Scout's Updated 2018 Top 40

With the spring AAU season upon us, it’s the perfect time to extend Scout’s 2018 rankings to a top 40. While this class isn’t super deep, it was time to build out the list and expand the positional rankings out to 15.


Marvin Bagley stays at No. 1

Marvin Bagley Marvin Bagley held on to the top slot in the 2018 rankings. Although he didn’t play his sophomore season due to a transfer, its clear and evident, at least at this stage, that he’s the top prospect in the class.

“Bagley is a 6-10 power forward with a great frame and terrific skill set,” National Analyst Josh Gershon said. “He's a good athlete who can score facing up and posting up, but also can really rebound, pass and will be able to defend the four and five at the next level. Bagley's size, athleticism, talent and versatility make him one of the top prospects in the country, regardless of class.”

Jordan Brown jumps to No. 2

One of the most impressive high school performances of the season came from Roseville (Calif.) Wood creek sophomore Jordan Brown. And that performance was a big reason for Brown’s jump to No. 2 in the 2017 rankings.

At the Surf N Slam in late December, Brown off a tremendous scoring package. Brown, who checks in at 6-foot-10, is capable of scoring on the block over either shoulder because of his impressive touch and awareness. It’s also evident that he’s been appropriately taught, as his footwork is outstanding. Brown also showed comfort level shooting the ball from mid-range.

Romeo Langford makes big move

New Albany (Ind.) High wing Romeo Langford was regarded as the No. 24 prospect in the class last time rankings were updated. But after erupting for an impressive year, the talented scorer moved all the way up to No. 4 overall.

National Analyst Brian Snow is impressed with his all around scoring ability.

“Romeo Langford is a smooth 6-foot-4 shooting guard with deep range on his jumper and high level athleticism,” Snow said. “He also is showing signs of being able to play point guard while possessing an elite ability to score.”

58 players get star value

The top 15 players in the 2018 rankings were evaluated as five-star prospects in the updated 2017 rankings.

Prospects ranked from 16 to 40 were rated as four-star prospects. Although the ranking didn’t exceed 40, the positional rankings were extended to a top 15.

There were also 18 players not rated in the top 40 to receive four-star. Those players are David McCormack, Bryan Penn-Johnson, Care’Are Gordon, Russell Barlow, K.J. Hymes, Joshua LeBlanc, JOntay porter, Courtney Ramey, Dwayne Cohill, Tevian Jones, Kezo Brown, Robby Carmody, Antwan Jones, Keldon Johnson, Jalen Carey, Kiyon Boyd, David Singleton and Payton Moore.



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