Roundtable: Previewing Precocious

The Scout team analyzes the top prospects in the 2018 class.

While the national recruiting team's focus obviously directs toward upperclassmen, at this point in the travel season you've all observed some rising sophomores who warrant mention.

Scout hasn't yet ranked the Class of 2018, but who's someone you believe should be included when release our initial list?

Josh Gershon: The top prospect I've seen so far in 2018 is Marvin Bagley, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound power forward out of Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol. Bagley's combination of size for position, frame, athleticism, feel for the game, skill set and versatility makes him an extremely talented player who keeps improving. There's not a cap on Bagley's upside and there's every reason to believe he will remain one of the top handful of prospects in the class from start to finish. Arizona, Arizona State, Connecticut, DePaul and Kentucky have already offered Bagley scholarships.

Rob Harrington: I'm highly intrigued by guard JaVonte Smart. Playing for Elfrid Payton Elite on the EYBL circuit, Smart already is averaging double figures in scoring despite playing up two classes. He isn't terribly efficient right now but possesses impressive athleticism, ball skills, a working jump shot and the kind of frame that will enable him to become a power guard as he matures. I believe he also projects as an outstanding defender. He's already a major conference target — LSU, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas and many others have reached out — and potential big-time prospect. Elsewhere, I've also been impressed by Bol Bol and Nazreon Reid.

Brian Snow: For me the two kids that immediately come to mind are E.J. Montgomery and Kezo Brown. Montgomery especially is an absolute freak of nature. He is a big wing who has high level athleticism, big time skill, and also plays hard. Montgomery was a key performer at Montverde (Fla.) Academy all year long, and is one of the best prospects around.

Brown had less of a role at Chicago (Ill.) Simeon, but still got in. He is a point guard with good size, excellent speed, and tremendous floor vision. Add in that Brown can really score, and he is the real deal as a point guard, in an era where point guards are exceedingly difficult to find.

Evan Daniels: Marvin Bagley is a name most that following high school basketball recruiting already know. But there are plenty of others that have established themselves as elite type recruits this early. Jaeden LeDee is one player that I've been particularly impressed with this spring. LeDee is a 6-7 wing with good athleticism and a tremendous scoring ability. Khavon Moore, a native of Georgia, is another player that impressed in spring viewings. Moore is a skilled player at 6-8. He's a gifted passer with a nice feel for the game.

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

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