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.
Frank Jackson, a top-10 recruit in the Class of 2016, committed to Duke on Tuesday night, announcing his decision from Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah.
Duke is in the midst of a monster recruiting class. It began on July 12 when elite wing Jayson Tatum, rated No. 3 overall by Rivals, committed to Duke. The 6-foot-4 Jackson follows Tatum to Durham, picking the Blue Devils over BYU, Stanford and Utah.
The Blue Devils aren’t done here. They are also in contention for Harry Giles, the No. 2 overall play in the Class of 2016. The 6-foot-10 Giles is a North Carolina native and close friend of Tatum. Duke is also on the final list of schools for five-star big men, Marques Bolden and Wenyen Gabriel.
Jackson’s commitment adds to an already loaded perimeter attack for Coach K in 2016-17. Duke’s back court of Grayson Allen, Matt Jones, Luke Kennard and Derryck Thornton could all return. Jackson will likely see time on and off the ball, as Thornton isn’t expected to turn pro after his freshman season.
Playing for the Utah Prospects in the adidas Gauntlet series, Jackson averaged 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, shooting 54 percent from the field. His summer ended with an MVP performance at the Under Armour Elite 24.
Sunday afternoon the CP3 All-Stars and St. Louis Eagles met in the semifinals of the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina, with the headliners being 2016 prospects Harry Giles (CP3) and Jayson Tatum (St. Louis Eagles). Of course there was also the matter of Tatum making his college decision following the game, as he chose Duke on national television.
While those were the major plots in this one, there was also the game itself. CP3 All-Stars led by double figures for a significant stretch of the game, with the Eagles making a furious comeback in the second half. But down by two with 4.8 seconds remaining the Eagles still needed a shot to either send the game into overtime or win it.
With Tatum being taken away the ball wound up in the hands of 2016 guard Jordan Barnes, who took off down the court and hit a double-clutch three-pointer from the right elbow as time expired to give the Eagles a 74-73 win. Above is video of the shot, as filmed by NextUpRecruits.
That was Barnes’ second game-winning shot of the weekend, and as a result the Eagles advanced to take on the Georgia Stars in the title game (which was won by the Stars). According to Rivals.com, the Christian Brothers College HS (St. Louis) guard holds offers from Arkansas State, Indiana State, IUPUI, Missouri State and South Alabama.