Updated 2016 Basketball Top 100

With the spring coming to an end and the summer getting ready to gear up, Scout's basketball recruiting team has updated the 2016 top 100. The top three, of Harry Giles, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum, remained the same, but there were plenty of big movers in the new batch of rankings.


In 2015, the pole position seemingly changed every time we updated rankings. It was a tough class to figure out, especially at the top. In 2016, there has been a little more consistency at the top.

For the second rankings release in a row the order of the top three players in the class will stay the same. Harry Giles sits at No.1, Josh Jackson checks in at No. 2 and Jayson Tatum is No. 3.

The truth is you could make a case for any of these three players as the top prospect in the class. But someone has to be one and Giles is currently slotted at that spot because of his combination of size, skill, athleticism, mobility and rebounding ability.

The 6-foot-10 power forward, who is fully recovered from an injury to his ACL, MCL and meniscus, is averaging 18.2 points and 11. 2 rebounds a game on the Nike EYBL circuit. He’s a very good rebounder, has a terrific sit of hands and nice touch around the rim, plus he has the ability to score both with his back to the basket and facing it.

Jackson, a 6-foot-6 wing prospect, is arguably one of the top athletes I’ve ever scouted, and he pushed Giles for the top spot in the rankings. Jackson is currently averaging 19.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. Jackson impacts the game in a variety of ways, as he’s going to be a tremendous defender, is a very gifted passer and is terrific in transition.

Tatum, a 6-foot-8 wing prospect, has some of the best footwork I’ve seen for a perimeter player. It’s been evident this spring that he’s working on his mid-range and mid-post game. He’s very effective from that area and has rounded out his scoring package.

Key Risers

The new batch of 2016 rankings has a number of newcomers and big movers. There are two risers that I think stick out more than others.

Marques Bolden (pictured above), a 6-foot-10 center prospect out of Texas, has jumped from No. 14 into the top 10 at No. 6 overall.

Playing for Pro Skills on the Nike EYBL circuit, Bolden showed impressive potential on the offensive end, especially for a guy his size. Bolden can score over either shoulder, has a great set of hands and can even face up and mid-range jump shots. He’s mobile, a good athlete and has a lengthy set of arms. Bolden is averaging 13.7 points (56% from the field) and 5.9 rebounds a game.

The other key riser is 6-foot-9 face up four-man Jonathan Isaac. Last time around, Isaac ranked No. 45 overall. He jumped all the way up to No. 14 in the updated rankings, due to a terrific spring with E1T1.

This time last year, Isaac stood just 6-foot-6. The lengthy forward has since grown three inches and expanded his skills. While some classify him as a true wing, we think he’ll cause mismatch problems as a stretch four. He can make threes, he’s able to attack defenders off the dribble and he’s active. He’s currently averaging 14.2 points and 5.6 boards a game.

Other Notes

  • Of the 100 ranked players, 22 of them have already settled on a college destination. Virginia currently has the most committed prospects with Ty Jerome (No. 55), Kyle Guy (No. 57) and Jay Huff (No. 68) all already on board. The only other school with multiple ranked commitments in 2016 is UCLA with Lonzo Ball (No. 13) and Ike Anigbogu (No. 40).

  • The state of California has the most ranked recruits with 11. Texas checks in with nine, while Florida has eight players among Scout’s top 100. Indiana and Ohio are tied for 4th with six ranked players each.

  • There are 17 newcomers to the updated 2016 top 100. Kameron McGusty made the biggest rise jumping from an unranked four-star all the way up to No. 30 overall. Javin DeLaurier made a similar jump, as he moved up to No. 38.

    The other new additions to the top 100 are De’Riante Jenkins, Kevin Huerter, Brandon Robinson, Kostas Antetokounmpo, James Banks, Robert Williams, Taurean Thompson, Shamorie Ponds, Jacob Young, Isaiah Roby, Lamar Stevens, Sam Cunliffe, Lamar Peters, Cameron Lard and C.J. Walker.


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