by Franklyn Calle / @FrankieC7

While only a sophomore, Josh Jackson has already emerged as arguably the best player in the state of Michigan — and quite possibly now the top baller in the class of 2016 nationwide. The 6-6 stud hasJosh Jackson been on a tear all season long, as it became evident from the very first game. In the season opener against Detroit Frederick Douglas, Jackson finished for 27 points, 22 rebounds and 6 blocks. By mid-January he was easily surpassing 30 points on a nightly basis, at one point having three consecutive 30+ points outings, including a steal in the last minute of play, during the third game, that sealed the win. 

To finish the month, his stat line of 26 points, 11 rebounds and six steals against Robichaud serves as a reminder that he can also get it done on the other end of the floor. As cliche as it may sound, the dude is everywhere. Take last Thursday’s game, for instance, where he dropped 33 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and 5 blocks to lead his team to a six consecutive victory. He gets it done on the boards, on defense and even sets up others for easy buckets. We know the word versatile is thrown around loosely a lot these days, but this kid is the epitome of a well-rounded prospect. He can play the one, two or three — easily. 

With Harry Giles still working his way back from knee surgery, a change at the top of the 2016 rankings was imminent. Our midseason rankings include a couple of new names to the list in Dedric Lawson and Terrance Ferguson.

RANKPLAYERHEIGHTPOSSCHOOLWHY?
1Josh Jackson6-6SGConsortium (MI)Versatile wing who can do a little of everything.
2Harry Giles6-8PFWesleyan Christian (NC)Terrific athletic with a skill set beyond his years.
3Thon Maker7-0CCarlisle School (VA)Tremendous upside due to size and skill for his age.
4Jayson Tatum6-7SGChaminade Prep (MO) At 6-7, Tatum can put the ball on the floor and finish at the rim with the best of them.
5Dedric Lawson6-8PFHamilton (TN) Savvy scorer that finds his way to the rim. 
6Malik Monk6-3SGEast Poinsett (AR)Explosive guard with loaded offensive repertoire.
7VJ  King6-5SGSt. Vincent-St. Mary (OH)One of the top shooters in the class; very smooth jump shot.
8Tyus Battle6-5SFGill St. Bernard’s (NJ)Known for getting it done on both ends of the floor.
9Terrance Ferguson6-5SGPrime Prep (TX)Elite scorer, whether it is behind the arc, mid-range, spot-up or off-the-dribble.
10Seventh Woods6-1PGHammond School (SC)

Probably the funnest player to watch in the class. A walking highlight-reel. 

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