Similar to the updated 2017 rankings, there wasn’t much movement at the top of the updated 2018 player rankings.
Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon power forward Marvin Bagley stayed at his perch atop the 2018 top 60 with California native Jordan Brown following him at No. 2 and fast rising guard Romeo Langford at No. 3.
Bagley is a dominating 6-foot-10 power forward that possesses good size and athleticism for the position. He’s active, mobile and is equipped with an impressive scoring arsenal that allows him to score the ball on the block or the perimeter with jump shots.
Although Brown and Langford are tremendous long-term prospects in their own right, Bagley currently has a firm grasp on the top spot in the 2018 class.
A 6-foot-10 power forward, Brown is low post prospect with tremendous scoring ability. Brown, of Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek, has a father that was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs out of Louisiana Lafayette and it’s evident he’s spent a considerable amount of time helping hone his skills.
Brown is an effective scorer on the block. He has impressive footwork, to go with crisp post moves and counters. Brown is also able to step out on the floor and make catch and shoot jump shots out to 22-feet.
Langford, who was No. 4 at the end of the high school season, moved up one spot and it was well earned on the adidas Uprising circuit playing for the Eric Gordon All-Stars.
Langford led the adidas league in scoring with 23.6 points a game. At 6-5, he has good size, athleticism and quickness for the position. He’s poised and equipped to score at the basket or by using his jump shot.
Naz Reid, a 6-foot-9 post player, and Gerald Liddell, a 6-foot-7 wing from Texas, round out the national top five.
Notes on 2018 rankings
- Following the high school season the 2018 list was expanded to 50 players. This update went a little further, as the list of prospects goes to 60.
- The top 25 players were rated as four-star prospects. The remainder of the top 60 received four-stars, as did three unranked prospects -- J’Raan Brooks, Carte’Are Gordon and Josh LeBlanc.
- There are just three players in the updated top 60 committed to colleges. North Carolina has the highest rated commitment with No. 31 Rechon Black already on board. Iowa holds a pledge from No. 40 Joe Weiskamp and Washington has a commitment from No. 54 Jontay Porter.
- After a down class of point guards in 2017, the crop of lead guards appears deeper. 13 point guards were included in the top 60, but the position list was the only one ranked out to 20 prospects and is full of prospects at least regarded as HM- recruits.
- There were 15 small forwards to make the updated list and 14 power forwards. There was just 10 shooting guards and eight centers to make the updated rankings.