In early July, Scout.com introduced a 2017 top 15. After spending time watching sophomores during the July evaluation periods and in the fall, it's time to extend that list to a top 50. DeAndre Ayton, Troy Brown and Michael Porter sit at the top of the updated list.
When we first introduced the 2017 class to you, we did so with DeAndre Ayton
and Troy Brown
at the top of the list. Well after getting a stronger look at the class and extending our rankings from a top 15 out to a top 50, the top two spots look familiar.
Both Ayton, of San Diego (Calif.) Balboa City School, and Brown, a standout at Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial, performed well this summer, lived up to the lofty expectations and held onto their rankings.
At 6-foot-11, Ayton has a wide set of shoulders, lengthy arms and is already starting to fill out. His mobility and athleticism are impressive. At the LeBron James Skills Academy, Ayton more than held his own against much older and physically developed players. He runs rim-to-rim with ease, impacts the game with his shot blocking and rebounding and shows promise on the offensive end.
Much like Ayton, Brown has been blessed with tremendous physical gifts for his position. We currently have Brown, who stands 6-foot-5, classified as a lead guard. He has good feel, terrific vision and is a talented passer. Brown is a very good athlete with impressive versatility, as he’s able to slide over and guard multiple positions.
Next In Line
While Ayton and Brown sit at the top, there are a handful of players just behind them that are elite level prospects.
, a 6-foot-8 small forward, Zach Brown
, a talented big man, and Wendell Carter
round out the updated 2017 top five.
|Brown ranks among the top five in 2017
For a wing, Porter, of Columbia (Mo.) Tolton Catholic, has very good size, contains impressive leaping ability and is a very talented shooter, both from long-range and off the bounce from mid-range. He was especially impressive at USA Basketball Mini-Camp in October, as he scored at will and showed a competitive side on both ends of the floor. Porter’s father is a women’s assistant coach at Missouri.
Brown stands 7-feet tall and much like Ayton and Brown competed with the upperclassmen at the LeBron James Skills Academy in July. He’s physically stronger than his peers and uses that strength to own his area rebounding wise. A lefty, Brown has good hands and nice touch around the basket.
Our last 2017 update didn’t include Carter, a 6-foot-10 center. But that was a miss on our end. Carter is a big, strong post prospect. He excels as a rebounder and consistently pursues the ball with both hands. He also contests shots inside and has plenty of ability on the offensive end. He has soft mitts, finishes well around the basket and can score off hooks. He was among the best post prospects at USA Basketball.
Markus Howard is the only prospect ranked in our 2017 top 50 that is currently committed. Howard, who possesses elite level speed, committed to Herb Sendek and Arizona State on August 27th.
In the updated top 50, 18 players were awarded five-stars. Players ranked from No. 19 to No. 50 were given four-stars.
California has the most prospects in the top 50 with eight. Indiana and Virginia have the second most players in the updated rankings with four each.