As a supplement to Capitol Hoops' class rankings (see link above), Marc Stern and Edgar Walker have teamed up to provide more information about some of the top prospects in each class. For the class of 2013, the top 20 players are broken down with a brief scouting report and recruiting update.
1. BeeJay Anya, Dematha: Anya gets the slight edge over Nate Britt atop our rankings after a strong high school season. The 6’9” center has incredible length (7’4” wingspan) and physical tools, and is quickly putting those tools together to develop into an absolute beast. It seems like every big program in the country is recruiting Anya, as he has offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA, and several other perennial contenders.
2. Nate Britt, Gonzaga: Britt had a tough time during high school season getting going because of injury, but his skill and basketball IQ can never be questioned. It was almost a toss-up between him and Anya for the top spot. Britt committed to North Carolina in November.
3. Aquille Carr, St. Patrick (NJ): A recent transfer to St. Pat’s from Patterson does not take away from the fact that Carr might be the most electrifying high school player in the nation, let alone the DMV. His sensational ball-handling skills and finishing skills around the rim make for mixtape gold and were a huge part of Patterson’s run to a Class 3A state title this year. “The Crime Stopper” is committed to Seton Hall.
4. Stan Robinson, Paul VI: Robinson’s stock continues to rise after a strong high school season where he led WCAC champions Paul VI in points per game. Robinson’s list of offers is in the double digits and includes high-major programs such as Maryland, Marquette, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, and Villanova.
5. Kris Jenkins, Gonzaga: Jenkins is a well-rounded player with a very refined skillset. While Nate Britt was injured, Jenkins’ clutch play carried Gonzaga and earned him WCAC player of the year honors. He has at least eight offers at this point, including Boston College, Clemson, Miami (FL), and Xavier. Ohio State, Georgetown, and Louisville are among schools recently showing interest.
6. Ishmail Wainright, Montrose Christian: Wainright is a physically gifted prospect with great strength and athleticism. A Kansas City native, he will be joining Team Takeover’s 17U squad this summer. Wainright was committed to Missouri and eventually de-committed, but the Tigers are still very much involved with the Montrose Christian forward. Other offers include Baylor, Duke, St. John’s, Syracuse, UCLA, and more.
7. Josh Hart, Sidwell Friends: A big-time scorer, Hart has a very smooth outside shot and great range to his game. Standing about 6’5”, his size can create matchup problems and help him to success on the wing. Hart has a long list of offers which includes Georgetown, George Washington, Marquette, N.C. State, San Diego State, Villanova, and Xavier.
8. Junior Etou, Bishop O’Connell: Etou has recently transferred to O’Connell from Arlington Country Day in Florida, and should instantly be considered one of the top big men in the DMV. At 6’8” and 225 pounds, the Congo native figures to be a force to be reckoned with in the WCAC, and plays AAU with D.C. Assault. Etou’s ESPN profile reports offers from Maryland and West Virginia, while Florida, Missouri, Memphis, Kansas, and UCLA are all reportedly involved as well. Etou recently told CBS that Maryland has been showing the most interest of any program.
9. DeShaun Morman: Called a “mini Shabazz Muhammad” by Findlay Prep head coach Michael Peck, Morman can do it all. The 6'4" lefty strokes the 3, finishes above the rim, and plays tenacious defense. While he could benefit from some additional ball handling work, the Coolidge star is arguably one of the most complete players on the East Coast. UMass has been interested in Morman for a while and could be a real contender, but mid and high-major offers continue to roll in. Apart from the UMass offer, George Washington, Providence, Seton Hall, UNLV, Virginia, and VCU have all extended scholarship offers.
10. Daequan McNeil, Vermont Academy (VT): A Baltimore native and member of the Baltimore Elite AAU squad, McNeil has become a big-time target since enrolling in Vermont Academy. The 6’3” point/combo guard is a tough competitor and can score in bunches. His current offer list consists of UMass, Oklahoma, Providence, Richmond, Rutgers, and VCU.
11. Roddy Peters, Suitland: Peters is a long point guard prospect with major upside. Peters’ 6’4” frame and surprising length makes him a matchup problem and contribute to his overall versatility as a lead guard. He has concrete offers from UMass and St. Joseph’s, and is attracting significant interest from Maryland, Cincinnati, Providence, and Seton Hall. Playing with DC Assault, Peters will continue to get great exposure and a chance to prove himself as a high-major prospect.
12. Jairus Lyles, Dematha: Lyles could be considered the ultimate combo guard prospect; he shows skills necessary to play off the ball or at the point. His play increases in high-pressure situations, and he usually be counted on for big buckets down the stretch of a tight game. Oklahoma State is Lyles’ only offer at this point, but the 6’1” playmaker has caught the eye of many top high-major programs such as Georgetown, Miami (FL), N.C. State, Providence, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, and Wake Forest.
13. Kameron Williams, Mount St. Joseph: Williams is a big-time scorer, and features an exceptional outside shot. The Baltimore Elite standout brought home Baltimore Catholic League POY honors this season, averaging 18 points and four rebounds per game to lead Mount St. Joe’s to the BCL title. Williams currently has nine offers, including Miami (FL), South Florida, VCU, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. Maryland, Georgetown, and Ohio State have also shown interest.
14. Will Ferguson, Herndon: Ferguson, who transferred to Herndon from Bishop O'Connell, is a very quick and able point guard. With great athleticism and a good mid-range game, the 6'3" Virginian may play more of a combo guard role at the college level. At this point, he has offers from George Mason, UMass, Seton Hall, Xavier, St. Joseph's, Rutgers, Miami (FL), Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
15. Daxter Miles, IMG Academy (FL): Miles is another Baltimore Elite player enrolled in an out-of-state prep school. Known as “Dax,” his stock has risen since starting at IMG, and he now has at least three offers from the likes of Colorado State, Drexel, and Miami (FL). A great competitor and tough defender, Miles is a gifted point guard who can both score and dish with the best of them. Expect his recruitment to continue to heat up this summer.
16. Zach Douglass, National Christian Academy: A long 6’8” forward, Douglass is a good face-up option on offense, and a skilled rebounder (he had more than 15 rebounds in five different games during the high school season). Douglass currently holds offers from Delaware, George Mason, Seton Hall, and Towson.
17. Jamel Artis, Vermont Academy (VT): Artis is an aggressive guard who can get to the rim and make a difference on both ends of the floor. Another Baltimore Elite player playing his trade at an out-of-state school, he is considered an excellent passer and apt defender, and has incredible versatility at 6’5”. While Artis does not have any current offers, he has been receiving many high-major looks, with interest coming from Providence, Florida, Pittsburgh, and more.
18. Tevon Saddler, St. Frances: Saddler is a skilled wing prospect who can do his damage by slashing or pulling up for jumpers. At 6’5”, he has good size to play as a guard or forward, and his athleticism will help him succeed in either role. Cornell, Delaware, Duquesne, Loyola (MD), South Florida, and Towson have all offered, with Cincinnati, UMass, Nebraska, and Oregon State all recently showing interest.
19. Nigel Johnson, Broad Run: The top scorer in the entire DMV averaged 29.5 points per game this year for Broad Run. An offensive superstar with great range on his jumper, Johnson is also a very active and eager defender. A starter for DC Assault, he is a combo guard who can score as a two and has the court vision and playmaking skills to be a lead guard. Johnson will bring immediate help to a mid-major with his uncanny ability to score the ball. Right now, he holds offers from American, Bucknell, Cornell and Holy Cross, but more and more coaches are starting to take notice of Johnson’s talent, and a big summer on the AAU circuit will help the 6’0” guard’s recruitment take off.
20. Nick Griffin, Magruder: Arguably the top outside shooter in the DMV, Griffin was a huge part of Magruder’s run to a 4A state championship this year. After averaging 17 points per game for the Colonels, the 6’2” guard latched on with Team Takeover. On February 7th of this year Griffin hit 10 3-pointers en route to 40 points in a Magruder win. Griffin’s current offer list consists of American, Bucknell, George Washington, Holy Cross, and Mount St. Mary’s.
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