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2017 Rankings Update: Wendell Carter Jr. Rising
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (2:22 PM CT, Thu June 5, 2014)
Atlanta PF Wendell Carter Jr. makes the jump to #2 in 2017.
Atlanta PF Wendell Carter Jr. makes the jump to #2 in 2017.
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Nashville, TN (Future150) -- After spending the spring on the road traveling to national events all over the country, as well as holding AAU tournaments of our own, it's time for us to update our Class of 2017 Top 100.

There was a ton of movement at the top, but one familiar name slid back into his familiar #1 spot, Cody RileyThe 6-foot-8 forward spent the spring playing in the competitive 17U Nike EYBL circuit with Cal Supreme. Not only did the strong lefty compete, but he stood out with a number of big performances. His game continues to grow as he's now working on his perimeter skills, which is making him a valuable small forward.

Moving into the #2 spot is Atlanta power forward prospect Wendell Carter Jr. The 6-foot-9 big man is as skilled and agile as a post prospect can be at this stage in their development. While he already possesses skills beyond his years, the scary part is that he still has room to grow all over the board. To this point, his progress is impressive.

Missouri shooting guard Michael Porter lands at #3 in the latest rankings. The smooth wing has excellent skills and has been a consistent force over the past year due to his high IQ, size & length.

Lone Star (TX) forward P.J. Washington moves all the way back up to #4 after a huge freshman season and a big spring circuit playing 17U with Team Penny in the EYBL. While he is still a power forward right now, his small forward skills are beginning to come around, and it's making him very hard to stop on the floor.

Next in line in absolutely loaded Houston, Texas is wing prospect Jarred Vanderbilt of Victory Prep (TX). Checking in at #5, he is another long and athletic forward at at 6-foot-7, he has proved his worth playing 17U EYBL basketball for the hometown Houston Hoops. He's an extremely smooth wing with a lot of room to grow.

Zach Brown is the #1 rated center in the class, and the #6 overall prospect. The Miami Beach (FL) 7-foot-1 post is a mammoth shot-blocker and space-eater on the interior with excellent touch around the rim. Coming in at #7 is Jonesboro (GA) shooting guard M.J. WalkerThe 6-foot-5 wing has a game built on strength and explosion, and led his high school team to a state championship as a freshman.

Troy Brown oozes upside at #8. The 6-foot-5 point guard hailing from Las Vegas Centennial (NV) has all the tools to develop into an elite lead guard, and his spring showing has confirmed our initial thoughts on him. Maybe the best scorer at the top of the class is White Plains (NY) wing Jordan Tucker. The #9 prospect has come on strong over the past several months and could continue to rise by the end of the summer. 

Jalek Felton grabs the #10 spot in the updated rankings. The 6-foot-3 combo guard is a smooth scorer who also has excellent court vision and finishing ability around the rim. As the Mullins (SC) guard gets stronger, he will become an even more dominant force.

Rising In The Rankings:

Alabama wing John Petty (#26), Baltimore St. Frances (MD) forward Melo Eggleston (#27), & Winter Park (FL) SF Wyatt Wilkes (#60).

Petty is a skilled 6-foot-5 wing whose stock is rising due to his consistency from the perimeter this spring playing with a loaded Southeast Elite 16U team.

The 6-foot-7 Eggleston looks like the next star to hail from Baltimore. He is a smooth forward who is athletic and skilled from the wing. Right now, he is at his best when being active around the rim and playing in transition.

A coach's son, the 6-foot-5 Wilkes is continuing to hone his skills and had a big freshman season at Winter Park (FL). Look for him to have a big July on the circuit. 

New To The Rankings:

Texas shooting guard Victor Bailey makes an initial splash at #17. The 6-foot-4 wing is a born scorer who can get hot from the perimeter at any moment.

Team Charlotte has been a big surprise on the 17U Under Armour circuit this spring, and one reason why has been the play of shooting guard Ty-Shon Alexander, who makes his debut at #39 in the rankings. The 6-foot-3 wing is a confident shooter and slasher who isn't afraid to take the big shot.

Veterans (GA) small forward Josh Linder had a monstrous spring playing with the Atlanta Xpress. The 6-foot-7 wing can do a little bit of everything on the floor, and once he gains upper body strength, he will become a monster.

McArthur (FL) shooting guard Terrell Turner is about to become a household name outside of Florida, and he checks in at #42. The smooth wing is another scorer in the class who has great size at 6-foot-4. 


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