Rivals unveiled its new Class of 2016 national rankings in the latest Rivals150 and the top four players are staying the same. Detroit wing Josh Jackson, North Carolina forward Harry Giles, St. Louis wing Jayson Tatum (Duke) and North Carolina point guard Dennis Smith remain the top four players in the class while Texas native De’Angelo Fox moves up to the No. 5 spot.
Jackson and Giles have battled for the No. 1 spot hard the past few months and national analysts seem split on who to put at No. 1. Fox also made a late push to dethrone Smith as the No. 1 point guard. This national Class of 2016 is considered by many to be one of the most talented classes of the last 20 years.
The group has a strong crop of point guards, as noted by Rivals national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi. Of the top 60 players in the 2016 class, seventeen players are point guards, which will really help college basketball when those players enter.
You can view the new Rivals150 here.
North Carolina native and five-star Class of 2016 point guard Dennis Smith Jr. recently had surgery on his left knee and a source confirmed with NBCSports.com that Smith has a torn ACL. The explosive 6-foot-2 point guard hurt his knee towards the end of adidas Nations early last week before having surgery to repair his knee late last week.
Smith’s father told ESPN.com that Smith Jr. will be out for six-to-nine months as he recovers and rehabs from the injury.
Regarded as the top point guard in the class, according to Rivals, Smith is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. The No. 4 overall prospect recently cut his recruiting list to Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, N.C. State, North Carolina and Wake Forest.
As a player who uses a lot of athleticism and moves to finish around the rim, it’ll be important to see how Smith bounces back from this injury because of his aggressive style of play. Since he’s still young and has a full season before he plays college basketball, Smith’s ACL injury shouldn’t hurt his standing once he enters the college game next fall.
With the grassroots circuit winding down and camp season in place, Ball is Life did a really cool documentary-style look at the Under Armour Association and some of its star players going to the Elite 24 in New York later this month. The mixtape maker took interviews and highlights of five-star prospects like Josh Jackson, Terrance Ferguson, Dennis Smith and Trevon Duval in this video that lasts a little bit over 15 minutes.
This gives a fun account of what some of the grassroots circuit is like during the spring and this is a cool video of some of the best players in the country.