Post-summer class of 2023 top 100 HoopSeen Rankings
The summer is drawing to a close and high school seniors are unpacking their bags and diving into their senior season. We have finished our post-summer evaluations, gone through our stacks of notes, rewatched the film and discussed at length the class of 2023. It is time for a new rundown of the top 100 for the senior class.
THE RACE FOR NO. 1
There has been a lot of moving and shaking when it comes to the top spot in the class. While there are plenty of viable options, nobody has planted their flag and clearly claimed it.
A name to watch that’s been making a push is Isaiah Collier out of Wheeler (GA) HS. Prior to sitting out for most of the summer to nurse an injury, Collier started to write his case as the top dog in the class while playing with TSF. Since coming back from his time off, he’s been the MVP at Steph Curry’s camp and at UAA’s Elite 24 event.
We currently have Collier at No. 3 in the top 100, but he could very well wind up at the top of the mountain with how well he’s been playing.
WHERE IS THE TALENT FROM?
When looking through our top 100 for the 2023 class, a lot of the usual suspects stand out in terms of where the talent hotbeds are. Because of a mixture of size, population, athletic pedigree, and prep schools, California and Florida dominated the list. When you factor in all of the aforementioned, both states are well into the double figures in top 2023 prospects.
Another trend is that this is a top-heavy class for New Jersey. We have four players from New Jersey in our top 15. That’s the most out of any state.
With Overtime Elite and TSF being attractive options as alternatives to the traditional high school routes, Georgia will be adding depth to its classes. It’s showing already in this 2023 class with seven players from the Peach State.
OFF THE BOARD
At this point—right as official visit season starts to pick up—over half of the top 100 have committed with 52 players having announced their post-high-school plans.
WHERE ARE THEY HEADED?
As of now, the Big 10 leads all leagues with 13 commitments. The SEC is in second with nine commitments, and the ACC and Big 12 have eight apiece.
Duke and Michigan State have the early lead when it comes to depth of talent. Each school has four commitments from the top 70.
All of Duke’s commits rank in the top 25, and the Blue Devils account for half of the ACC’s commitments so far.
This won’t come as any surprise, but Kentucky is building a strong class with three commitments from top-50 prospects. DJ Wagner and Aaron Bradshaw are favored to join John Calipari’s Wildcats. If that comes to fruition, Kentucky will have four of the 15 best prospects in this update.
Give me a high-upside, multi-positional, high-character, hard-playing forward who will be coached by the pro-maker Leonard Hamilton all day long. Tallahassee has been a favorite stop for NBA scouts for quite some time now and the results are plenty with the kinds of players who are moving on from the ACC school to the pro level. Bol Bowen may be the next guy in line.
I am a big believer in giving players a bigger boost in the rankings based on their collegiate fit. This one is a perfect match.
Any opportunity to see Omaha Biliew this summer was one that I looked forward to. The high-motor, physical forward helped lead MoKan to a Peach Jam title. Winning matters, and Biliew is a guy whose impact leads to wins.
After a great summer, Biliew announced his commitment to Iowa State. He can immediately make an impact with his all-out effort and high-level defense when he gets to Ames. He has the tools to further develop as an offensive weapon and perimeter threat too. When it comes to getting Iowa State back to being a Big 12 contender, TJ Otzelberger kicked things off well in his first season at the helm. With a guy like Biliew joining the fray soon, Hilton Coliseum should be as magical as ever.
I don’t know if there was a bigger riser in the class of 2023 class quite like the big man from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was the trending player at the Section 7 team camp in Arizona during the June recruiting live period this summer. A host of coaches from all leagues had to make sure they saw him in action. Buchanan was incredibly efficient in the paint and just got better throughout the summer. He was an easy inclusion into the rankings and settled in at No. 56.
Ty-Laur Jonson’s work with the NY Rens over the summer elevated him in the eyes of evaluators across the board. Johnson has the same New York toughness and swagger that we’ve seen out of guards from the Big Apple for years. He’s a guy that just makes plays. Johnson’s a consistent scorer, but to me, his value primarily comes as a distributor. Seeing Johnson rack up double-digit assists is closer to the rule than to the exception. Johnson has September visits to Pitt and Ole Miss planned.
When I think of risers in the 2023 class, Brock Harding immediately comes to mind. An under-the-radar guard coming into the travel season, Harding opened plenty of unfamiliar eyes in a hurry. Serving as a true point guard for the best independent team in the country, Harding garnered attention from the Iowa staff who offered him in June. Wasting little time, Harding committed to the Hawkeyes, and the fit could be more appropriate. Harding should become a fan favorite in Iowa City during his time there.
Early on, we saw that Normand had all of the potential in the world to be one of the nation’s biggest stockrisers. We’ve talked about it a lot since last summer, and it came to fruition. After a great travel season with 3D Empire, Normand’s recruitment shot up, and he became a national commodity. A big guard who shoots it well and has above-the-rim athleticism is going to win the hearts of a lot of coaches, and Normand did just that. After amassing several suitors, he was won over by Michigan State and committed to the Spartans after visiting. Normand joins what’s shaping up to be one of the nation’s best recruiting classes.
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