Heading into July, Jahlil Okafor was ranked as the top prospect in the 2014 class.
After weeks of evaluating prospects the 6-foot-10 big man out of Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young only confirmed his status as the No. 1 player in the class. When challenged at the Nike Peach Jam and in Las Vegas, Okafor raised his level of play.
Okafor’s combination of size, skill and ability to score is impressive. He’s competitive, defends his position and fights for boards. Okafor has great hands and touch and is arguably the best center scorer to come from the high schools ranks in the last five years.
Following Okafor in the updated 2014 rankings is Euless (Tex.) Trinity big man Myles Turner. He entered the rankings for the first time in the spring and now he’s made his way to No. 2 overall in the class.
Defensively he’s a standout and impacts the game by just being on the floor. He contests everything in the paint, has good timing and can swat away shots with either hand.
While he still has a ways to go from a scoring standpoint on the block, it’s impressive to watch Turner step out on the floor and consistently hit jump shots from both mid-range and three.
Emmanuel Mudiay made the move to the No. 1 lead guard in the 2014 class and ranks No. 3 overall.
Mudiay ranks No. 3 overall
At 6-foot-4, Mudiay has very good size for the point guard position. He has good speed, athleticism, plays well in pick and roll situations and sees the floor very well. On top of all that, he’s starting to show advancements with his pull-up jump shot.
Tyus Jones, a product of Apple Valley (Minn.) High, checks in at No. 4 overall.
A poised lead guard, Jones makes very good decisions with the ball, is a tremendous passer and is a more than capable scorer when he needs to be. His shot is consistent from three and he also has a nice mid-range pull-up.
Cliff Alexander, who was the MVP of the LeBron James Skill Academy, finished at No. 5 in the updated rankings.
A 6-foot-8, 240-pound big man, Alexander brings toughness and energy every time he steps on the court. He’s among the best rebounders in the country, patrols the paint looking to swat shots and has improved his right jump hook.
Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles, Justin Jackson, Justise Winslow and Karl Towns round out the top 10. Winslow is the only newcomer to the top 10. He jumped from No. 13 up to No. 9 overall.
There are seven newcomers to the 2014 updated top 100. The new names on the list are Jonah Bolden, Trey Kell, Michael Humphrey, Mitch Solomon, Donte Grantham, Matthew Fisher-Davis and Omar Sherman.
* Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon, Brian Snow and Rob Harrington contributed to this article.