Scout.com's 5th version of the 2012 rankings have been released and Las Vegas Bishop Gorman small forward Shabazz Muhammad has retained his status as the #1 prospect in the country.
"The best wing in America was able to hold to the top spot in the 2012 rankings," says Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "He's consistent with his effort and is focused on getting better. He's a guy that is maximizing his talent and continues to get better at nearly every facet of the game."
Making a jump 8th to 4th is Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep power forward Brandon Ashley, who has never left Scout.com's top 10 in 2012.
"Ashley is one of the unique talents in this class," says Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Snow. "At right around 6-foot-8 he is showing more skill on the wing as an offensive player, yet still isn't afraid to dominate on the glass. The next step is to dominate every play every game, but the natural talent and progression of skills has made him an elite level prospect."
Moving up from 11th to 10th is another Findlay Prep power forward in Anthony Bennett, whose dominant showing this summer has helped him earn one of the reputations as one of the dominant players in the country.
After falling a little bit in the last rankings, La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran power forward Grant Jerrett has jumped back into the Top 25, landing at 24th in the country. Jerrett's skill level and footwork makes him one of the nation's top post prospects.
Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial center Robert Upshaw fell to 41st in the country from his previous ranking of 31st. The big center has been a bit inconsistent this summer, but his development over the past four years can't be ignored.
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran shooting guard Gabe York has earned his highest ranking yet, moving up from 64th to 43rd. While York is undersized at the two-guard position, he's proven himself as one of the nation's elite scorers, capping off a good summer with a terrific showing at the adidas Nations.
Also earning his highest ranking yet is Findlay Prep small forward Winston Shepard, who jumped from 58th to 44th. One of the nation's most versatile prospects, Shepard impacts the game in almost every area, making him a player whose true value to a team is difficult to define in a ranking.
Coming in at 56th after his previous ranking of 45th is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei shooting guard Katin Reinhardt. Now a UNLV commitment, Reinhardt's shooting and handles should help him make a big impact in the Mountain West.
North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake power forward Zena Edosomwan made another jump in the rankings, going from 69th to 62nd. Edosomwan's work ethic on the court and his improved face-up game have both served him well this summer.
Another prospect making a big jump is Findlay Prep point guard Dominic Artis, who went from 95th to 63rd. The point guard is one of the best in the nation at making his teammates better and Artis' continuous improvement makes him deserving of the bump.
Bishop Gorman power forward Rosco Allen made a small jump, going from 76th to 73rd. One of the most unique players in the country, Allen's outside shooting, handles and passing all make him an intriguing prospect.
Bakersfield (Calif.) point guard Tyrone Wallace is back in the rankings, this time coming in at 78th. Wallace has really improved his outside shot over recent months and when you add that to the rest of his developing skill set and physical tools, you have a point guard whose best days are ahead of him.
Making his debut in the Scout.com rankings is Visalia (Calif.) Central Valley Christian power forward Grant Verhoeven, who is placed at 79th. Verhoeven has one of the top motors in the class, which at times makes him dominant as a scorer in the paint and is a big time rebounder as well.
Another prospect making his first appearance in the Scout.com rankings at 81st is Monument (Colo.) Lewis-Palmer power forward Josh Scott. The Colorado commit works hard in the post and does a terrific job of getting to the free throw line.
Rounding out the Scout.com Top 100 out west is Mater Dei small forward Xavier Johnson, who is ranked at 83rd. Johnson's athleticism and improved shooting have helped him maintain his spot as a Top 100 prospect for three straight Scout.com updates.
Prospects considered but falling outside the Top 100 include Ben Carter, Wesley Gordon, Demarquise Johnson, Calaen Robinson, Anrio Adams, Anthony January, Kenny Martin, Demetris Morant, Skylar Spencer, Eric Jacobsen, Jordan Loveridge and Landen Lucas.
West Coast look at Scout.com 2012 Top 100
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