Roundtable: Unfiltered 2015 thoughts

Each week, we ask the hoops recruiting team to ruminate on a specific question.

Here's the quested posed to our national scouts: It's been over a week now since we've released new rankings for the senior class. Based on what you have observed since the spring, have your feelings toward this class overall become more favorable, less favorable, or about the same?

Evan Daniels: Top to bottom, it's one of the worst overall classes I've seen from a talent standpoint. The shooting guard position is very deep and the center position is quite good at the top, but outside of that the class as a whole lacks serious depth. There are starting to be some stars emerge at the top, but the star power is thin as well.

Brian Snow: To me, there has been no real change in this class as a whole in the last year. To be totally honest it just isn't a class with a lot of elite star power at the top (like 2013) or great depth through the bottom stages of the top 100 (2014).

There are excellent players like Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown, but neither jumps at you like an Andrew Wiggins or Anthony Davis, and then quickly it falls off in terms of depth as well. Quite simply this isn't a great class, and arguably it's the thinnest class in terms of talent that I have scouted in the last eight years.

Josh Gershon: It's as frustrating of a class as I've seen. As of today, there's not a clear-cut No. 1 prospect if you want to make a prediction on who is going to be the most successful years down the line (which of course we're trying to do), and even if you wanted to bet strictly on upside, that decision would be difficult as well. The difference between prospects in the top 15 really isn't great, whereas in the average class there's usually a steep drop off, separating the class into tiers.

To make matters worse, there's an unbelievable amount of low end high-major kids, to the point where we would need to stretch the list beyond 125 to get them all in. At the end of the day, we basically took a group of 50-60 guys and tried to squeeze them into 15-25 spots at the end of the Top 100, meaning a lot of kids who may be ranked in a typical class didn't make the cut.

Moral of the story: I'm ready to move on to 2016.

Rob Harrington: From a superstar perspective, this class lacks severely. In that sense it reminds me of the 2005 class, with a lot of guys — like Gerald Green, Josh McRoberts, Martell Webster and others that year — circulating among the top echelon but not really appearing to be a strong No. 1. The 2015 appears to be similar, with a lot of question marks surrounding whichever player you'd tab for the top spot.

On the other hand, I love the high-major depth in this class. There are 150 players worthy of high-major consideration, probably 25-40 more than is typically the class. In other words, this class projects to make a big impact on college in 2016-17 and beyond, but perhaps not in 2015-16 — and perhaps never really in the NBA.

From a more selfish perspective, I've enjoyed the challenge of evaluating players in a class who are grouped so closely together. Anyone can spot a clear superstar, but all of your evaluation philosophies get put to the test in a class such as this one. I've enjoyed it very much from that perspective.

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

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