By Jeff Borzello and Alex Schwartz
The time has come to post the final segment of D1 Hoops Report's spring rankings. We have previously released the final 2011 rankings, the final 2011 post-grad rankings, a 2012 list, and a 2013 list. Now it is onto the 2014 crop.
Below you will find the D1 Hoops Report Class of 2013 Spring Top 40, which was compiled by myself, Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com, and Alex Schwartz of Northstar Basketball. For those who do not know, D1 Hoops Report is the name of the college scouting service run by myself and Schwartz and the rankings reflect the consensus views of D1HR.
Due to the youth of these players and how early it is in their high school careers, this first list of 2014 players is not an actual ranking, but rather an alphabetical listing of the foremost 20 players to keep an eye on at this point. Amongst the 20 players are 13 who play one of the wing positions, clearly showing the strength of this class at this early juncture.
Have a look below at 20 players who represent a piece of the future in the world of basketball, the top 20 players in the class of 2014.
Name, Position, Height, High School (State), College
Shaqquan Aaron, SF, 6'5, Mater Dei (CA), uncommitted
Cliff Alexander, C, 6'8, Curie (IL), uncommitted
Leron Black, PF, 6'7, Southwind (TN), uncommitted
James Blackmon, Jr., SG, 6'2, Bishop Luers (IN), Indiana
Shep Garner, SG, 6'2, Roman Catholic (PA), uncommitted
Justin Jackson, SG, 6'5, HCYA (TX), uncommitted
Dakari Johnson, C, 6'9, St. Patrick's (NJ), uncommitted
Stanley Johnson, SF, 6'5, Mater Dei (CA), uncommitted
Tyus Jones, PG, 5'11, Apple Valley (MN), uncommitted
Jalen Lindsey, SF, 6'6, Christ Presbyterian Academy (TN), uncommitted
Trey Lyles, PF, 6'8, Arsenal Technical (IN), Indiana
Emmanuel Mudiay, SG, 6'3, Grace Prep (TX), uncommitted
Jahlil Okafor, PF, 6'8, Whitney Young (IL), uncommitted
Theo Pinson, SG, 6'5, Oak Ridge Military Academy (NC), uncommitted
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, SG, 6'2, Christian Faith Center Academy (NC), uncommitted
Wayne Selden, SF, 6'4, Tilton School (NH), uncommitted
Paul White, SF, 6'7, Whitney Young (IL), uncommitted
Isaiah Whitehead, SG, 6'4, Lincoln (NY), uncommitted
Andrew Wiggins, SF, 6'7, Vaughan Secondary School (CAN), uncommitted
Kevin Zabo, PG, 6'2, St. Mark's (MA), uncommitted
- There are seven shooting guards, six small forwards, three power forwards, two centers, and two point guards on the list.
- There is one player listed who is under 6'0 and none who are over 6'9.
- Just two of the 20 players are committed already and both of them are headed to Indiana.
- Based off where players attend high school, there are 12 different states and one foreign country (Canada) represented on the list. Six states have more than one player mentioned. The 12 states, with their number of representatives, are: Illinois (3), California (2), Indiana (2), North Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (1), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New York (1), and Pennsylvania (1).
- Two high schools have more than one player on the list, as Mater Dei (CA) and Whitney Young (IL) each have two.
- Three of the 20 players on the list are Canadian: Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Zabo.