Players vote on top player/defender in class

Who do the top players in the 2014 class think should be ranked No. 1? Who is the best defender? The McDonald's All-Americans voted and the results weren't all that surprising.

While the staff has their opinion for who is the best player and defender in the 2014 class, so do the players.

During the McDonald's All-American festivities the staff asked each player participating in the event who they thought was the top overall prospect and the top defender in the class. The only rule was they couldn't pick themselves.

22 of the 24 players at the game opted to participate in the polling. Of the 22 players, 10 picked Jahlil Okafor, who is currently ranked No. 1 overall by, as the top overall player in the class.

"I would say Jahlil Okafor, the guy has been showing that he is the best post-man in the class," Kansas signee Kelly Oubre told "It is crazy how well he is doing. I mean, I love Jahlil's game, man."

Johnson checks in just behind Okafor
"I got to go with Jahlil," James Blackmon, an IU signee, said. "Because he is just dominant down in the paint, no one can really stop him."

Okafor is arguably the top low post scorer in high school basketball since current NBA player DeMarcus Cousins. At 6-foot-10, Okafor has a great set of hands, tremendous touch in the paint and is capable of scoring in a variety of ways, both with his back to the rim and facing it. Okafor was a co-MVP in the McDonald's All-American game.

After Okafor, Stanley Johnson, a four-time state champion at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, had the second highest total, as five of his peers picked him as the top player in the 2014 class.

"I got to give it to Stanley Johnson," Cliff Alexander said. "Just because how he plays, he is aggressive and will put it on the floor and shoot the three. I just like how he plays."

Emmanuel Mudiay and Cliff Alexander each received a pair of votes, while Kelly Oubre, Tyus Jones and Kevon Looney each had one vote from their peers as the top player in the class.

The voting for the top defensive player in the class wasn't necessarily a surprise either. Much like Okafor did with the top overall player voting, Justise Winslow ran away with the best defender voting.

Winslow, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound versatile wing out of Houston (Tex.) St. John's School, picked up 11 of the 22 votes. Among the players that voted for Winslow as the top defender were D'Angelo Russell, Isaiah Whitehead, Justin Jackson and Myles Turner.

"I've played against [Winslow] many times and it's tough to get in a rhythm when he's guarding you because he makes it so tough to catch," Kentucky signee Devin Booker said about Winslow's defensive prowess.

"He's very athletic and strong, but mobile as well and has a nose for the ball," fellow Duke signee Tyus Jones said about his future teammate. "Also his high basketball IQ makes him a good defender."

Winslow soars for a dunk
Winslow's size, strength, lateral quickness and athleticism are among the reasons he's touted as such a good defender. He's capable of defending a couple of positions and always plays with energy.

After Winslow, Stanley Johnson and Myles Turner each received three votes as the best defender in the class.

"Stanley Johnson is the best defender," UNLV signee Rashad Vaughn said. "He's very strong and he's quick on his feet too."

"Best defender I probably would say Myles," UCLA signee Kevon Looney said. "He has a lot of length so he bothers my shot a bit. He's pretty hard to score on."

Cliff Alexander picked up two votes in the best defender voting, while Trey Lyles, Tyus Jones and Joel Berry all picked up one vote.

Beth Long, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington also contributed to this report

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