It’s been well documented that the 2016 class is a good one, especially at the top.
Since we introduced the class, Harry Giles has been Scout.com’s No. 1 prospect. Despite sitting out the season with a knee injury, Giles held on to that spot.
Prior to the injury, Giles, who stands 6-foot-9, impressed with his skill level. He showed versatility, proved he was quite effective both facing the rim and with his back to it and was an impressive athlete with very good body control. Giles told Scout.com’s he’s planning to return to the court this spring.
Just after Giles in the rankings is St. Louis native Jayson Tatum. A 6-foot-8 wing, Tatum has a lengthy set of arms and is a solid all around athlete. Offensively, he’s quite skilled, scores the ball well off the bounce and is a good passer.
Thon Maker checks in at No. 3 overall. A 7-footer, Maker runs the floor with ease, is a good athlete, has the skill set to handle the ball some and scores it well on the block. On top of that, he’s a defensive presence and is an effective shot blocker.
Sensational scorer Josh Jackson is No. 4 is the latest rankings. Jackson had a monster spring and summer playing for Dorian’s Pride. The 6-foot-6 wing is a high-level athlete, a talented scorer off the bounce, has potential as a wing defender and rebounds the ball especially well.
Tatum checks in at No. 2
Memphis native Dedric Lawson is Scout’s No. 5 player. A long, lean forward, Lawson is mobile and athletic. But where the 6-foot-8 forward impresses the most is with his ball skills and versatility.
V.J. King, Tyus Battle, Seventh Woods, Malik Monk and Amir Coffey close out the updated top 10.
UCLA has the highest rated commitment on the list. Lonzo Ball, who committed in January, is ranked No. 12 overall. Pittsburgh and BYU are the only other schools with commitments in the top 50. Mustapha Heron is committed to Pittsburgh, while Frank Jackson is committed to BYU.
This is the first time we’ve extended the 2016 rankings to 50. The state of California landed the most players on the list with 12. North Carolina and Ohio each had three prospects among the 50.