Hoops Recruiting: Updated 2017 Top 100

Sep. 7 -- Several UCLA prospects factor into the newly released top 100 for 2017...


Ayton takes top spot

DeAndre Ayton, a center out of San Diego (Calif.) Balboa Prep, held on to the top spot in Scout’s post-July 2017 updated top 100.

Ayton, who checks in at 6-foot-11, is a tremendous long-term prospect because of the combination of his impressive physical gifts and developing skill. He obviously has good size, but also terrific length and a broad set of shoulders. He’s equipped with a good set of hands, nice touch around the basket and he’s developed a consistent jump shot from both short and mid-range. To go with his offense, Ayton has a chance to be a very good shot blocker and post defender.

While Ayton sits in the pole position, Wendell Carter and Trevon Duval have certainly established themselves as elite recruits and are in the conversation for the top spot.

2017 Top 100 Coverage

At 6-foot-10, Carter is already drawing comparisons to Jahlil Okafor, who went No. 3 in this past years NBA Draft. Carter has an impressive scoring package on the block. He has terrific hands and touch, can score off hooks, counters and short range jumpers. He’s also a very good area rebounder.

Duval, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard, is regarded as the top guard prospect in the class. He has very good size for the position, but he’s also quick, changes speeds very well, is a strong ball handler and gets to the paint with ease. Duval is also a very good passer that sets up his teammates for scoring opportunities. At the rim, he’s a crafty finisher that adjusts his shots quite well.

Biggest Risers?

Although Kris Wilkes only moved up five overall spots, he was a guy under heavy discussion among the basketball recruiting staff.

At 6-foot-7, maybe 6-8, Wilkes has a lot of natural ability and potential. Playing for the Indy Hoosiers in July, he was particularly aggressive and led the 16’s division in the UA Finals in scoring at 18 points a game.

“Kris Wilkes is a talented wing who has consistently gotten better over the last 12 months,” Scout analyst Brian Snow said. “He combines solid athleticism with good length and skill out to 18 feet to be one of the more versatile prospects in the country.”

Two other significant movers in the updated 2017 top 100 were Makai Ashton-Langford and Davion Mitchell. Both went from unranked into Scout’s top 50.

Ashton-Langford also happens to be the teammate of the 2016 blowup prospect of the summer – Wenyen Gabriel. The 6-foot-2 guard played particularly well in the adidas Summer Championships, where he averaged 14 points, 4.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds a game. He moved up to No. 46 overall.

While Ashton-Langford shined in Las Vegas, Mitchell was a standout in the Nike Peach Jam 16’s division, where he led the Georgia Stars to the title. A 6-foot guard, Mitchell is quick, tough and aggressive. He stays in attack mode and is a tremendous scorer, especially given his size. Mitchell is ranked No. 49 overall in the class.

Other Notes

  • Of the top 100 recruits in the country, only six are currently committed. Jalek Felton, who is committed to North Carolina, is the highest rated pledge at No. 22 overall. The other commits include Daniel Gafford (Arkansas), Daejon Davis (Washington), Jalen Hill (UCLA), Kaleb Wesson (Ohio State) and Connor McCaffery (Iowa).
  • There are five new five-stars in the updated 2017 top 100, but two have been in the range before. M.J. Walker and Brian Bowen are both five-stars again, while Lonnie Walker jumped up from No. 26 to No. 20 and into five-star range.
  • The state of Georgia currently has the most top 100 players with 10. California has the second most with nine, while Texas and Florida tied for third with eight top 100 players each.


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