- Jeff Borzello, ESPN Staff Writer
It’s been a big man’s world recently in college basketball, and that won’t change next season. The past two high school classes have brought post players back to the forefront of basketball, with the top three players in the 2014 class including Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner and Cliff Alexander, all inside players. Not to mention Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Kevon Looney, who will all hear their name early in June’s NBA draft.
The class of 2015 took it a step further, with the first guard entering the rankings at No. 10. Eleven of the top 12 prospects in the ESPN 100 are frontcourt players. Ben Simmons, Skal Labissiere, Henry Ellenson, Diamond Stone and others are all guys that do most of their damage around the rim.
But in the class of 2016, a stark contrast is appearing: This class is perimeter-based, plain and simple. There are only three power forwards or centers in the top 14 of the ESPN 60, and the two April live periods continued to highlight the high caliber of the guards and wings at the top of the rankings.
After two recruiting classes dominated by big men, perimeter players are back in the spotlight.