As we head towards the home stretch of the high school season across the country it seems like a perfect time to release our first edition of the 2015 national player rankings where talented freshman like Karl Towns Jr. are already making huge waves across the country…

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(1)    KARL TOWNS JR. – 6-10 – F – ST. JOSEPHS H.S. (NJ) (VIEW PROFILE)
An exceptionally skilled talent with excellent size, nice instincts, and an above average skill package.  Has range that extends beyond the NBA arc and a lethal perimeter stroke that he can utilize to take over a game offensively.  Has nice instincts on the blocks and uses a variety of post moves to score as needed in the paint.  A strong inside-outside scoring forward, Towns drips with upside and potential and currently sets the bar in the 2015 class nationally based on skill and his enormous upside and potential in the coming years.

(2)    MALIK NEWMAN – 6-3 – G – CALLAWAY H.S. (MS) (VIEW PROFILE)
A strong perimeter talent with range beyond the arc, solid handles and breakdown ability, the ability to attack the rim and finish off the bounce, solid instincts and vision, etc.  Has athleticism, skill, instincts, and the ability to control the game at a young age.  One of the prized talents in the 2015 class nationally at first glance.

(3)    MICKEY MITCHELL – 6-7 – SF – GRACE PREP (TX) (VIEW PROFILE)
A tough wing talent with range, instincts, and athleticism, Mitchell continues to impress regionally and nationally this winter after another stellar campaign on the grassroots travel circuit.  Arguably the most productive talent in his class in terms of consistency, Mitchell looks the part of a high major impact talent at this juncture of his high school career.

(4)    PERRY DOZIER – 6-2 – PG – SPRING VALLEY (SC) (VIEW PROFILE)
A long wiry skilled perimeter talent who’s generated a lot of buzz in recent years for his various exploits.  Dozier has solid handles, sees the floor well, can suffice as a quality playmaker, and has range that extends beyond the arc.  A high major perimeter talent in terms of upside and potential, Dozier continues to serve as one of the measuring sticks in the 2015 class nationally.

(5)    DIAMOND STONE – 6-9 – C – DOMINICAN (WI) (VIEW PROFILE)
The top skilled big man in the class, Stone has excellent size to go along with solid length and an above average skill package.  Equipped with solid instincts and decent athleticism for a young big his size, Stone uses both hands exceptionally well on the blocks, has decent rebounding instincts, can power home dunks, and has the ability to step away from the basket with a mid-range stroke that can extend beyond the arc on occasion but usually hits the 15-18 foot range for the most part.  Arguably the top pure post prospect in the class nationally right now.

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(6)    BRODERICKS JONES – 6-9 – PF – ST. BERNARD H.S. (CA)
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Taking a bit of a flyer on this young talent due largely in part to his length and upside, Jones continues to generate an enormous amount of buzz in the So Cal area.  He’s drawn rough and early comparisons to a young Tyson Chandler type given his length and athleticism.  Jones runs the floor well, has solid timing in terms of his shot blocking, and is a nice athlete.  Still raw skill wise, Jones takes this spot largely in part to his upside and potential as opposed to his current production.  

(8)    JAMAR ERGAS – 6-3 – SG – MONTVERDE ACADEMY (FL) (VIEW PROFILE)
An explosively athletic wing with the ability to score in transition and half court sets, Ergas is a human highlight reel waiting to happen at times.  Equipped with big time hops, Ergas has generated an enormous amount of buzz due to his aerial exploits but he brings an ability to score off the bounce and range beyond the arc to the table as well.  One of the top pure athletes in the 2015 class nationally.

(9)    STEPHEN ZIMMERMAN – 6-11 – F/C – BISHOP GORMAN (NV) (VIEW PROFILE)
A skilled and instinctive long interior talent, Zimmerman is raw physically which gives him an excellent ceiling and solid potential in the coming years.  While he needs to add strength and get more explosive, Zimmerman can elevate as needed but his instincts, vision, passing skills, etc. are more advanced than most of his peers.  Has solid post skills which includes a nice jump hook and the ability to finish on the blocks, but he also can knock down the mid-range jumper and has the skill to face up from beyond the arc and drain that as well.  

(15)    DANIEL GIDDENS – 6-9 – PF – WHEELER (GA) (VIEW PROFILE)
Equipped with nice length, solid athleticism, decent shot blocking prowess, and the ability to power the ball in the basket from around the blocks, Giddens looks like a bona fide high major impact power forward at first glance.  He runs the floor well, has solid instincts, and possessed solid athleticism which makes for a dangerous prospect on both sides of the floor in the coming years.

(25)    AARON HOLIDAY – 5-11 – G – CAMPBELL HALL (CA) (VIEW PROFILE)
Another highly regarded west coast prodigy, Holiday is already making his mark on the west coast with a number of explosive scoring outputs for Campbell Hall during the high school season.  He has a nice handle, solid breakdown skills, an ability to score off the bounce, and range that extends beyond the arc.  The younger brother of current Philadelphia 76ers standout Jrue Holiday, Aaron passes the look test for a young guard and has a skill set that foreshadows a high major impact talent when it’s all said and done.

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