardi wrote. “He has a real chance to be really special. At times, it's easy to question where skill in the game is headed, but the Class of 2020 seems to be loaded.”

While Todd attends John Marshall High in Richmond, Va., for which he averaged 13 points per game as a freshman, he plays for Baltimore-based Amateur Athletic Union squad Team Thrill.

Todd already has offers from Maryland, Kansas and Virginia, among others, and visited College Park for the Terps’ win against Indiana last season.

He should hope to avoid the career arc of the last Baltimorean to be so highly coveted. Selby, whose wandering high school career took him from John Carroll to DeMatha to Lake Clifton, was rated the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2010 by Rivals.com.

After an early-season nine-game suspension related to eligibility issues, Selby averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26 games at Kansas, bothered some by a foot injury. He declared for the draft after one season with the Jayhawks, was taken in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft, nearly retired after two unremarkable seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies and now plays in Israel.

Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) also was considered the Class of 2002’s top recruit by ESPN.com.

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