by Franklyn Calle / @FrankieC7

It goes without saying that this class is the deepest in a long time—to most, the best since 2007. The basketball world seems to already be looking forward to the 2014 NBA Draft more than this year’s. Canada should have a lot to be proud of with this class, as Tyler Ennis and Xavier Rathan-Mayes will have an immediate impact on their respective collegiate teams, just as much as Andrew Wiggins will.

Overall, one player who really needs to be acknowledged is Joel Embiid. He has transformed from an unranked, unknown prospect into one of the nation’s premier centers. He’s only been playing basketball for about a year-and-a-half, and although his offensive game is still on the raw side, he’s shown that he can protect the rim with the best of them.

One player that you’ll see on this list who has been booted from most others is Aquille Carr. Truth be told, it baffles me why the “others” have bumped him out of their rankings. Something tells me that folks are judging him based on his legal troubles instead of his on-court production. I mean, it has to be. Why else would someone who averaged about 30 points and 6 assists this past season somehow not be worthy of a ranking spot? How many guys of his size do you know who can put up those numbers? Of any size, for that matter. And he’s done it against the cream of the crop, including a game-high 24-point outing against Andrew Wiggins’ Huntington Prep. All I’m saying is it doesn’t add up to me. It’s funny though, because when Lance Stephenson got in trouble back in HS, his name also dropped in the rankings. But he was 6-5, so they obviously couldn’t just simply wipe him off the list. I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I do think it’s safe to say that we’re all rooting for Aquille here in his future overseas endeavors.

Anyway, sorry for the rant. Back to these rankings. Kentucky is obviously the most well represented in here with six of the top 18 prospects. But Kansas isn’t too far behind—they have five out of the top 41 players, including the most sought-out in Wiggins. Duke and Memphis are also well represented with the Blue Devils having three out of the top 36, while the Tigers feature three out of the top 42. All in all, if you’re a college basketball fan, then you have a whole lot to be excited for come fall.

RANKPLAYERHEIGHTPOSITIONSCHOOLCOLLEGEWHY?
1Andrew Wiggins6-8SFHuntington Prep (WV)KansasHis athleticism is just too much for opponents to keep up with.
2Jabari Parker6-8SFSimeon (IL)DukeSkill sets beyond his years.
3Julius Randle6-9PFPrestonwood (TX)KentuckyBeast-mode when attacking the rim.
4Andrew Harrison6-5PGTravis (TX)KentuckyGreat tempo and pace as court leader.
5Aaron Gordon6-9PFArchbishop Mitty (CA)ArizonaHigh-flyer whose game continues to expand.
6Aaron Harrison6-5SGTravis (TX)KentuckyA pure natural scorer.
7Noah Vonleh6-8PFNew Hampton (NH)IndianaVersatile big with lots of upside. Can play multiple positions.
8James Young6-6SFRochester (MI)KentuckyStrong and explosive wing who can finish above the rim or from distance.
9Chris Walker6-10PFHolmes County (FL)FloridaGreat athlete who loves playing above the rim.
10Kasey Hill6-1PGMontverde (FL)FloridaQuick guard who loves working off the dribble.
11Wayne Selden6-5SGTilton (NH)KansasExplosiveness, speed and hops.
12Dakari Johnson6-10CMontverde (FL)KentuckyWhen he’s on it, very tough to stop in the paint.
13Jarell Martin6-8PFMadison Prep (LA)LSUAthletic forward who still has much upside.
14Bobby Portis6-10PFHall (AR)ArkansasAlthough he gets most of his work in the paint, he can step out and be a threat with range.
15Austin Nichols6-8PFBriarcrest Christian (TN)MemphisPost moves and mid-range jumpers all-day.
16Isaiah Hicks6-8PFWebb (NC)North CarolinaHis explosiveness makes him tough to stop in the lane.
17Rondae Hollis-Jefferson6-7SFChester (PA)ArizonaLefty forward whose athleticism gives him an edge on most opponents, but can also create for others.
18Marcus Lee6-9PFDeer Valley (CA)KentuckyStands out as a rebounder and shot-blocker.
19Rysheed Jordan6-3PGRobert Vaux (PA)St. John’sExplosive guard who gets to the rim in a hurry.
20Isaac Hamilton6-5SGSt. John Bosco (CA)UTEPShooter who also possesses some PG skills.
21Zak Irvin6-6SFHamilton Southeastern (IN)MichiganWing who drastically improved over the last year; can sink it from distance, or put the ball on the floor and make his way to the rim.
22Anthony Barber6-2PGHampton (VA)South CarolinaHighly crafty guard with a seemingly natural feel for the game.
23Jabari Bird6-6SGSalesian (CA)CaliforniaExplosive wing with impressive finishes at the basket—and can shoot it too.
24Jermaine Lawrence6-9PFPope John XXII (NJ)CincinnatiMultifaceted big man.
25Nigel Williams-Goss6-3PGFindlay (NV)WashingtonVery efficient on both ends of the floor. Plays smart.
26Joel Embiid7-0CRock School (FL)KansasStarted at the bottom, now he’s one of the top-ranked centers in the nation.
27Kuran Iverson6-8SFFishburne (VA)MemphisPure scorer, streaky shooter.
28Demetrius Jackson6-1PGMarian (IN)Notre DameThe type of PG they will love at South Bend.
29Robert Hubbs6-5SGDyer County (TN)TennesseeHigh-flying, crowd-pleasing athlete.
30Tyler Ennis6-2PGSt. Benedict’s (NJ)SyracuseCanadian native whose floor-leading skills can create for himself and others.
31JaJuan Johnson6-5SGSouthwinnd (TN)MarquetteAveraged over 20 ppg, won 3A Tourney MVP after state championship.
32Keith Frazier6-5SGKimball (TX)SMUGood shooter with deep range.
33Derrick Walton6-0PGChandler Park (MI)MichiganYour ideal savvy point guard with range.
34Matt Jones6-4SGDeSoto (TX)DukeAll you need to remember is the he can shoot it.
35Tyler Roberson6-7PFRoselle (NJ)SyracuseActive defender who can score inside or out.
36Semi Ojeleye6-6SFOttawa (KS)DukeA tough and strong wing who has deep range.
37Xavier Rathan-Mayes6-6SFDeSoto (TX)Florida StateGreat offensive talent.
38Brannen Greene6-6SGTift (GA)KansasShooter who can also take it to the hole.
39Eric Mika6-9CLone Peak (UT)BYUVery efficient on both ends of the floor.
40Jordan Mickey6-8PFPrime Prep (TX)LSUCan contribute differently every night: on the boards, the paint or from mid-range.
41Conner Frankamp6-0PGWichita North (KS)KansasOne of the nation’s top scorers, shooters.
42Nick King6-6SFEast (TN)MemphisLefty wing who does a little bit of everything.
43Sindarius Thornwell6-5SGOak Hill (VA)South CarolinaVersatility that allows him to succeed at both guard positions.
44Deonte Burton6-4SFVincent (WI)MarquetteLefty wing with impressive athleticism.
45Zach LaVine6-3PGBothell (WA)UCLACan score but also distribute.
46Anton Gill6-3SGHargrave Military (VA)LouisvilleVersatile scorer who also takes care of business on the defensive end.
47Roddy Peters6-4PGSuitland (MD)MarylandGreat at breaking down the defense and creating room.
48Troy Williams6-7SFOak Hill (VA)IndianaSlick forward who uses his athleticism and explosiveness to his advantage.
49Brandon Austin6-6SFImhotep Institute (PA)ProvidenceCan handle the ball and out at the guard positions.
50Duane Wilson6-3PGDominican (WI)MarquetteAthletic scoring guard that also find the open man.
51Matt Thomas6-3SGOnalaska (WI)Iowa StateCan hit the J from all distances.
52Devin Williams6-8PFMontverde (FL)West VirginiaHis game stretches out to a few feet away from the perimeter offensive and is just as effective crashing the boards.
53Moses Kingsley6-9CHuntington Prep (WV)ArkansasMost impressive past is his upside.
54Christian Wood6-10PFFindlay (NV)UNLVImpressive shooter whose game extends well beyond the perimeter.
55Ishmail Wainright6-6SFMontrose Christian (MD)BaylorUnselfish forward known for being a facilitator and great defender.
56Kennedy Meeks6-9CWest Charlotte (NC)North CarolinaDefenders got their work cut for them in the paint with him.
57Johnathan Williams6-8PFSouthwind (TN)MissouriForward who can handle the ball and make plays for teammates.
58Kendrick Nunn6-2SGSimeon (IL)IllinoisVersatile guard who can play either the 1 or the 2 position.
59Beejay Anya6-9CDeMatha (MD)North Carolina StateHas the tools to become a dominant big man.
60Kendall Stephens6-5SGSt. Charles East (IL)PurduePossesses great length as well as range.
61Luke Fischer6-9CGermantown (WI)IndianaWisconsin POY after doing 21 ppg, 9.4 rpg.
62Malcolm Hill6-6SGBelleville (IL)IllinoisAveraged 25.3 points and 6.1 rebounds.
63Marc Loving6-8SFSaint John’s (OH)Ohio StateMr. Basketball for Ohio; range beyond perimeter.
64Nick Emery6-2PGLone Peak (UT)BYUA natural scorer with a deadly jumper.
65Kameron Williams6-3SGMount Saint Joseph (MD)Ohio StateLoves to shoot it and can sink in all types of situations.
66Aquille Carr5-7PGPrinceton Day (NJ)OverseasExplosive guard with fearless instincts.
67Stevie Clark5-9PGDouglass (OK)Oklahoma StateJust like Aquille, another under-six feet guard who’s a fearless competitor.
68Reggie Cameron6-7PFHudson Catholic (NJ)GeorgetownDeadly jumper.
69Jimmie Taylor6-10PFGreensboro (AL)AlabamaKnown for his shot-blocking abilities, but can also do damage in the post.
70Karviar Shepherd6-9CPrime Prep (TX)TCUThe paint is where he controls.
71Jordan Bell6-7PFLong Beach Polytechnic (CA)OregonAlthough still raw offensively, he gets it done on the glass and contesting shots.
72John Egbunu6-10CFort Walton Beach (FL)South FloridaDespite visibly talented, loads of upside is what makes him an interesting prospect.
73Kris Jenkins6-5PFGonzaga (MD)VillanovaDC’s Gatorade POY, double-double just about on a nightly basis.
74Tim Quarterman6-5PGJohnson (GA)LSURose is stock and game throughout the last couple of years.
75Allerik Freeman6-3SGFindlay (NV)BaylorMultifaceted wing.