A pair of west coast prospects – DeAndre Ayton and Troy Brown – sit at No. 1 and No. 2 in Scout.com’s initial 2017 rankings release.
Ayton, a 6-foot-10 big man out of San Diego (Calif.) Balboa City School, has all the physical tools you look for in a young post prospect. He is equipped with a long set of arms, runs the floor with ease and is a very good athlete.
Ayton impact the game on both ends of the floor. He’s certainly ahead of his peers on the offensive end, as he’s able to score the ball with his back to the rim or facing it. Defensively, he uses his length and athleticism to get to shots. He’s also a good rebounder.
Brown, on the other hand, is a 6-foot-6 lead guard. Obviously he has very good size for a point guard prospect. He has impressive ball skills, a tremendous feel for the game, good vision and is a talented passer.
A versatile prospect, Brown can be used in a variety of roles. He’s extremely long, moves his feet well and is quite gifted athletically. Defensively he’s able to defend multiple positions. He’s also tough to defend in the open court.
OTHER FIVE STARS
Since this is the initial release of our 2017 rankings and we only ranked 15 prospects, we opted to give out five-stars to just six players.
To go with Ayton and Brown, Zach Brown, Michael Porter, Jeremiah Tilmon and Austin Wiley also received five-stars.
Brown is a 7-foot big man out of Miami. He was a dominant force at the recent Nike Elite 100 and left the event as the most productive player there. He has good hands, knows how to carve out position and is a terrific rebounder.
Porter impresses with his ball skills and jump shot. At 6-foot-8, he’s a wing player that can make threes to 24-feet with consistency. He’s also able to go off the bounce for mid-range pull-ups. His skills and ability on the offensive end are ahead of the game.
Tilmon, who is Porter’s AAU teammate on MoKan Elite, is a 6-foot-9, 230-pound post prospect. Tilmon has good use of both hands around the basket and very good touch. He’s also an effective rebounder and shot blocker.
Wiley, who stands 6-foot-9, is a hard playing center prospect. He was impressive at Nike Elite 100 and at the Dallas EYBL stop. He runs the floor, doesn’t mind playing physical inside and has a go-to right jump hook.
*The other prospects that made the top 15 are Brian Bowen, Jarred Vanderbilt, D.J. Harvey, M.J. Walker, Isiah Jasey, Jalek Felton, Jaylen Newell, Cody Riley and Trevon Duval.
*To go with producing a top 15, we also ranked five players at each position. All of those players were credited with four-stars.
*None of the players in the top 15 or ranked at their position are committed.