Just prior to the July evaluation periods, Scout’s basketball recruiting team released the 2019 top 25. After the action in July, fall workouts and USA Basketball’s mini-camp, it’s time to extend that list out to 50.
But even with an extended list, the top player in the 2019 class stays the same.
Canada native and Montverde (Fla.) Academy standout R.J. Barrett held onto the top spot and it wasn’t really a conversation, as he impressed over the summer at the World Championships and with UPlay in AAU.
Playing for Canada in the FIBA u17 World Championships, Barrett averaged 18.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
“R.J. Barrett is one of the most versatile talents in the country,” Scout analyst Josh Gershon said.
“He's got size, length, athleticism and the skill set to play on and off the ball due to his ability to score off the dribble combined with the vision and unselfishness to create for others,” he added. “Defensively he'll be able to guard at least two positions as well. He's a terrific young prospect.”
Following Barrett is Texas native Charles Bassey. With Bassey, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound post player, it’s his physical characteristics that immediately catch your eye.
“Charles Bassey has phenomenal physical ability,” He has great size and length, and then moves extremely well. His offensive game shows flashes. He can finish around the rim and has a solid game out to the mid-range.”
“Also he possesses a solid handle,” Snow added. “Bassey is physically mature already so he will need to continue to improve, but the physical tools are tremendous for a prospect at his development curve.”
Moving up from No. 6 into the top three is Balsa Koprivica, a native of Serbia. At 7-feet, Koprivica has an impressive skill set and can score the ball, both facing the rim and with his back to it.
- Only two players ranked in the 2019 top 50 are committed. No. 35 overall prospect Jared Jones is committed to Auburn and No. 48 Markese Jacobs is committed to Kansas.
- Although it’s early, the small forward position appears to be the deepest, as there are 14 players ranked at that position. We also extended it to 20 on the positional list, which is further than we went with the other spot.
- There are 10 power forwards, nine point guards, nine shooting guards and eight centers ranked in the updated 2019 top 50.