Scout.com has a new No. 1 in the 2015 class. Diamond Stone moved to the top of the updated player rankings, while Ben Simmons and Ivan Rabb rounded out the updated top three. Who else made the list?
Scout.com has a new No. 1 player in the 2015 class.
After a strong spring Diamond Stone
, a standout at Milwaukee (Wisc.) Dominican, moved his way up to the top spot in Scout.com's updated top 100. He was No. 3 overall in the previous rankings.
"It means a lot," Stone said about being ranked No. 1 overall. "It means all my hard work has been acknowledged. It means that I'm doing something right. It means all my hard work is pretty much being acknowledged and I need to keep working."
Stone had a strong junior campaign, where he led his high school team to their third straight Division 4 state championship. He averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds and shot nearly 70-percent from the field on the year.
His dominance carried over into the spring. Playing with Young Legends on the Under Armour circuit, Stone is currently averaging 24.8 points, 11 rebounds and just under five blocks a game.
A 6-foot-10 post player, Stone is a versatile post scorer. He can score over either shoulder, has a great set of hands and terrific scoring touch around the basket. He's also an impressive shooter that has shown consistency from mid-range and is capable of making three-pointers.
|Stone sits at No. 1
Stone has spent a considerable amount of time working on his body and getting in shape. He's nimble for his size, is getting off the ground better and has shown significant improvement as a shot blocker.
"I think it's me losing weight and being able to move," Stone said when asked about the difference in his game from last year. "My jumping has gotten way better. Losing that that weight has helped with blocking shots, rebounding and with my stamina and I can be on the floor long periods of time."
Stone is being strongly recruited by Duke
, North Carolina
, Oklahoma State
The Next Tier
Determining the top prospect in the 2015 class was a difficult process. While we went with Stone, there was much debate between the Scout.com basketball recruiting team, which includes Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington.
Other players that were considered for the top spot included Ben Simmons
, who checked in at No. 2, Ivan Rabb
and Jaylen Brown
|Simmons, a LSU commit, is No. 2 overall
Simmons, a LSU commit, has had a particularly strong spring with Each One Teach One on the EYBL circuit. At 6-foot-8, he's a versatile and skilled power forward that attacks the rim, finishes well inside and is a capable shooter. He's averaging 19.4 points, while shooting 65.8-percent from the field in the EYBL.
Sitting at No. 3 overall is Rabb, a standout at Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. At 6-foot-10, Rabb is mobile, athletic and is versatile scorer, as he's comfortable facing the rim or playing with his back to it. Rabb is averaging 15.2 points a game in the EYBL, while shooting 61-percent from the field.
Although it may surprise some to see that Brown was considered for the top spot, if you saw him this spring it certainly wouldn't. A 6-foot-7 strongly built wing, Brown is elite athletically, a strong driver and finisher, has potential to be a tremendous wing defender and is an improving shooter.
Plenty of risers & newcomers
and Chase Jeter
are the only two newcomers to the updated top 10.
Ellenson was one of the biggest overall movers, as he jumped from No. 55 overall up to No. 7. At 6-foot-10, Ellenson has improved significantly as a prospect. He's much more mobile compared to last year and is a versatile offensive threat that can score on the block or by way of jump shot.
Jeter made his way from No. 18 overall up to No. 9. Jeter has grown to 6-foot-11. He's gaining comfort as a post scorer and has a go-to move in a right jump hook. He's also a good area rebounder, has a nice set of hands and runs the floor well.
|Jeter jumps into top 10
The biggest overall mover in the new rankings is Deng Adel
, of Bradenton (Fla.) Victory Rock Prep. Adel went from an unranked prospect up to No. 18 overall. Michigan State
commit Deyonta Davis
and Jimmy Whitt
also made major moves. Both were previously unranked. Davis jumped to No. 35 overall, while Whitt checked in at No. 49.
There are 19 total newcomers in updated list. To go with Adel, Davis and Whitt, Brandon Sampson
, Malik Beasley
, Steve Enoch
, Brevin Pritzl
, Tres Tinkle
, Juwan Morgan
, Ty Hudson
, Justin Robinson
, Shake Milton
, Levan Alston
, Kenny Williams
, Donte Divincenzo
, Quinndary Weatherspoon
, Drew Edwards
, Wendell Mitchell
and David Crisp
made their debuts in the top 100.
Of the previously ranked players, Prince Ali
made the biggest move, outside of Ellenson. Ali was No. 90 the last time rankings were released. He's up to No. 46.
Five schools already have multiple top 100 commitments
Five college programs already hold commitments from multiple recruits in Scout.com's updated 2015 top 100.
led the way with the most top 100 pledges with four. Malachi Richardson
, Scout.com's No. 24 overall player, is their top rated recruit. Moustapha Diange, Franklin Howard
and Tyler Lydon are all ranked among the top 75 players in the country.
|STATES WITH MOST TOP 100 PLAYERS
|California -- 13
|Texas -- 10
|Florida -- 7
|Georgia -- 6
|Virginia -- 5
, Ohio State
each have three commitments in the new rankings.
Georgetown's top rated recruit is Jessie Govan
, who committed three weeks ago. He's ranked No. 39 overall, while Noah Dickerson
is ranked No. 66 and Marcus Derrickson
is ranked No. 76.
Ohio State's top pledge is Rockwall (Tex.) High product Austin Grandstaff
. He jumped 17 spots in the new rankings, as he moved up to No. 30 overall. A.J. Harris
and Mickey Mitchell
are their other two top 100 recruits.
Lorenzo Romar and Washington have done a good job with their 2015 recruiting class. Dejounte Murray
, who committed to the Huskies on Tuesday, checks in at No. 43. They also hold pledges from No. 47 player Marquese Chriss
and No. 100 David Crisp.