We at Scout.com are not in the business of hyping underclassmen, and certainly that will not change, but some freshmen competing for varsity squads do merit at least a little attention prior to spring.
This week, then, we asked our four hoops recruiting experts to name one Class of 2017 prospect who has jumped out this season as someone to watch going forward.
Here's a look at the responses:
Evan Daniels: I saw a kid this past weekend that was I very impressed with: Isaiah Stokes, Jarnell Stokes' younger brother. He is every bit of 6-foot-7, 245 or 250-pounds already. At his size, he can really carve out space inside and already knows how to play strong and physical in the paint. He has a good set of mitts, very good touch around the basket and some nice scoring moves on the block. He's certainly one I'll be keep an eye on the next few years.
Josh Gershon: The top freshman I've seen thus far is Troy Brown from Centennial High School in Las Vegas. Brown is a point guard with great size at 6-foot-5, very long arms, terrific athleticism, handles it, has really impressive vision and is unselfish, can get to the basket and a capable shooter. He's an elite prospect at this stage and with standard development, won't lose that tag anytime soon.
Brian Snow: I would say the one who I have seen and think has a chance to be truly special is Jeremiah Tillman. The 6-foot-9 and 210 pounder from East St. Louis has a chance to be an off the charts prospect. He has unique athleticism for a big his size, and already has some decent skill to go with it. He is clearly still raw and a long way away from being dominant, but time is on his side, and there just aren't many kids who project as true centers who have that type of athleticism.
Rob Harrington: Most of the buzz here in the Southeast gets directed at the loaded group of sophomores, but one freshman who has caught my eye is Jalek Felton. The nephew of Raymond Felton, Jalek was terrific at the Chick-Fil-A Classic last month. He's a very good wing scorer who might be able to defend both backcourt positions down the road, and during my viewings he showed off good athleticism and a dangerous three-point stroke.