Some will find it absolutely absurd that we’re already looking ahead to the best players in college basketball’s recruiting class of 2013. Point taken.
After all, the ballers of the Class of 2012 haven’t even graduated from high school yet, and we’re already concerned with who the cream of the 2013 crop is and where these elite players will possibly end up. However, if you’re a diehard college basketball fan, you realize that it’s never too early to look ahead.
With the help of the experts at the venerable scouting website Rivals.com, we try our best to give you the story of each of the top 25 players in the Class of 2013.
So if you’re disgusted by our obsession with recruiting, I suggest you turn away now. Otherwise, let’s get this baby started.
Hailing from Charlotte, 6’4” shooting guard Allerik Freeman has shot his way into the crosshairs of elite college coaches like Mike Krzyzewski.
Coach K and the Blue Devils are interested in this 4-star shooter, as are UCLA, Kansas, Ohio State and Villanova.
He has no problems pulling it from long range and can also make plays going to the basket when need be.
Robert Hubbs has been making waves down south with his ability to get buckets. A 6’4” shooting guard out of Tennessee, Hubbs has drawn the interest of over a dozen schools.
They include SEC powers Florida and Vanderbilt, as well as nearby Memphis and Tennessee.
Hubbs has already made himself a few young fans, particularly the excited ones in this video who witnessed the lanky guard throw down some impressive dunks one day.
Rondae Jefferson of Pennsylvania has almost a dozen colleges in hot pursuit of his services. They include several Big East institutions like Providence, Cincinnati, Villanova and Georgetown.
One interesting tidbit is that Rondae, a 6’6” forward, is the younger brother of current Temple Owl forward Rahlir Jefferson.
It will be interesting to see if Rondae follows in his older brother’s footsteps and eventually plays for Fran Dunphy.
From the Windy City of Chicago, Kendrick Nunn is a sharp-shooting lefty with deadly range.
The 6’3” guard can pull it with the best of them and is solid defensively. As of right now, the leading school to land Nunn is Texas A&M.
However, we all know that this could change at any moment, especially when programs like Baylor, Syracuse and Arizona are also in the mix.
A solid point guard is always coveted by programs large and small, so it’s no surprise that New Jersey point guard Tyler Ennis has attracted the attention of over two dozen schools.
A 6’2” floor general out of powerhouse St. Benedict’s, Ennis is an elite passer who can hit the open jumper and occasionally crash the boards.
He’s considering Missouri, Arizona, Kentucky and Pittsburgh, among many, many others.
We have our first great big man on the list, and he’s 6’8” center BeeJay Anya.
Hailing from the venerable DeMatha High out of Maryland, Anya has drawn the eye of Duke, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA among many others.
As seen here, Anya has no problems cleaning up the boards for put-back dunks, can finish down low and can even step out for a jumper at the top of the key every now and then.
It’s lucky No. 7 at the moment for Virginia’s Troy Williams.
The 6’6” small forward has seven schools interested in his services, most notably Louisville and North Carolina.
A 4-star prospect, Williams is the fourth-best small forward in the Rivals Class of 2013.
Williams oozes athleticism and excels on the fast break. Perhaps, this makes him the perfect fit for the Tar Heels and Roy Williams’ up-tempo system.
We’ll have to wait and see.
Nate Britt is hooping it up at Gonzaga. Before you think he balls for the West Coast Conference, let me clarify.
Britt does play for Gonzaga—High School, that is. In college, the 6’2” point guard will play for North Carolina. From all indications, Tar Heel coach Roy Williams will have yet another elite floor general on his hands.
Britt is rated as outstanding in both the ball-handling and passing categories, according to Rivals.
The rich get richer, as the 4-star Britt will surely tear it up on Tobacco Road.
Memphis power forward Johnathan Williams III may very well end up playing for Josh Pastner and the Memphis Tigers. After all, Williams III could pretty much commute to his school to play his college ball.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that other schools won’t try to lure the beastly 6’8” forward away from home.
Other programs who want Williams III include North Carolina, Missouri and Texas.
It’s down to five schools for the services of Jabari Bird. The 6’5” small forward is attracted to a quintet of Pac-12 schools: Washington, Oregon, Colorado, California and Arizona.
The California native looks like he can easily win a slam dunk competition and possesses a nice step-back jump shot in his arsenal.
Nick King of Memphis has caught the attention of a dozen universities. Of course, determining which school will sign this stud forward is easier said than done.
Will it be Buzz Williams and Marquette? What about Roy Williams and North Carolina? Or Mike Anderson and Arkansas?
Either way, King is an explosive 5-star player who will immediately help whichever team he plays for in college.
Solomon Poole out of Jacksonville is a 6’1” point guard who is one of the most coveted players in the Class of 2013.
He has narrowed his college choices down to eight—a list that includes Georgia, Louisville and Connecticut.
Poole’s game is electric and energetic, to say the least. He possesses incredible ups to go along with a polished outside jumper.
Five-star Virginia point guard Anthony Barber has received offers from four programs so far: North Carolina State, Providence, Virginia and Virginia Tech. But the 6’2” player nicknamed “Cat” is also very interested in playing for Mike Krzyzewski and Duke.
In an interview with Five Star Basketball seen here, Barber calls Duke a “dream” school and is warm to the idea of dueling against fellow Class of 2013 point guard Nate Britt, who is headed to North Carolina.
Should Barber end up in Durham, it would set up quite the scintillating point guard showdown on Tobacco Road.
Another elite point guard in the Class of 2013 is Philadelphia’s Rysheed Jordan.
Naturally, Jordan’s game has attracted the attention of nearly all of the Philadelphia schools, along with many others outside of the region.
The 6’4” Jordan can squeeze the orange with the best of them and is versatile enough to potentially be a combo guard in college. As of now, Jordan is set to make his commitment official this July.
Out of Los Angeles, Isaac Hamilton is being lured by colleges and universities on both sides of the country—and many places in between. Some of these schools include San Diego State, Kansas and St. John’s.
The 6’4” Hamilton is considered the third-best shooting guard in 2013 by Rivals. As seen in this highlight tape, Hamilton appears to be an ideal drive-and-dish guard.
He can provide teammates open looks with his ability to break down a defense off the dribble. With skills like that, it’s easy to see why many coaches are interested in this 5-star player.
Out of Dallas, Keith Frazier is being pursued by schools from the Pac-12, Big 12 and SEC.
He has ideal size (6’5”), great shooting range and an ability to excel in the open floor. Perhaps, Frazier’s skills would leave him best suited to play for Frank Haith and the Missouri Tigers.
The Tigers love to play a guard-oriented, tantric game, and landing Frazier in Columbia would allow Haith and company to make quite the splash as the program transitions into the SEC.
Next on the list is 6’5” 5-star small forward James Young.
Currently, it appears that Young is Big Ten-bound, as four teams from that conference (Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State) are in the running for his services.
According to Rivals and their scouting, Young’s biggest strengths include his shooting, ball skills and passing. If he can improve his overall presence down low, then this may be a Young man whose stock could skyrocket heading into next year’s signing period.
Kasey Hill is staying home to play his college ball. The 6’1” point guard is staying in the Sunshine State of Florida and will play for Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators.
As seen here, Hill has a deadly crossover dribble that should send fear into the hearts of many opposing SEC guards. His ability to penetrate the lane and kick out to open three-point shooters will work perfectly in Donovan’s offense.
Just in case you weren’t aware, the Gators were one of the nation’s leaders in three-pointers made this past season.
And the rich get richer. Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels have their second top-25 recruit in 2013, and this lad’s name is Isaiah Hicks.
A 6’8” power forward from the Tar Heel State, Hicks certainly looks like he could be the next Harrison Barnes or James Michael McAdoo.
Tall and lanky, Hicks is a force at the rim on both offense and defense. He already possesses a knack for blocking shots and plays with a nice blend of smoothness and intensity when his team has the ball.
Hicks and point guard Nate Britt give the Heels quite the formidable duo in 2013.
Florida power forward Chris Walker looks like he’ll be a real force as soon as he steps on a college basketball court. Now, it’s just a matter of him determining which one he’ll step on.
According to Rivals, the 6’9” Walker is currently high on three programs: Florida, Kansas and Ohio State.
For Walker, he really can’t go wrong picking any of these three powers, considering how well they develop big men.
With superb leaping ability and silky smooth athleticism, Walker has the potential to become the next great frontcourt player wherever he decides to attend school.
Nearly all of college basketball’s blue bloods are vying for the services of 6’5” Texas shooting guard Aaron Harrison, and it’s easy to see why.
He has great size, a nice first step and the ability to knock down shots from beyond the arc—even with a hand in his face.
Right now, Baylor, Kentucky, Maryland, Texas and Villanova are the front-runners to land Harrison’s services.
Aaron Gordon out of California has drawn comparisons to the likes of players like Chris Webber. Perhaps, that’s good news for Steve Fisher and San Diego State in their pursuit of California’s Mr. Basketball.
After all, Fisher coached Webber and Michigan’s Fab Five back in the day. Whichever coach Gordon plays for, that coach will be getting arguably the most explosive player in the entire 2013 class.
Not only does Gordon play above the rim, he lives there and charges rent, as evidenced in this gaudy highlight video.
The top power forward in 2013, Julius Randle of Texas is being chased by the likes of Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari and Bill Self. At 6’8” and 235 lbs, Randle is an absolute force down low.
He’s as punishing as they come at the rim and can even break defenders’ ankles with a superb first step. Along with Duke, Kentucky and Kansas, Randle is also being pursued by the likes of North Carolina, Missouri and Texas.
Travis High in Fort Bend, TX, possesses the nastiest high school backcourt in the country. Not only do they have fifth-ranked Aaron Harrison at the two-guard, but they have his twin brother, Andrew, at the point.
Andrew is considered the best point guard in this class, according to Rivals. The 6’5” floor general has drawn serious interest from a bunch of great college basketball programs, including Kentucky, Georgetown, Maryland and Texas.
Ask any college scout and they’ll be hard-pressed to find a flaw in Andrew’s game. He’s big, physical, has immaculate ball skills, can slash with the best of them and can knock down outside jumpers with ease.
It’s hard to believe that Rivals found a player better than Andrew Harrison, but they have.
Meet your top player in the 2013 class: Chicago’s Jabari Parker. This lean, mean 6’7” forward can do it all.
He can run the floor; he can hit treys; he can block shots; he can muscle down low for rebounds. And if you need someone to sell popcorn in the stands at halftime, he can probably do that with ease, too.
Parker has everyone from Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski to North Carolina’s Roy Williams putting on the full-court press for his commitment.
Whoever lands Parker will surely be landing a future NBA lottery pick, in addition to—by some indications—a refreshingly grounded young man off the court.