Scout's Ultimate 100

Multiple times a year, Scout's hoops recruiting team - Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon, Rob Harrington and Brian Snow - rank the top prospects in each class. But often times recruitniks and fans ask who the best prospects are, regardless of class. So Scout's team of experts came up with the Ultimate 100 concept. Keep in mind this is our take on the best prospects, not the most productive players.

No. 1 DeAndre Ayton | Class of 2017

For those that just casually follow recruiting, seeing a sophomore at the top of this type of list may surprise you, but for the hardcore recruiting fans, Ayton is well known. He's been a widely discussed name since before he was in high school. This past summer he played against North Carolina in an exhibition game and scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. A 6-foot-11 center, Ayton has scoring moves, is a very good rim protector and is an impressive all around athlete. The decision to put Ayton No. 1 was an easy, unanimous choice among Scout's recruiting team.


No. 2 Harry Giles | Class of 2016

Checking in at No. 2 is Harry Giles, who oddly enough was No. 2 in last year's Ultimate 100, just behind Duke's Jahlil Okafor. After suffering a knee injury during his sophomore season, Giles is back, healthy and better than ever. Standing 6-foot-10, Giles, a power forward, can score the ball in a variety ways. He has post moves, counters, jump hooks, a mid-range game and is a terrific rebounder. Giles is a competitor and is currently regarded as the top prospect in the 2016 class.


No. 3 Josh Jackson | Class of 2016

Jackson is as gifted athlete as there is in all of high school basketball and rivals former Scout No. 1 and 2014 No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins in that regard. Jackson's upside is tremendous. To go with his freakish athleticism, Jackson is terrific in transition, a lock down perimeter defender and one of the best passers in the country. Once his shooting catches up with the rest of his game, Jackson will be virtually unstoppable.


No. 4 Jayson Tatum | Class of 2016

You could certainly make a case for Tatum to be higher on this list and higher on the 2016 list (he currently sits at No. 3 in 2016), but regardless he is an elite level talent and one that will have a short stay in college before he makes his way to the NBA. Tatum's ball skills and footwork are advanced for a kid his age. His mid-range game is one of the best in high school basketball and he's a solid threat behind the three-point stripe.


No. 5 Jaylen Brown | Class of 2015

The top prospect in the 2015 class checks in at No. 5 overall in the Ultimate 100. Brown has very good size for the wing position at 6-foot-7. He has all the physical tools you want in a wing. A very good athlete, Brown makes plays in transition, has the potential to be a lockdown perimeter defender and has one of the best motors in high school hoops. At this stage, Brown is a streaky shooter, but he's taking better shots and that has improved his percentages. The next step in his development is improving his ball handling and becoming more consistent with his jump shot.


No. 6 Ben Simmons | Class of 2015

Scout's No. 2 player in the 2015 class is certainly an intriguing one. Simmons is physically dominant and arguably the most productive player in high school basketball. At 6-foot-8, he's strong, aggressive and a relentless driver. Simmons is an effective finisher when he drives the ball and is a very talented passer for a guy his size. Simmons rebounds his area well and his motor has gotten better over the course of his high school career. To reach his full potential, Simmons will need to become more of a threat shooting the ball and add a post game.


No. 7 Skal Labissiere | Class of 2015

Although there's been questions regarding who Skal Labissiere is playing with during his senior season, there are no questions about his talent. In fact, Labissiere is playing his best basketball. Standing 6-foot-11, Labissiere has impressive offensive tools and ability. Blessed with great hands and touch, Labissiere can score on the block with hooks and other moves. He's also a good shooter from mid-range out to three. Labissiere has good lengthy, mobility and is a threat to block shots. Labissiere, who currently ranks No. 3 in the 2015 class, is in the conversation for the top spot in the 2015 class.


No. 8 Marvin Bagley | Class of 2018

Bagley is one of only two freshmen to make the Ultimate 100 and to be ranked in the top 10 is pretty special. That said, the hunch is that he may be too low at No. 8. Bagley, a 6-foot-10 native of Arizona, particularly stood out at the USA Basketball Men's Developmental Camp in the fall and quickly established himself as the top overall prospect in the 2018 class. Bagley has good size and length for his position. He's mobile, athletic and is equipped to score at the rim or with his back to it.


No. 9 Diamond Stone | Class of 2015

A big, imposing center prospect, Stone's strength lies in his ability to score the basket. At 6-foot-10, he has a wide base and a lengthy set arms. He's tough to push off the block and is able to carve out impressive post position, which helps his already impressive scoring arsenal. Stone has jump hooks over each shoulder and nice touch at the rim and on his short range jump shots. He's also capable of making threes. He rebounds his area well and when motivated is a good rim protector.


No. 10 Ivan Rabb | Class of 2015

After a so-so final summer, which in part was due to a nagging ankle injury, Rabb has been back to form during his senior campaign. At his size, Rabb has the type of tools you'd want out of a power forward prospect to impact both ends of the floor. He's long, mobile, is equipped with fine footwork, can make mid-range jump shots, as well as score on the block. Defensively, he's alert, rebounds his area and consistently contests shots.


No. 11 Troy Brown | Class of 2017

Brown is easily one of the more intriguing long term prospects in all of high school basketball. It starts with his size for his position. Standing 6-foot-5 and running the show, Brown is able to see over opposing defenders and is a gifted passer with impressive vision. He's quick, is a very good athlete and because of his length and lateral quickness can defend a few positions. Going forward, Brown will need to spruce up his long-range shot, but there's a lot of upside here.


No. 12 Michael Porter | Class of 2017

Michael Porter built his reputation playing with Matt Suther's MOKAN Elite team this past spring and summer. That reputation got stronger at the USA Basketball Men's Developmental camp in the fall. Porter has good size at 6-foot-8 and is a terrific long-range shooter with good shot preparation. But he's also a very fluid athlete that explodes off the ground when he approaches the rim. He could still get stronger and improve his handle, but he's tracking as an elite prospect in the 2017 class.


No. 13 Thon Maker | Class of 2016

A long, lanky 7-footer, Maker is easily one of the most polarizing prospects in all of high school basketball. For his size, Maker is extremely mobile and races end to end with ease. Maker is a good athlete with impressive ball skills. He's able to step out and make jump shots and has nice touch around the basket. Maker is a threat on the defensive end, as he has good length, gets off the ground quickly and consistently plays hard. While Maker is currently listed as a 2016 prospect, many believe he'll end up reclassifying to the 2015 class.


No. 14 Malik Monk | Class of 2016

Athletically, Monk is one of the more gifted players in all of high school basketball. But over the course of his high school career, he's developed his ball skills and jump shot and is much more than just an impressive leaper. Monk is effective in driving situations, slices his way to the rim and finishes well once there. He's also developed his jump shot from the perimeter. He's had his fair share of scoring outburst, but perhaps his biggest performance to date was dropping 59 points in an EYBL game last spring.


No. 15 Derryck Thornton | Class of 2016

From his ball skills to his feel, Derryck Thornton is equipped with the means to be a very productive point guard in college and beyond. He's regarded as the best lead guard in the 2016 class and ranks No. 2 at the point guard spot in the Ultimate 100. Thornton has good size for the position. He's quick, handles the ball well, is a talented passer, but also is a more than capable scorer. Maybe his best attribute is his competitiveness. He's competes on both ends of the floor, takes pride in his defense and is a hard worker.


No. 16 Zach Brown | Class of 2017

A 7-footer, Brown was one of the few freshmen selected to participate at the LeBron James Skills Academy this past summer. Despite being one of the younger prospects there, he didn't look out of place because of his size, strength and length. Brown has a strong base, carves out great position in the paint and is a very good area rebounder. The southpaw scores it well with his left handed and also actively patrols the paint looks to swat away shots.


No. 17 Henry Ellenson | Class of 2015

The gem of Steve Wojciechowski's first class at Marquette, is regarded as a top 10 recruit in the 2015 class and ranks as the No. 4 power forward in the Ultimate 100. Ellenson is versatile and at 6-foot-10, is mobile, has good footwork, nice scoring touch and can score the ball both with his back to the rim and facing. He's also a good ball handler for his size and position and is capable to starting a break. He rebounds his area and is also a talented passer from the high post. Ellenson was selected as a McDonald's All-American and to the Nike Hoop Summit team.


No. 18 Malik Newman | Class of 2015

There aren't many prospects that can score the ball quite like Newman. He's just 6-foot-3, so by NBA standards he'll be undersized for the shooting guard spot, but he is skilled enough to slide over and handle the ball. With that said, his strength is his ability to put up points. He's very good at creating space with his dribble and has a knack for making tough shots under pressure. He scores it well from all three levels and is especially effective scoring off the dribble. Despite not being an explosive leaper, he's a very good finisher at the rim and has the unique ability to adjust his shots with ease at the rim.


No. 19 Dennis Smith | Class of 2016

The physical gifts are in place for Smith, a 6-foot-2 lead guard out of Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian. Smith is an explosive athlete with a tremendous first step. He's able to get by defenders and slice his way to the basket with ease. Smith is a quality passer when he drives, but he's also a good finisher once he's in the lane. His long-range shot can be streaky, but it continues to get better and when he's hitting from deep, it opens up the driving lanes even more. He's ranked as the No. 3 point guard on this list and the No. 2 lead guard in the 2016 class.


No. 20 Stephen Zimmerman | Class of 2015

Big Zimm, as he's known in the recruiting world, has been a big name among recruitniks since the summer before his freshman season. Now a senior, Zimmerman is arguably playing the best basketball of his career. The 7-footer is playing with energy on both ends of the floor. He projects well because of his size, mobility, instincts as a shot blocker and the tools he's equipped with on the offensive end. He can make jump shots, hooks and is a good passer from the high post.


No. 21 E.J. Montgomery | Class of 2018

Montgomery is the final freshman to make this list and he ranks pretty high at No. 21 overall and as the No. 5 power forward prospect, regardless of class. The 6-foot-9 long, lanky power forward moves well, has good athleticism and scores well around the rim with his left, which is his dominant hand. As a freshman, Montgomery played up in the 17's division with the Atlanta Celtics and certainly held his own and competed against much more physical and older player.


No. 22 Wendell Carter | Class of 2017

Carter's play at the USA Men's Basketball Developmental camp in October was eye opening. Carter, who has fine size at 6-foot-9, 245-pounds, use his strength and big frame to dominate the interior. His size, strength and length (7-foot-3 wingspan) help him control the backboard from a rebounding standpoint. He also gets his hands on his fair share of shots. Offensively, he can score with both hands and has nice scoring touch around the basket. He's ranked as the No. 9 center in the Ultimate 100.


No. 23 Jalek Felton | Class of 2017

Just a sophomore, Felton, who is the nephew of Raymond Felton, ranks high on this list for a number of reasons. At 6-foot-2, Felton has a lengthy wingspan at 6-foot-8. He's quick and a good, although not great, athlete. Felton has a flashy style and is a tricky, crafty ball handler. His vision is tremendous and his passing is one of his biggest strength. Felton is an early commit to North Carolina and ranks as the No. 4 point guard on the Ultimate 100 list.


No. 24 Terrance Ferguson | Class of 2016

There aren't many prospects that have the combination of size, athleticism and the ability to make long distance shots that Ferguson does. At 6-foot-6, he's a major threat from three and can heat up from the behind the stripe in a hurry. On top of that, Ferguson, who plays at Dallas (Tex.) Prime Prep, is an explosive athlete that's capable of highlight reel dunks. To reach his full potential, Ferguson will need to continue to develop his ball handling, but he's already making slight improvements in that area.


No. 25 Jeremiah Tilmon | Class of 2017

Standing 6-foot-11 with a wide set of shoulders and a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Tilmon has impressive physical features for a center. Tilmon has good athleticism and is able to get up and down the floor with ease. At this stage, he's not refined on the block, but he has good hands and nice touch around the basket so there's reason to believe he'll continue to improve in that regard as he gets older. Tilmon ranks as the No. 8 overall center in the Ultimate 100.


No. 26 Kobi Simmons | Class of 2016

Simmons is a very athletic and quick combo guard who will be able to play on and off the ball at the next level. His speed at 6-foot-3 makes him dangerous in transition, as he can attack the basket or find teammates. He's a real threat to hit pull-up jumpers or slash to the rim in the open court, while he also has the vision to create for others. Defensively, Simmons will be able to guard the one and two at the next level. His athleticism gives him a very high upside.


No. 27 T.J. Leaf | Class of 2016

There's a lot to like about Leaf. You don't find many high school power forwards these days who have the skill set to play with their back to the basket, while also equally capable of facing up and hitting jumpers, but Leaf can do both. A four man with a very high basketball IQ, Leaf is a terrific passer and if you double him, he'll quickly find the open man. He can knock down hook shots and finishes well around the basket. Leaf also rebounds very well and always plays hard.


No. 28 Lonzo Ball | Class of 2016

You could make an argument that Ball is the best passer in high school basketball. He makes numerous remarkable passes a game and a lot of times seems like a pro quarterback playing basketball the way he effortlessly makes pinpoint crosscourt passes. Not just a passer, Ball also has NBA range from three, rebounds his area well, and is becoming increasingly better as a scorer off the dribble. He's not a pure one and does often look to score, but he's one of the nation's most versatile and unique talents.


No. 29 Austin Wiley | Class of 2017

Wiley is a big center with wide shoulders who is a load inside. He finishes well in the paint and ultimately is going to be a big, powerful post who will be very tough to stop around the basket. Wiley already has a hook shot and uses his motor to score on smaller defenders. He's not a bad athlete for the position and rebounds his area well, rarely giving up on a play.


No. 30 Cheick Diallo | Class of 2015

Quite simply Diallo has one of the best motors in high school basketball. At 6-foot-9 with very long arms and good athleticism, when you play as hard as Diallo does you're going to find ways to be productive and this is one of the nation's biggest producers. Diallo consistently rebounds very well, blocks shots and finishes everything around the basket. He'll need to keep developing his skill set, but Diallo has a very high floor.


No. 31 Caleb Swanigan | Class of 2015

Swanigan is a big body post who has made serious strides over the course of his high school career. He's a terrific finisher around the basket who uses his soft hands and touch, footwork and strength to finish around the basket. Not just a back to the basket post, Swanigan can also step out and shoot. Those who know him describe him as an elite worker, and the way he's transformed his body and game over the last few years certainly gives credence to that opinion.


No. 32 Chase Jeter | Class of 2015

There are a lot of reasons to believe in Jeter's future and the progress he's made as a player since his freshman year could be at the top. Jeter's skill set has consistently advanced as he's gotten stronger and he's become a player who can not only impact the game with his back to the basket, especially with his hook shot, but also with his jumper from the high post. He's a good passer and rebounds well for the position. Jeter is known as a great kid and hard worker and should have a nice career at Duke.


No. 33 Brandon Ingram | Class of 2015

If it all comes together for Ingram, he has one of the highest upsides on this list. At 6-foot-8 with long arms, Ingram has nice size for a small forward, while he has extreme physical upside and will only improve with added strength. He can put the ball on the floor and score it off the dribble with his ball skills and smooth stroke. Ingram should be able to ultimately defend multiple positions and when he gets stronger should become a really good player.


No. 34 Ray Smith | Class of 2015

Smith has sat out the last several months after tearing his ACL, but before that injury he was quickly moving up the list of top prospects in 2015. When you look at the ceilings of every player in his class, Smith is towards the top. A 6-foot-8 small forward whose jumper and ball skills have consistently developed, he's a terrific athlete with elite body control. He can score from all three levels and defend multiple positions. Smith's extreme progress over the last few years gives hope for what he's going to be in time.


No. 35 Tyus Battle | Class of 2016

Battle is a small forward with good size, length and athleticism who can really create his own shot. He has the ball skills and footwork to get off his pull-up jumper whenever he wants and it's a shot he has a lot of success with. Battle is also a serious threat to get to the basket and aggressively attacks the rim. He should be able to defend both wing spots at the next level and has the toughness to be a terrific player on both sides of the court.


No. 36 Dwayne Bacon | Class of 2015

Bacon is a man amongst boys at the high school level. He's a ridiculous athlete. To go with his explosive athleticism, Bacon has good ball skills and is almost impossible to stop when he wants to get to the basket. Not just a driver, Bacon has improved as a jump shooter and is a threat to heat up from downtown. Bacon's defensive upside is limitless and should be a very productive player at Florida State.


No. 37 Josh Langford | Class of 2016

One of the more versatile players in his class, Langford is a good athlete that can score the ball, but is also one of the best passers in his class, which is a rare statement to make for a shooting guard. The fact that he's a threat to score off the dribble or create is a big weapon. Langford has a nice frame and while he's battled injuries during his high school career, has consistently proved himself as a high level talent when he's been on the court.


No. 38 D.J. Harvey | Class of 2017

When you watch young wings, you hope they have the ball skills, athleticism and scoring ability that Harvey has. He's a very good scorer for his age and can knock down shots off the dribble from midrange and three, but also has the handle and body control to get to the basket and finish above the rim. His size, length and athleticism will allow him to defend both wing spots in college.


No. 39 | Class of 2017

Vanderbilt is one of the most skilled four men in high school basketball. His feel for the game is outstanding and he's a very good passer from both the high and low posts. Vanderbilt can face you up and take you off the dribble or finish around the basket. He always plays hard, makes the right pass, plays unselfish basketball and competes with a consistent motor. There aren't many power forwards in high school basketball better than Vanderbilt.


No. 40 Carlton Bragg | Class of 2015

Bragg has very good size and athleticism for the position at 6-foot-9, while also possessing long arms and a good frame. He's most comfortable facing up and knocking down jumpers, but when he chooses to play inside he can score from there due to his size, length and physical ability. He'll need to become more consistent with his motor while trying to develop more versatility, but his upside is no doubt very high.


No. 41 V.J. King | Class of 2016

King has nice size at 6-foot-6 with long arms and is pretty much the physical prototype for a young wing. He's a terrific scorer who can use his handle to get looks for himself whenever he wants, while he's a very capable shooter off the catch and pull from all over the court. He's relentless in transition, attacking the basket and finishing well above the rim. King has one of the top upsides in his class.


No. 42 Allonzo Trier | Class of 2015

One of the nation's top scorers, Trier is elite off the dribble and sometimes it's hard to believe how seemingly effortlessly he can knock down very difficult shots off the bounce. Trier isn't just a shooter - although it's his strength - as he can attack the basket and finish with both hands, and also has the vision to ultimately to create more for teammates. His ball skills and shooting/scoring ability are high level for the position.


No. 43 Isaiah Briscoe | Class of 2015

Briscoe is a very tough and physical shooting guard. While he has the ball skills and vision to play on the ball and is truly a combo guard, what you like most about him is his scoring ability. He shoots the ball well off the dribble, while his toughness and ball skills allow him to get to the basket and finish with contact. He's a good athlete and a very versatile player for a guard.


No. 44 Mustapha Heron | Class of 2016

Heron is as physical and competitive of a player as you're going to find for a young small forward. He's a warrior defender who will guard multiple positions, but is also extremely tough off the dribble and embraces contact on the way to the basket. Heron has really improved as a shooter and ball handler, becoming a much bigger threat to score off the dribble. He helps your team win in multiple ways.


No. 45 Jalen Brunson | Class of 2015

Almost exactly what you're looking for out of a point guard, Brunson should be a really successful player at the next level. He's a thick, strong kid with an excellent basketball IQ and skill set. He's an underrated athlete that really passes the ball well and is always looking to put his teammates in position to score. Not just a distributor, Brunson can also really shoot the ball, while also using his strength, handle and toughness to get to the basket and finish.


No. 46 Marques Bolden | Class of 2016

A talented center with good size and length, Bolden possesses an extremely high upside. He has a long way to go physically which makes his production level already that much more impressive. He has good hands and feet, nice length and improving footwork. Bolden can score with both hands around the basket, is athletic and can step out and shoot. Defensively, Bolden is a very good rim protector. His ceiling is very high.


No. 47 Jarrett Allen | Class of 2016

Allen is a center with a good frame. He has nice size at 6-foot-10, broad shoulders and long arms. For his size, he's a mobile center who finishes inside due to his soft hands and touch around the basket. He has a hook shot and is also able to face up and shoot jumpers. Defensively, his size, length and timing makes him a very good rim protector. He's talented now but as he gets stronger, has the chance to be a terrific player.


No. 48 De'Aaron Fox | Class of 2016

Fox is a true combo guard who will be able to play a big role at both the one and two at the next level. He's one of the fastest guards in his class with the ball in his hands, and plays with a nice combination of scoring and creating. His speed up and down the court makes him electric in transition, but he also has the court vision to find teammates. He's an improving shooter and very good slasher. Defensively, he likely will be able to guard ones and twos at the next level due to his motor and athleticism.


No. 49 Justin Simon | Class of 2015

Simon is one of the nation's most versatile prospects, regardless of class. He's an unselfish player, a very good passer and has a long list of ways he impacts the game. Simon will be able to defend the one through three at the next level, while offensively he'll be able to make an impact at all three perimeter positions as well. His vision makes you hope he can ultimately be a full time one, but his elite body control makes him dangerous as a slasher from the wing as well. His handle and jumper will determine his ultimate success, but his ceiling is very high.


No. 50 Deng Adel | Class of 2015

There aren't many guys in the 2015 class who compete every time out the way Adel is. He has a level 10 motor and is a ferocious defender that should be able to defend threes and fours in college. Adel's ball skills and effort level make him tough to stop going to the basket, but he's also a nice shooter who has three-point range. Due to his athleticism and motor, he's always going to find ways to help his team win.

No. 51 Dedric Lawson | Class of 2015

Lawson at one time was considered an elite member of the 2016 class, and he moved forward into 2015 and has retained his blue-chip status. He and his brother, K.J., will join the hometown Memphis Tigers next season. Dedric is a very skilled, face-up power forward who boasts shooting range and solid ball skills. He’s also a very heady player who anticipates well on both ends of the court.


No. 52 Donovan Mitchell | Class of 2015

Unlike most seniors, Mitchell didn’t achieve widespread acclaim until the summer prior to this season. He burst onto the scene at a series of July events, ultimately obtaining an offer from Louisville — where he will make his collegiate home. Mitchell is a true tough guy, a wing who utilizes his shoulders and hips to overpower defenders. Additionally, however, he has improved his three-point shooting markedly.


No. 53 Antonio Blakeney | Class of 2015

For pure scoring, very few senior guards can match Blakeney. A slender, confident slasher, Blakeney fits the definition of a volume scorer. He loves to create for himself off the dribble and possesses the body control to finish in traffic. Formerly a Louisville pledge, he backed off that commitment and will suit up for LSU beginning next year.


No. 54 Luke Kennard | Class of 2015

The senior class features its share of talented backcourt prospects, but Kennard holds a rare level of polish. The southpaw receives the most plaudits for his silky three-point jump shot, but he’s also strong, aggressive and an outstanding ballhandler. Kennard’s exploits for Franklin (Ohio) High have become the stuff of legend. He’ll make his way to Duke next season and fits the mold of prototypical Blue Devil wing.


No. 55 Mohamed Bamba | Class of 2017

A newcomer to our national rankings, this sophomore big man’s length, mobility and blossoming skill made him an easy choice for our top 100. He runs with an easy stride that should become increasingly speedy as he gains strength. Offensively, Bamba boasts outstanding hand-eye coordination and dribbles well for his size, and his jump shooting form appears mechanically sound.


No. 56 Brian Bowen | Class of 2017

The 2016 and 2017 classes are blessed with the presence of jumbo wings, and Bowen is yet another potential star who plays beyond his years. He’s an excellent 6-7 scorer with dribble moves and the slipperiness to weave through opponents in the lane. And at his height, he’s adept at finishing over shotblockers and drawing and-ones. As he fills out physically, the skinny wing should become even more prominent within the 2017 class.


No. 57 M.J. Walker | Class of 2017

Walker is an advanced specimen for a sophomore and impressed on the travel circuit last year. The Georgia native is a hard-charging wing who gets the most out of his powerful physique, yet he’s also athletic and skilled — not merely an overgrown underclassman who gets by only on muscle. His ultimate trajectory could enable him to crack the national top 10 in his class before he’s finished.


No. 58 Jawun Evans | Class of 2015

For speed and top-shelf playmaking ability, Evans is your guy. He loves to push the ball in transition and, upon slicing into the paint, delivers pinpoint passes to teammates. He also scores via runners and floaters and is an extremely gifted defender who could bring immediate value on that end of the floor. He signed with Oklahoma State in the fall and projects as a multi-year weapon for the Cowboys.


No. 59 Edrice Adebayo | Class of 2016

The aptly monikered “Bam Bam” plays with a rugged aggression that has won him the respect of college coaches on both coasts. A stalwart for the Boo Williams program, Adebayo competed against 17-under competition last year and succeeded on the basis of his physicality, straight-up leaping ability and long arms. He also has improved his facing jumper to 12 feet and is comfortable knocking in college-viable shots along the baseline. He’s a potential prep All-American from the 2016 class.


No. 60 Isiah Jasey | Class of 2016

Jasey is a very promising all-around sophomore big man with a square frame and advanced skill. He doesn’t yet hold as much big league experience, but it’s entirely possible he’ll shine over the course of the next several months and reside even more highly on this list a year from now. He looks young in his face and, even at 6-9, still may be growing.


No. 61 Omari Spellman | Class of 2016

Size, touch and surprisingly nimble feet define the game of this burly junior. Spellman is built like a center but uses his feet with a dexterity that’s highly uncommon for a 6-8 player with his body type. He can bowl over most defenders but also can slide around them and finish through contact. Meanwhile, he hits some face-up threes from the top of the key and has enhanced his inside-outside scoring balance.


No. 62 Billy Preston | Class of 2016

Preston possesses impressive tools for a young big man. Only a sophomore yet already 6-9, 220 pounds, he very comfortably faces the basket. Preston wields a smooth jump shot and is every bit as gifted a passer. In the long run, he could excel as a high post specialist. At this early stage, he’s one of the potential elites in the Class of 2017.


No. 63 Tyler Davis | Class of 2015

Based on appearances, you’d assume that this muscular senior center is a bruiser — and that’s exactly what he is. Davis loves to bludgeon opponents with his upper and lower body, ripping down rebounds and scoring inside thanks to brute strength. Previously only average offensively, he demonstrated significant improvement last summer. Our No. 22 senior, he’ll play for Texas A&M beginning next season.


No. 64 Jalen Adams | Class of 2015

A prep school product at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, Adams will compete for Kevin Ollie and Connecticut next year. He’s an explosive scorer who absolutely lit up the scoreboard last July, and he’s sufficiently big (at 6-2) and quick to defend either guard position. He’s at his best sizing up his opponent and blowing past, but he knocks down perimeter bombs as well. He should earn major minutes as a freshman.


No. 65 Cassius Winston | Class of 2016

This sophomore point guard overflows with talent. He’s long and quick, and he excels both driving to the rim and also pulling up from range. His scoring instincts have placed him ahead of his peers and will continue to make him a hot commodity among college coaches. Winston has enjoyed some huge moments this season in Detroit, where he’s quickly gaining attention as a potentially special talent.


No. 66 Juwan Durham | Class of 2016

Five years from now, Durham could end up looking too low on this list based on where we placed him today. A junior power forward, he’s a quick and explosive leaper who has sure hands and already can make a difficult catch on the run and then finish above the rim. He shows signs of a nice face-up game as well, and defensively he blocks some shots. What he needs most is strength, and as he fills out his entire game should flourish.


No. 67 Dewan Huell | Class of 2016

With long arms and a sleek stride, Huell holds excellent long-term promise. A 6-9 junior power forward, it doesn’t take long to appreciate what he brings to the court. He’s best on the defensive end now, thanks to his length and quickness off the floor. As he puts on muscle he should add a greater assortment of scoring options, and his experience at events such as the NBPA Top 100 Camp — where he battled older competition — should accelerate his development.


No. 68 Kris Wilkes | Class of 2017

A host of major programs have offered Wilkes, who’s only a sophomore. The 6-7 wing out of Indianapolis has made believers out of local and national observers alike. From a refinement perspective, he’s well-balanced in his age group. He scores off the dribble or spotting up, and he already holds nice ball skills. He’s very thin but has plenty of time to pack on muscle, and he’ll continue to generate discussion in the Class of 2017.


No. 69 Malachi Richardson | Class of 2016

A New Jersey native and Syracuse signee, Richardson clearly ranks among the most gifted wings in the 2015 class. He’s adept firing in long jump shots but actually has the potential to become more of a slasher as well. We love his defensive potential, and he has gained 10 pounds of muscle since the summer. He’s a big-time pickup for the Orange.


No. 70 Matt Coleman | Class of 2017

Despite being a rising sophomore last summer, Coleman played on the 17-under circuit and established himself as one of the best point guard prospects in the Class of 2017. He’s an intelligent, unselfish playmaker who creates passing angles off the bounce, but at the same time he can score as well and is a very tricky dribbler. His progress even since last summer has been impressive, and the Tidewater Virginia native could become the next glamour prospect to emerge from that region.


No. 71 Frank Jackson | Class of 2016

Though he’s only a junior, Jackson’s recruitment already has been a wild ride. He committed early to BYU but backed off and now projects as a top-25 national prospect, so things are likely to become even more intense. It’s easy to understand why: Jackson is a very talented shooter and perimeter scorer who also possesses a solid head for the game. The Utah native is one among several blue-chip junior floor generals who will compete ferociously for a top slot in the pecking order.


No. 72 Trevon Duval | Class of 2017

You know a guy is good if he can play successfully on the 17-under EYBL circuit as a rising sophomore. That’s exactly what Duval accomplished last year, and he’s unquestionably one of the top sophomore guards on the East Coast. Duval is at his best making plays off the dribble and in transition, and he’s a tough competitor who doesn’t back down from bigger or more experienced opponents. His quickness, speed, ballhandling and grit make him a formidable adversary for anyone.


No. 73 Jaylen Hands | Class of 2017

Hands identified himself as a potentially elite prospect last year. The 6-2 sophomore point guard can be methodical or abrupt, and he continually keeps the defense off-balance. Hands already combines very slick passing with floaters and a stutter-step game that enables him to dart into the lane. His understanding of his own style makes him highly impressive and one of the most promising backcourt talents in the Class of 2017.


No. 74 Abdul Ado | Class of 2016

Most of the prospects on this list earned their way here at least somewhat on the basis of offensive potential, but for Ado defense is the name of the game. The junior center shut down older players last summer, utilizing long arms, quick reflexes, a high-revving motor and impressive timing to block and alter shots. He’s also reasonably physical and has a solid frame, and offensively he at least shows signs of post scoring. The Nigeria native registers as one of the best true centers in the 2016 class.


No. 75 Deyonta Davis | Class of 2015

He’s still working to become consistent, but in flashes, Davis looks like one of the most naturally gifted big men in the senior class. A Michigan State signee, he’ll study under the tutelage of Tom Izzo, gain strength and potentially develop into an all-conference performer. When he’s cooking, Davis can toss down dunks in traffic to step outside or deliver via a medium-range jump shot. He also blocks shots and should develop into a fine offensive rebounder.


No. 76 Chimezie Metu | Class of 2015

Metu is a kid who has continually gotten better and better throughout his college career. A long athlete who runs the floor well and plays hard, Metu is continuing to get more skilled and is clearly improving his production on a day in and day out basis. Right now the sky looks to be the limit for Metu. He will likely still need a little bit of time to get things together in college, but as he adjusts to attention to detail that it takes, there is a chance he could finish as an all-league type player.


No. 77 Raymond Spalding | Class of 2015

Another kid whose best basketball is clearly ahead of him. Spalding really exploded during the summer between his junior and senior season, and turned it into a high-major commitment to hometown Louisville. He is someone who blocks shots, has a nice touch facing the rim out to 18 feet, runs well, and really rebounds the ball. He needs to continue to get stronger and more physical on the defensive end, but all the tools are there for Spalding to have an excellent career.


No. 78 Thomas Bryant | Class of 2015

Bryant is a big and physical kid who can rebound well on the low block and always plays with an extremely high motor. He has solid hands, a decent touch around the rim, and knows how to block shots as well. Now Bryant definitely needs to continue to improve his footwork on his post moves, but he finds ways to be effective and is one of the best low post guys in his class.


No. 79 Udoka Azubuike | Class of 2016

Even though he is an underclassman, Azubuike looks like he is physically ready to play in the post in the NBA. He is an absolute physical specimen, and because of that there isn’t too much projection left in his game. He is a power player on the low block with a little bit of explosion who can control the glass and overpower people. Some of that gets neutralized going forward, but still this is someone who knows how to put up big numbers,


No. 80 Aaron Holiday | Class of 2015

The youngest of three brothers, Holiday is an impressive talent. He is a point guard who can distribute as well as score. Currently Holiday is the middle of a tremendous senior season in which he is controlling games with intelligence and feel for the game. Add in that he is a very good athlete and a gifted scorer, and it is clear he is someone who should help immediately at the college level.


No. 81 Tyler Dorsey | Class of 2015

Dorsey is a kid who has been on the radar for a long time. He is one of the most gifted scorers in the entire country, especially in his class. Dorsey is capable of scoring from all three levels on the floor, and now is getting better with his shot selection and decision making. Dorsey views himself as a point guard, though he is at his best off the ball because of his ability to explode for high point totals. If he can develop the mindset of a floor general then he can take his game to a higher level.


No. 82 Isaac Humphries | Class of 2016

A native of Australia, Humphries first emerged on the radar during the FIBA U-17 World Championships. He is a big guy who knows his strengths, and plays to them. Skilled facing the rim, Humphries has range out to 18 feet and also is a very good passer. Not a great athlete, he does block shots due to sheer size and positioning. Also Humphries has tremendous hands and very soft touch around the rim.


No. 83 Cody Riley | Class of 2017

A younger prospect who has the body of a much older player. Riley might not possess ideal height for the position, but he knows how to produce. He is strong, has a solid skill level, and can put points on the board. Also he is a good rebounder who has good hands and solid footwork. Not the elite upside that some in his class have, but Riley is still a player who gets a lot done on the court.


No. 84 Jamal Murray | Class of 2015

Murray is a skilled combo guard that get fill a few roles on the court. He has made some big strides the past few seasons, and is continuing to improve on his ability to play as a lead guard. His first instinct is still to score, and he does it at a high level, but now he is balancing that with good floor vision and a solid feel for the game. Murray is a major threat from long-range, as his perimeter shooting may be his biggest strength.


No. 85 Miles Bridges | Class of 2016

Bridges has freakish athleticism and is capable of making plays well above the rim. He's also a tough kid who rebounds very well and has greatly improved as a catch and shoot guy on the perimeter. He is someone who is continuing to adjust to a full time role on the wing, but he has great versatility and can fit in to almost every system.


No. 86 De’Ron Davis | Class of 2016

A very skilled big kid, Davis has been on the radar since he was in the eighth grade. He's very good on the low block where he can score with either hand, and then also he has improved facing the rim in the mid-range. Not a tremendous athlete, that limits his upside some, but he has the size and skill level to be an immediate impact guy once he gets to the college level.


No. 87 Elijah Thomas | Class of 2015

There aren’t many centers in high school basketball who have a better feel for how to score on the low block or better hands than Thomas. He is a wide body who understands angles and how to carve out space in order to put points on the board. Now Thomas does need to get into better shape and improve his ability to run the floor, but there just aren’t many kids you can throw the ball to and ask for a bucket, Thomas is one of them.


No. 88 Seventh Woods | Class of 2016

For Woods it all comes down to his elite athleticism. And the truth is, he's as good of an athlete as there is in high school basketball. He isn’t really a point guard, and is a little undersized to be a shooting guard, but he is someone whose athleticism makes him very difficult to guard. In transition he is impossible to stop, and he's developed into a decent shooter as well. The next step is improving his decision making.


No. 89 Maverick Rowan | Class of 2016

A high scoring wing, Rowan is an elite level shooter, but he also can do more in terms of his ability to defend and put the ball on the deck. Rowan is someone who had a very productive summer while playing up in AAU and has carried that over to the high school season as well. He has toughness and will compete, but it is his ability to shoot the ball at his size that separates him from most in his class.


No. 90 D.J. Hogg | Class of 2015

Hogg isn’t an elite athlete, but he does possess an elite skill level and shows the ability to play either forward spot on the offensive end. At the power forward position he is a major mismatch because of his ability to stretch the floor, and then as a small forward his size is a big problem for most wings. He does need to pay more attention to the defensive end of the floor, but on offense he is one of the toughest matchups in the country with his shooting ability and understanding of the game.


No. 91 Ira Lee | Class of 2017

Lee is a solid athlete at the power forward position. He's capable of dominating games with his physical play and motor. At this point Lee is still working on getting more skilled, but he has a good combination of athleticism and size, and when combined with a nice level of toughness it makes him difficult to contend with on the low block. Also his athleticism should play well on the defensive end giving him a lot of versatility.


No. 92 Amir Coffey | Class of 2016

His skill level is extremely advanced, and Coffey has a tremendous feel for the game. He is basically the new age point forward who can play as a traditional small forward while also running the point guard and making plays for his teammates. Coffey has very long arms, and is a solid athlete with a tremendous basketball IQ. He isn’t a great defender yet, but should become more than adequate in time.


No. 93 Prince Ali | Class of 2015

A slashing guard who can really score, Ali opened up eyes in a big way with his performance over the summer. Ali is somebody who just knows how to put points up on the board and is capable of doing it from all three levels on the court. He's also a very good athlete with long arms who should prove to be very capable on the defensive end of the floor.


No. 94 Dejounte Murray | Class of 2015

A wing with tremendous upside, Murray has proven capable of some absolutely enormous scoring games. Now he does have some consistency issues, but Murray has good size on the wing and possesses a very nice shooting stroke with excellent athleticism. Adding strength should help him a lot as a defender, and also make him even more athletic going forward. No doubt his best basketball is in front of him.


No. 95 Rawle Alkins | Class of 2016

A very physical and slashing wing, Alkins is somebody who fits into the mold of a traditional New York City basketball star. While Alkins is a capable shot maker, he uses his strength, toughness, and athleticism to finish going to the rim, and then also competes on the defensive end. He will need to get more confident in his ability to shoot from deep going forward, but still he knows how to produce and is as tough a scorer as there is in the class.


No. 96 Jalen Coleman-Lands | Class of 2015

There aren’t many better pure shooters in the country than Coleman-Lands. He is at his best when he can catch and shoot, but also Coleman-Lands has a tremendous step back jumper, especially when he is going to his right. With decent size and long arms, Coleman-Lands is good at getting his shot off against even good defense, and is a confident player. He has to continue to improve his ball handling and defense, but he should be an instant impact scorer in college.


No. 97 Justin Patton | Class of 2015

Patton entered Scout's 2015 top 100 after a strong showing in Las Vegas this past July. By the time, Creighton had already added a commitment from him, and it's a terrific one. Patton has very good size and length. He runs the floor well, has a nice set of hands and shows positive signs on the offensive end. Once Patton gets into a college strength and conditioning program it is very likely that he turns into one of the better bigs in the country. He has some refinement to do, but the upside and natural tools are through the roof.


No. 98 Mario Kegler | Class of 2016

A physically developed forward who likely will be able to slide between the three and four positions, Kegler is someone who can just flat out make plays. He is a better athlete than given credit for, actually has some understanding of the game, and at the end of the day just knows how to get buckets. Kegler has to continue to refine his raw skills, but he can shoot, handle, and plays with an edge.


No. 99 Markelle Fultz | Class of 2016

As a sophomore Fultz played Junior Varsity at DeMatha Catholic. But over this past summer and during his junior season, he's established himself as one of the nation's top scoring guards. He has good size, can get to the rim, and also is a very good shooter. Beyond that Fultz is a good athlete, who keeps on improving at a rapid rate. Once he has more of a resume, he could go even higher on this list.


No. 100 JaQuan Lyle | Class of 2015

There has never been any doubt about Lyle’s physical ability. When he is focused and in shape, there aren’t many more talented guards in the country. However being focused and staying in shape have been two question marks for him. Still he has great size, is one of the best passers in the country, and also is a gifted scorer. A college strength and conditioning program should do wonders for him.


Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon, Rob Harrington & Brian Snow contributed to the Ultimate 100

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