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Wendell Carter Fends Off Challengers For #1 Spot
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (10:29 AM CT, Tue June 14, 2016)
Carter holds onto the top spot in 2017
Carter holds onto the top spot in 2017
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Birmingham, AL (Future150) -- The summer months are officially upon us, and with that, so are the annual Future150 rankings updates. In just three short weeks, teams of prospects will head back out onto the AAU circuit in search of offers and championships. 

Wendell Carter Fends Off Challengers For #1 Spot

Throughout the spring, there was a battle for the #1 spot in the 2017 rankings between DeAndre Ayton, Mohamed Bamba, Wendell Carter & Tre Duval

Ultimately, at the end of the day, the 6'10" CP3 big man was able to feld off his challengers and continue his grip on the top of the class. Not only does he continue to produce big numbers on the Nike EYBL circuit, but he projects as a dominant big man at both the college level, as well as the pro game.

It should be an interesting summer as competition heats up for the top spot in the rankings once summer turns to fall and prospects begin preparing for their final seasons on the high school hardwood.

Climbing The Ladder:

In this latest update, a handful of players used big springs to launch themselves up the rankings board. Future150 alumnus Collin Sexton (#25) set the Nike EYBL on fire during the regular season, and rose 82 spots en route to picking up his fifth star. Big man Mitchell Robinson (#22), as well as wing forward Brian Bowen (#16) and guards Quade Green (#20) and Charles O'Bannon (#21) vaulted themselves into the five-star category with big springs as well. 

One of the biggest risers nationally was Albany City Rocks wing Anthony Gaines, who rose 58 spots, from 150 to 92 after proving to be one of the most valuable players in the EYBL this season. 

Future150 Products Shining Bright

All in all, this has been a good year for our Future150 alumni base as well, as 22 players who have come through the camps and tournaments over their careers rose in the rankings, with Sexton, Wendell Carter (#1), John Petty (#18) and Trae Young (#9) all holding five-star status. 

Trae Young Seeing Dreams Come True As He Rises Into Top 10

For Trae Young, it all began at Future150 Elite 24 Camp as an 8th grader, where he went from an unknown gunsliger to high-major target. Now, the Norman North (OK) product has his sights set on bigger goals, like a state championship, and coveted accolades such as the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game.

"If only people knew what Future150 did for my career," he went on to say in 2015.

Now sitting inside the top 10 of the latest class rankings, he will battle it out with star point guards Tre Duval & Quade Green for king of the class at their position, something that didn't seem possible only three short years ago.

Along with July, June is also a huge evaluation month, and with NBPA Top 100 Camp set to begin this week, there is still plenty of time for movement before this group begins their senior seasons. Expect the next 2017 update to release sometime after the dust settles on the July live periods.

For the entire list of the updated top 150 prospects in the class of 2017, Click Here.


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