With the three July evaluation periods complete, it’s time to release the post-July 2013 top 100.
In what appears to be the best top group of prospects since the 2007 class, it was incredibly tough to put the first eight prospects in the 2013 recruiting class in order.
In the end, we stuck with Jabari Parker as the top overall prospect. The 6-foot-8 wing out of Chicago (Ill.) Simeon has a tremendous skill set and a unique scoring ability from all three levels.
The Harrison brothers checked in at No. 2 and No. 3.
Andrew Harrison got the edge because of his ability to play both guard positions without much of a drop off. Andrew has a terrific blend of size, strength, skill, passing ability and scoring.
Andrew’s brother Aaron wasn’t too far behind. A tremendous scorer, Aaron has deep range on his jump shot and is tough to defend off the dribble, as he finds ways to get into the lane and his strength allows him to score around the rim with ease.
In what ended up one of the hardest decisions of the new rankings, we went with Julius Randle at No. 4 and Aaron Gordon at the No. 5 spot.
At 6-foot-9, Randle loves to face the rim and attack, but it’s his physicality, strength, ability to score in the paint and rebounding that sticks out the most. When asked to score on the block, Randle is a tough to defend and he finds his way to the free throw line as much as anyone in the 2013 class.
Gordon checks in at No. 5
Coming off an injury, Gordon helped lead the Oakland Soldiers to the Peach Jam title. At 6-foot-8, Gordon is quite versatile and is one of the best athletes the 2013 class has to offer. His energy, rebounding and scoring ability make him a can’t miss prospect.
Florida has a pair of commitments in the top 10. Kasey Hill, the nation’s No. 2 rated lead guard, and Chris Walker finished No. 6 and No. 7 respectively in the updated 2013 rankings.
Over the course of the spring and summer, Hill has proven to be difficult to defend in both the half court and in transition. He has an extra burst of speed and athleticism, sees the floor well and can run a team.
At 6-foot-10, Walker is a fluid athlete that runs the floor with ease and impacts the game with his shot blocking ability. He’s the No. 3 overall power forward in the 2013 class.
James Young, Anthony Barber and Rondae Jefferson closed out the top 10.
The updated list includes 10 new prospects -- Vince Hunter, Demetrius Henry, Eric Mika, Steve Vasturai, Rashawn Powell, Darin Johnson, Tim Quarterman, Terry Rozier, Marcus Allen and Zak Irvin.
Irvin made the biggest jump into the rankings. He finished at No. 62 overall. Erik Mika made a big jump as well, going from unranked to No. 69.