Thursday, June 2, 2011

Updated! Class of 2014 Rankings

Here is an updated look at the top prospects in Class of 2014. This class is shaping up to be another great one for the state of Indiana. Trey Lyles is #8 in the country according to the most recent ESPN rankings, and Jaquan Lyle is #12. Bluiett and Blackmon are also nationally renowned prospects.

Updated August 24, 2011

1. Trey Lyles: 6'8'' Power Forward, Indianapolis Tech H.S.
Committed: Indiana University
Lyles is very versatile and plays with a high basketball IQ for a player of his age. He has a very good inside game and shoots the ball very well from the outside as well. Just a great all-around player, especially for just a sophomore. He is without a doubt one of the top prospects in the nation.
2. Jaquan Lyle: 6'4'' Shooting Guard, Evansville Bosse H.S.
Offers From: Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Xavier, Michigan State
Interest From: Ohio State, West Virginia
Very good size and is a great ball handler and passer which gives him the ability to play the point as well as off the ball. He is an okay shooter, but needs to improve in that aspect of his game. I like him more as a point guard right now actually. I got to see a lot of him at the Adidas Invitational and Best of the Midwest this summer and he impressed me each and every time. Very smooth all-around player and is also a top prospect nationwide.
3. Trevon Bluiett: 6'5'' Shooting Guard, Park Tudor H.S.
Offers From: Indiana, Virginia, Purdue, Xavier, IUPUI
Considering: Texas, Marquette, Butler, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Florida State, Arizona
Bluiett is a great offensive player. He is a very good outside shooter, both off the dribble and catch-and-shoot. Just a pure all-around scorer who could easily give you 15-20 points a night. I was very impressed with the way he handled the ball this July, evening showcasing the ability to run the point when needed. He has good size which lets him play many positions, but his lack of superior quickness makes him a bit of a liability on the defensive end.
4. James Blackmon Jr.: 6'2'' Shooting Guard, Fort Wayne Luers H.S.
Committed: Indiana University
Good shooter and is an all-around great scorer. He handles the ball well which allows him to create his own shot with ease. Pretty good athlete and is quick with the ball, he finds ways to score in almost any situation. In some games that I saw during the this summer he struggled to get into a rhythm, but then other times he got on a roll and could rattle off 10 points in no time. I expect him to continue to develop into an exceptional player.
5. Perry Poindexter: 6'7'' Small Forward, North Central H.S.
Offers From:
Interest From: Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Xavier, Michigan, Butler
I have got to see him quite a bit this summer and it is easy to see why college coaches are interested in this prospect. He is very long (7'2'' wingspan) which allows him to block lots of shots and rebound. His offensive game is starting to develop, I saw him hit a few mid-range jumpers and can finish down low in the paint. Has the tools to be one of the top players in his class, but is still a little raw.
6. Sean Sellers: 6'5'' Shooting Guard, Greensburg H.S.
Offers From:
Interest From: New Mexico, Butler, Michigan, Purdue
Great all-around offensive player. He has good size for a wing player and is one of the best shooters in his class. Sellers can also attack the basket off the dribble and can rebound pretty well. Just needs to work hard to add some muscle and he will take his game to the next level. Saw him score 28 points in a game at Best of the Midwest.
7. Tyler Wideman: 6'8'' Center, Lake Central H.S.
Offers From: Purdue
Interest From: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern
Wideman has a great body, he is both tall and thick which allows him to simply over power defenders. He has very good hands and footwork around the basket, finishes around the rim. Also, he grabs quite a few rebounds using is large frame. I was impressed with the way he moved at the Adidas Invitational, good athlete for such a big kid. Will be a force along with Glenn Robinson III for Lake Central this coming season.
8. Justin Brent: 6'4'' Shooting Guard, Speedway H.S.
Offers From:
Interest From: Indiana, Purdue, Georgetown, Xavier, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Dayton, Detroit, Wright State
Having played Point Guard for most of the school season, Brent is a very good ball handler which allows him to use his athletic ability and attack the basket off the dribble, similar to Jaquan Lyle in that respect. He is developing a very good mid-range game as well. I really like his upside and expect some high-major offers to come before too long.
9. Jaraan Lands: 6'5'' Small Forward, Brownsburg H.S.
Offers From: Oklahoma State
Interest From: Indiana
He has very good size and strength for his age. I like the way he attacks the basket, he is very good at absorbing contact and getting to the foul line. Jaraan can shoot the ball well from the outside too. Brownsburg should be set for the next few years between Jaraan and 2015 stud K.J. Walton.
10. P.J. Thompson: 5'9'' Point Guard, Brebeuf Jesuit H.S.
Offers From:
Interest From: Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Butler, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Stanford
Right now, he is probably the best pure point guard in the class. He is a very good floor general who seems to always make the right decisions and puts his teammates in good positions to make things happen. Obviously, Thompson is a little undersized but that does not hold him back. Very impressed with his play this summer.
11. Bryant McIntosh: 6'2'' Point Guard, Greensburg H.S.
Offers From:
Interest From: Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Stanford, Indiana State, Tennessee, Michigan State
He has been working hard in the past couple of months on his strength and quickness and it is paying dividends this month. He is a good shooter and is also a solid passer. I was impressed with the way he ran the point at the Best of the Midwest. Also, McIntosh possess's one of the best floaters I have seen, it goes in every time. Really like the way he is developing. I look forward to watching him play alongside Sean Sellers as a Greensburg Pirate this year after spending last season at New Castle.
12. Troy Spears: 6'4'' Shooting Guard, Park Tudor H.S.
Offers From: Evansville, New Mexico
Interest From: Indiana, Michigan, Butler, Stanford
Very good shooter and all-around scorer. I really like watching him move without the ball and come off screens, very good at curling to the basket. Has pretty good size which lets him finish around the basket when he drives. Good defender as well. Played well for Indiana Elite South while playing up a year in the 2013 class. Gets over-shadowed a bit at Park Tudor because of Yogi Ferrell and Trevon Bluiett, but I expect him to be a key piece to their run back to Conseco Fieldhouse.
13. Grant Evans: 6'2'' Shooting Guard, Wapahani H.S.
Offers From: Wright State, Gardner-Webb
Interest From: Ohio State, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Evansville, Belmont, Missouri State, IPFW
Evans is a very good 3-point shooter and also takes the ball to the basket well, gets to the foul line a lot. He looks like a kid who could still grow a few inches, and as he adds some muscle he will become even tougher to stop. I was impressed with how he played against some good competition at the Top 100 workout.
14. Jeremie Tyler: 6'1'' Point Guard, Indianapolis Tech H.S.
Offers From:
Interest From: Xavier, Wright State, Indiana State, Evansville
Great quickness and is a very solid ball handler. He shoots the ball well from the outside as well. Had a chance to see him a couple times this summer and he has the potential to be one of the best catch-and-shoot guys in the state. Would like to see him get in the weight room and add some strength. He has good length and is a lock-down defender. Offers a great 1-2 punch for Tech with teammate Trey Lyles, they should be very solid for the next 3 seasons.
15. Kendall Rollins: 6'6'' Small Forward, Pike H.S.
Offers From:
Interest From: Purdue, Wright State, Indiana, Detroit, Tulane, IUPUI, IPFW, Indiana State, Depaul
Very good size and athletic. A great overall talent, Rollins may shoot up the rankings as he develops. He can shoot from the outside and rebounds pretty well. I look for him to have a breakout season this winter for Pike as he will have to take over a bigger role with the loss of Marquis Teague.
16. Ernie Duncan: 6'2'' Point Guard, Evansville Harrison H.S.
Offers From: Evansville, Southern Illinois
Interest From: Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Indiana State, Butler, Michigan, Ohio State, Clemson
He handles the ball well and has a pretty strong body for a Sophomore. He doesn't overwhelm you athletically, but he is a very solid player on both ends of the floor. Rebounds well from the guard spot.
17. Taylor Persons: 6'0'' Point Guard, Kokomo H.S.
Offers From:
Interest From: Purdue, Butler, Indiana, Indiana State, Loyola
I had never seen him before this summer, and I had the chance to see him 3 times at the Best of the Midwest. He plays very hard and is really strong for his age. Solid ball handler and passer, looks to attack the basket off the dribble and can finish through contact. Each time I watched him he would end up with 12-16 points. A little undersize and not an overwhelming athlete, but very solid and gets the job done.
18. Aaron Brennan: 6'6'' Power Forward, Guerin Catholic H.S.
Offers From:
Interest From: Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State
Have not gotten a chance to see him yet so he may deserve to be higher in the rankings than what I have him at. I will be making an effort to see him play very soon. I have heard great things about him, and with some of the schools inquiring about him I have to assume he is very, very good.
19. Mark Mercer: 6'8'' Power Forward, Plymouth H.S.
Offers From:
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I first saw him for just a couple of minutes down at the Kentucky Hoop Fest, was impressed, and wrote his name down. Then I saw him again at the Top 100 and he blew me away. Anytime now this guy is going to blow up, he is a definite DI prospect. He has all the offensive skills, can score down low and shoot the ball out to the 3-point line.
20. Tyler Arens: 6'8'' Center, Marion H.S.
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Any time you see this kind of size on a sophomore you have to pay attention. I saw him play for the first time at the Best of the Midwest and he has pretty good strength and looks to be athletic. Good rebounder who can also shoot it from mid-range a little bit. Anxious to see how he improves over the next year.
21. Daeshon Francis: 6'1'' Shooting Guard, Lawrence North H.S.
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Interest From: IUPUI
22. Grant Sims: 6'2'' Shooting Guard, Bloomington North H.S.
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Interest From: Xavier, Butler, Indiana State, Miami (OH), Valpo, Toledo
23. Justin King: 6'5'' Small Forward, Bowman Academy
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24. Saikou Jallow: 6'2'' Point Guard, Bloomington North H.S.
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25. Brad Hunt: 6'9'' Center, Jennings County H.S.
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  1. Grant Sinn: 6'1" Shooting Guard, Fort Wayne Canterbury
    Offers From:
    Interest From: Notre Dame, Drake, Boston Univ, Jacksonville Univ.

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