Even though it is nearing the end of their high school careers, the class of 2012 is still in the mix of a bit of a rankings shakeup. In the latest rankings update, some players made notable movements both up and down.
When looking at the top 25, the player who made the biggest rise up the charts was Semaj Christon. Now reaching five-star status, Christon is an athletic 6-foot-2 point guard who has led Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy to an undefeated season so far.
Christon, who is headed to Xavier next year, translated his strong summer on the AAU circuit to the prep school ranks seamlessly with his combination of size, passing ability, athleticism, and elite speed baseline-to-baseline.
Also making fairly substantial moves in the top 25 would be Grant Jerrett and Mitch McGary. Jerrett moved up from No. 23 to No. 15. He did so on the strength of improved aggression and desire on the low block. Always having elite skill, Jerrett is beginning to figure out what he has to do to dominate as well.
McGary on the other hand took a bit of a tumble. He fell from No. 2 to No. 20. Quite simply in multiple viewings the future Michigan Wolverine didn’t look like the same player as he was in the summer. Still an elite rebounder and a guy who finds a way to produce, McGary is a five-star talent, but no longer is being looked at as someone who is a top five player due to his lack of ability to score on the low block.
Three players in the four-star range who made big moves were Montay Brandon, Anthony Perez, and Christopher Obekpa.
Brandon is an athletic and versatile player who simply took his game to a new level as a senior. The future Florida State Seminole has grown some and is stronger and more assertive than ever. An excellent athlete, Brandon showed an ability to play on and off the ball, and also has been excellent all season long.
Then there is Obekpa. Maybe the best shot blocker in the class, Obekpa can protect the rim at an elite level. He is also an excellent rebounder and someone who is very athletic. Now his offense isn't there yet, but Obekpa at worst will be a rim protector and rebounder, and he will do both of those things at a very high level.
Finally there is Perez. A member of the Ole Miss recruiting class, Perez was excellent at the City of Palms event. The 6-foot-9 forward from Montverde (Fla.) Academy can shoot it from deep, is a solid athlete, and is doing a good job of rebounding the ball. His rapid ascent made him arguably the biggest overall riser in these rankings.