For the past three and a half months, Scout’s basketball recruiting team has been scouring the country evaluating the top prospects. So with the 2016-2017 season coming a close, it’s a perfect time to dive into the 2018 top 100 and update things.
Although there was plenty of reshuffling on this list, the top spot remained the same, as Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon standout Marvin Bagley sits atop the updated 2018 rankings.
Bagley put together one of the most dominating performances of the high school season when he went for 43 points against Bishop Gorman at the Nike Extravaganza. For a 6-foot-11 power forward, Bagley has a versatile attack, can score the ball in a variety of ways, has impressive athleticism and ahs tremendous upside. At this point, he’s been the easy choice to top this list.
“Marvin Bagley has continued to prove himself as one of the nation's most dominant players regardless of class as a junior,” Scout analyst Josh Gershon said. “He's a 6-foot-11 power forward with a combination of size, skill, athleticism and motor that is hard to stop. He can score with his jumper or around the basket, while he also rebounds and blocks shots. He's proven his status as the nation's top 2018 prospect.”
At No. 2 is Zion Williamson, who is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in all of high school basketball. A YouTube sensation, Williamson is known nationally for his highlight reel dunks and his ridiculous athleticism. At 6-foot-6, Williamson is not only a special athlete, but he’s strong, tough, a talented rebounder and a good passer.
“Zion Williamson is one of the most unique players in the last several years,” Scout national analyst Brian Snow said. “He doesn't fit the mold of any kind of player with his body type and size, but he is a freak athlete who has solid skill.”
“Also Williamson has a tremendous motor and simply does everything needed to help his team get wins,” Snow added. “There is no way to typecast Williamson at a certain position, but you just want him on the floor using his athleticism, motor, and improving skill to make plays all over.”
Checking in at No. 3 on the list is New Albany (Ind.) High guard Romeo Langford. Langford, who also ranks as the No. 1 shooting guard in the class, is a gifted athlete with a versatile scoring package.
“Romeo Langford is one of the smoothest players around,” Snow said. “An understated kid, Langford lets his game do the talking, and it speaks quite loudly. A big time athlete, Langford is comfortable finishing around the rim over size, and also will contribute on the glass.”
“Beyond that he is a very good three point shooter both off the dribble and off the catch,” he added. “He still needs to improve some off the bounce, but this high school season he showed strides.”
Cameron Reddish and Jordan Brown round out the top five. Big man Moses Brown moved up from No. 32 all the way to No. 6, with Auburn pledge E.J. Montgomery, Simi Shittu, Javonte Smart and Immanuel Quickly closing out the top 10.
Other Rankings Notes
•17 prospects in the 2018 top 100 are already verbally committed. Arkansas (Reggie Perry and Ethan Henderson), Louisville (Courtney Ramey and Anfernee Simons), North Carolina (Rechon Black and Coby White) and Ohio State (Dane Goodwin and Darius Bazley) are the only schools with multiple top 100 commitments.
•The state of California had the most prospects in the updated 2018 rankings with 14 players. Florida landed 10 on the list, while Texas has nine.
•There are 16 newcomers to the 2018 updated rankings. The newcomers to the list are Cormac Ryan, David Duke, Dane Goodwin, Devonaire Dotson, Bryce Hamilton, Pete Nance, Keyontae Johnson, Jacobi Gordon, Will Richardson, Landers Nolley, Ignas Brazdeikis, Matt Bradley, Musa Jallow, Kristian Sjolund, Kendric Davis and Myles Dread.
•The biggest mover in the updated rankings was Luguentz Dort, who jumped from No. 70 up to No. 30. Moses Brown was also a big mover, as he jumped from outside the top 30 to No. 6. Emmitt Williams jumped 21 spots as well.