Now that most of the top 2014 prospects are either verbally committed or signed, its time to take an early look at some of the top prospects in the 2015 rankings. The one thing that Kansas needs for the future is another solid big man for the future.
The 2015 class is a class dominated by stellar big men. With Joel Embiid certainly gone by the 2015 season, there will definitely be a hole at the center position, especially if Bill Self doesn't sign Myles Turner. The two premier players at center are Stephen Zimmerman from Las Vegas, Nevada and Skal Labissiere from Memphis, Tennessee. Each of these big men are perfect for what KU looks for in a center and could be solid building blocks for the future.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Bishop Gorman High School
Center 6-11 215 pounds
Update- Stephen Zimmerman offers something that many people haven't seen out of big men of his size. He is very skilled and his IQ makes him one of the best prospects in the country. I haven't seen a big man that is 6-11 and can shoot 3s consistently and also be stellar in the lane with jump hooks from either side along with excellent passing.
He is patient and allows plays to develop before making a move on his defender. His upside is through the roof and once he adds strength and is more physical inside then he will take another step to become a top post player in the NCAA. With his high motor and ability to score from all three levels, there doesn't seem to be another guy out there right now that has more hype surrounding him.
Offers- Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, UCLA, North Carolina
Evangelical Christian School
Center 6-10 200 pounds
Update- For as young as Skal is there isn't another guy in the country that protects the rim as well as he does. He is extremely long and his timing is impeccable. There isn't a shot that goes up that Skal doesn't challenge. He doesn't allow his opponents to score easy and will make them work for every shot that they shoot.
He is very active on the offensive and defensive end. He rebounds very well and is relentless to get the loose ball. Along with a good turn around shot in the lane, he has nice touch everywhere on the court and finishes well around the rim. Most kids of his age need to add strength and the same is true for Skal. As he continues to add strength, he will be able to achieve his potential and be a great 5 for whatever school he decides to choose.
Offers- Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Baylor, Texas