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Updated 2018 National Rankings: Bagley Still King
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (11:16 AM CT, Wed May 21, 2014)
2018 Marvin Bagley Jr. is still the #1 player in the country
2018 Marvin Bagley Jr. is still the #1 player in the country
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Nashville, TN (Future150) -- With AAU season just about halfway over, it’s time for Future150 to unveil our updated rankings for the 2018 class. Several top prospects made strides over the past nine months, and our staff took notice. With the prestigious Primetime Super 60 Tournament taking place this weekend in New Orleans, several prospects will have a reputation to defend. Here are how the eighth grade prospects stack up against one another in our updated rankings:

The more things change, the more things stay the same, and that is the case with Marvin Bagley remaining the #1 prospect nationally. The 6-foot-9 power forward has all the tools to become a high profile high school prospect and beyond.  He can play multiple positions on the floor and can do a little bit of everything on the floor. He is a big time finisher around the rim and can stretch the defense with his shooting ability. Look for him to continue to hold onto the top spot for the foreseeable future.

Checking in at #2 is 6-foot-9 power forward Jordan Brown of California, whose game and frame continually to evolve and improve. Moving up one spot to #3 is combo guard Jamie Lewis, an Atlanta, Georgia product. The 6-foot-1 prospect has spent the first half of AAU season testing his mettle against 17U competition, and has been holding his own.

Sitting at #4 is Atlanta Celtics forward E.J. Montgomery. The 6-foot-10 Florida native has the upside and ability to unseat Bagley as the top prospect in the class eventually, but will he do it? Rounding out the top five is New Jersey power forward Naz Reid. The 6-foot-8 post is a physical specimen who has the explosive athleticism and muscular frame that translates to the high school level. He has been dominating the AAU scene for a few years now, and we expect that to continue once he reaches the high school level.

A fast rising prospect sits at #6 in power forward D.J. Williams-Weaver. The 6’7” post is getting playing time at the 17U level, playing for the Houston based Franchize All-Stars. He is another kid with tools to stretch defenses and eventually become a small forward. At #7, point guard Javonte Smart checks in. The 6-foot-3 lead guard has the best court vision that we have seen in the 2018 class, and is as smooth as they come on the floor.

A relative unknown prospect rounds out our top 10 in Mississippi native Robert Woodard. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has the skill set to play anywhere from the point guard to power forward positions on the floor, and right now he is head and shoulders above other kids in the Southeast. Look for his stock to continue to rise now that the secret is out on him. His dad played at Mississippi State and the blood lines are thick.

For the updated and complete list of the top 75 prospects in the 2018 class, Click Here.


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