Roundtable: Sophomore Studs

It's not even April, but the Class of 2015 has been taking a beating in the grassroots community. An absence of depth and an evidently weak point guard crop have brought out the boo-birds, but not so with the sophomores.

This week, we check in with the Scout.com national recruiting team to get a peek at some early names to watch in the 2016 crop.

That said, here's the question: What one big change you expect to occur in Class of 2016 rankings by spring?

Josh Gershon: I would say the West Coast 2016 prospect who has raised their stock the most as a sophomore would be Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei center M.J. Cage. Last year Cage was a post with a good frame with long arms and soft hands, but the skill still hadn't come around. He's made a big jump forward in the last year. He's finishing with both hands, comfortably hitting hook shots, rebounding very well on both ends, blocking shots and passing really well out of double teams. He's turned himself into one of the top post prospects nationally in the class.

Brian Snow: This one is interesting, and the Class of 2016 has the early potential to be the next "great" class in the mold of the 2013 class which is having so much success in college basketball right now. That said, if I had to pick one thing it would be that Kobi Simmons asserts himself as the top point guard in the class. I just really like Simmons' upside and think before it is all said and done that he will be as heavily recruited a player as there is in the class. He has some boom or bust potential, but I really like the skill set that Simmons brings to the table.

Evan Daniels: I'm going to take a different angle on this question. The 2015 class is seriously lacking depth at the point guard position, where early on it appears to be a strength of the 2016 class. There's some good ones at the top -- Derryck Thornton, Seventh Woods, Kobi Simmons & Lonzo Ball -- plus a good list of guards in the next tier. At this stage, I can't think of a major personnel change in the 2016, but as we continue evaluate underclassmen prospects into the spring, I'm sure plenty will pop up.

Rob Harrington: Based on what I've seen this season, I think what has stuck out most is that Seventh Woods needs to find his way into the national top 10. No, he's not the most skilled guy in the world yet and still has a lot to learn about playing point guard, but he does possess true game-changing quickness and speed. I also sat courtside as he lit up the court with seven threes in very sort order, so he does hint at having some real perimeter ability as well.

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


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