After scouring the nation during the first half of the high school season, it’s time to update the junior class rankings.
Over the summer, Jabari Parker made it easy to make him the No. 1 prospect in the 2013 class. At 6-foot-7 he’s a do-it-all forward that possesses the physical attributes and skill set to make some serious money playing basketball. He held on to the top spot in the new 2013 top 100.
The Chicago (Ill.) Simeon standout has a legit jump shot from long range, but he’s also comfortable enough to go off the bounce for mid-range pull-ups. He boards it, focuses in on the defensive end and locks down his area from a rebounding perspective.
While Parker held on to the top spot, he was pushed more than ever. Nerlens Noel, a near 7-footer, is a game changer on the defensive end. His combination of length, athleticism, size and timing make him the top shot blocker in high school basketball since Greg Oden donned an Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North jersey.
On the offensive end, Noel has developed and is showing confidence in his moves. Although he’s not a go-to scorer on the block, he has a face up runner and an improving jump hook.
Checking at No. 3 is Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian power forward Julius Randle. He anchored his squad to a City of Palms championship and has been rock solid throughout the high school season.
He’s a powerful forward with impressive athleticism and strength on the block. Randle, a 6-foot-8, 230-pounder, likes to face up defenders and is skilled and fluid enough to attack from the perimeter.
Sticking with the state of Texas, Andrew Harrison is the No. 4 player in the country. At 6-foot-5, 195-pounds, Harrison is a strong lead guard that is tough to stay in front of. He has good speed for his size, but his ball skills, ability to get to the rim and strength are what sticks out.
Aaron Gordon, the brother of New Mexico standout Drew Gordon, finished No. 5 in the rankings. You won’t find many players with the motor that this 6-foot-7 combo forward brings every time he steps on the floor. He’s aggressive, always in attack mode and is one of the more athletic prospects in the country.
Aaron Harrison, the brother of Andrew, Chris Walker, Troy Williams, Isaiah Hicks and Keith Frazier close out the top 10.
Harrison spends time off the ball and is one of the nation’s top scorers. Walker is a terrific shot blocker with mobility and a developing game around the basket. Williams is one of the premier athletes and scorers from the wing spot. Hicks is a fluid athlete with a mid-range jump shot, while Frazier is a terrific perimeter scorer and long range shooter.
Four prospects made their way into the top 25 in the new batch of rankings. Isaac Hamilton made his up from No. 35 to No. 25. Rondae Jefferson jumped four spots to No. 23 overall.
An aggressive scorer and versatile power forward, Jordan Mickey jumped 47 spots up to No. 19 overall. BeeJay Anya, who dropped 40 pounds in the off-season, was also a big mover, making his way from No. 42 to No. 13.
Demetrius Jackson and Dominic Woodson made moves in the new rankings as well. Jackson made his way from No. 84 in the post-July rankings up to No. 42, while Woodson jumped 33 spots to No. 54 overall.
Kris Jenkins and Stevie Clark earned spots in the 2013 top 100 for the first time.
Jenkins, a mismatch forward, is having a terrific season for Washington (D.C.). He jumped up to No. 67. Clark, who has scored over 50 multiple times this year, checked in at No. 69.
Robert Hubbs, Kyle Washington, Nigel Williams-Goss and Duane Wilson also jumped into the top 100.
The 2013 top 100 consists of 25 committed prospects, including 14 among the top 50 players.
Only three schools – North Carolina, Purdue and Kansas -- have commitments from multiple prospects in the top 100.
UNC has two among the nation’s top 20. Hicks and the No. 2 point guard Nate Britt are their two early commitments. Purdue has Kendall Stephens and Bryson Scott on board, while Kansas has commitments from Brannen Greene and Conner Frankamp.