It may be a tad early to begin breaking down the 2015 too deep, but after scouring the country and searching for the top sophomores in the country, it’s time to release our Top 10 for the class.
This is merely a snap shot of what is to come with this class, as dozens of prospects will emerge and establish themselves as contenders for this list over the course of the next two years.
After much discussion, Scout.com’s top ranked prospect in the 2015 is Karl Towns, a 6-foot-11 big man out of Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph.
Towns, who is currently playing on the Dominican Republic National Team as a 16-year old, is advanced on the offensive end. He impresses with his shot making ability from three, but also with his scoring touch around the basket and he’s becoming better at cleaning the glass.
Just behind Towns is 6-foot-10, 235-pound post prospect Diamond Stone. After winning a state championship at Milwaukee (Wisc.) Dominican this year, Stone put together a strong spring, including an impressive outing at Nike Elite 100, where he left as the best post player at camp.
Much like Towns, Stone has developed go-to moves on the offensive end and is consistent shooting jump hooks over his left shoulder or with his mid-range jump shot. Look for Stone and Towns to battle for the No. 1 spot throughout their high school careers.
Mickey Mitchell, a forward out of Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood, came in at No. 3 in Scout.com’s initial 2015 list. Playing alongside highly regarded 2013 prospect Julius Randle, Mitchell had a very strong sophomore campaign. At 6-foot-7, Mitchell is versatile, rebounds very well and can score in a variety of ways.
Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearney big man Thomas Bryant checked in at No. 4 overall in the 2015 class. Bryant had a strong weekend at the New Jersey Spring Fling early in the spring and the 6-foot-10 length post player impacts games with his length, touch and ability to contest shots.
The No. 5 spot is the top rated guard in the country – Marcus LoVett. A standout at Burbank (Calif.) Burbank, LoVett is already drawing Brandon Jennings comparisons. He has tremendous speed, sees the floor quite well and can put up points in a hurry, especially from long range.
The rest of the top 10 finishes with Mississippi native Malik Newman, talented big man Jessie Govan, combo guard Charles Matthews, 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman and California native Ivan Rabb.