College Basketball Recruiting

College Basketball Recruiting 2015: Players Whose Stock Is Soaring This Summer

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2014

College Basketball Recruiting 2015: Players Whose Stock Is Soaring This Summer

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    The stock of class of 2015 big man Henry Ellenson (right) has been on the rise this summer.
    The stock of class of 2015 big man Henry Ellenson (right) has been on the rise this summer.Associated Press

    There's more than just temperatures rising during the summer months. When it comes to college basketball recruiting, that's when getting hot does the most to improve a prospect's stock and get them the best scholarship offers.

    With various recruiting camps, summer leagues and other competitions littering the country during the summer, recruits from in the class of 2015 can use this time to rise up the charts. Several have already done so, either going from underrated sleepers to top-tier prospects or becoming even more coveted than before.

    We've identified 10 recruits whose stock is soaring the most this summer. Check them out, and hope your team gets a chance to land one or more of them.

Carlton Bragg

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    Position: Power forward

    Height, weight: 6'8", 205 lbs

    It's amazing what one big game can do for a player's stock, something Carlton Bragg is seeing right now after he went off at the recently completed NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    According to NBC College Basketball Talk's Scott Phillips, Bragg had 36 points and 14 rebounds in one game, helping to boost him in the recruiting rankings. 247Sports' composite ranking has the 5-star Bragg as the No. 7 overall player and No. 3 power forward in 2015.

    The Cleveland product plans to trim his list of school choices to five in early September, with experts pegging him as most likely to end up at Kentucky, Ohio State or Kansas.

Dillon Brooks

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    Position: Small forward

    Height, weight: 6'5", 185 lbs

    Most of the attention and spotlight at the FIBA Americas Under-18 tournament last month in Colorado Springs was focused on Team USA's overflowing roster of young superstars, but scouts on hand also got to see a breakout performance from a Canadian who is sure to rocket up the charts.

    Dillon Brooks led all scorers in the tournament, averaging 25.2 points per game as he paced the Canadians to a silver medal and qualified them for the World Championships. Brooks scored 27 and added eight rebounds in the gold-medal loss to the United States.

    Brooks, who plays high school ball for Nevada power Findlay Prep, was a 3-star prospect before the tournament, but he now sits as a 4-star on 247Sports' composite rankings. Expect him to move up even further now that more teams have become aware of him.

Jaylen Brown

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    Position: Small forward

    Height, weight: 6'7", 217 lbs

    Jaylen Brown's rise up the rankings is the product of a two-pronged attack, both locally and globally.

    Brown lit it up during an AAU tournament in Indianapolis in May, scoring 48 points (in 32 minutes) on 15-of-22 shooting that included six three-pointers. A few weeks later, he was providing some of the best play of any American at the Adidas Eurocamp in Italy, including 21 points in 27 minutes against a European team made up of draft-eligible players.

    Brown is currently rated No. 4 in the 2015 class, his highest spot yet. The Georgia native is being compared to Arizona signee Stanley Johnson as the "power wing" of his class, according to 247Sports scouting director Jerry Meyer.

Cheick Diallo

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    Position: Power forward

    Height, weight: 6'9", 218 lbs

    A year ago, Cheick Diallo was a promising prospect who was mostly getting looked at by the programs that frequently look for players around New York City. Now, with offers from Kansas, Kentucky and many other blue bloods, Diallo is officially among the elite recruits.

    Diallo made an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Monday, and now Duke appears to be getting into the battle for the long, lanky forward, according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com.

    Rated as the No. 6 overall player in 2015, Diallo could move up even higher as he gets more and more interest.

Tyler Dorsey

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    Position: Point guard

    Height, weight: 6'4", 170 lbs

    Tyler Dorsey's stock is on the way up as swiftly as any other 2015 prospect, but in his case, it's based more on what he's done off the court than with the ball in his hands.

    Dorsey, who had committed to Arizona in January, withdrew his pledge to the Wildcats in mid-June. He did so via an emailed statement to Arizona coach Sean Miller, as well as other schools recruiting him, noting that he'd "rushed my college choice and did not provide myself with the greatest opportunity to explore and thoroughly investigate all my possible college options."

    While Arizona's offers to other point guards likely affected Dorsey's decommitment, the way he went about making the move has been applauded. Bleacher Report's Jason King wrote that his approach "said a lot about his character, which is one of the many traits that will impress the dozens of coaches who will pursue him this summer."

    Dorsey, a 5-star prospect from California who is rated No. 17 overall, has offers from more than a dozen other programs.

Henry Ellenson

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    Position: Power forward

    Height, weight: 6'10", 230 lbs

    The state of Wisconsin was already a recruiting hot spot for 2015 big men, thanks to Milwaukee product Diamond Stone. But the meteoric rise of Henry Ellenson has prompted scouts to search their maps to find just where the tiny town of Rice Lake is located.

    (It's in northwest Wisconsin, much closer to Minneapolis than any major city in its own state, for the record.)

    Ellenson was absolutely dominant during the high school season, helping to get him attention and rise into the top 10 in many recruiting rankings. 247Sports' composite has bumped him up to No. 9 overall, using his performance during an EYBL spring league (18 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks per game) as a catalyst for that uptick.

    As has been the case with many of the upper Midwest's top prospects, Ellenson is drawing attention both from the big programs locally like Marquette and Wisconsin but has also grabbed offers from the likes of Duke, North Carolina and UCLA. 

Derrick Jones

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    Position: Small forward

    Height, weight: 6'6", 180 lbs

    Derrick Jones keeps piling up the offers, most recently landing one from defending NCAA champion Connecticut. And if he continues to respond to such news the way he did earlier this week, odds are those offers will continue.

    Jones, from suburban Philadelphia, drove straight from an unofficial visit at UConn to Dyckman Park, the famed New York City playground basketball complex, and according to Nick Medline of ZagsBlog.com, he promptly scored 30 points in a tournament game there.

    Rated as a 4-star prospect and No. 27 overall, Jones has had longstanding offers from Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Syracuse and Villanova.

Ben Simmons

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    Position: Small forward

    Height, weight: 6'8", 190 lbs

    Ben Simmons got his college decision out of the way a while ago, committing to LSU last October. This would mean he'd go more than two years between making his pledge and actually competing in a college game for the Tigers, a time span that could lead to complacency.

    That doesn't seem to be the case for the Australia native (who plays for Montverde Academy in Florida), as in late June he rose to No. 1 in 247Sports' composite rankings for the class of 2015.

    According to Rivals.com's Eric Bossi, Simmons is deserving of the top spot because "he has produced everywhere he has gone," including various tournaments and showcases since making his LSU commitment. He's scheduled to participate in the Nike Peach Jam July 16-20 in North Augusta, Georgia.

Ray Smith

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    Position: Small forward

    Height, weight: 6'7", 185 lbs

    The depth of talent in the Las Vegas area continues to grow each year, and not just because of the presence of the nationally renowned Findlay Prep in nearby Henderson. Three Las Vegas locals are among the top 15 players in the class of 2015, with Ray Smith as the latest to get into the group thanks to his great offseason.

    Smith stood out at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, and now that he's becoming much more well known for a poster-worthy dunk he had last summer, the offers are pouring in. He recently trimmed his list to nine schools, doing so in a tweet that also included a custom emoticon for each finalist.

Allonzo Trier

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    Position: Shooting guard

    Height, weight: 6'4", 185 lbs

    Allonzo Trier is headed west, and not just in terms of the schools recruiting him the most.

    The 5-star shooter, rated No. 13 overall, announced in June he was transferring from Montrose Christian in Maryland to Findlay Prep in Nevada. He'd only spent one year at Montrose, as he was homeschooled for his first two years of high school while living in Oklahoma.

    Trier made the announcement only a few days after picking up an offer from Arizona, joining UNLV as Western schools showing interest in him. More offers are likely after he fared well as a starter for Team USA at the FIBA Americas under-18 tournament, where he averaged 12.6 points per game and went to the line a team-best 32 times in five contests.

     

    All recruiting rankings courtesy of 247Sports.com unless otherwise noted.

    Follow Brian J. Pedersen on Twitter at @realBJP.

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