With the high school season set to kick into gear over the next few weeks, what better time to release new 2011 rankings?
There wasn’t much movement at the top of the list. in fact the first three spots stayed the same as the previous batch with Anthony Davis, Quincy Miller and Austin Rivers checking in at one, two and three.
Davis, a 6-foot-9 versatile Kentucky signee, took the top spot because of his unique blend of size, length, mobility, athleticism and skill. He didn’t emerge on the scene until May, but he hasn’t wasted much time affecting the high school basketball world.
Miller and Rivers weren’t too far behind Davis.
In fact, it was a tough call between the three. Miller, of High Point (N.C.) Westchester Academy, is a 6-foot-9 hybrid forward that ranks among the top scorers in the class.
Rivers, who will head to Duke next season, is the top guard in the class. He has an advanced skill set and is the owner of one of the best jump shots in high school basketball.
Michael Gilchrist, a Kentucky signee, checked in at No. 4. The 6-foot-6 high-energy wing does a little bit of everything and seems to always be in attack mode on the offensive end.
The biggest mover in the top 10 was LeBryan Nash, who jumped from No. 11 to No. 5. Nash, a 6-foot-6 strongly built wing headed to Oklahoma State, is a high-level athlete that can score at the rim and from long range.
Marquis Teague, James McAdoo, Brad Beal, Adonis Thomas and Khem Birch close out the top 10. Birch is a newcomer to the list, as he moved from the 2012 class to the 2011.
Otto Porter, a 6-foot-9 combo forward out of Sikeston (Mo.) Scott County Central, made the biggest move in the rankings. Porter went from unrated to No. 49 in the country and No. 14 at the small forward spot.
An uncommitted prospect, Porter is a big wing forward that shoots the ball well especially from mid-range, but is also a terrific rebounder and a prospect that moves fluidly for a guy his size.
Another big mover was Sir’Dominic Pointer, who jumped over 40 spots up to No. 40. Pointer. The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy standout continues to get better and he’s a major athlete that attacks the basket relentlessly, but also ranks as one of the better defenders in the country.
Mississippi State signee Rodney Hood was also among the big movers, as he jumped from No. 49 to five-star status at No. 24. A 6-foot-7 wing guard, Hood has an impressive scoring package and is a guy that gets better every time out.
Other newcomers to the new 2011 rankings are Durand Johnson, Robert Brown, Juan Anderson, Jerome Seagears, Kedren Johnson, Aaron Ross and Andre Hollins.