All spring long Scout.com has been on the road evaluating prospects, and the time came to update and expand the 2012 rankings. As is to be expected with an entire high school season and spring AAU season of new evaluations, there was a lot of discussion on what to do with the new rankings. Here are some of the prospects who generated the most discussion.
It wasn’t easy at the top as Andre Drummond, Isaiah Austin, and Shabazz Muhammad all had some support for the No. 1 spot. In the end the decision was made that Drummond’s upside outweighed the others, but needless to say this was not an easy decision, and not one that was come to without a lot of back and forth.
Two other players in the top 50 that generated a lot of discussion were North Carolina pledge J.P. Tokoto and Villanova commitment Savon Goodman. With Tokoto he has had some up and down performances, and is tough to pin down exactly. He is an elite level athlete with an improving mid-range game, but at the same time also struggles with his ability to handle against pressure and with his motor. There was a major debate as to whether to keep him in the top 50 based on his play, and it came down to the very end.
Also Goodman is virtually the same way. He is a very physically imposing athlete with good strength, but his basketball skills are dragging behind at the moment. Goodman sparks discussion because he can be hit and miss with his productivity. The physical tools are absolutely there with Goodman, but because his skill level doesn’t match, his overall upside is one that was a major discussion.
Another player who was talked about quite a bit was Katin Reinhardt. The future USC Trojan is a very talented player. He makes shots at a high level and can also do some things off the bounce. However shot selection and feel for the game were concerns, and the people who had seen him had some differing opinions on exactly what to do with him as a prospect.
Then there is the case of Stefan Jankovic. Jankovic is a unique player. He is 6-foot-10 and can really shoot the ball, but also isn't exactly known as someone who welcomes contact. That lack of physicality really was a concern to some, but at the same time the combination size and shooting ability really appealed to others. Given the nature of his game he was someone who generated a ton of buzz, and was debated about greatly.
Overall the rankings are always a process, and those are just some of the prospects who sparked the most debate this time around.