Roundtable: Picking Sides

Each week, we ask the hoops recruiting team to ruminate on a specific question.

Here's the scenario we presented to our scouts: Based only on those players you watched with your own eyes in July, take any 10 prospects from any shoe circuit or otherwise, in any class, and place them into two teams that you think would create for the most exciting contest.

Evan Daniels:

Team A

Justin Simon

Jaylen Brown

Ben Simmons

Ivan Rabb

Cheick Diallo (pictured above)

Team B

Jayson Tatum

Malik Monk

Josh Jackson

Harry Giles

Thon Maker

While I mixed some things up, I'd love to see the best players in the 2015 class go up against the best players in the 2016 class. I switched up some positions in both groupings to help get the top players in each class in the game.

I'd love to see the wings in this game especially match up. Brown and Simmons versus the crew of Tatum, Monk and Jackson would be a game I'd pay to watch.

Josh Gershon:

I'm going to break them down into 2015 and 2016 as well, moving kids out of position a bit to get the most talent on the floor but going with:


PG: Justin Simon

SG: Allonzo Trier

SF: Jaylen Brown

PF: Ben Simmons

C: Ivan Rabb


PG: Derryck Thornton, Jr.

SG: Malik Monk

SF: Jayson Tatum

PF: Josh Jackson

C: Harry Giles

I feel like my 2015 team gives me three of the most versatile players in the country in Justin Simon, Jaylen Brown and Ben Simmons, who can play and defend multiple positions, with a scorer in Allonzo Trier and true post in Ivan Rabb.

With 2016, you've got four of the most exciting players in the country in Malik Monk, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson and Harry Giles, along with a true point in Derryck Thornton, Jr. who will make them all look even better.

Brian Snow:


PG: Jawun Evans

SG: Antonio Blakeney

SF: Jaylen Brown

PF: Deyonta Davis

C: Cheick Diallo

I am just going with the long and athletic team here that would be a beast in transition. To me Evans is the best transition PG in the class, and the rest of the guys all run, are physical, and athletic.


PG: Kobi Simmons

SG: Malik Monk

SF: Josh Jackson

PF: Harry Giles

C: Thon Maker

Again, I just want this team to get out and run and have fun and be exciting. Monk and Jackson might be the two best athletes on the wing, Giles can do everything, and Maker is tremendous in transition. Add in Simmons who is the best scoring point with size and athleticism in the class, and I think this team would be very exciting.

Rob Harrington:

Team A

PG: Jalen Brunson

SG: Isaiah Briscoe

WF: Allonzo Trier

PF: Skal Labissiere

C: Cheick Diallo

Team B

PG: Justin Simon

SG: Jayson Tatum

WF: Jaylen Brown

PF: Ben Simmons

C: Caleb Swanigan

I intentionally created an imbalanced squad for Team A, basically four high-volume perimeter scorers with one grunt in the middle. This team could go a lot of different ways, with four players who think shooting first. But Brunson is such an intelligent floor leader, and Briscoe an excellent playmaker for a wing, that it might just work.

That said, Team B poses them a lot of troubles. Simon lacks pure playmaking skills and these guys don't shoot it nearly as well and are less athletic overall, but their defensive length and physicality will be immensely superior. Who runs the offense, Simon or Tatum?

I think this would be a fantastic style matchup that would force guys to step outside their comfort zone in attempt to win.

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report

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