Will the bigs reshuffle after July?
Scout.coms' recent 2012 rankings are littered with impressive prospects. In fact, six of the top seven players are center prospects. If you throw in power forwards 23 of the top 50 players are post players. That's an impressive feat and one we haven't seen out of a class in quite some time. At this point the bigs dominate the class and it'll be interesting to see how they perform up against each other on the July circuit. There's a lot to play out and it'll be interesting to see how much that list changes over the course of July.
Some PG's have emerged
Our biggest gripe with the 2012 class has been the lack of quality point guards in the 2012 class. Now there still isn't a five-star rated lead guard, but the depth appears to have improved. The battle for the top lead guard spot is still up in the air. Marcus Paige is No. 1 now, but Kevin Ferrell is just behind him and could easily take him over in July. The new rankings included 19 point guards, with four checking in among the final 10 spots. Some guys that could emerge in July could be Shawn Smith, Charles Mann and Terry Rozier.
Kentucky versus the locals
First I think it should be noted that it's hard to doubt John Calipari after what he's accomplished on the recruiting trail recently. With that said, the Wildcats will have upwards of six scholarships available and have yet to grab one. They are involved in with some top tier prospects, but a few of them may be tough to get because of local ties. Arguably Kentucky's top two targets – Dajuan Coleman and Archie Goodwin – are both being recruited heavily by their local schools. With Coleman it's Syracuse and Goodwin it's Kentucky's in conference rival Arkansas. Those are a pair of recruiting battles to pay close attention to.
N.C. State on verge of monster class
It certainly hasn't taken Mark Gottfried long to make his presence felt on the recruiting trail. First he kept four-star gaurd Tyler Lewis on board then followed it up with a verbal commitment from top 35 prospect Torian Graham. But the Pack appears far from done. They are particularly strong with Rodney Purvis, T.J. Warren and Amile Jefferson. If they could grab one of three it's a great class, if they get two look out.
Does Bennett's dominance continue?
Anthony Bennett's 55-spot jump in Scout.com's most recent rankings was one of the more impressive things of the spring. The 6-foot-7 combo forward plays like every possession is his last. He's strong, athletic and is playing with a non-stop motor. The addition of a legit jump shot with range has done wonders for him and he's playing with supreme confidence.
Who is No. 1 in 2014?
At this poin Andrew Wiggins is Scout.com's pick for the top prospect in the 2014 class, but it's not by a landslide. Jahlil Okafor, Dakari and Theo Pinson are also in the conversation. Wiggins, at 6-foot-6, is a freak athlete that gets to the rim and can finish above or through defenders. Okafor put together a great effort at USA Basketball. Johnson stands 6-foot-10 and has all the tools to be a force sooner than later. Finally Pinson, much like Wiggins, is an elite level athlete with an underrated jump shot.
Battle for tops in ‘13
Jabari Parker has answered the bell as much as anyone in high school basketball. He took home MVP honors at the FIBA Americas U16 event and at times has dominated the travel team circuit. His improved athleticism and overall skill level is rare for high school basketball. While Parker is No. 1, Julius Randle isn't too far behind. His motor, strength and ability to score are reasons he's a highly regarded prospect and we expect him to make another run at the spot he once held.
Where does Shabazz Muhammad end up?
There may not be a more talked about recruitment in high school hoops. Scout.com's new No. 1 player has a handful of schools on his list and has recently taken some trips. The scuttlebutt is UCLA stands above the rest, while Arizona is closely behind. Other schools involved include Kentucky, UNLV and Duke.
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