The post-July Scout 100 rankings update is complete. Here is a look at where the North Carolina commitments and targets ended up.
With two commitments already, North Carolina is already off to a solid start in the 2017 class. Scout.com updated the Top 100 following a busy July and here is a look at where the Tar Heels' top targets landed in the latest rankings.
Things remained mostly status quo for the top-ranked UNC commitment, Jalek Felton. Felton did fall one spot from No. 27 to No. 28, but the evaluation remained absolutely the same. In fact, in some respects Felton made strides during July. Still there was some shuffling around him which caused the very minimal one spot drop while keeping Felton at five-star status.
Felton showed more focus and consistency during July. He has all the physical tools to be a high level guard who can play on or off the ball. He needs to continue to improve his decision making in order to make a jump into the top 25, but it was good to see the effort level be more consistent during the summer.
Also things were roughly the same for Andrew Platek, as he wasn’t in the discussion for the Top 100. He is viewed as a three-star specialist who will be asked to play a role at a high-major as a shooter. If Platek were more athletic or better with the bounce he could get some four-star consideration, but we felt a three-star rating was the most appropriate place for him.
In terms of UNC’s top targets, not much changed as well. Mohamed Bamba stayed steady at No. 2, Kevin Knox dropped one spot from No. 6 to No. 7, while P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Brandon Randolph didn’t move at all at No. 14, No. 15, and No. 38, respectively.
Recent UNC offer Isaiah Stokes did get moved into the positional rankings at center (at No. 28), but he didn’t get top 100 consideration and was kept as a three-star. While Stokes does possess an ability to score, he is undersized for a center and not a tremendous athlete. That limited ceiling kept him relegated to being a three-star outside of the top 100.
One potential target who made a huge move into the rankings was Jericho Sims. UNC appears close to offering Sims, who was outside of the top 100 before July, but he has jumped into the top 50 at No. 48 overall. As of now, Texas appears the team to beat there.
Sims was tremendous all summer with D1 Minnesota on the AAU circuit, and his combination of upside and athleticism translates into a lot of potential. He is better than ever scoring on the interior, and also rebounds and blocks shots well. Sims still can be inconsistent, but he is getting better in that regard, and continues to make big strides.
Roy Williams and his staff hope to add several more players to this 2017 class, and clearly as indicated by the rankings, the Tar Heels are after some of the best players in the nation.