by Franklyn Calle

So much has changed since our last Class of 2013 rankings in early September of 2012. The top junior in America officially announced he was reclassifying to the senior class in Andrew Wiggins. So did another highly touted former 2014 class member, Noah Vonleh. Additionally, our No. 1-ranked senior in September, Julius Randle, fractured his foot at the very start of the season and isn’t expected to be back on the hardwood until sometime in March, at the earliest. In other words, Randle never got the chance to defend his top spot. Speaking of the defending the top spot, Jabari Parker, who lost the top slot after missing much of the offseason with a nagging heel injury, returned to the floor last month and has been steadily regaining his touch.

There are always a few new names that join the top-50 list for the very first time. For this mid-season ranking, aside from the aforementioned Wiggins and Vonleh, Dakari Johnson is also among the reclassified seniors who joins the list, and is ranked among the top-12 in his new class. Deontate Burton and Kendrick Nunn are the two other players who have made their top-50 debut. Kansas-bound Conner Frankamp, who is averaging 34 points per game, according to MaxPreps, is fourth among all seniors in the nation. It has become evident that Frankamp’s jumper is the real deal and he has therefore jumped up the rankings 11 spots. Other players who saw their names jump considerably up the ranks include Austin Nichols, Isaac Hamilton and Zakarie Irvin.

As expected, the early signing period officially took many of the players listed below off the recruiting market. On another random note, notice how compared to previous years, almost all seniors in the top 50 have already chosen a college—45 out of 50. We usually have a good 20-25 players who wait until the spring signing period before choosing a school, strategically preferring to wait and see who declares for the NBA Draft at the schools they are considering. For some weird reason, that was not the case with the Class of 2013. Out of the five remaining names, three are in the top 5.

Meanwhile, Kentucky will be welcoming one-third of the top dozen players in this list (as of now), and with the top three undecided players in the class in Wiggins, Randle and Aaron Gordon all still considering the Wildcats, Kentucky might not be done adding to what many have debated as the greatest incoming freshman class ever.

RANKPLAYERHEIGHTPOSITIONSCHOOLCOLLEGEWHY?
1Andrew Wiggins6-8SFHuntington Prep (WV)UndecidedCanada’s finest is averaging over 22 points and 11 rebounds, proving his tenacity and versatility on both ends of the floor.
2Jabari Parker6-8SFSimeon (IL)DukeBack from injury, Parker is slowly returning to his old self and reminding everyone why gained national notoriety.
3Julius Randle6-9PFPrestonwood (TX)UndecidedWhen he attacks the rim, it’s wise to just get out of the way.
4Andrew Harrison6-5PGTravis (TX)KentuckyComplete point guard on both ends of the floor.
5Aaron Gordon6-7PFArchbishop Mitty (CA)UndecidedBlake Griffin-type highlights reels when attacking the hole.
6Aaron Harrison6-5SGTravis (TX)KentuckyAndrew’s twin can score in every way imaginable.
7Noah Vonleh6-8PFNew Hampton (NH)IndianaNice touch around the rim and aggressive post moves in the paint.
8Kasey Hill6-0PGMontverde (FL)FloridaA nice mix of Kyrie Irving and JWall.
9Chris Walker6-10PFHolmes County (FL)FloridaGreat athlete who loves playing above the rim.
10James Young6-6SGRochester (MI)KentuckyStrong and explosive wing who can finish above the rim or from distance.
11Anthony Barber6-2PGHampton (VA)N.C. StateHighly crafty guard.
12Dakari Johnson6-10CMontverde (FL)KentuckyHe still has lots of upside, which is scary for someone his size.
13Jarrell Martin6-7PFMadison Prep (LA)LSUAthletic forward who still has much upside.
14Bobby Portis6-9PFHall (AR)ArkansasAlthough he gets his in the paint, he can step out and be a threat with range.
15Isaiah Hicks6-8PFWebb (NC)North CarolinaHis explosiveness makes him tough to stop in the lane.
16Austin Nichols6-8PFBriarcrest (TN)MemphisPost moves and mid-range jumpers in his repertoire.
17Rondae Jefferson6-6SFChester (PA)ArizonaLefty forward who can also create for others.
18Jermaine Lawrence6-8PFPope John XXIII (NJ)UndecidedMultifaceted big man.
19Isaac Hamilton6-4SGSt. John Bosco (CA)UTEPShooter who also possesses some PG skills.
20Wayne Selden6-5SFTilton (NH)KansasExplosiveness, speed and hops.
21Keith Frazier6-5SGKimball (TX)UndecidedGood shooter with deep range.
22Jabari Bird6-6SGSalesian (CA)CaliforniaExplosive wing with impressive finishes at the basket—and can shoot it too.
23Marcus Lee6-9PFDeer Valley (CA)KentuckyStands out as a rebounder and shot-blocker.
24Demetrius Jackson6-1PGMarian (IN)Notre DameThe type of PG they will love at South Bend.
25Xavier Rathan-Mayes6-3SGHuntington Prep (WV)Florida StateAlso a Canada-native, Xavier can create room for his own shot or path to them rim.
26Kuran Iverson6-8SFFishburne MilitaryMemphisVery versatile scorer.
27Zakarie Irvin6-6SFHamilton Southeastern (IN)MichiganAveraging over 25 points this season, he’s a wing who can sink it from distance, or put the ball on the floor and make his way to the rim.
28Tyler Roberson6-7PFRoselle (NJ)SyracuseActive defender who can score inside or out.
29Brannen Greene6-6SGTift (GA)KansasGreat shooter who can also take it to the hole.
30Tyler Ennis6-2PGSt. Benedict’s (NJ)SyracuseCanadian native who can create his own shot easily, as well as for others.
31Conner Frankamp6-0PGNorth (KS)KansasAs the intro mentions, he’s fourth in the nation in scoring among seniors, so yeah, he can really shoot—as you may have heard already.
32Nick King6-6SFEast (TN)MemphisLefty with nice multifaceted game.
33Troy Williams6-6SFOak Hill (VA)IndianaSlick forward who uses his athleticism and explosiveness to his advantage.
34Matt Jones6-4SGDeSoto (TX)DukeHe’s a shooter, and that’s all you need to remember.
35Kennedy Meeks6-9CWest Charlotte (NC)North CarolinaNice touch in the paint.
36Semi Ojeleye6-6SFOttowa (KS)DukeA tough and strong wing who has deep range.
37Ishmail Wainright6-6SFMontrose Christian (MD)BaylorUnselfish forward known for being a facilitator and great defender.
38Beejay Anya6-9CDeMatha (VA)NC StateHas the tools to become a dominant big man.
39Derrick Walton6-0PGChandler Park (MI)MichiganYour ideal savvy point guard with range. His 26 ppg demonstrate his scoring ability is just as well as his PG skills.
40Jonathan Williams6-8PFSouthwind (TN)MissouriForward who can handle the ball and make plays for teammates.
41Aquille Carr5-8PGPatterson (MD)Seton HallThe most exciting player to watch play in this class.
42Roddy Peters6-4PGSuitland (MD)MarylandAfter a breakout summer in 2012, Peters’ versatility is now well known.
43Robert Hubbs6-5SGDyer County (TN)TennesseeHigh-flying, crowd-pleasing athlete.
44Anton Gill6-3SGHargrave Military (NC)LouisvilleVersatile scorer who also takes care of business on the defensive end.
45Jordan Mickey6-7SF/PFPrime Prep (TX)LSUCan contribute differently every night: on the boards, the paint or from mid-range.
46Sindarius Thornwell6-4SGOak Hill (VA)South CarolinaVersatility that allows him to succeed at both guard positions.
47Karviar Shepherd6-9CPrime Prep (TX)TCUThe paint is where he controls.
48Zach LaVine6-3PGBothell (WA)UCLACan score but also distribute.
49Deonte Burton6-4SFVincent (WI)MarquetteLefty wing with impressive athleticism.
50Kendrick Nunn6-2PGSimeon (IL)IllinoisVersatile guard who can play either the 1 or the 2 position.