Thus far the 2018 class, has lacked drama when it comes to the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
That continued after the spring and into the summer, as 6-foot-10 power forward Marvin Bagley still holds a firm grasp at the pole position, as the best prospect in the 2018 class.
Bagley, who will play his junior season at Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon, is a special talent that brings versatility, as well as scoring and defensive potential to the power forward position.
“Marvin Bagley sat out his junior season but showed no signs of rust during the spring and summer on the AAU circuit,” Scout analyst Josh Gershon said. “A legitimate power forward at 6-foot-11, Bagley can face up and shoot or post up defenders, is a good passer with ball skills for his position, is a plus athlete and can rebound in and outside of his area. He remains one of the top prospects in high school basketball, regardless of class.”
South Carolina native Zion Williamson moved up one spot in the 2018 update, jumping to No. 2 in the updated rankings.
One of the more unique prospects in the country, Williamson is explosive and versatile athlete that is a mix between a small forward and power forward.
“He doesn't have the look of an elite prospect, but the reality is nobody has found a way to stop him,” Scout analyst Brian Snow said. “A lot of players are going to get the ‘next Draymond Green’ type of tag, and there is no doubt Williamson will be one of them. While that label of course isn't entirely accurate or fair, the evolution of the game has made a 6-foot-7 kid who is more naturally a power forward than a small forward, a different level of commodity than he would have been 20 years ago.”
“Even though Williamson isn't a great shooter, he can still put pressure on the defense with his ability to drive, and then being super explosive around the rim and having the ability to move his feet on the perimeter makes him versatile all over the court, and will allow teams to employ a ton of different lineups and creating matchup nightmares for opponents.”
Romeo Langford, a 6-foot-5 wing, is one of the best perimeter scorers in the country and he checks in at No. 3 in the updated rankings. Langford averaged 20.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in the adidas Summer Championship. He had a 40-point outburst in the event, where he connected on 5 of 10 three-pointers
Team Final wing Cameron Reddish sits at No. 4 on the list. Unfortunately, Reddish, a 6-foot-6, pushing 6-7 wing, was forced to the sidelines with a groin injury that sidelined him at the USA Basketball u17 trials. Prior to his injury, Reddish was one of the best prospects at the event and appeared to be turning the prospect to player corner.
http://www.scout.com/player/194446-cameron-reddish No. 5 on the list is 6-foot-8, strongly built post player Silvio De Sousa. The Montverde (Fla.) Academy standout is tough, physical and aggressive in the paint. De Sousa does a good job on the glass and scores it well from close range.
De Sousa hasn’t released a list of interested parties, but the locals like Florida, Florida State and Miami (Fl) are sure to be involved. http://www.scout.com/player/200851-silvio-de-sousa
Point Guards Dominate Top 25
A lot, probably way too much, was made about a lack of top level point guards in the 2017 class nationally. One look at the class of 2018 and it is obvious that won’t be a problem. There are a host of top point guards, seven of which found their way into the top 25 in this class.
Leading the way at the point guard position is JaVonte Smart. The Louisiana native has a tremendous combination of size, toughness, athleticism, and skill. While he might not do one thing that stands out at an incredibly elite level, he does everything on the court very well, and when he has his motor running he is one of the most naturally gifted and impactful players in the class.
Schools like LSU, Kentucky, and Baylor have made Smart a priority.
After him is Immanuel Quickley. Scout.com has long been a fan of Quickley’s game, and the point guard from Baltimore is simply one of the best. He has tremendous size and floor vision. As a pure passer very few in the class are better than Quickley. Also he is a good athlete and someone who is a capable scorer going to the rim or as a shooter from distance.
Quickley has a host of offers including schools like Maryland, Miami, Washington, Arizona, Louisville, and USC.
Next is Darius Garland. Garland is one of the better pure shooters you will find from the point guard position. He can absolutely light it up from deep, and then also is someone who knows how to run a team. At times Garland can get a little too shot first, but when he has the mindset to make others better, he has the ability to be tremendous in that area.
Garland has consistently mentioned Indiana and Louisville as schools showing him a ton of interest, and also Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and others are all in on him.
After that is Courtney Ramey. The St. Louis native really impressed during the month of July, and is now considered one of the top players in the class. Ramey has good size, though he needs to add strength, and can get into the lane at will. Once in the lane he is a very good passer, and then also is someone you really have to respect as a shooter from deep.
Ramey most recently made a visit to Illinois, and the Illini have made him a priority. Also Missouri, Kansas, Florida, Ohio State, and Louisville are all definitely in the mix.
Also making waves in the class has been Ayo Dosunmu. Probably the fastest guard in the class from baseline-to-baseline with the basketball, Dosunmu can get anywhere he wants on the court, and then has the great size and athleticism to finish in a variety of ways. He is a score first kid, but he also can really pass. If his jump shot continues to make strides the sky is the limit for Dosunmu.
Illinois has absolutely made Dosunmu a priority as has Northwestern. Beyond them Xavier and Cincinnati recently offered, and Notre Dame is very seriously involved as well.
Rounding out the top 25 are Prentiss Hubb and Tre Jones. Hubb comes from Washington D.C. and is a combo guard who has impressed at a high level of competition both in AAU and high school. There is nothing super flashy about his game, but he scores it well, passes it well, and just always seems to make the smart decision.
Maryland has long had Hubb a priority. Georgetown, Xavier, NC State, Virginia, Wake Forest, and others are all also involved with Hubb.
Jones is the brother of former Duke point guard, Tyus Jones, and has a lot of the same qualities that made his brother impactful. He is a very good passer, can make open shots, and just as a tremendous feel for the game.
As one would expect Duke is very involved with Jones, and so is Minnesota, Arizona, Marquette, and others.
- This is the first time the 2018 list has been expanded from a top 75 out to a full top 100.
- Although it’s early and this list is sure to change over the course of the next year and a half, California and Florida landed the most players in the updated rankings. 13 players from California are ranked in the top 100, while Florida landed 12 prospects on the list. Texas had the third most with eight.
- Eight prospects in the 2018 top 100 are already committed prospects. Arkansas and North Carolina each hold two pledges. The Razorbacks have commitments from No. 38 Reggie Perry and No. 100 Isaiah Joe, while the Tar Heels have pledges from No. 57 Rechond Black and No. 68 Coby White. Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Washington have top 100 commitments as well.