“Ayton possesses the prototypical build and style of today's big man,” Scout analyst Rob Harrington said. “He's mobile, has excellent hand-eye coordination, keeps the ball high around the basket and has developed a very reliable jump shot to 15 feet. “He obviously has been highly regarded for more than a year, which can cause players to coast and stagnate, and that's why it's so encouraging that he has continued to work hard and add new layers to his game.” It's very early with Ayton's recruitment, but at the NBPA Top 100 Camp he cited interest from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and San Diego State. Checking in just behind Ayton at No. 2 is 6-foot-10 center prospect Wendell Carter, who just helped the USA Basketball U16 team win a Gold Medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in mid-June.
“Wendell Carter is one of the best two-way centers in high school basketball,” Scout analyst Josh Gershon said. “Offensively he has nice touch, good hands, quickly developing footwork and post moves along with a jumper out to the elbow. Defensively he's a high level shot blocker and rebounder. He has good size at 6-foot-10 and has grown at least an inch over the last year.” “He's a plus athlete for the position and plays with a consistent toughness and motor,” Gershon added. “He's a player who has a very high floor and if he continues to grow - and maybe regardless - could very well end up as the top prospect in the class given his physical tools, skill set and steady progress.” Among the schools involved in Carter's recruitment are Kansas, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Georgia and Harvard. Just after Carter at No. 3 is 6-foot-8 wing Michael Porter. The gifted perimeter player brings good size, athleticism and shot making ability to the wing.
“Porter is one of the truly elite prospects in the country because of his combination of size, skill, and athleticism,” Scout analyst Brian Snow said. “Shooting and being able to spread the court is so important in this day and age of basketball, and Porter is an elite shooter. He is able to knock down shots from well beyond the three point line and has as pure a stroke as anyone in high school basketball. Add in that he is nearly 6-foot-8 with near elite athleticism, and Porter has all the tools you look for in a wing to project at the highest level.” Porter currently has a list of 17 schools. The schools involved are Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia and Washington.