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′ 10″ power forward Marvin Bagley still holds a firm grasp at the pole position.
Bagley, who will play his junior season at Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon, is a special talent who brings versatility, scoring and defensive potential to the power forward position.
“Marvin Bagley sat out his sophomore 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′ 10″, 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 who 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′ 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′ 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′ 6″ (nearly 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.
No. 5 on the list is 6′ 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.
• 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. Thirteen players from California are ranked in the top 100, while Florida produced 12 prospects. Texas had the third most with eight.
• Eight prospects in the 2018 top 100 have already committed. 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.