Although it’s quite early with the class, the clear cut No. 1 prospect in 2019 is Montverde (Fla.) Academy wing R.J. Barrett.
Barrett, a native of Canada, was an important part of Montverde’s team as a freshman, won the MVP at the Jordan Brand Classic in April and was arguably the top prospect at the FIBA u17 World Championships this past week.
A 6-foot-6 wing, Barrett has impressive size, length and athleticism for a perimeter position. Barrett is equipped with good athleticism, has an advanced scoring arsenal and is a tremendous passer for a player of his age.
"RJ Barrett is an exceptionally versatile guard who is one of the top prospects nationally, regardless of class," Scout analyst Josh Gershon said. "He's got good size and length for the position, can hit jumpers, put the ball on the ground or use his high level vision to distribute to teammates. He's got the size, athleticism and feel to guard multiple positions and always plays hard."
Barrett, who plays for UPlay on Nike circuit, averaged 18.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists through seven games in the FIBA u17’s.
Checking in at No. 2 is Texas native Charles Bassey.
A physical specimen, Bassey stands 6-foot-10, is equipped with strong, wide shoulders and a lengthy set of arms. Athletically he’s gifted and he runs rim to rim with ease.
Bassey had a strong showing at the Jordan Brand International game, where he went for 14 points and 12 rebounds. He has since had an impressive showing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, which was primarily filled with upperclassmen.
The No. 3 prospect in the class is Team Thad forward D.J. Jeffries.
A 6-foot-8, 195-pound combination forward, Jeffries is mobile, active, plays hard on both ends, is a very good athlete and has a versatile game that allows him to play inside and out.
“D.J. is a skilled wing with tremendous size and athleticism,” Scout analyst Brian Snow said. “He is making the transition to being even more of a guard, and has impressed every step of the way. He shows outstanding potential, but he is already very productive and has proven himself older players as well as the top kids in his class.”
Jeffries is averaging 12 points and 7.9 rebounds a game playing on the Under Armour 16’s circuit. He’s also shooting 37-percent from three and has recorded 14 blocks in 12 games.
Other ranking notes
- Chol Marial and James Wiseman round out Scout’s top five. To go with the prospect ranked in the top five, Balsa Koprivica, Cassius Stanley, Mathew Hurt, Cole Anthony and Bryan Antoine were rewarded with five-stars. The rest of the prospects ranked in the top 25 were give four-stars.
- Five players were ranked at the point guard, shooting guard and center positions. The small forward position was ranked out to eight players, while the power forward spot went to nine, with all nine being in the top 25.
- None of the prospect ranked in the 2019 top 25 are committed prospect. The only two known pledges in the class are LaMelo Ball, who is regarded as a three-star prospect, and Justice Hill.