Is it a bit early to be talking about 2015 college basketball recruits, especially considering these kids just kicked off their junior years of high school?
Probably, but that is the nature of what recruiting has become in today’s day and age. Fans are hungry for news about potential stars who will one day don their school’s colors, while coaches must make sure they have the future of their program locked up years in advance.
Click ahead to check out some of the best YouTube highlights for members of the 2015 recruiting class. Recruiting rankings courtesy of Scout.com.
It’s clear watching Stephen Zimmerman’s highlight reel why he is considered the top prospect in the class of 2015.
Since he is nearly 7’ it’s no surprise that he can dunk, but Zimmerman also has touch on his jumper, appears fluid handling the ball and dribbling around defenders, has the ability to find the open man in traffic and swats anything that comes his way.
If there’s one thing Malik Newman, 2015’s No. 2-ranked recruit, does particularly well on the basketball floor it is score in a variety of ways.
If that wasn’t clear before watching his highlight package, it certainly will be afterwards.
If you watch enough recruiting highlight packages, all the dunks and blocked shots begin to blur together. However, watching Ivan Rabb play is like watching a man amongst boys at the prep level.
The nation’s No. 3-rated prospect for 2015 shows off why he is considered one of the most dominant post presences in the country. Whoever lands him will have a power forward for the future.
Tyler Dorsey is the No. 8 overall prospect for the 2015 class and the second-highest rated shooting guard behind Malik Newman. It is clear watching his video that the variety of ways Dorsey can score is a primary reason he is rated so highly.
Sometimes the highlight reels of big men can be somewhat boring because it is two-handed dunk after two-handed dunk, but that is not the case with Ben Simmons.
Simmons has the blocks that coaches want from post players, ball-handling skills to make some guards jealous, the high-flying dunks typically reserved for small forwards and shooting guards, and an impressive outside shot, especially for his power forward position.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including Elijah Thomas’ game.
The No. 10 prospect in the country for 2015 is considered one of the best centers in the country in a class that is loaded with highly rated big men. Thomas’ versatility, ability to score down low and from midrange, along with his ball-handling skills, certainly make him one of the most sought after players of the group.
There is nothing wrong with a little razzle-dazzle in highlight reels, and that is exactly what we are treated to in Jaylen Brown’s.
The nation’s top-rated small forward and No. 11 overall prospect is a better passer than most of the point guards in the 2015 class, and he does it with impressive flare. He also mixes in some scoring for good measure.
If there is one player the rim doesn’t like to see in the 2015 class it is Carlton Bragg, who is currently ranked as the No. 12 prospect.
Bragg is a tenacious dunker, but don’t let that overshadow the rest of his game. He is an impressive post scorer and can hold his own on the defensive side of the ball, which is something that will come in handy in the Big Ten if he ends up going to one of the conference’s many teams interested in his services.
Chicago has produced a ton of topnotch high school and collegiate talent, and Charles Matthews may be next in line for the class of 2015.
The first thing that jumps out about his game is his spot-up jumper, but Matthews has impressive passing and ball-handling skills that will certainly help at the next level. And because this is a highlight reel, he can also dunk.
Highlight reels often consist of a package of individual plays from different games or camps, but Thomas Bryant showed off his overall game in one specific contest.
Per the video description he poured in 27 points and grabbed 11 boards in this game, but his defense, passing skills and soft touch around the rim get left out if we just look at the pure numbers. Wherever Bryant goes to school, that program will instantly have a versatile forward to unleash as a freshman.
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