With the NBA considering allowing high school basketball players to rejoin the NBA Draft as early as 2021, I have begun to track popular and trending high school basketball players out to the Class of 2021. Click on the image below for a Google Sheet with a weekly-updated database of high school players, what's being said about them, and my own scouting reports as I watch each of them. College commitments will be added as they occur.
7/1/18 – USA U17 vs. Mali, FIBA World Cup
7 – Jalen Green
High volume shooter, would like to see him hit more of his 3s. Can shoot off the catch, step back, or off the dribble. Would like to see him develop as an off-handed (left) finisher. Very athletic and can run a transition break/play point in a pinch. Capable passer, as such.
6 – De’Vion Harmon
Defensive hound, capable 3-point shooter but needs a open look as he has slow mechanics.
5 – Jeremy Roach
Crafty, quick PG who can penetrate with strong finishes, eurostep, and others. Often looking to pass, create off the dribble, before he considers pulling up or carving out an open look for himself.
9 – Jalen Suggs
Type of guy who would end up with a 5x5. Lots of steals, but the competition is terrible. Good read of the court both offensively and defensively, but he can find himself trying to do too much and force plays. Crafty driver and finisher.
15 – Vernon Carey
Smooth interior finisher who can step out to 15 feet and knock down a jumper.
12 – Evan Mobley
Blocks shots all over the court, very long, and has great feet under his long body – great spin move and capable finisher. Needs more tools in his big man offensive interior arsenal. Not much of an offensive threat if he can’t outsize his defender.
13 – Wendell Moore
Another candidate for a 5x5, but a much quieter presence than Suggs. Not generating offense, but quietly extending plays with a high IQ and put backs. Always in the right place offensively and defensively.
6/30/18 – USA U17 vs. China, FIBA World Cup (Box Score)
Game note: USA crushed China – China committed 43 turnovers, could not score the ball, and could not slow down the USA in transition. Final score – USA 115, China 37.
10 – RJ Hampton – 13 points (5/6 2PT, 1/4 3PT), 1 reb, 1 ast, 3 steals
He is a scoring guard who can heat up from 3, swift penetrator, and underrated athlete (blocks/steals).
5 – Jeremy Roach - 7 points (3/6 2PT, 0/1 3PT), 1 reb, 2 ast, 1 steal
Primary ballhandler and pass first PG, quick twitch with a great handle on the ball, very athletic player who can turn come up with steals.
9 – Jalen Suggs - 12 points (3/5 2PT, 1/4 3PT), 3/6 FT, 3 reb, 5 ast, 4 steals
Athletic wing who is a smart playmaker, plays through contact to the rim, crafty penetrator, gets to the free throw line, but he is hesitant to shoot the open 3 and needs to develop as a long range shooter. High IQ player who comes up with steals and is a smart transition player.
7 – Jalen Green - 11 points (4/5 2PT, 1/4 3PT), 4 reb, 1 ast, 1 steals
Quick penetrator with soft finish, plays above the rim. No glaring weakness, but he could develop as a 3 pt shooter.
6 – De’Vion Harmon - 17 points (4/6 2PT, 3/3 3PT), 4 reb, 1 ast, 2 steals
Big bodied guard who can defend all over the perimeter, high IQ player, with a slow, but knockdown 3 pt shot (3/3).
12 – Evan Mobley - 10 points (5/7 2PT), 4 reb, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Long, athletic big man who can handle and attack from the perimeter. Good offensive rebounder who is developing an interior offensive game. Big time shot blocker, and noteworthy offensive footwork.