It’s quickly becoming apparent that the 2013 class is one of the best collections of talent in recent memory.
From top to bottom it’s a great group that consists of plenty of star power and depth that extends well past the top 100 list.
Leading they way for the strong class is Chicago (Ill.) Simeon standout Jabari Parker. A 6-foot-7 do-it-all forward, Parker has established himself as the top overall prospect because of his size, versatility, athleticism, scoring ability and skill set.
Parker put together an impressive July with the Mac Irvin Fire and has had some talking about him as the best prospect in all of high school basketball.
Landing just behind Parker is 6-foot-8 power forward Julius Randle. The Texas native is active and energetic in the paint, runs the floor with ease and continues to develop his ball skills.
Pressing behind Parker and Randle is the nation’s top defensive player – Nerlens Noel.
Noel is the top prospect on BABC, who won the Peach Jam and made it to the finals of the AAU Super Showcase. At 6-foot-11, Noel has extreme length and is tough to score on because of his physical features, athleticism and timing.
To go with his ability to defend the rim, Noel is becoming a better rebounder and is starting to develop his ability to score on the low block.
Andrew Harrison and Aaron Gordon check in at No. 4 and No. 5.
Harrison, a 6-foot-5 tough-minded lead guard, played a major part in the Houston Defenders winning the AAU Super Showcase championship. He’s a big, physical guard that can create for others, get to the rim and score when he needs to.
Gordon, a 6-foot-7 forward from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, is arguably the hardest playing prospect in the class. You can count on his energy and effort, but he’s also a versatile and athletic forward that can get a lot done inside and out.
Chris Walker, Aaron Harrison, Troy Williams, Isaiah Hicks and Chris Thomas close out the 2013 top 10.
The two biggest risers in the 2013 ranks are Rysheed Jordan and Billy Garrett. Jordan jumped from No. 55 to No. 25, while Garrett rose 30 spots up to No. 45 overall.
Some of the other significant movers were Tyler Ennis, who made his way into five-star status, Bo Zeigler, Jaren Sina, Jordan Mickey and Semi Ojeleye.
There are 12 newcomers to this batch of rankings. Among them are Dayshawn Watkins, Junior Etou, Dominic Woodson, Isaiah Watkins, Demetrius Jackson, Jordan Bell, Karviar Shephard, Daquan McNeil, Josh Hart, Xavier Rathan- Mayes, Monte Morris and Bobby Portis.