Monday, August 17, 2009
Class of 2011 rankings: 1-5
The top players in the class of 2011 are now officially unveiled. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Michael Gilchrist (pictured above) is the best in the class. The New Jersey native could even be the best high school player in the country right now.
Overall, the class is stacked with big-time prospects. A number of players will be fighting for position in the top 25 for the next two years. How it all shakes out is exciting to watch.
1. Michael Gilchrist, SF, Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick – Could the 6-7 wing be the most complete player in all of high school hoops? We think so. He does it all from all spots on the floor. Gilchrist has a work ethic, humble approach and killer instinct to boot, too. His competiveness and approach to the game is a rare trait amongst today’s elite players. The best part of Gilchrist’s game? He still thinks there is much more to improve upon.
2. Marquis Teague, PG, Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike – His speed, athleticism, aggressive attacks to the rim and his court demeanor are similar to those of Derrick Rose and John Wall. Teague has game-changing speed and a burst to the basket that could even make him the top overall player in the class before it is all said and done.
3. Rakeem Christmas, C, Bryn Athyn (Pa.) Academy Of The New Church – The best shot-blocker in the country regardless of class. Has an Al Horford body and the best upside of any big man in the high school ranks. Right now, he’s a defensive specialist that can impact the game as a rebounder. When his offense comes around, there is good reason to believe the 6-9 big man could be a top 10 pick in the NBA Draft.
4. James McAdoo, PF, Norfolk (Va.) Norfolk Christian School – A shoulder injury kept him out of the spotlight this summer but understand this: he’s cut from the Derrick Favors cloth. Has the work ethic, mindset and skill just like Favors. Scary. McAdoo is more skilled offensively than Favors, too. Even scarier.
5. Anthony Wroten, SG, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield – By far the best passer in the class of 2011. He’s a strong, aggressive guard cut from the mold of Dwayne Wade. The bigger the moment, the better he plays. Wroten mixes natural strength with amazing body control and athleticism better than anyone in the class.
Class of 2011 rankings:
Class of 2010 rankings: 1-25