The Class of 2015 just finished their most important recruiting summer, and after spending all spring and summer on the road evaluating these prospects, Rivals has released a brand new top 150.
And as you might expect, if you paid any attention this summer, Ben Simmons is ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in the class. Simmons is a versatile, 6-foot-8 forward who had a couple of statement performances throughout July. His ability to handle the ball and pass is what sets him apart in a class that lacks some star power.
Jaylen Brown, a powerful 6-foot-7 wing from Georgia, came in No. 2 in the class, which isn’t much of a surprise, either. While Simmons is the consensus No. 1 player in the class, Brown is generally thought of as his biggest challenger to the No. 1 spot. Scout even ranks him as the No. 1 player in the class.
Malik Newman, a high-volume scoring guard that can run the point when need be, comes in at No. 3 while 6-foot-11 center Skal Labissiere — Can you guys help me get the nickname ‘the Haitian Sensation’ going? — comes in at No. 4. Labissiere battled a back injury throughout his junior year which caused him to slide a bit in the rankings, but his size, athleticism and ability to face-up offensively may make him the best NBA prospect in the class.
Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.
The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.
Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.
With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.
“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”
Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.
While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.