Roundtable: Making The Leap

On Friday, the Scout national team released its new 2016 rankings. On that note, then, we checked in with our experts for a quick take on the new list.

For this week’s Roundtable, we asked this question:

Examining the top 100, who’s one player you think will turn heads based on his dramatic rise up the charts?

Brian Snow: To me, the player that will turn the most heads because people didn’t expect it is Kameron McGusty (pictured above). We already had McGusty as a four-star prospect, but his spring was second to none as a wing player, and now he is being rewarded for that play with a significant rankings bump all the way to No. 30.

McGusty now holds offers from Texas, Indiana, Auburn, Texas Tech and Georgia Tech, to name a few. His athleticism and length play up at the highest level, and with improved consistency he is becoming a must get type of player for quality high-major programs.

Evan Daniels: We already had Jonathan Isaac ranked in the high 40s, but I think his move up our list — to No. 14 — caught many off guard. I think people in the industry realized he needed to be ranked higher than where we had him, but I think he's the type of prospect you make an aggressive play with. At 6-foot-9 (and maybe still growing), he's so mobile, athletic and skilled. He has an impressive set of tools and his best days are clearly ahead of him.

Isaac’s current school list includes Auburn, LSU, Texas, Florida State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Miami, California, Kentucky, Stanford, Wake Forest and Virginia.

Josh Gershon: Someone who made a big jump in the rankings was J.J. Caldwell, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound point guard from Houston Cypress Woods. A year ago, while Caldwell had good ball skills and vision, he was sometimes out of control and it was tough to bet too big on him.

Now, however, the Texas A&M commit has shown a much better feel and is proving himself as one of the top point guards in the 2016 class. He's a very creative and impressive passer and someone who is now using that ability to consistently make those around him better.

Rob Harrington: Within my region, I was pleased to see Javin DeLaurier rise from No. 100 all the way to No. 38. The highly athletic forward from Virginia has enjoyed a great travel season thus far with Team Loaded VA, and if anything he may rise even further by the end of summer.

DeLaurier’s footwork, interior scoring touch and defensive timing for blocks all are outstanding, and his recruitment is soaring. He has picked up offers from Florida, Texas, Wake Forest, Baylor, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Clemson, Xavier and others.

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

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