Class of 2017 Top 75 Basketball Recruits

Jun. 24 -- With July rapidly approaching, Scout's basketball recruiting team updated the 2017 player rankings. DeAndre Ayton, Wendell Carter and Michael Porter sit at the top of the new list, that was extended to a top 75...

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After a busy spring and the completion of June camps like Nike Elite 100 and NBPA Top 100, it’s time to update and extend the 2017 rankings to a top 75.

While the list is new, there are some familiar names at the top, as four of the top five are still rated as top five prospects and the nation’s top recruit – DeAndre Ayton – held on to his position at No. 1.

Why did Ayton stay No. 1? Well Ayton, who many believe is the top prospect in high school basketball regardless of class, has all the tools both physically and skill wise you look for in an elite post player.

“Ayton possesses the prototypical build and style of today's big man,” Scout analyst Rob Harrington said. “He's mobile, has excellent hand-eye coordination, keeps the ball high around the basket and has developed a very reliable jump shot to 15 feet.

“He obviously has been highly regarded for more than a year, which can cause players to coast and stagnate, and that's why it's so encouraging that he has continued to work hard and add new layers to his game.”

It's very early with Ayton's recruitment, but at the NBPA Top 100 Camp he cited interest from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and San Diego State.

Checking in just behind Ayton at No. 2 is 6-foot-10 center prospect Wendell Carter, who just helped the USA Basketball U16 team win a Gold Medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in mid-June.

“Wendell Carter is one of the best two-way centers in high school basketball,” Scout analyst Josh Gershon said. “Offensively he has nice touch, good hands, quickly developing footwork and post moves along with a jumper out to the elbow. Defensively he's a high level shot blocker and rebounder. He has good size at 6-foot-10 and has grown at least an inch over the last year.”

“He's a plus athlete for the position and plays with a consistent toughness and motor,” Gershon added. “He's a player who has a very high floor and if he continues to grow - and maybe regardless - could very well end up as the top prospect in the class given his physical tools, skill set and steady progress.”

Among the schools involved in Carter's recruitment are Kansas, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Georgia and Harvard.

Just after Carter at No. 3 is 6-foot-8 wing Michael Porter. The gifted perimeter player brings good size, athleticism and shot making ability to the wing.

“Porter is one of the truly elite prospects in the country because of his combination of size, skill, and athleticism,” Scout analyst Brian Snow said. “Shooting and being able to spread the court is so important in this day and age of basketball, and Porter is an elite shooter. He is able to knock down shots from well beyond the three point line and has as pure a stroke as anyone in high school basketball. Add in that he is nearly 6-foot-8 with near elite athleticism, and Porter has all the tools you look for in a wing to project at the highest level.”

Porter currently has a list of 17 schools. The schools involved are Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia and Washington.

OTHER NOTES

  • Mohamed Bamba, 6-foot-11 center out of Westtown (Pa.) School, jumped from No. 11 up to No. 4 with his strong spring. He was arguably the top prospect at the Nike Elite 100. He’s long (7-8 wingspan), mobile, blocks shots and has good tools on the offensive end of the floor. His upside is tremendous.

  • To go with Bamaba, there are two other newcomers to the top 10. Trevon Duval moved up from No. 16 to No. 6. At 6-foot-3 he has a wiry frame, very good quickness and has a nice blend of facilitating and scoring at the point guard position. Jared Vanderbilt moved up three spots from No. 11. The 6-foot-8 power forward is a very good athlete that gets off the floor quickly and has become a very good rebounder.

  • The 2017 class appears heavy at the center position. There are three center prospects ranked among the top four players in the class. 10 are ranked among the top 25 prospects in 2017.

  • In previous 2017 rankings, just 19 prospects were rewarded five-stars. In the updated rankings that number was extended to 25. The new five-star prospects are Gary Trent Jr., Kevin Knox, Hamidou Diallo, Nick Richards, Ike Obiagu, John Petty, Brandon McCoy, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill.

  • Only one prospect ranked among the top 75 players in the 2017 class is committed. Jalek Felton, who ranks No. 14 overall, is committed to North Carolina.

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