SLAM Fresh 25-2014
Approaching on the horizon.
by Franklyn Calle / @FrankieC7
After introducing SLAMonline’s final ranking for the Class of 2012 last week, and our latest ranking for the Class of 2013 yesterday, we’ll wrap up today updating the list of the top-25 players in the Class of 2014.
Canada’s own Andrew Wiggins remains in the top spot after continuing to demonstrate his dominance on the prep scene—having been named the West Virginia state Gatorade Player of the Year, where at Huntington Prep he averaged 24.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.7 blocks. He also led the World Team past a Shabazz Muhammad-led USA team at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit, scoring a team-high 20 points to go along with 7 rebounds.
But this class goes beyond Wiggins and dominant big man Jahlil Okafor. There are many other players listed below who are arguably the best players in their respective states. After all, Wiggins wasn’t the only sophomore who was awarded state Player of the Year this spring. Tyus Jones and Joel Berry also won Player of the Year accolades for Minnesota and Florida, respectively.
Overall, you can’t help but get excited when seeing just how talented these young ballers are and the potential for them to take their game one step further.
Check out the full rankings below.
|1||Andrew Wiggins||6-7||SF||Huntington (WV)||Athletic wing who can flourish in the 2, 3 or 4 spot.|
|2||Jahlil Okafor||6-9||C||Whitney Young (IL)||Great job using his strength to dominate the post and the boards.|
|3||Noah Vonleh||6-8||PF||New Hampton (NH)||A mix of speed, power and ability to play out on the perimeter.|
|4||Tyus Jones||6-0||PG||Apple Valley (MN)||A true point guard who can score in bunches.|
|5||Dakari Johnson||6-10||C||Montverde (FL)||Strong big man with lots of upside.|
|6||Emmanuel Mudiay||6-4||PG||Grace (TX)||An expert at slashing to the hole.|
|7||Trey Lyles||6-8||PF||Arsenal Technical (IN)||The Indiana-commit is dominant in the post, but can also face the basket, put the ball on the floor, and knock down mid-rangers.|
|8||Wayne Selden||6-5||SG||Tilton (NH)||Constantly in attack mode, Wayne is tough to contain.|
|9||Cliff Alexander||6-9||C||Curie (IL)||Gets it done on the post and boards, as well as on defense.|
|10||Jaquan Lyle||6-4||PG||Benjamin Bosse (IN)||Can play either guard position with his ability to create for others, as well as his own shot.|
|11||Justise Wislow||6-6||SF||St. John’s (TX)||Explosive lefty wing who can get to the rim or sink it from distance.|
|12||Justin Jackson||6-6||SF||Homeschool Christian (TX)||Great shooter, whether it is mid-range or out on the perimeter.|
|13||Trayvon Reed||6-10||C||Shiloh (GA)||Promising post talent.|
|14||Chris McCullough||6-8||PF||Salisbury (CT)||Athletic forward who uses his agility and speed to do damage at the rim.|
|15||Theo Pinson||6-5||SF||Wesleyan Christian (NC)||Pure scorer who can put up points in all types of ways.|
|16||Kevon Looney||6-8||SF||Hamilton (WI)||A threat not only in the paint but also extending out to mid-range.|
|17||D’Angelo Russell||6-3||SG||Montverde (FL)||A natural scorer who has some point guard skills in him.|
|18||Jalen Lindsey||6-6||SF||Christ Presbyterian (TN)||Athletic prospect who can turn heads in transition, but also owns a respectable jumper.|
|19||Joel Berry||6-1||PG||Lake Highland (FL)||Impressive floor general skills.|
|20||Dwayne Morgan||6-7||F||Baltimore City (MD)||Plays either forward position well.|
|21||Daniel Hamilton||6-7||SG/SF||St. John Bosco (CA)||Wing with multifaceted repertoire.|
|22||Parker Jackson-Cartwright||5-7||PG||Loyola (CA)||Despite the height, his lightning quick pace makes it hard for opponents to hold him.|
|23||Quentin Snider||6-1||PG||Ballard (KY)||This Louisville-commit is an ideal floor leader who can also score.|
|24||Devin Booker||6-4||SG||Moss Point (MS)||Can light up the board, especially from behind the arc.|
|25||Leron Black||6-7||PF||White Station (TN)||Very athletic, with the ability to get to the rim but also knock it down from about mid-range.|