The truth is you could make a case for any of these three players as the top prospect in the class. But someone has to be one and Giles is currently slotted at that spot because of his combination of size, skill, athleticism, mobility and rebounding ability. The 6-foot-10 power forward, who is fully recovered from an injury to his ACL, MCL and meniscus, is averaging 18.2 points and 11. 2 rebounds a game on the Nike EYBL circuit. He’s a very good rebounder, has a terrific sit of hands and nice touch around the rim, plus he has the ability to score both with his back to the basket and facing it. Jackson, a 6-foot-6 wing prospect, is arguably one of the top athletes I’ve ever scouted, and he pushed Giles for the top spot in the rankings. Jackson is currently averaging 19.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. Jackson impacts the game in a variety of ways, as he’s going to be a tremendous defender, is a very gifted passer and is terrific in transition. Tatum, a 6-foot-8 wing prospect, has some of the best footwork I’ve seen for a perimeter player. It’s been evident this spring that he’s working on his mid-range and mid-post game. He’s very effective from that area and has rounded out his scoring package.
Key RisersThe new batch of 2016 rankings has a number of newcomers and big movers. There are two risers that I think stick out more than others. Marques Bolden (pictured above), a 6-foot-10 center prospect out of Texas, has jumped from No. 14 into the top 10 at No. 6 overall.
Playing for Pro Skills on the Nike EYBL circuit, Bolden showed impressive potential on the offensive end, especially for a guy his size. Bolden can score over either shoulder, has a great set of hands and can even face up and mid-range jump shots. He’s mobile, a good athlete and has a lengthy set of arms. Bolden is averaging 13.7 points (56% from the field) and 5.9 rebounds a game. The other key riser is 6-foot-9 face up four-man Jonathan Isaac. Last time around, Isaac ranked No. 45 overall. He jumped all the way up to No. 14 in the updated rankings, due to a terrific spring with E1T1. This time last year, Isaac stood just 6-foot-6. The lengthy forward has since grown three inches and expanded his skills. While some classify him as a true wing, we think he’ll cause mismatch problems as a stretch four. He can make threes, he’s able to attack defenders off the dribble and he’s active. He’s currently averaging 14.2 points and 5.6 boards a game.