Expanding Rankings Show Depth

Jabari Parker

The class of 2013 is emerging with a lot of talent from top to bottom. With players emerging from all over the country, this is a group that could have a lot of depth and balance throughout.

The expanded rankings of the class of 2013 are now released, and early on this class is showing some good depth. There are some years where identifying prospects with high-major potential at the younger ages is tough, but this group has shown itself to be pretty strong in the early going.

At the top of the list is where the state of Texas flexes its muscle. The Lone Star State is represented with four of the top seven players in the country. While Texas is strong at the top, several other key areas are represented and a lot of talent has emerged all over.

Kids such as Julius Randle, Kuran Iverson, and Chris Thomas emerged as elite level players very early on, but as the summer progressed numerous other prospects began to show themselves.

The state of Illinois has three players represented with Jabari Parker, Tommy Hamilton, and Alex Foster. All three play in the frontcourt and all three have already drawn the eye of numerous college coaches in the Midwest and across the country. Some in Illinois think this trio could be the best to come out of the state in some time.

In Indiana four players managed to make it. Two of them, Collin Hartman and Devin Davis, have already issued their commitment to the Indiana Hoosiers. Another one, Bryson Scott, is a pledge to the Purdue Boilermakers.

Along with those three states, the Carolinas are also a hot spot. Between North Carolina and South Carolina, four players cracked the rankings with the highest being Isaiah Hicks who is a power forward loaded with potential.

Overall the talent seems to be spread out fairly regionally, but in terms of the position groups, it is seen mostly at the wing. At this early age the big guys tend to be slow to develop as evidenced by the fact that only two centers are amongst the top 35 prospects. By contrast, nine shooting guards and nine small forwards made their way into the rankings.

Surely there will be a lot of players to emerge over the course of the next 12 months, and the rankings will no doubt be fluid as much more information is gathered, but so far this is looking like a class that is fairly deep with talent, especially on the wing.

The next step for this class is to find some big guys and point guards to emerge. If that does happen, this group has the potential to be a very good one. Nationally it is a class that can score in bunches. Now some rebounders and floor generals need to show themselves in order to make this group one of the better classes in the past few years.

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