Prior to July, we released a top 10 for the 2015 class. After the July evaluation periods, it’s time to extend the list to 25.
Karl Towns once again holds on to the top spot.
A 6-foot-10 big man, Towns played for the Dominican Republic National Team so he didn’t play on the summer circuit.
In just one practice session with the Dominican Republic team, it was easy to see all the tools Towns has at his disposal. For his size, he has terrific hands, a solidly built frame and great shooting touch.
Although he played sparingly, the experience helped Towns tremendously, as he learned to play more physical and establish himself in the paint more.
Diamond Stone, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound center out of Milwaukee (Wisc.) Dominican, finished No. 2 in the post-July rankings.
In a class that consist of some good size, Stone stands out because of his touch around the rim, ability to rebound his area and his advanced scoring in the paint.
Thomas Bryant moved up a spot to No. 3 overall.
At 6-foot-9, Bryant has a ridiculous upside. He has very good length and is a very good shot blocker. Offensively, he has good hands, touch and can face up for jump shots.
Ivan Rabb made his way up to No. 4 in the latest list.
Playing with the Oakland Soldiers, Rabb showed very good mobility, athleticism and shot blocking ability. He’s also a capable of scorer that will continue to improve around the basket.
Mickey Mitchell closed out the top five.
A high school teammate of Julius Randle, Mitchell plays with effort and energy inside. He’s versatile and can play both forward spots. His rebounding is arguably where he excels the most, but he’s also a developed scorer facing the rim.
Malik Newman, Marcus LoVett, Charles Matthews, Stephen Zimmerman and Jessie Govan round out the updated 2015 top 10.
Not one prospect on the updated 2015 list is a committed prospect.