Edrice Adebayo

Four players stay atop the latest Rivals 2016 rankings

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The first of three live periods begins on July 8 at 5 p.m.

In preparation for the July live period, Rivals released an updated version of the Class of 2016 rankings. However, there was no movement through the top-4. Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep), Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian), Jayson Tatum (Chaminade High) and Dennis Smith (Trinity Christian) remain as the top-4 prospects, in that order.

If you’ve watched Jackson, Giles and Tatum play in the FIBA U19 World Championships, or what Smith did to his fellow participants at Steph Curry’s SC30 Select Camp in the Bay Area this week, it’s easy to see why they retained their respective positions in the Class of 2016.

UCLA commit Lonzo Ball, the only player in the top-10 to give his verbal commitment at this point, checks in at No. 5 while Malik Monk, Edrice Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox stay in the bottom half of the top-10. After shining at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Lone Peak High (Utah) point guard Frank Jackson checks in at No. 10, jumping 21 spots.

The full, updated list can be seen here.

Mixtape of five-star Class of 2016 prospect Edrice Adebayo from NBPA Top 100 Camp (VIDEO)

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Class of 2016 prospect Edrice “Bam” Adebayo is one of the most powerful front-court players in the country as he was one of the top standouts at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia last week.

Currently regarded as the No. 8 overall prospect, according to Rivals, Adebayo has been very good over the last few weeks and the 6-foot-9 power forward looks like a potential All-American in the 2016 class. Here’s a mixtape from the camp, from Courtside Films.

Dennis Smith Jr. and Edrice Adebayo connect on an off the backboard alley-oop

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Dennis Smith Jr. is one of the most exciting players to watch in the Class of 2016. The uncommitted point guard showed why in this 20-second span for Team Loaded NC at the Southern Jam Fest this weekend.

Two steals from his teammate led to two highlights. First, a powerful one-handed jam from the 6-foot-2 Smith. That was followed by Smith eluding a defender with an up-and-under before lobbing the ball of the backboard for the trailing Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo.

Both players are ranked in the top 10, according to Rivals.