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The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas
by Zachary Lyon, Future150 (1:21 PM CT, Thu December 24, 2015)
Future150 Alum De'Aaron Fox will be very special at Kentucky
Future150 Alum De'Aaron Fox will be very special at Kentucky
Zachary Lyon
Zachary Lyon:

Future150 Regional Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball: NC, SC & VA

Birmingham, AL (Future150) -- Since Christmas is just a day away, Future150 decided to break down the top 12 committed prospects of the 2016 class and what they will be gifting their future college coaches with next season. 

Harry Giles, #1 in top-150, Committed to Duke, Bringing the gift of versatile scoring: Giles is currently rehabing a partially-torn ACL but everyone knows what a healthy Giles can bring to the table. Standing at 6'10 he can do a little bit of everything. From scoring inside, to hitting the three, to being a menace on defense in the paint, Giles is always effective. Once he is 100% healthy he could be the best player in college basketball next season. 

Jayson Tatum, #3 in top-150, Committed to Duke, Bringing the gift of maturity and health: At one point many listed Tatum as the overall #1 prospect in the country. He still has one of the most complete games out of all the prospects in the country which is where his maturity comes into play. Tatum rarely makes mistakes or takes bad shots, he always does what is needed to do to ensure his team gets the win. His health (for now at least) is another gift as he may have to shoulder a ton of the load for Duke assuming Grayson Allenand Brandon Ingram leave for the NBA Draft along with the losses of Marshall Plumlee, and Amile Jefferson to graduation. Not only that but there is no certainty that Harry Giles will have the green light to play with no restrictions once the 2016-17 season begins. 

De'Aaron Fox, #5 in top-150, Committed to Kentucky, Bringing the gift of a special floor general: Fox isn't the number one point guard in the country for no reason. The Future150 alum has such a special skill set as he has through the roof athleticism, great length, rebounding, and the ability to put the ball in the basket whether he's doing it himself or he's assisting one of his teammates. Expect Fox to put up some pretty gaudy numbers as Calapari's lead man, and heavily be in the conversation for National Freshman of the Year and the Bob Cousy Award. 

Malik Monk, #6 in top-150, Committed to Kentucky, Bringing the gift of natural scoring abilities: Malik Monk will be the second head of the two headed monster in the backcourt at Kentucky next season. Paired with De'Aaron Fox, Monk should excel in the PPG category not only because of Fox's elite court vision, but Fox will demand just as much attention on offense as anyone else which could leave Monk open for plenty of jumpers all over the floor. If you leave Monk open anywhere he is very likely going to hit nothing but nylon. Not only does Monk excel off of catch and shoot but he may be even better getting his own shot off the dribble. His gift that he brings John Calapari could lead to him being the toughest one on one player to guard in college basketball next season. 

Dennis Smith Jr., #7 in top-150, Committed to NC State, Bringing the gift of electric, explosive entertainment: The Wolfpack faithful had to be ecstatic when they knew Smith would be playing his college basketball in Raleigh, NC. Not only will he be an immediate impact player, but a player of Smith's caliber is  good for Mark Gottfried and the program. Smith could turn out to be one of the program's best players in college and the pro's since Spud Webb. He may be the most athletic point guard in the class, and can take over a game in heartbeat by scoring in bunches and locking his man down on defense. It's safe to say people will be watching a lot more Wolfpack basketball to see Dennis Smith Jr.

Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, #8 in top-150, Committed to Kentucky, Bringing the gift of college ready strength and skill set: Adebayo has continued to develop his game well into his senior season and his stock continues to rise. Assuming Skal Labissiere is heading for the draft along with losing Alex Poythress to graduation, Bam should have plenty of room to reign terror against opposing frontcourts. Not to mention the Wildcats could/will still have Derek Willis, Isaac Humphries, and Marcus LeeAdebayo may be the strongest and most naturally skilled post player from day one once he steps foot on campus next year. 

Miles Bridges, #9 in top-150, Committed to Michigan State, Bringing the gift of a super star replacement for Denzel Valentine: When you lose a super special player like Denzel Valentine you can only hope that the replacement can be half as good. For now this replacement will be Bridges. Bridges may not be as mature, or have the court vision that Valentine does, but he can score, rebound, and defend at an extremely efficient rate. Like Valentine, Bridges has a perfect body to be a versatile wing at the college level. While Bridges is about two inches taller at 6'7, he will still probably play the two, three, and even the four at times. If Josh Jackson decides to bring his talents to East Lansing then Bridges would get more minutes at his natural position of SF. Either way Spartan fans have to be happy that they have a sure fire prospect headed their way to help ease the pain of losing a player of Valentine's caliber. 

Terrance Ferguson, #10 in top-150, Committed to Alabama, Bringing the gift of a top ten prospect: When we hear about top ten prospects committing to Alabama it always seems to be Nick Saban getting the big time football players to come play at Tuscaloosa. Not so fast! Avery Johnson has scored big early on in his tenure with Alabama by reeling in one of the most athletic and naturally gifted guards in all of the 2016 class. Ferguson will almost certainly bring more national attention to the Alabama Basketball program and will play a big part in what could be a big time season that could end with a deep run into the NCAA tournament in March. 

Lonzo Ball, #11 in top-150, Committed to UCLA, Bringing the gift of even MORE talent in the backcourt: Ball could be the prospect that lifts UCLA over the hump next year, and gets them back to national elite status. Adding Ball to the backcourt crop of Aaron Holiday, Prince Ali, and Isaac Hamilton is a gift within itself. Not to mention that sharpshooting Bryce Alford could be back next year as well. Ball is a very good decision maker, and scores with ease. He should put up some pretty gaudy numbers his freshman year, especially when you consider the backcourt talent that will be surrounding him. Ball may help gift Coach Steve Alford with what could be his most successful season as the Bruins Head Coach in the 2016-17 season. 

Markelle Fultz, #12 in top-150, Committed to Washington,  Bringing the gift of a potential lottery pick: Not only does Fultz come in to Washington with immense potential and expectations, he comes in as a huge victory for the Huskies coaching staff as Fultz signed with Washington over schools like Arizona, Kansas, and North Carolina. He is arguably the best commit Washington has recieved over the past ten years, qualifying with players like Terrence Ross, Tony Wroten, and Nigel Williams-Goss. Fultz will bring an electric scoring prowess that will be very welcomed into a program that has struggled recently and hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since the 2010-11 season. Expect Fultz to help this program immediately, and bring some immediate success before departing for the NBA. 

Frank Jackson, #14 in top-150, Committed to Duke, Bringing the gift of much needed point guard talent and depth: Even though Duke has secured two of the top five players in the country with Harry Giles, and Jayson Tatum, Jackson could be just as important to Duke as those two. Jackson will bring a wonderful gift to Coach K as he may be the most athletically gifted PG that Duke has had since Jay Wiliams. Not only that but Duke is hurting for a lead man bad as their only current true point man is Derryck Thorntonwho is really supposed to be playing his senior year in high school right now. Not to knock on Thornton, but he doesn't look quite ready for the NBA yet and should be back in Durham for at least another year. This will allow to Jackson to not take on as much pressure as Thornton has done this season, and will also allow him to play off the ball as well. 

Wenyen Gabriel, #15 in top-150, Committed to Kentucky, Bringing the gift of immense potential and versatility: Other than Future150 Alum De'Aaron Fox, Gabriel is my favorite prospect heading to Lexington next season. The reason being is I don't think many realize that he was quite a late blooming prospect and there is no telling how much better he may continue to get between now and next October. Right now Gabriel is an extremely versatile forward that can play inside and out with the best of them. He possesses a pretty quick first step for someone who is 6'10, and is a beast on the boards and swatting shots away. Call me crazy but if he can beef up a little bit more and continue to perfect his jump shot, he looks to be a Brandon Ingram type player with a Kevin Durant ceiling. 

Happy Holidays to everyone and thank you for your continued support of Future150!


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