Top NBA prospects in Class of 2015
July, 29, 2014
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider
Courtesy Steven RyanLSU commit Ben Simmons was arguably the most impressive high school player this summer.I just got home from attending most of the big events in the July recruiting period -- a time where the top high school players have a chance to be seen for a dozen days in the month by all the college coaches.
NBA guys were also allowed to get a look at some of the top high school players at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas early in the month.
We talked to some NBA guys in attendance, college coaches and also used what I saw throughout the month to come up with 12 players who have high NBA potential in the Class of 2015 (eligible for the 2016 NBA draft).
1. Ben Simmons, 6-8, 220, PF, Montverde Academy (Florida)
College: LSU Tigers
He’s a long and skilled Australia native who has already committed to LSU, where his godfather, David, is an assistant coach. Simmons does everything well at this juncture -- except for make shots from beyond the arc. He’s a terrific passer, scores from the mid-range extremely well and defends at a high level. His versatility draws comparisons to a young Lamar Odom.
2. Jaylen Brown, 6-7, 220, SF, Wheeler High (Florida)
Brown is a well-built power wing who plays with a high motor and also possesses a versatile game. Brown’s biggest strength right now is his ability to drive to the basket and finish around the rim, but his perimeter shot has improved significantly. He’s considering UCLA, Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Florida and Texas.