Since last summer, the No. 1 prospect on our Top 100 list for the Class of 2005 has changed three times. Believe it or not, that's a lot of movement at the top of a list. Considering LeBron James was No. 1 for basically his entire career and Dwight Howard had a stranglehold on the spot himself, No. 1 changing three times in a year is quite a bit of movement.
After processing a lot of information and witnessing a few jaw-dropping antics from Louis Williams, TheInsiders.com decided to go with "Sweet Lou" as our choice for the top high school prospect in America.
However, the next 30 slots are open for serious discussion. One of the most difficult juggling acts possible is trying to balance who is a guy is now with what he can be in the future. In the end, when you've done all the requisite homework, watched these guys play as many times as you can, what's left is a Top 100 prospect ranking.
In the last few years, we've had a hard time figuring out what to do with 5th year players. The traditionalist's view, which we hold in high regard, says you should only be allowed to rank a prospect once. For example, we had Andray Blatche in the Top 20 last year.
This season, we've gone ahead and included 5th year players in our Top 100. Why? Well, we found it confusing to some readers who wondered why certain players weren't on our lists. Also, some wondered how to adequately compare all of the kids that will enter college together. This year, or at least with this list, we've taken all of the players available to attend college in the fall of 2005 and slapped them together in the Top 100.
A lot of time, analysis and observation goes into making a list of this nature. Over the course of the next 8 months, players will move up and down the list. Some will fall off it; others will come out of nowhere to join it. Regardless, we hope you enjoy this edition of TheInsiders.com Top 100.