The high school class of 2016 has lived up to the reputation that many established early on as one of the best in recent memory. However, there are a new group of players emerging in high school basketball that aren’t too far behind in the class of 2017.
Everything starts and ends with 6’10 DeAndre Ayton. The San Diego product is outstanding running the floor and owns a skill set unlike any big man in the class. Houston’s Jarred Vanderbilt checks in at #2. The top wing in 2017 already stands 6’6 and the lefty has a versatile game that allows him to play point forward. 6’8 man-child Cody Riley is up next and while he missed his entire 8th grade season with a torn ACL, he was still able to lead California Basketball Club to an AAU National Championship. Perimeter players Michael Porter and Jalek Felton round out the top five. Porter comes from a strong basketball family and has a game reminiscent of 2016’s Jayson Tatum. Felton, who is the nephew of Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, is an explosive guard who can legitimately play both positions in the back court.
The back half of the top five is filled with a number of players with elite size. 6’9 Jeremiah Tillman blends super length with an intriguing skill set. 6’6 wing DJ Harvey already has two years of varsity basketball under his belt and will be making the move to DeMatha Catholic for his high school career. Posts Wendell Carter and Austin Wiley both have intriguing skill sets for young big men. Cody Riley’s AAU and high school teammate, 6’8 Ira Lee, rounds out the top 10. Lee is an athletic post who runs the floor exceptionally well and whose best days of basketball are certainly ahead of him.
The class of 2017 has yet to play a game of high school basketball yet, but these are ten names that you’ll be hearing from in the near future.