Any movement within the top five jumps out as significant, and especially when a new No. 1 has taken center stage. Thus, Diamond Stone becoming our top dog commands the most headlines.
But numerous other players, up and down the list, made enormous jumps and warrant attention as well. Inside the top 20, Deng Adel emerged from nowhere — well, Australia — to rise to the No. 18 spot in the class. Adel is a versatile wing with athleticism and size, and at 6-7 he's a tall wing. He has been fantastic on the Adidas circuit with Florida Elite.
Isaiah Briscoe moved up 10 spots, from No. 26 to No. 16. Briscoe has performed tremendously at every stop this spring and summer, showcasing a leaner body, quicker first step and more controlled (but not too controlled) style. He ranks among the most talented, confident and aggressive scorers in the class.
Antonio Blakeney (pictured, above) vaulted from No. 39 all the way to No. 20. He has emerged as one of the most prolific shooters and scorers in the EYBL and now projects as a potential, or even likely, McDonald's All-American.
For jumbo length and ball skills, Brandon Ingram stands as exhibit A. The 6-8 forward, whose ultimate position remains in question, simply is a basketball player and merited a jump from No. 40 to No. 26. Ingram handles and passes very well to be so tall, and he has the reach to match that of some centers. It's no wonder he holds scholarship offers from the some of the country's most prestigious programs.
A strong spring propelled Austin Grandstaff from No. 47 to No. 30. The future Ohio State Buckeye is a fine three-point shooter who has gained athleticism and now projects as a more complete player than he did in the past. He'll take aim at even loftier status over the next couple months.
|Grandstaff has raised his game progressively|
Another Big Ten commitment, Deyonta Davis (Michigan State), rose from unranked to No. 35. Competing with the Spiece Indy Heat, Davis is a multi-talented frontcourt prospect who recently erupted for a 29-point outing versus the Georgia Stars.
Prince Ali, the one-time UConn commitment who reopened his recruitment, catapulted from No. 90 to No. 46. Ali boasts a very quick first step and uses his powerful shoulders to slash to the bucket and rack up points. He's also a fairly good medium-range shooter and projects as a two-position defender as well.
A personal favorite, Marquese Chriss, elevated his stock from No. 70 to 47. An early pledge to Washington, Chris possesses commendable straight-up leaping ability and has become a dynamic finisher for Team Superstar on the Adidas circuit.
Also in the top 50, K.C. Run GMC's Jimmy Whitt now slots in at No. 49. Whitt enjoyed an outstanding, win-first spring on the Under Armour circuit that enabled him to rise from unranked into clear high-major pedigree. He's an excellent mid-range scorer who improves as the game goes along.
Another wing, Brandon Sampson shot up 19 spots from No. 74 to No. 55. If anything, we might be a little low: Sampson has NBA athleticism and blossoming scoring tools, he simply needs to develop greater polish and consistency. But he's a major talent capable of another rankings jump down the road.
When Malik Beasley is in the house, people tend to notice. Beasley is one of the country's most explosive leapers and also is a capable, if streaky, jump shooter. He had been unranked but now sits at No. 58. If he can tighten his ballhandling, he's another prospect who could make another big jump later.
Tevin Mack's play on the Under Armour circuit facilitated his rise from No. 77 to No. 59. Mack's athleticism and high production for the Carolina Wolves have attracted numerous scholarship offers since the opening of the travel season.
And then there's another spring wonder, Steve Enoch. The athletic and skilled power forward from Connecticut debuts in our rankings at No. 61 and may be able to rise from there. He has proved he can hold his own against other national-caliber big men and now simply needs more exposure to solidify his place. His recruitment likely will blow up in July.
Others making their initial entrance into our top 100 include:
Brevin Pritzl (No. 69)
Tres Tinkle (No. 70)
Juwan Morgan (No. 80)
Ty Hudson (No. 83)
Justin Robinson (No. 84)
Shake Milton (No. 89)
KeVaughn Allen (No. 91)
Levan Alston (No. 92)
Kenny Williams (No. 95)
Donte Divincenzo (No. 96)
Quinndary Weatherspoon (No. 97)
Drew Edwards (No. 98)
Wendell Mitchell (No. 99)
David Crisp (No. 100)