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November 7th, 2016
With less than a week before college basketball kicks off, here is a look at our top 25 teams heading into the season. Duke and Kentucky sit a top most projections, however we feel the point guard inexperience for both will be difficult to overcome. Kansas has the makings of a championship team and enter the year as our pick to cut down the nets in Phoenix.
1. Kansas Jayhawks
COLORADO SPRINGS -- USA Basketball has turned its fall minicamp into a must-see event as nearly 60 of the nation's best American high school basketball prospects attended.
The event featured Class of 2017 players competing for the Nike Hoop Summit and also Class of 2019 and Class of 2020 prospects who could compete for the USA U16 FIBA Americas team next summer. Here is a look at some players who were standouts in camp.
Class of 2017
By Darnell "Tate" Johnson
The 2017 draft is shaping up to be a good one with a handful of potential franchise talents at the top. While it's early to make any definitive statements, it appears that the depth is down from past years and the end of the first round will actually be weaker than the average draft. College basketball is set to receive an injection of excitement with a freshman class that has a great deal of talent.
Kevin Knox is one of the most athletic and skilled players on the high school level. He has good length and athleticism which allows for great versatility, combined with a strong half court scoring arsenal. Knox ended up being one of the most impressive players at the Nike Basketball Academy, here’s what he had to say at the event.
NBADraft.net: What’s been your impression of the Academy?
The 2017 draft class is considered really talented. Making things even better, this year’s potentially eligible International prospects are also strong, with players such as France’s Frank Ntilikina and Germany’s Isaiah Hartenstein leading the way.
1. Frank Ntilikina (1998, 6-5, PG, France)
Marvin Bagley is widely considered as the top prospect in the 2018 high school class. His intriguing combination of athleticism, versatility, and natural talent puts him among the elite prospects in all of high school basketball. We got the chance to catch up with Bagley at the Nike Basketball Academy, here’s what he had to say.
NBADraft.net: What’s been your impression of the Academy so far?