Scout Hoops' recruiting team rolled out the latest version of the 2018 Top 100 on Thursday and a few notable Tiger targets hit the Top 100. Here's a rundown of some storylines from the latest edition of the rankings.
Baton Rouge prospects land in Top 100
It was no surprise to see five-star point guard JaVonte Smart land in the Top 25 players in the country with the new rankings. In a class where point guards dominate the scene, Smart sits at the No. 17 overall prospect and the No. 4 point guard overall in the country. While there aren't any point guards in the Top 6 of the 2018 class, Smart finds himself right there with the likes of Tre Jones, Darius Garland and Immanuel Quickley.
With a strong showing in July, Smart might have a shot to make a push up into the Top 3, but he'll have to show out in a big way to overcome the trio above him. As someone who saw Quickly in May, he was very impressive and it'll be tough for Smart to jump him.
A little bit farther down the list is four-star Joshua LeBlanc, who comes in at No. 66 overall, No. 15 overall power forward and No. 1 power forward in Louisiana. LeBlanc showed well in front of Scout in the Under Armour Association in California, helping him to his ranking in the 2018 class. LSU continues to be in the mix for the Lafayette Christian combo forward.
Making the jump into the Top 100
One of the last players that I saw in Atlanta was newly minted four-star power forward and No. 98 overall prospect Bryan Penn-Johnson, who showed well playing for Dream Vision on the adidas Uprising circuit. The big man has really grown into his body well and displayed a high-motor in front of Scout and LSU coaches (among other high majors.) By the time July is over, expect him to be highly sought after by many programs. He was very impressive against some solid competition.
Outside the Top 100 targets
Texas Pro wing Jaedon Ledee dropped just outside of the Top 100 in the latest update, while keeping his four-star ranking. The No. 34 overall small forward and No. 6 small forward in Texas is working to get to Baton Rouge for a visit soon. The Tigers remain hot on his trail along with Cal and others.
One prospect that took a jump, but not enough to get into the Top 100 is newly minted four-star wing Kaden Archie, who picked up offers from the likes of LSU, SMU and Texas among others in the first live evaluation period. The 6-6, 200-pound wing jumped just ahead of Ledee to the No. 33 overall small forward prospect and No. 5 small forward in Texas.
Rankings Quick Hits:
- LSU shooting guard targets Kyler Edwards and Greg Williams come in as three-star prospects in the rankings. Edwards, from Arlington Bowie, is ranked as the No. 27 overall shooting guard and No. 1 shooting guard in Texas. Williams, from Lafayette (La.) Christian is the No. 35 overall shooting guard and No. 1 shooting guard in Louisiana.
- Combo forward target Darius Days, one of the Under Armour California's top performers, checked in as the No. 96 overall prospect, No. 20 power forward overall and No. 4 power forward in Florida.
- Big man Russell Barlow dropped from a four-star to a three-star while playing for Team Hard Work San Antonio. The Richardson, Texas product is the No. 3 center in 2018 from Texas.
- Four-star wing Isaiah Mucius (clips below) checks in at No. 58 overall in the class. While LSU only recently offered and has some ground to make up, he's one of the more put together prospects in the Top 100 that LSU is after.
- Four-star shooting guard Eric Ayala checked in at the No. 81 overall prospect in the country. LSU recently got in the mix as well, but has some ground to make up here too.