Interior prospects dominate top 10

The class of 2015 is dominated by interior players. In fact this is one of the best groups of low post prospects we have seen in several years.

A consistent theme is emerging with college coaches, they are all looking for quality size to play down low. While that problem won't be fixed overnight, the class of 2015 looks like it can help a lot. The very top of the rankings are completely dominated by power forwards and centers, and the future looks bright.

Of the top 10 prospects in the updated class of 2015 rankings, eight of them are either power forwards or centers. In fact five of them are low post centers, each of which plays like a real center.

One center and one power forward really emerged this spring. The No. 1 overall prospect Stephen Zimmerman and the No. 3 prospect Ivan Rabb both were in strong contention for the top spot. In fact both of them at different times were talked about as the No. 1 player in the class, along with shooting guard Malik Newman.

Zimmerman ended up getting the nod because of his ability to score on the block, rebound, run the floor, and defend. In fact there are no glaring holes in Zimmerman's game. He has competed at the highest level all spring long, including at the recent NBPA Top 100 Camp proving what he is capable of. As a center he dominates down low first and then shows skill to the mid-range. Overall Zimmerman is a great long term prospect who is shows good potential while also having elite production.

While Zimmerman is the top center, Rabb is the top power forward. Rabb is an athletic beast who brings the energy and effort to the tale consistently. He had a great spring with the Oakland Soliders playing up in the EYBL. Right now he isn't a great go to scorer, but his athleticism, energy, rebounding, and body are all major plusses that make him an elite prospect.

Those two stepped it up, but if colleges miss out on them, there are plenty of great options right behind them. Skal Labissiere, Cheick Diallo, Diamond Stone, and Elijah Thomas are all in the top 10 from the center position.

Labissiere has exploded this summer as has Diallo. Labissiere dominated on the EYBL circuit, was arguably the top prospect at the Elite 100, and then more than held his own at the NBPA Top 100 Camp. His length, athleticism, shot blocking, and surprising skill are impressive. Diallo virtually mirrors Labissiere, expect he isn't quite as tall. Still Diallo is as good a rebounder and shot blocker as there is in the class proving his worth during high school and at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Stone is the former No. 1 prospect, and it isn't so much that his level of play fell, just the others really stepped it up. Still at nearly 6-foot-10, Stone has the strength, offensive ability, and athleticism to be an elite player going forward.

Also there is Thomas who might be the best low post scorer in the country. Though not super tall or athletic, but his footwork is outstanding, he has vice grips for hands, and his touch out to 12 feet is incredible. Overall Thomas is as productive as any post in the country.

Two other power forwards, Thomas Bryant and Ben Simmons, are also in the top 10. Bryant and Simmons are both athletic and strong, but there are some differences.

Bryant is someone who can really handle the ball for such a young forward. While he knows he is a power forward, and plays inside, Bryant can get the rebound and push it up the floor, and then also is athletic and long showing the ability to score down low. Beyond that he will block shots and is just now figuring out how good he will be.

A native Australian, Simmons burst onto the scene a year ago, and then proved his worth the second half of the high school season with Montverde (Fla) Academy. At nearly 6-foot-10 with a man's body and high level athleticism, Simmons is no doubt going to be one of the most coveted prospects in the entire country, and even though he hasn't been seen nearly as much as the other top 10 prospects, he has clearly proven his elite ability.

Overall some of the biggest and best battles on the recruiting trail will involve this ultra-talented group of interior prospects. Like the class of 2012, the class of 2015 is simply loaded on the post.

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