On Thursday, Scout.com released its 5th version of the 2013 recruiting rankings. San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty power forward Aaron Gordon once again leads the way out west, coming in 5th, a small drop from his previous ranking of 3rd in the country.
"The best thing about Aaron Gordon is his effort and energy," says Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "He's an elite level prospect that hits the glass, rebounds and continues to advance his all around scoring package."
Denver native shooting guard Chris Thomas, who is transferring to South Kent (Conn.), comes in 10th, making the small drop from 7th overall.
"Thomas might be the best pure scorer in the class," says Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Snow. "His combination of athleticism, deep range on his jumper, and strength is unquestioned. While he is a big time scorer, what Thomas might do best is pass the basketball.
"The talent Thomas possesses is unquestioned and nearly unmatched. The questions about him however revolve around him being able to harness those extreme gifts and be a consistent performer on the basketball court."
Up next is Richmond (Calif.) Salesian shooting guard Jabari Bird, making the drop from 10th in the country to 17th overall.
"Jabari Bird is one of the better scorers in the 2013 class," Daniels said. "He's skilled, lets the game come to him and can put up points in a hurry."
Leading the list of four-stars out west is San Francisco St. Ignatius College Prep small forward Stephen Domingo, who moves up to 31st from 34th. One of the nation's top shooters, Domingo had a very successful summer, falling just short of five-star status.
Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep power forward Christian Wood made an early commitment to UNLV, and the Runnin' Rebels picked up one of the nation's most promising 2013 post prospects. The athletic forward with a sweet three-point stroke is now ranked 34th, falling one spot from 33rd.
Right after Wood is Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco shooting guard Isaac Hamilton, who fell from 26th to 35th. Despite his drop, Hamilton is one of the top scorers in the country at the shooting guard position.
Bothell (Wash.) point guard Zach Lavine missed much of July due to injury and made a small fall from 69th to 75th. Lavine is currently the top rated point guard prospect out west and his scoring ability will allow him to play both guard spots in college.
Making his debut into the Scout.com rankings is Long Beach (Calif.) Poly power forward Bell, who comes in at 77th. One of the premier shot blockers in the country, Bell will have to improve offensively over the next year, but his defense alone makes him one of the nation's most intriguing post prospects.
Even though he comes in at 80th - a jump from 96th - Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon wing Dakarai Allen has one of the highest ceilings of the group. Allen's length, athleticism and defensive ability make him a player to keep a close eye on over the next year.
Jumping up to 86th from 88th is 6-foot-1, 190-pound Eureka (Calif.) St. Bernard point guard Brandon Randolph. There is a large group of West Coast point guards that high majors will be evaluating this upcoming season and the score-first point guard is definitely towards the top of that list.
San Diego Lincoln shooting guard Tyree Robinson fell from 49th to 91st, although the Oakland Soldiers guard's strength, size, athleticism and shooting all make him an intriguing prospect for the next level.
Rounding out the list of West Coast prospects in the Scout.com 2013 Top 100 is Ikenna Iroegbu, who is making the move from Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin to Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy. Iroegbu has everything you're looking for physically at point guard, but will have to continue to learn how to play the position at Oak Hill.
Other players who were considered for the rankings and will continue to be closely evaluated in the future include Nigel Williams-Goss, Nick Emery, Tyrell Robinson, Jahmel Taylor, Roschon Prince, Jordan Mathews, Sandro Alberto, Cullen Neal, Jaron Hopkins, Chance Murray, Elijah Brown, Paul Watson, Rashad Muhammad, Torren Jones, Marcus Lee, Kameron Rooks and Cheikh Ndiaye.
West Coast look at Scout.com 2013 Top 100
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