If there was any doubt about who the top prospect in the 2012 class is, Shabazz Muhammad put it to rest.
Playing on national television two weeks ago at the Hoop Hall Classic, Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, managed one of his best and most complete performances of his high school career.
Up against a loaded DeMatha squad, Muhammad dismantled them to the tune of 37 points and scored them any way he wanted. He knocked down a three, was aggressive on the block and attacked the basket with intensity.
Muhammad is one of the more intense and all around competitive prospects in recent memory and is a guy that works at his game. As the end of his high school career approaches, Muhammad is the clear No. 1 player.
With a strong senior season at Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep, Isaiah Austin, a 7-footer that will play his college ball at Baylor, moved up from No. 5 to No. 2 overall in the 2012 class.
For some time Austin has been criticized for roaming on the perimeter and his lack of aggression inside. While it took some time, Austin has made drastic strides in those areas and has shown a terrific inside-outside game this season.
Austin’s length impacts the game on the defensive end, as he gets his hands on a lot of shots and he’s rebounding as well as he ever has. Mix all that with this mobility, athleticism, skill level and jump shot and you have a terrific prospect headed to Waco (Tex.).
UCLA signee and Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony product Kyle Anderson jumped one spot and checked in at No. 3 overall.
Slo-Mo, as he’s known to most, is more of the more unique prospects to hit the hardwood. At 6-foot-8, Anderson has terrific ball skills, an impressive mid-range game and is arguably the best passer in all of high school basketball.
While he’s different, Anderson is effective. His IQ and knowledge of the game is second to none and he won in a big way in both travel team ball and at St. Anthony.
Arizona signee Brandon Ashley finished at No. 4 overall. The long, lanky power forward has all the tools to be an elite post prospect at the next level. His length helps him in a variety of ways; he’s mobile, has an ability to score and is an impressive athlete.
Closing out the top five is Pittsburgh signee and New Zealand native Steven Adams, who posted 24 points and 13 rebounds against the top post prospect in the 2013 class – Nerlens Noel.
While a relative unknown to many, Adams is an impressive prospect because of his size, hands, strength and motor. In his game against Noel, Adams impressed with his short mid-range shot and ability to knock in jump hooks.
Anthony Bennett, Kaleb Tarczewski, Cameron Ridley, Dajuan Coleman and Gary Harris round out Scout.com’s 2012 top 100.
Among the biggest changes to the new rankings were the additions of Kris Dunn and Semaj Christon to five-star status. Dunn moved up from just outside the top 25 to No. 22, while Christon jumped from No. 57 to No. 23.
Antony Cortesia made the biggest jump in the new release. The Mississippi commit made his way up from outside the top 100 up to No. 57. Montay Brandon and Chris Obekpa made big moves as well. Brandon jumped to No. 54, while Obekpa checked into the top 100 for the first time at No. 73.
Other newcomers to the rankings were Terry Rozier, Nik Stauskas, Jay Simpson, Raphael Davis, Melvin Johnson and Jalen Reynolds. Aaron Thomas and Jakarr Sampson made the list, but had been ranked in a previous class.
The updated rankings consist of 13 uncommitted prospects. Muhammad is the headliner, but the others uncommitted are Bennett, Tony Parker, Amile Jefferson, Devonta Pollard, Sampson, Winston Shepard, Ricardo Gathers, Torian Graham, Zena Edosomwan, Chris Obekpa, Savon Goodman and Carlos Morris.