After much debate, Ivan Rabb, a standout at Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd, has jumped to the top spot in Scout.com’s 2015 rankings.
Heading into the high school season, Rabb sat at the No. 4 spot. So why the move?
It’s simple really. Rabb has continued to progress as a prospect and in the process dominated a competitive schedule throughout his junior season. At 6-foot-10, 220-pounds, Rabb is physically impressive. He’s mobile, quick off his feet and a very godo athlete.
Offensively, Rabb continues to improve. His skill level is developing and he’s showed the ability to score in a variety of ways. He’s consistent from mid-range, is comfortable scoring with his back to the basket and has very good touch inside. On the opposite end, Rabb rebounds with tenacity, gets his hands on his fair share of shots and is a presence in the paint.
Mississippi native Malik Newman is ranked No. 2. A high level scorer, Newman can put up points in a hurry. He shoots the ball well off the catch and dribble, while also being skilled enough to spend some time on the ball. Newman is arguably the top scorer in the 2015 class.
Diamond Stone is Scout.com’s top rated center and the No. 3 overall recruit. Stone performed well in the summer and that carried over into his play at the USA Basketball Developmental Camp in October. At 6-foot-10, 235-pounds, Stone is a very good low post scorer.
LSU commit Ben Simmons checks in at No. 4. After his performance at the City of Palms Classic, Simmons put his name in the conversation for the top spot in the class. And while he didn’t move up that high, he certainly showed that he’s an elite prospect. Simmons is a versatile power forward that rebounds well, has very good body control and scores it well from mid-range and in.
Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman big man Steven Zimmerman sits at No. 5 in our updated rankings. The 7-footer is long, mobile and skilled. He protects the rim well, is a good passer and is a good shooter from mid-range.
Checik Diallo, Skal Labissiere, Carlton Bragg, Jaylen Brown and Tyler Dorsey round out the updated top 10.
There is just one new five-star prospect in the updated rankings. Temecula (Calif.) Valley guard Justin Simon moved from No. 55 overall up to No. 16 nationally and is the top rated point guard in the 2015 class.
Of the top 100 prospects in the 2015 class, just 16 are currently committed. Four schools – Connectiut, Illinois, Ohio State and Syracuse – have two commitments in the class.
California is the state with the most top 100 players with 15. Texas has the second most with 10, while Florida has seven ranked in Scout.com’s top 100.