DeAndre Ayton (Nike/Jon Lopez)

Who are the best of the best in the 2017 class?

There are a lot of talented prospects in 2017 but Scout breaks down the best of the best.

Best Athlete

Every Top 100 is filled with athletes but there aren't too many physical specimens out there like Hamidou Diallo. Scout's 10th ranked 2017 prospect is an athletic freak who uses that explosive ability both laterally and vertically.

Others Considered: Trevon DuvalV.J. Bailey

Recruiting: Hamidou Diallo is considering ArizonaConnecticutIndianaKansasKentucky and Syracuse.

Best Passer

This was a tough decision between Quade Green and Trevon Duval but ultimately we went with Green. This summer on the EYBL circuit, Green averaged 10.5 assists per game, a stat that certainly backs the eye test of Green being a point guard who can really pass it.

Others Considered: Trevon Duval, Cameron Mack

Recruiting: Green is considering Kentucky, Syracuse, Temple and Villanova.

Best Shooter

This is always a tough category given the fact that there are a handful of elite shooters in every class, but we went with Brad Davison here. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Minnesota backed that up on the EYBL circuit this summer, shooting 43.5% from three.

Others ConsideredChuck O'Bannon Jr.Thomas Allen

Recruiting: Davison is committed to Wisconsin.

Best Rebounder

There are some elite level rebounders in this class but ultimately when you have a a 6-foot-11 post with a 7-foot-8 wingspan who leads the EYBL in 13.9 rebounds per game in Mohamed Bamba, you have to go with him.

Others ConsideredP.J. WashingtonJarred Vanderbilt

Recruiting: Bamba is considering Connecticut, Harvard, Kentucky, MichiganTexas and Syracuse.

Best Scorer

Bottom line: Collin Sexton plays with one of the most ferocious attacking mentalities we've seen in a long time on the basketball court. The fact that Sexton averaged 31.7 points on the EYBL circuit - almost 10 points highest than the second leading scorer - backs this pick up, but there's going to be a long life of scoring at a very high level in the future for Sexton.

Others ConsideredMichael PorterBrian Bowen

Recruiting: Sexton is considering Alabama, Kansas, NC StateOklahoma StateGeorgia and Georgia Tech.

Best Shot Blocker

Robinson was one of the best stories of the spring evaluation period, soaring his stock up the Scout rankings into the Top 10. As for his shot blocking, he led EYBL with 4.1 per game, proving himself as one of - if not the best - rim protector in the country.

Others Considered: Mohamed Bamba, Ike Obiagu

Recruiting: Robinson is committed to Western Kentucky.

Best Perimeter Defender

This was one of the toughest categories to choose from, but when you have a relentless defender in Paul Scruggs who has measured 6-foot-2 with an elite 6-foot-10 wingspan who is a plus athlete and can guard all over the court, it's hard to bet against him.

Others ConsideredDarius PerryWabissa Bede

Recruiting: Scruggs is committed to Xavier.

Best Low Post Scorer

One of the top two-way players in the country, Wendell Carter isn't just a terrific defensive post, but his hands, feet, athleticism, motor and power make him a player who is very difficult to stop in the paint. Carter is pretty clearly the top pick here.

Others ConsideredDeAndre AytonAustin Wiley

Recruiting: Carter is considering Duke, Harvard, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Best Upside

Scout's top-ranked prospect in 2017 also has the highest ceiling. At 7-foot with a 7-foot-5 wingspan, DeAndre Ayton has a big time frame, a legitimate jumper with range beyond the perimeter, can rebound, pass, block shots and score in the paint. He's a consistent motor away from being a dominant player.

Others Considered: Mohamed Bamba, Trevon Duval

Recruiting: Ayton is committed to Arizona.


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