Jahlil Okafor is still the player to watch in the new 2014 Rivals150
Last week, Rivals.com took a look at the class of 2015 with an initial
This week, we move a class ahead to 2014 and a shuffling of the
There is plenty of change in the latest list, but Jahlil Okafor remains the the top player with a big summer ahead.
A 6-foot-10 center from Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young, Okafor moved to the top spot in 2014 during the fall when previous No. 1 Andrew Wiggins moved to the class of 2013. Since then, Okafor has looked comfortable in the top spot. We've not seen many guys like him of late, he's a true back-to-the-basket center with legitimate size, a high-skill level and exceptional hands. He's a superior rebounder, plays good positional defense and can also play some in pick-and-pop situations.
While Okafor remains in the top spot, there isn't a huge separation between him and the rest of the pack.
Hottest on Okafor's heels is 6-foot-4 point guard Emmanuel Mudiay of Dallas (Texas) Prime Prep. Blessed with unusual size for a point guard, Mudiay is a confident floor general who has skill, athleticism and a commanding presence on the floor. His effort has been called out in the past, but as a junior he's emerged as a versatile threat. Mudiay is equally as dangerous in an up-and-down game as he is in half-court execution.
Third in line is another outstanding point guard. Tyus Jones doesn't share the same size as some of the top point men of the past few classes, but what the 6-footer might lack in some size he makes up for with his skill and feel for the game.
The Apple Valley (Minn.) standout rarely makes mistakes, can be either a facilitator or scorer and has proven his worth quarterbacking USA Basketball's gold-medal teams on the 16 and 17U levels over the past two summers.
Completing the top five are a pair of big men with totally different styles. At No. 4, Trey Lyles of Indianapolis (Ind.) Tech is a highly skilled power forward who loves to face the hoop. He has range on his jumper, can attack off the dribble and has started to play with more physicality while packing muscle onto his 6-foot-10 frame.
At No. 5, Chicago (Ill.) Curie's Cliff Alexander is a power broker in the low post. He tries to dunk just about everything that he touches, is an animal on the glass and doles out plenty of intimidation on the interior.
At No. 6, New Hope (Minn.) Robbinsdale Cooper's Rashad Vaughn is the only newcomer to the national top 10 and is the nation's top shooting guard. The 6-foot-5 Vaughn has unlimited range to go with ideal size and athleticism for a two. From out on the West Coast, Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek's Malik Pope's stock hasn't been slowed by a broken leg that cost him the second half of the season. At 6-foot-8, he's a top athlete who can shoot from deep, put the ball on the floor and play inside or outside.
Milwaukee (Wisc.) Hamilton power forward Kevon Looney checks in at No. 8 thanks to his size and skill while Syracuse commitment Chris McCullough, a 6-foot-9 power forward at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy is perhaps the most athletic member of the top 10 at No. 9.
Rounding out the top 10 is one of the nation's toughest players in do-it-all wing Justise Winslow of Houston (Texas) St. John's.