Updated recruiting rankings (ESPN)
Wondering what you guys think of some notable movement in the rankings.
Joel Embiid moves up to #6 and is now the #1 center in the class. Before the all-star games he was in the late 20's. I'm not too sure at all on why he sky rocketed. Don't get me wrong he can become a very good player but I didn't enough from him in the Jordan classic and the Hoop Summit for him to jump 20 spots.
Marcus Lee drops from 18 to 25 and is again a 4 star instead of a 5. Confused on why these experts are going back and forth on this kid. I'm guess they dislike his frame and don't think he will be able to bang with traditional power forwards.
Kennedy Meeks continues to drop all the way down to 9. This one really gets at me the wrong way. He was ranked 18th at the beginning of the year, he was slightly injured during the all star games but had enough fun that he jacked up some 3's in those games. Other than the fact he played injured there is no reason he should have dropped, especially almost 40 spots.
I wonder if ipowers still thinks.... "'Marcus Lee is the best pro prospect in the class. As good as Jabari is, he is close to hitting his ceiling. Lee hasn't even begun to scratch the surface.'"
Usually ESPN has the best rankings but this time, I feel like they're using the all-star games as too much of a basis. These all-star games are glorified streetball games, which incorporates little to no defense. Joel Embiid is good, but I do not believe he's top 10 in this class. The only move that could be justified is Dakari Johnson's move, who's impressed me very much since the NHSI. Paul Biancardi and Dave Telep drop many players with no clear or obvious explanation. Players such as Keith Frazier who dominated the NBAPA camp, EYBL and the high school season moved from #8 in the class all the way to #49. The drop of Kennedy Meeks makes no sense to me either, it seems to be because he's a Dejuan Coleman type center, and due to Dejuan Coleman's terrible season, it makes ESPN a little skeptical of his ranking. Right now, all the scouting services (ESPN, Scout, Rivals and 247sports) have dissapointed me with these rankings.
I don't understand why Lee would drop either. Unless they're dropping him based on his performance on the All-Star circuit, which would be stupid.
I think Meeks dropped because he looks like he keeps getting fatter.
Embiid leapfrogging Dakari for the top rated C in the class is surprising. Dakari's the better player now, but Embiid's potential is a lot higher.
Walker dropping out of the top 10 is not surprising. Vonleh dropping out of the top 10 is. This has to be because of his performance in the All-Star games, because he looked out of his element in those, but then again so did guys like Otto Porter and Derrick Rose.
Luke Fischer is a big riser. He won't exactly make Hoosier fans forget about Zeller, but he's good in his own right. Very underrated player in this class.
I feel like Joel Embiid is deserving of #1 center, but probably not #6 in the class, which means I don't think Dakari Johnson should have made the jump that he made either. I don't think ESPN is basing this solely on All-Star games. Embiid just started playing basketball 2 years ago and not that long ago he was unranked on the espn100. He probably has been deserving of being this highly ranked for a while, he just wasn't very well known before.
I'll say it like this: Put them in a game right now, I think Dakari would take Embiid's lunch money. One is just learning how to play like a big man, the other already knows how to play like a big man. Dakari's not the physical specimen that Embiid is, but he's big, physical and knows how to use his body like a C. Johnson's more skilled too.
Damn Troy Williams continues to fall everytime they update rankings! Hard to believe this time last year ESPN had him ranked #6 now he's #54.
Kendall Smith is #88 in the 2013 ESPN rankings. UNLV!!!
Kentucky 5 of the top 9 prospects. When you put it like that it is outrageous hahaha. Top 10 prospects are perfect in my mind. For some reason i have noticed Parker starting to drop a bit on other sites big boards and rankings.
Dakari out played Joel in practice. Joel should not be the top ranked center and shouldn't even be top 20. His ranked is solely based on potential not skill. He's a good defender but 13pta 8reb and 1.9blks don't strike fear in anyone's heart. The only people who think the rankings are justified are KU fans. Dakari is clearly the best center and its not really that close