Inside the 2017 Rankings
With the spring travel ball period in the rear view mirror, the HoopSeen 2017 national rankings have been updated with play in the spring accounted for. Many players boosted their stock and many players made their way into the national rankings.
SEC & ACC LEAD IN EARLY COMMITS
There are nineteen players in the HoopSeen Top-125 that are currently committed. Out of those commitments, the SEC leads the way with five players currently committed. Auburn holds two commitments from the top forty players in Austin Wiley and Davion Mitchell, two of the three highest players that are off the board. Other SEC commits include Shai Alexander (Florida), who comes in at number fifty, Daniel Gafford (Arkansas), who is slotted at number fifty-one, and DeAundrae Ballard (Florida), who is at number eighty-two.
The ACC comes in next with four commitments, the highest of which is Virginia Tech pledge Nickeil Alexander-Walker of Chattanooga (TN) Hamilton Heights. Also on the board for the ACC are long time North Carolina commit Jalek Felton, Clemson bound guard AJ Oliver, and newcomer to the rankings Aaron Thompson, who is committed to Pitt.
The Big East and Big Ten both have three commitments. The Big East’s highest commitment is KC Run GMC guard Mitchell Ballock, who has pledged to Creighton, at number sixty-eight. Also headed to the Big East are Boo Williams big man Dajour Dickens (Providence), at number 120, and Myles Cale, number 121, who is headed to Seton Hall. The Big Ten’s highest commitment is Damonte Williams, at number eighty-six, who is headed to Illinois. Also headed to the Big Ten are Mac Irvin Fire guard Jordan Poole (Michigan) at number one hundred and Kobe King at number 114, who is committed to Wisconsin.
UCLA has both of the current Pac-12 commitments in Jaylen Hands, number thirty-four, and Jalen Hill, number fifty-six, who both play on the Adidas circuit with the Compton Magic. The last two commitments come from outside the power five in Davidson commit Kellan Grady, who is slotted at thirty-seven, and Corey Kispert, a Gonzaga commit who is ranked number 108.
HOW THE STATES BREAK DOWN
With state pride and bragging rights on the line, it is always fun to see how the Top-125 breaks down in terms of geography. Interestingly enough, each player in the top ten comes from a different state. When it comes to the top twenty, however, Indiana has the most prospects with three (Jeremiah Tilmon, Brian Bowen, and Kris Wilkes). Georgia (Wendell Carter & MJ Walker), Pennsylvania (Mohammed Bamba & Quade Green), New Jersey (Trevon Duval & Nick Richards), Florida (Kevin Knox & Mitchell Robinson), and Texas (Jarred Vanderbilt & Billy Preston) each have two players in the top twenty.
When it comes to the top fifty, Georgia shows more depth, with seven players ranked in the top fifty. Along with Walker and Carter are Collin Sexton, Ikey Obiagu, Davion Mitchell, Chuma Okeke, and Rayshaun Hammonds.
In the overall Top-125, Georgia and Florida have the most players with twelve each. They are followed by Virginia with eleven, California and Indiana with seven apiece, and Texas with six.
Overall, 36 of the 50 states are represented in the Top-125.