SLAM Fresh 25 – 2013
Truly a group of super sophomores.
The Class of 2013 has the potential to be one of THOSE classes. Ranking just 25 guys in this class was as hard for me as deciding which pair of Jordan Is to get when they released two colorways on the same day when I was in high school.
If you’re looking for big men, you’re straight. Guards who can fill it up? Plenty. Swingmen who can play multiple positions? How many you want?
The 2013 class lost Rodney Purvis to bumping up a grade, but still remains the strongest of all of the high schoolers. Dallas’ Julius Randle is still holding it down as No. 1, though Jabari Parker and Nerlens Noel had strong pushes for the crown.
|1||Julius Randle||6-8||PF||Prestonwood (TX)||Inside-out forward with a man’s body.|
|2||Jabari Parker||6-7||SF||Simeon (IL)||Plays all five positions for Simeon and reminds many of a young Paul Pierce.|
|3||Nerlens Noel||6-10||C||Tilton (NH)||Best shot blocker in all of high school basketball with an improving offensive game.|
|4||Chris Thomas||6-5||SG/PG||Westwind Prep (AZ)||Freak athlete who is straight oozing with raw talent.|
|5||Andrew Harrison||6-5||PG||Fort Bend Travis (TX)||Big, physical guard who can really put points on the board and has great vision.|
|6||Chris Walker||6-9||SF/PF||Holmes County HS (FL)||Do-it-all big man with outstanding potential.|
|7||Aaron Gordon||6-7||PF||Archbishop Mitty (CA)||Physically mature sophomore is an explosive athlete with improving perimeter skills.|
|8||Keith Frazier||6-4||SG||Irving (TX)||Skinny 2 guard has an unstoppable pull-up J.|
|9||Troy Williams||6-5||SF||Phoebus (VA)||Outstanding athlete with a really impressive slash game to add.|
|10||Kuran Iverson||6-9||SF||Northwest Catholic (CT)||Size of a big man with the skills of a guard.|
|11||Tommy Hamilton||6-9||PF/C||Whitney Young (IL)||Thomas Hamilton’s son is a beast on the blocks and can shoot it from beyond the arc.|
|12||Austin Colbert||6-9||PF||St. Patrick’s (NJ)||Lanky, athletic power forward who can score facing the basket.|
|13||Johnathan Williams||6-8||SF||Southwind (TN)||Big time lefty is already adept at playing on the perimeter full time and can be a nightmare to defend.|
|14||Aaron Harrison||6-5||SG||Fort Bend Travis (TX)||Powerful 2-guard with an advanced skill set.|
|15||Malik Price-Martin||6-8||SF/PF||Monsignor Pace (FL)||Face-up forward with great length and versatility.|
|16||Issac Hamilton||6-4||SG||Crenshaw (CA)||Jordan’s little brother has a chance to be joining his bro in the League when it’s all said and done.|
|17||Isaiah Hicks||6-8||PF||Body of Christ (NC)||Big time athlete who can runs the floor like a gazelle.|
|18||Marc Loving||6-8||SF||Toledo St. John’s (OH)||Ohio State recruit has a vastly advanced skill set for being a big perimeter player.|
|19||Rondae Jefferson||6-6||SF||Chester (PA)||Skilled wing seemingly gets it done every game he plays in.|
|20||Matt Jones||6-4||SG||DeSoto (TX)||Lights out shooter with extremely deceptive athleticism.|
|21||Kasey Hill||6-0||PG||Montverde Academy (FL)||Electric point guard who will dunk on you at the blink of an eye.|
|22||Anthony Barber||6-2||PG||Hampton HS (VA)||Explosive playmaker who had as strong a spring as anyone.|
|23||Nate Britt||6-2||PG||Gonzaga College (DC)||Heady point guard who is already a general out on the court.|
|24||Jabari Bird||6-5||SG||Salesian (CA)||Athletic 2-guard who has improved leaps and bounds over the last year.|
|25||Anton Gill||6-3||SG||Ravenscroft (NC)||Lefty scorer who can get buckets with the best of them.|