Louisiana trio crashes 2017 Top 75

Three rising juniors in Louisiana prep basketball are among the nation's best prospects, according to Scout's rankings released Wednesday. Also adding stars is an LSU commit in 2017.

The Bayou State is well represented in Wednesday's release of Scout's Top 75 basketball prospect rankings for the Class of 2017.


Three players - Madison Prep's Josh Anderson, Breaux Bridge's Galen Alexander and Natchitoches Central's Brandon Rachal - all made the cut as four-stars while two additional in-state juniors, LSU pledge Cedric Russell of Peabody and Carroll's Larry Owens, collected three stars.

Anderson, a 6-foot-4 perimeter player, ranks as the state's top prospect at No. 45 overall.

He is coming off a run to the Class 1A state title with the Chargers in his sophomore season at MPA. Now with Brandon Sampson onto LSU, Anderson will become the focal point of coach Jeff Jones' team, looking to bring the program its third championship in four seasons.

Latest TSD Story on Anderson: LINK

Alexander, right on Anderson's heels at No. 46, continues his rapid climb this summer up rankings lists and big boards for high-major colleges.

A member of the same Louisiana Elite AAU team (Under Armour circuit) as Anderson, Alexander is wowing onlookers with his impressive athleticism, wingspan and versatile game as a 3-4 combo forward on the high school level. He projects as a swingman in college.

Latest TSD Story on Alexander: LINK

Rachal is ranked at No. 62 in Scout's Top 75, the final of three Louisiana players assigned four stars at this early juncture.

The physical guard has upped his stock in a major way this summer, flashing consistent rebounding numbers while playing a little closer to the basket with Elrid Payton Elite (Nike EYBL circuit). Rachal lives to hound players on the defensive end, but it's growing offensive game that has him even better positioned in the eyes of talent evaluators and college coaches.

Latest TSD Story on Rachal: LINK

Russell headlines the rest of the pack in Louisiana. The sharp-shooting guard, who has played alongside Alexander and Anderson this summer, is learning to play more exclusively on the ball as a point guard.

Committed to LSU since September, Russell is currently the centerpiece of the Tigers' 2017 recruiting class.



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