I know this is my first post here, it is not polite to request for insider, but I will make up for that later.
No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) has received plenty of hype this week in the wake of his highly anticipated decision to sign with Kansas on Tuesday. Wiggins is a rare talent and a program-changing recruit who's also considered an elite NBA draft prospect.
But that got us thinking: If given the choice to start a team with any high school basketball recruit -- regardless of class -- would Wiggins be the guy? So we gathered our RecruitingNation basketball experts to weigh in on who they would choose.
If you could start a team with any prospect in high school basketball, who would it be?
Only a freshman, Harry Giles is already one of the best prospects in the country regardless of class.
Dave Telep: I'd elect to begin my team with Harry Giles (Winston-Salem, N.C./Wesleyan Christian). In my opinion, the 6-foot-9 freshman forward could be a generational type of player. This is a guy who will be an integral part of USA Basketball this summer, played a pivotal role for a state championship team this past winter and has all the markers of a special prospect. He's long with an amazing array of skills -- passing, shooting from midrange, playing in the low post, advanced pivot moves and a feel for the game that is uncommon for a kid who just turned 15 last month. But above all of his measurables is his makeup. He's humble, self-aware and driven. In my opinion, having watched him extensively this past season, he has a chance to be one of the best prospects to come along in the past decade, and he's the guy I'd construct my team around. Not only does he have premium talent but special character, humility, and the ability and support system to deal with the expectations that are months away from arriving.
Paul Biancardi: I'd go with Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley), the No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2014. There's no debate that you need a great point guard to have a successful basketball team, and right now there is no better point guard in any class than Jones. He is simply playing at the highest level. What makes Jones so dangerous is that he is a natural point guard who can score and process the game at the same time, which is rare. He has become more aggressive in the scoring department recently, making 3-pointers and also utilizing the all-important floater at a consistent pace. Jones is so unselfish but is now starting to understand when his team needs him to take over in the scoring department and is delivering. More important, he gives his team whatever it needs when it needs it, whether that's scoring, facilitating or leadership. Players enjoy being on the same team as Jones because he is all about winning first and his stats second.
Reggie Rankin: I would start my team with the most important position -- point guard -- and the best high school point guard regardless of class is senior Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis). He has great size, talent, toughness and competitiveness. Harrison possesses the ability to control the game by getting teammates involved, but he can also take over the game by scoring when needed because he is great at attacking defenders and drawing fouls. He excels in transition, can also run the half-court offense and can create at a high level when the play breaks down or on end-of-clock situations. Harrison also has road toughness, which means he is mentally strong enough to go into another team's arena and leave with a big win. He is an impossible matchup at his position because of his combination of size, athleticism and skills -- he can beat defenders off the dribble, score from all three levels, and finish over or post up smaller point guards. He is also capable of defending all three perimeter positions and can switch flawlessly if the defensive scheme calls for it. Harrison is a special talent and will be a scouting report nightmare because of all the problems he creates for opponents on both ends of the floor.
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2014 PG Tyus Jones has shown a knack for bouncing back quickly after poor performances.
Adam Finkelstein: I'll go with Tyus Jones. Andrew Wiggins is the easy answer here -- he's the most talented player in high school basketball and the best long-term prospect, too. But if I were starting a program from scratch, I'd want my first piece to be the type of guy who attracts other players to come with him and then makes them better once they arrive. Furthermore, college basketball is a guard-oriented game, and no player is more important than the guy who plays with the ball in his hands. So while there isn't a better individual talent than Wiggins, Jones is my pick because his potential impact goes beyond just his individual productivity.
Joel Francisco: My choice is Andrew Wiggins. I'm not with the crowd that is claiming Wiggins is the best player or prospect since LeBron James. Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant come immediately to mind as at least two players who possessed a greater upside than Wiggins coming out of high school. However, Wiggins does have many of the physical intangibles -- such as athleticism and length -- that scouts covet when evaluating upper-tier prospects. Wiggins has a lethal first step and his bounce is about as trampoline-like as you're going to witness on the high school level. His ball skills and jump shot are also slowly evolving. Although elite point guards hold the honor of possessing the most depth in the NBA, almost every championship team has had a high-level scoring wing who affects the game at both ends. And because of that, I'm going with Wiggins.
John Stovall: My pick: Tyus Jones. Point guards make the world go round, and Jones is the best in high school right now. Not only can he make plays for himself, he also elevates the games of all of his teammates. Jones is the closest thing you will find to Chris Paul on the amateur level.