The summer of 2010 is going to be fun. On Tuesday night, Scout.com released its updated 2011 rankings and the race is on for the top spot. Michael Gilchrist, a University of Kentucky pledge, owns the pole position. The fearless small forward is going to be tested time and again because a small pack of elite players has their eyes on the prize.
Miller, a power forward with an improved perimeter package, not only improved since his sophomore season but he continues to get taller. Teague is the most difficult player in the class to check in one-on-one scenarios and if you consider the fact that he's ahead of his NBA brother Jeff at the same stage, his future is radiant.
Rivers, the son of the Boston Celtics head coach, literally owns an NBA arsenal of scoring moves and could be the next Tyreke Evans. He's likely to play the lead scoring guard role in college before transitioning into a similar role occupied by Evans in Sacramento.
No. 5 James McAdoo is a winner. USA Basketball's male athlete of the year last season, he's coming off an injury but showed well last weekend in Houston.
No.'s 6-10 were difficult to order. Rakeem Christmas has the upside and the ability to play above the rim. He can be intoxicating to watch in action. By the way, he and Gilchrist are AAU teammates so they have that going for them.
After watching No. 7 Johnny O'Bryant last weekend, it's clear that he's an elite prospect who can be dazzling at times with his size, power and skill. He's also got room to improve in terms of consistency as the expectation for him will be to turn in more dominant performances.
There's a big time battle cooking in the Windy City between an established star and an up and comer. No. 8 Wayne Blackshear is a cooker. His upper body was built for contact and his game is smooth. Heading into the spring, we'd have thought there was some major distance between he and the next best player in his hometown. Now, there's competition.
Anthony Davis is simply put, the fastest rising player in the Class of 2011. At No. 9, we're certainly being aggressive with his ranking but we believe there's reason to be excited. The former guard, is now the owner of a 6-foot-9 frame, a jump shot, ambidextrous work in the lane and an upside that could be as significant as any post player in his class. He's hardly a household name, which works, in his favor.
With Davis, he hasn't been exposed to the process long enough to be tainted. He's as likely to dive on the floor for a loose ball as he is to slam back a missed shot. He has the element of surprise working in his favor but it won't last long. Word is leaking out of Chicago by the hour.
If you love basketball, it's hard not to have a healthy appreciation for Brad Beal, our No. 10 prospect. Beal gives it to you at both ends, and embraces the role of defensive stopper equally as he does go-to-guy on offense.
Myck Kabongo is creeping closer and closer to our Top 10. Since his freshman season, the Canadian point guard has been a steady riser on our lists. When healthy, he's been a handful this spring for opponents.
Since the close of the high school season, our staff has been visible on the road and leads the nation in events covered. Because of our commitment to covering the class with guns blazing, we thought it was time to extend our list to 100.
In some instances we haven't been able to see certain prospects and therefore did not include them in our list or rank them at their positions. We did assign baseline star values as a guide for our readers with the intent of watching the few high profile players we have yet to evaluate. In short, we aren't done with this list by any means and hope to update it more frequently as needed.
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