As we compile and introduce the Class of 2018 rankings for the very first time on this site (check 2016 rankings here and 2017 here), there are a couple of notable and obvious pointers.

One: there’s lots of talented big men at the top of this group, like a lot—six of the top-10 prospects are listed at 6-9 or taller (eight of the 10 are 6-7 or taller). Second: Montverde Academy is where it’s at with the class. Three of the top seven players listed attend the Florida school, whose basketball program has won the national championship the past three years and whose alumni list include 2015 NBA Draftees D’Angelo Russell and Dakari Johnson.

We’ll continue to update the class rankings twice more through the season and expand to 25 by the spring.

1 Marvin Bagley III PF 6-11 Hillcrest Academy (AZ) Earned Frosh of the Year honor last season after averaging 19.6 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.4 bpg.
2 Silvio De Sousa PF 6-9 Montverde Academy (FL) Athletic big who loves playing above the rim.
3 Javonte Smart PG 6-4 Scotlandville Magnet (LA) Crafty guard who excels off the dribble.
4 Nazreon Reid PF 6-8 Roselle Catholic (NJ) Versatile big who can put the ball of the floor.
5 EJ Montgomery PF 6-9 Montverde Academy (FL) Lefty who can play either guard position.
6 Jordan Brown C 6-9 Woodcreek (CA) Lengthy, assertive scorer who excels in the post.
7 Simisola Shittu PF 6-9 Montverde Academy (FL) Mobile big who moves well with or away from the ball.
8 Cameron Reddish SG 6-6 Westtown School (PA) Possesses great agility and ball control, and has shown the ability to easily create.
9 Kenneth Nwuba C 6-10 Oak Hill Academy (VA) Great shot-blocker, good motor on the both ends, active on the glass as well as a finisher.
10 Jaedon LeDee SF 6-7 Kinkaid School (TX) Athletic wing with a knack for scoring.