Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.
Nashville, TN (Future150) -- When you start to look at the young players across the country and begin evaluating them on what they project to become at the next level, the 2016 class is one class that is loaded with talent. This is one class that Future150 really likes and we truly believe that it might be one of the best classes from top to bottom over the next several years.
Colorado big man De'Ron Davis takes over the top overall spot in the country. He is a well rounded player who can punish you on the low block with his 6-foot-8 inch frame and 220-pounds of muscle. He has a variety of post moves, and can put the ball on the floor when attacking the rim from the wing. One of his best attributes, though, might just be his ability to knock down jump shots from 15-20 feet on the perimeter.
Checking in at the new #2 spot on the list is dynamic South Carolina point guard Seventh Woods. Talk about electric with elite ball handling skills, Woods has everything you are looking for in an elite point guard. He is an elite athlete who can finish at the rim with the best of them. When we saw him last, at the Peach State Showcase, he dropped 32 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds while having the highlight alley-oop dunk of the tournament, all at the age of 13. Incredible.
Next on the list is the combo guard Josh Langford, who had an impressive showing at the USA Basketball under-16 minicamp this past month. Langford is a big-bodied guard who of late has improved his ball-handling and court vision, as he might be looking at playing the PG position at the college level. At 6-foot-4 and 200- pounds, he can punish you not only by making his teammates better, but he can also flat out shoot the rock.
At #4 on the list is power forward Thon Maker out of Louisiana via Australia. Maker led his team, Dunk Dog, to the AAU National Championship this past summer in Orlando. Harry Giles checks in at #5 via Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Khalea Turner of Louisiana finds himself at #6. Turner is a special blend of power and finess around the rim.
Small Forward VJ King out of St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School (OH) checks in at #7 on the list. He is a big time scorer who is long and athletic and does his best work when knocking down the mid- range jumper. Think Kobe Bryant mold when it comes to this talented wing. The newcomer to the top 10 is shooting guard Mario Kegler out of Jackson, Mississippi. Kegler attended the Future150 camp in Birmingham and put on an absolute show. He is super long and athletic and can knock down shots from anywhere on the floor.
Rounding out the top 10 is Tyus Battle at #9 and Haiti born center Harard Schneider at #10. Battle is a big time scorer who can do it all and Schneider is a super long, 6-foot-10 inch player who can play inside and out. His best attribute might be his ability to run the floor and block shots. Keep a close eye on this Dallas, Texas prospect as he has #1 player type credentials in the future, if he continues to develop his game.
Making their debut in the Future150 National rankings are Houston PG De'Aaron Fox at #19, Arkansas SG Malik Monk at #22, Mobile, Alabama PF Cameron Diggs at #26, Memphis PG Jalen Fisher at #27, Dallas SF Harrison Henderson at #33 and Florida SF Trey Clemons at #48.
For the complete list of the 2016 Future150 National Rankings, click here to read more.
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