The rankings for the class of 2013 have now been updated, and some players have made major moves up the charts. Several strong performances during the high school season have made it necessary for a re-adjustment in the rankings, and no one has done a better job of improving his stock than now five-star center BeeJay Anya.
Coming into this season the book on Anya was simple. He was a very good rebounder, could score some down low, but struggled to run the floor and didn’t have much bounce. Well, things have now changed.
Anya is in much better shape, and the 6-foot-8 center now finds himself as a five-star prospect. Moving from No. 42 all the way up to No. 13, Anya did it with his play on the floor. Starring for Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, Anya has been a dominant force all season on the low block, and was extremely impressive in multiple in-person viewings. His improved conditioning has led to more explosion off the floor and also better ability to change ends. With his improvement to his body, production has gone up, and now Anya is one of the premier prospects in the country.
The other player moving into the five-star range from well back in the rankings is Jordan Mickey. The 6-foot-7 forward from Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep has had an outstanding season. Mickey has always been a high energy athlete on the floor, but now he has added an improved skill game into the equation.
Mickey was rated No. 66 in the country, but now he is all the way up to No. 19. Combining his athleticism with a very reliable mid-range jumper, occasional range out beyond the three point line, and a much improved handle has transformed his game, and made him one of the elite forward prospects.
One player made a big jump from outside the top 50 to in it, and that is Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian point guard Demetrius Jackson. The 6-foot-1 guard is an elite athlete, who is shooting the ball better now. Also an excellent passer, big time defender, and one of the fastest guards in the country, Jackson vaulted from the No. 84 spot all the way up to No. 42 on the strength of some impressive showings during his junior campaign. He is now the top rated prospect in the class from the state of Indiana.
Two players who made big jumps into the rankings were Stevie Clark and Kris Jenkins. Clark is an Oklahoma City (Okla.) Douglass High School scorer from the point guard position who has put up ridiculous numbers against quality competition. Jenkins is a Washington (DC) Gonzaga produce whose inside-outside game who despite being 6-foot-5 has proven he can be an absolute nightmare matchup with his combination of skill and strength.
Another player who really rose up the charts was Dominic Woodson. The Saxtons River (Ver.) Vermont Academy big man is someone who we had limited viewings of during the summer months, but he impressed in person at the National Prep Showcase. With his combination of raw size and skill for a center, Woodson vaulted all the way up from No. 87 to No. 54 in the rankings.