We asked our national recruiting panel the following question: “We're still a couple months away from finalizing our Class of 2015 rankings, but based on what you've seen this year, who’s one player you deem worthy of receiving a bump up the standings?
Evan Daniels: Virginia Tech signee Justin Robinson (pictured above) was particularly impressive when I saw him play in December. After a so-so spring and summer, Robinson has put together quite the senior campaign. The game I saw him he went toe-to-toe with five-star guard Antonio Blakeney and honestly out played him that go around.
Robinson is competitive and brings it on both ends of the floor. I think he'll get the ball in his hands early and often at Virginia Tech. He's quick, crafty, has good vision, is a playmaker and can make shots. There's a lot to like about the direction of Justin Robinson as a prospect and player.
Brian Snow: For me, it would be K.J. Walton. The two knocks on Walton throughout his career have been a lack of consistent motor and an inconsistent jump shot.
|Walton has rounded into a more complete player|
Well, his jumper is much improved and he has shown in several games that his motor is clearly running as a senior.
Not only that, but his increased effort on the court has also coincided with an increased attention to detail off the court in the classroom, which was another question going into the year for Walton. With him taking care of the holes in his game while still having a dynamic first step and an uncanny ability to get buckets, he is someone who I think could be in line for a bump.
Josh Gershon: I definitely think 2015 USC signee Chimezie Metu has solidified himself as a borderline elite prospect this season. The Lawndale (Calif.) power forward still has some areas where he's raw, but the progress he's made over the last two years has been substantial and taking that development and projecting forward, you have a guy who should have a very good career at USC.
He's about 6-foot-9 with a terrific frame, explosive athleticism, good hands and feet, improved vision, a nice feel as a rebounder and potential as a college rim protector. He needs to improve his motor, efficiency as a scorer and skill set, but college coaching and continued hard work will go a long way with him.
Rob Harrington: Having watched several of the top-shelf senior wings this season, I’d vote for UCLA signee Prince Ali to get a bump up. A strong and athletic slasher who also possesses three-point shooting range, he was prolific at the Beach Ball Classic in December and frankly outplayed some of the more highly touted guys there.
Ali has a college-ready style and attitude. He likely will face the standard freshman adjustment period, but I think the Bruins will receive returns from him very early next year.
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report