- Rank Player Image Player Name Height State City
- 1 Cody Riley 6′ 8″ CA Sierra Canyon,
- 2 Chris Giles 6′ 1″ TX Dallas,
- 3 Jordan Riley 6′ 5″ NC Charlotte,
- 4 DJ Mitchell 6′ 0″ MD Bowie,
- 5 Jarred Vanderbilt 6′ 3″ TX Houston,
- 6 Emmani Wood 6′ 4″ VA Virginia Beach,
- 7 TyShon Alexander 5′ 11″ NC Charlotte,
- 8 Nate Pierre-Louis 5′ 5″ NJ Plainfield
- 9 Jatirus Smith 6′ 2″ NC Fayetteville,
- 10 Paul Washington 6′ 2″ TX Dallas,
- 11 Wendell Carter 6′ 3″ GA Atlanta,
- 12 Andre Boykin 6′ 3″ D.C. Washington,
- 13 Tavion Hollowell 5′ 9″ KY Hopkinsville,
- 14 Terris Jenkins 5′ 9″ VA Richmond,
- 15 Qon Murphy 5′ 9″ NC Charlotte,
- 16 Jordan McCabe 5′ 5″ WA Seattle,
- 17 Jesse Neloms 5′ 5″ TN Memphis,
- 18 Paul Scruggs 6′ 2″ IN Indianapolis,
- 19 Jaylin Fleming 5′ 7″ IL Chicago,
- 20 Samuel Hughes 5′ 9″ OK Tulsa,
- 21 Justin Roberts 5′ 9″ IN Indianapolis,
- 22 Marques Watson 5′ 5″ NY Brooklyn,
- 23 Caleb Nero 5′ 6″ OK Tulsa,
- 24 Jaylen Nowell 5′ 7″ WA Seattle,
- 25 Charles O’Bannon Jr. 5′ 6″ NV Las Vegas,
These rankings are a gauge of where the players are viewed today based on the date given on the rankings. This is not to be confused with where the players are going to be down the road. Far too often parents and youth league coaches get way too caught up into “my kid is this or that” instead of focusing on what can be controlled; skill level and learning how to play.
Just because your son or daughter plays good at middle school camp does NOT mean he is poised for fame. For example I researched a 2004 middle school camp that had “the best” middle school talent in the country, by the time they got to college only 16 of that 270+ kids signed scholarships to play at the High Major/BCS level. That means some kids got better and a lot didn’t, and some came out of nowhere.
With all that said these list should serve as motivation for some and warning for others. Warning that you are a marked man now, that everyone is coming after you, and that you need to turn up your work ethic and focus to remain on top. Parents need to maintain perspective on this game because it is a marathon. Would you want to dart out of the gate in first for a marathon only to finish 250th? Being ranked high early means that you can only go down and you will be critiqued much more closely by all others around. Being the top dog or one of the top dogs means you need to work that much harder to stay on top.
Best of luck to all of you in the future.
Middle School Hoops