Marvin Bagley, a 6-foot-10 power forward, sits at No. 1 in the first release of Scout's 2018 player rankings.
Bagley impressed onlookers this spring and summer playing for the We All Can Go travel team. At his size, Bagley is mobile, athletic, active, versatile, rebounds well and can score the ball in a variety of ways.
While it's certainly early in the 2018 class, Bagley was the clear cut, easy choice for top spot. While there's plenty of upside with Bagley, he's already quite productive on both ends of the floor.
Just after Bagley at the No. 2 is Silvio DeSousa, a 6-foot-8, powerfully built power forward out of Montverde (Fla.) Academy.
DeSousa is already built like a grown man and uses his brute strength and power around the basket. He's physical, tough and does a good job rebounding, both in and out of his area.
While his size allows him to overpower defenders, there's skill there as well. He has good hands, can finish off plays around the rim and handles the ball well enough to take rebounds and push the break.
Ranked just after DeSousa at No. 3 is Texas native Gerald Liddell.
A tall, lanky wing, Liddell has very good size for his position. Liddell is a gifted scorer with good athleticis. He slices his way to the rim, has potential as a defender and currently excels in transition.
Other notes on the 2018 Top 25
- The top 10 players in the class were rewarded with five-stars. To go with Bagley, DeSousa and Liddell, Jordan Brown, JaVonte Smart, E.J. Montgomery, Cameron Reddish, Jalen Smith, Darius Garland and Immanuel Quickley.
- The top of the list of heavily dominated by power forwards, including three of the top four and five of the overall top 10. In all, eight of the top 25 players were power forwards.
- While a couple years ago, early commitments were more prevelant things seem to have settled down. The top 25 includes just one committed prospect. Joe Wieskamp, who ranks No. 19 overall, is currently an Iowa pledge.
- This is Scout's first release of the 2018 class. With the amount of fall events and USA Basketball coming up, the plan is to update this list prior to the high school season.
- California and Florida have the most prospects in the top 25. Each state has three players ranked.
-Brian Snow, Josh Gerson & Rob Harrington also contributed to this report