Wednesday, June 12, 2013
12 players on the cusp of the ESPN 100
By Reggie Rankin
There are always tough omissions when compiling any list, and more so when it’s a list of the top hoops prospects in the country. Our staff agonized over several players in deliberations for the Class of 2014’s ESPN 100 rankings, which we released today, and several quality players just fell short of making the list. Here’s a look at 12 fringe top 100 guys, keeping in mind some of them may eventually sneak in the next edition of the rankings or at some point before the end of their senior year.
Note: Schools involved is a combination of programs that have offered and others with interest in that particular recruit.
Tre Campbell (D.C./St. John’s College)
PG, 6-2, 160
Committed to Georgetown Dishing out assists is this future Hoya's calling card. He is stellar at penetrating and kicking, attacking defenders in transition and knowing when to call his own number in the half-court set.
Phil Cofer (Atlanta/Whitewater)
PF, 6-7, 196
Committed to Tennessee This future Volunteer is an athletic forward who attacks each possession with energy and urgency. He runs the floor well and finishes above the rim on all clear paths to the basket. He rebounds on both ends of the floor and blocks shots on or away from the ball.
Isaac Haas (Piedmont, Ala./Hokes Bluff)
C, 7-1, 270
Schools involved: Clemson, Harvard, Kansas, Stanford, Texas A&M and Alabama-Birmingham
Haas runs the floor extremely well for a player his size and has good hands for a big. Both qualities help make him an exceptional finisher, especially in traffic. He is an excellent in-area rebounder on both ends of the floor and has the length to be a disruptive force on defense. His low-post offense needs work, but his upside is tremendous, nonetheless.
Malek Harris (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg)
SF/PF, 6-7, 190
Schools involved: DePaul, Illinois State, Iowa, Miami (Ohio), St. Louis, Creighton, Dayton and Kansas State, among others
Harris is a high-energy forward who competes on both ends of the floor. He gets to the basket with quick attacking slashes, hits open treys when his feet are set and defends multiple positions.
Robert Johnson (Richmond, Va./Benedictine)
SG, 6-3, 190
Schools involved: VCU, Old Dominion, Maryland, Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, James Madison and Richmond
This wing has the ability to drain open shots from numerous spots on the floor and also has a knack for creating for teammates when the D sends extra defenders at him. Johnson is a productive all-around guard who plays with poise, makes quality decisions and is alert defensively and in position to assist.
NC State commit Cody Martin is an explosive wing with loads of talent.
Cody Martin (Mocksville, N.C./Davie County)
SF, 6-7, 205
Committed to NC State Martin has a good basketball IQ and the skill to slash to the basket, where he finishes using his long frame. He rebounds at a high rate and won’t hesitate to deliver the ball to an open teammate when he draws an extra defender.
Silas Melson (Portland, Ore./Jefferson)
SG, 6-3, 170
Schools involved: Gonzaga, Washington, Oregon State, Colorado State, Oregon, Colorado, Memphis, Tennessee
Tough and productive, Melson is an athletic wing who can get to the rim at will. He also strokes jumpers with range to the arc, defends on the perimeter and competes hard at both ends of the floor.
James Palmer (Upper Marlboro, Md./St. John’s College)
SG, 6-4, 170
Schools involved: Radford, Rutgers, St Joseph’s, Towson and others
Palmer immediately makes his presence felt on offense with his ability to shoot the ball from long range and when he gets going, watch out. He can knock down open 3s on the break or coming off screens.
Ahmaad Rorie (Tacoma, Wash./Lincoln)
PG, 6-0, 155
Committed to California The Bears will be getting an exceptional player in Rorie, a scoring point guard with a mean midrange game. He is relentless in applying pressure on defenders, knocks down the 3-ball with consistency and has a dangerous pull-up game.
Marial Shayok (Ontario, Canada/Blair Academy)
SF/SG, 6-6, 205
Schools involved: LaSalle, Minnesota, Rutgers and West Virginia
Shayok is a strong and physical wing who excels in the open court and is a good perimeter rebounder. He’s a rock-solid shooter from deep and can also put the ball on the floor to get to the cup.
Thomas Welsh (Los Angeles/Loyola)
C, 6-foot-11, 240 pounds
Schools involved: Arizona State, California, Portland, Santa Clara, USC, Stanford and Notre Dame
Welsh has excellent size and length, good hands and a soft touch around the basket. He plays with good energy and urgency and has a nonstop motor.
Jonathan Williams (Newark, N.J./St. Benedict)
PG, 5-11, 170
Committed to VCU Williams finishes well in the lane for a player of his size and has the type of speed defenders struggle with. He has excellent body control and touch, especially when shooting the floater. Williams sets the tone on defense with his on-ball pressure in both the full and the half court.