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2015 National Rankings Update
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (12:59 AM CT, Sat January 24, 2015)
2015 SF Ben Simmons, C Tyler Davis, SG Malachi Richardson
2015 SF Ben Simmons, C Tyler Davis, SG Malachi Richardson
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (Future150) -- Ben Simmons formally and Antonio Blakeney verbally committing to the LSU Tigers easily ranks as the top story of the Class of 2015.

Not since Louisiana-native Tasimin Mitchell ('05) signed with the local team has a more justifiably hyped player signed to the Bayou Bengals' basketball team.  And while it may be a singular season spent with LSU, Simmons immediate impact could easily rival the then young, thinnish Shaquille O'Neal.

Mitchell was the local superstar staying home and Simmons has connections too.  Simmons' father, Dave has been friends with LSU Associate Head Coach David Patrick since Patrick was a teenager.

Patrick is actually the godfather of Ben Simmons, so his influence was critical to LSU signing the versatile Australian.

The best player in the Class of 2015, Simmons selected LSU over Kentucky, Florida, and Kansas. 

Kentucky has a commitment from Skal Labissiere (Future150 #4), but is working hard to add another top ten player in Malik Newman.  The Wildcats are also after Ivan Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman, and Jaylen Brown. 

Unsigned

Class of 2015 players are entering the stretch run.  With only a month and change left in their high school careers, each skilled senior has already achieved much. 

Uncertainty still hangs in the air for the top batch of athletes.

Only three of the Future150 top ten players have signed with a college basketball program.  Simmons, Labissiere, and Chase Jeter have made the pick.  Many, many elite prospects remain open to recruiters.

Major movers

Louisville's Deng Adel moved up mightily to #37.  His potential is starting to be fully realized already.

Tyler Davis (Texas A&M) moved up to #24 in the nation. Kerwin Roach Jr. (Texas) now resides in the top #40 with his #40 ranking.  Floridian Ted Kapita (Undecided) ranks #63 in the country.  He truly earned it with nights like his 36 and 19. 

Syracuse commit, Malachi Richardson (#18) is finally nearing his graduation.  He has been a dominating force on the EYBL scene for what feels like five years.  In truth, he just was playing against the older peers. 

Shake Milton, who picked SMU over Indiana, will be #83 with a chance to climb even higher.  He scored 30 points earlier this week.

Originally from Milwaukee, Trae Jefferson climbed to #59 overall.  The unsigned diminutive dynamo can do everything on the offensive end.

Debutantes

Power forward Chris Silva ducked in at #137.  He will play college basketball at South Carolina, where he will undoubtedly smash on some unsuspecting defenders.

Playing with Oak Hill Academy has improved the game of Josh Reaves, the 139th best player.  Today he makes his Future150 debut.  Next fall he will run with Penn State. 

The senior class has an unusual amount of uncommitted players.  In addition to the wild playoff season we will be blessed with a eventful late signing period.

The complete Future150.

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