- Reggie Rankin, College Basketball Recruiting
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 2015’s ESPN 60 rankings, which we released Wednesday, and several quality players fell just short of making the list. Here’s a look at 12 fringe top 60 guys, keeping in mind that some of them may eventually sneak in the next edition of the rankings or at some point before the end of their junior year.
Editor’s note: Schools involved is a combination of offers and interest.
Joseph “JoJo” Anderson (Houston/La Lumiere)
PG, 6-3, 165
Schools involved: Nebraska, Texas A&M, Baylor and Auburn, among others
Anderson is a long and shifty point who can push the pace and run the team. He does a great job of getting his teammates involved with his excellent passing ability and can make open shots when the defense backs off him. Anderson has rapidly improved, as evidenced by his increased production.
Haanif Cheatham (Miramar, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter)
SG/SF, 6-4, 170
Schools involved: Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Murray State and South Florida
Cheatham is a long and skilled lefty with a penchant for attacking the basket. He can find open teammates with his passing after attacking off the bounce. Cheatham has a good feel for the game and makes plays with the ball in his hands.
Levi Cook (Liberty, W.Va./Raleigh)
C, 6-10, 270
Committed to West Virginia
Cook is a huge low-post presence and makes life tough on defenders with his size. He seals and posts with a foot in the lane and can power through contact to score at point-blank range. He rebounds in his area pretty well and has the ability to face up and hit the 15-footer with time and space. He also will not hesitate to make the pass out of the post when he draws double-teams.
Shawntrez Davis (Atlanta/Tri-Cities)
PF/SF, 6-7, 205
Schools involved: Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, NC State, Maryland, Kansas State, Richmond, Missouri, Mississippi State, DePaul, Florida State, Boston College, USC and South Carolina
Davis is transitioning into a combo forward because of his improving skill set. He can knock down jumpers from 15-17 feet and has a presence on the glass with his ability to rebound on both ends of the floor.
Noah Dickerson (Atlanta/North Atlanta)
C, 6-8, 245
Schools involved: Auburn, Virginia, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Michigan, Georgetown, Texas and Arizona
Dickerson is a wide-body, physical post scorer with strong hands. He has a knack for scoring through contact with ease and draws fouls at a good rate. Dickerson gets buckets using a nice baseline spin move and often follows it up with a powerful finish at the rim. When in shape, Dickerson is a force to be reckoned with because he competes and plays with energy and urgency. The key will be sustaining it.
Juwan Evans (Greenville, S.C./Legacy)
PG, 6-0, 170
Schools involved: Clemson, Cincinnati, Memphis, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, USC, Texas A&M, Miami, Indiana, VCU and SMU
This true point guard is quick as a cat and has breakaway speed in transition. He pushes the ball on makes or misses and has great court vision. He can run the team and control tempo, and he has an excellent basketball IQ.
Donte Fitzpatrick (Memphis/Melrose)
SF/SG, 6-5, 175
Schools involved: Arkansas, Memphis, Clemson, Tennessee, UAB, Miami and Wake Forest
Fitzpatrick is a very talented and athletic wing who excels on the break and makes plays off the dribble and seems to be at his best when attacking the rim. He can make some open shots when his feet are set, but Fitzpatrick is much more of a slasher than shooter.
Jarvis Johnson (Minneapolis/DeLaSalle)
PG, 6 feet, 179 pounds
Schools involved: Minnesota, Providence, Penn State, UCLA, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Purdue
Johnson is a very athletic lead guard who can catch lobs on the break, attacks the rim and finishes well for his size. He can set the offense and make plays for himself or others with his ability to get in the lane and deliver the ball on target out to the perimeter or on a drop to a big. Johnson’s main job is getting others involved, and he does that extremely well.
Prentiss Nixon (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook)
PG/SG, 6-1, 170
Schools involved: SMU, St. Louis, Colorado State, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue
Nixon is a strong and explosive combo guard. He can get to the rim and finish, passes on the move extremely well and has very deep range on his jumper. He is a tough perimeter matchup because he can excel at a high level playing on or off the ball.
E'Torrion Wilridge (Beaumont, Texas/Central)
SF/SG, 6-6, 190
Schools involved: Rice, Baylor, Miami, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Georgetown and Stanford, among others
Wilridge is a long and skilled wing who can shoot the 3-ball, bury shots in the midrange and finish via pull-ups and floaters in traffic. His size and length allow him to elevate and shoot over smaller defenders with ease. Wilridge does a good job scoring within the offense and also is a solid perimeter rebounder.
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 2015’s ESPN 60 rankings, which we released Wednesday, and several quality players fell just short of making the list.