With their sophomore seasons ending and the spring around the corner, it’s time to adjust and update the 2019 player rankings.
Although adjustments were made, there wasn’t much movement at the top of the list. The top five prospects in the 2019 class remained the season, with Canadian R.J. Barrett leading the charge.
Barrett, a 6-foot-6 wing with a lengthy set of arms, was the easy choice for No. 1 at this stage. An accomplished scorer, Barrett has the physical gifts, ball skills, mentality and scoring ability you look for in an elite perimeter player. Perhaps the scary part about Barrett, is there’s still plenty of room for improvement, especially in the shooting department.
Regardless, Barrett, who is being heavily recruited by Duke and Kentucky, has had a dominating season for Montverde, was the best prospect at the recent Basketball Without Borders camp and was as good of a prospect as we saw at the FIBA u17 World Championships this past summer.
Bassey is physically imposing and impacts the game with his rebounding, rim protection and ability to run rim to rim. His strength and length give him a physical advantage over most of his peers and he’s also improving as a finisher at the basket.
Koprivica, who goes to at Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School, has an advanced skill set for a 16-year old, especially considering his size (6-10). Koprivica has tremendous hands and touch and can score the ball with his back to the basket or facing it. A native of Serbia, Koprivica has quickly proven himself as one of the best prospects in high school basketball.
Scottie Lewis ranks No. 4 on the list and he’s impressed during his sophomore season with his ridiculous athleticism and impressive motor. Scout national analyst Brian Snow is particularly impressed with him on the defensive side of things.
“Scottie Lewis is one of the best defenders in all of high school basketball,” Snow said. “He is an elite athlete with a great motor. Also Lewis is improving his skill level, and is beginning to turn the corner on the offensive end. His upside is through the roof, and he is already a very productive player both in high school and AAU.”
D.J. Jeffries, a native of Mississippi, rounds out the top five and his versatility is among the many things that stands out when you watch him.
“You just don't see many kids with his combination of size, skill, and athleticism,” Snow said. “Jeffries can play all over the floor with his versatility, and defensively he should be excellent. Offensively he can score inside and out, and has a lot of untapped ability as well. He needs to be more consistent with his motor, but his long term potential is nearly unmatched.”
2019 Rankings Notes
•This edition of the 2019 rankings have been extended from a top 50 to a top 60 and our plans are to expand the list even further in the springs.
•To go with an expanded overall list, we have ranked the positions point guard, power forward and center to 15, while extending the shooting guard and small forward lists out to 20.
•The new names to the 2019 list are Isaac Okoro, LaMelo Ball, David Johnson, Ray Hawkins, Elias King, Juwan Gary, Josh Nickleberry, Max Lorca, Precious Achuwa, Malcolm Dandridge and Isaac Johnson.
•There are just three players in the upated 2019 rankings that are currently committed. LaMelo Ball, the brother of current UCLA star Lonzo Ball, is committed to the Bruins. Auburn has a commitment from Jared Jones and Kansas holds a pledge from guard Markese Jacobs.
•The highest mover on this list is LaMelo Ball, who went from unranked up to No. 16. Ball is in the midst of a strong sophomore season and has grown four inches since last summer.
Scout's rankings are compiled by Josh Gershon, Brian Snow & Evan Daniels