This week’s edition of “PrepTalk” is going to consist of all of our recently published “Scholastic Sensations” profiles. Every week we highlight a high school player in grades 9-12 and see how they are faring in college. In this article, you will be reading about some of the top seniors in the country as well as the number 1 rated junior in america.
Here are our “Scholastic Sensations” profiles up until 12/29/16/.
FEATURED PLAYER: COLLIN SEXTON- #7 RANKED PLAYER IN CLASS OF 2017
Collin Sexton enjoyed perhaps the best summer of any player in America. The 6’3″ Senior SG/PG committed to Alabama and head coach Avery Johnson, who has to be completely ecstatic that he landed a top 10 recruit in the class of 2017. The Georgia native has all the tools to come right in and start for the Crimson Tide next year and be an impact player.
Right now, we consider Sexton more of a SG, however he is trying to make the transition to PG. If he can do this, it will raise his NBA draft stock in a few years. 6’3″ point guards are in higher demand than 6’3″ shooting guards. What stands out to us is his tremendous athletic ability. He is extremely fast and explosive. Sexton became a household name this summer when he played for Team USA (17U) and won a gold medal.
Avery Johnson and Alabama currently have a top 5 recruiting class for 2017. They recently landed 5-star prospect John Petty (SG), and 4-star recruit Alex Reese (PF). While those players are outstanding in their own right, Collin Sexton is the headliner. The Crimson Tide are clearly on the way up and Sexton will be the player counted on to lead the way. With his shooting, passing, and overall game, he will be in the running for National High School Player of the Year this season.
FEATURED PLAYER: TROY BROWN- #12 RANKED PLAYER IN CLASS OF 2017
Troy Brown is one of the more versatile players in the class of 2017. The 6’6′ Oregon commit is now considered a combo guard who has played SF in the past. He is trying to convert himself into a PG, which would raise his stock if he is able to handle the position. It will be fascinating to see what position he ends up at once he gets to Eugene next fall.
Brown shows nice natural passing ability and vision, which makes us think he might be able to handle the transition to PG. Ducks head coach Dana Altman seems to always have a stable of wings each year. It would be a nice thing for him to have a PG with the size of Brown.
Troy Brown is player who we believe has an abundance of potential that he hasn’t tapped into yet. We feel he is the perfect fit for Oregon as he falls in line with the play-makers and athletic players that Altman loves.
FEATURED PLAYER: KRIS WILKES- #18 RANKED PLAYER IN CLASS OF 2017
UCLA head Coach Steve Alford nailed last year’s recruiting class when he landed PG Lonzo Ball and PF T.J. Leaf. Both of those players were 5-star recruits who are playing extremely well as freshmen as the Bruins are in top 20. Alford has continued his momentum on the recruiting trail as he has gained a commitment from another 5-star recruit.
Kris Wilkes is a 6’7″ small forward from Indiana and somebody who we really like after watching his films. He combines 3 things that SF’s need in order to thrive, which are size, athletic ability, and length. He reminds us a little bit of Brandon Ingram when Ingram played at Duke last year. However, Ingram is a better shooter than Wilkes is at this stage.
Wilkes sports a nice shooting touch and is real fun to watch when playing in an open court game. He can play inside or outside, which makes him very dangerous at the high school level. Once he grows into his body and gains strength, we see him as a difference maker next season when he suits up for the Bruins.
We see a scenario where Wilkes comes in and starts right away next year. We expect Ball to leave for the NBA as he is a virtual lock to be a top 10 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Steve Alford had a rough 2015-16 season. However, with both Ball and Leaf and now with Wilkes, he seems to have righted the ship and looks to have the Bruins on the path to the top of the PAC-12. Kris Wilkes will help tremendously trying to achieve that goal.
FEATURED PLAYER:MARVIN BAGLEY III -#1 RANKED PLAYER IN CLASS OF 2018
During each “Scholastic Sensations” edition, we will highlight and write an in-depth synopsis on one of the top high school basketball players in america. While we have written about some of the top Seniors in our past editions, this week we are going to highlight the number 1 recruit in the class of 2018.
Sierra Canyon High School is ranked #3 in the country in the latest high school polls and Marvin Bagley III is a major reason why. When watching the junior play, it is easy to see why he is ranked as the top junior in america by almost every major recruiting site.
Listed at 6’10”, Bagley III can do everything on the basketball court. While listed as a power forward, his skill-set allows him to play SG, SF, PF, and C. He shows very good passing and ball-handling ability for a big-man. He can take players off the dribble and score at the rim with both grace and authority. He shows the unique skill of stopping on a dime and shooting silky smooth jumpers over opponents.The 220 pounder can also post up and displays solid low-post moves. He is in every way, a multi-faceted player on the offensive end.
As we are currently evaluating the class of 2017 top prospects and will begin publishing them on Monday, 12-19-16, we haven’t focused much on the class of 2018. However, Bagley III is such a hot name that we thought our readers (YOU!) should learn about him now.
The Arizona native is currently uncommitted and whichever school lands him will be getting a potential program changing type of player. The schools in the running for his services include Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Kentucky, Oregon, UCLA, and others. However, the schools just mentioned are considered the front-runners.
Here are our previous “PrepTalk” posts.We publish this post on every Thursday.
5th Edition: Thursday, 12-22-16
4th Edition: Thursday, 12-15-16
3rd Edition: Thursday, 12-1-16
2nd Edition: Thursday, 11-24-16
1st Edition: Thursday, 11-17-16