Check this out. These are the top five high school basketball recruits of the past 11 years (2003-2013) and for the next three years (2014-2016).
It looks like these rankings do a pretty decent job foretelling the future. For those first 11 years, 46 of the 55 recruits listed below made it to the NBA (eight are still in school). Most either went straight to the pros, like LeBron James in 2003 and Dwight Howard in 2004, or played one or two seasons in college before making the jump.
Some played three years in college – but only David Padgett stayed the whole four years. He’s the only baller listed through 2011 who finished college, but never played in the NBA.
The predictions are not perfect, though. Take a look at Rose in 2007 who fell behind O.J. Mayo and Michael Beasley, for instance. There are a few other out of order rankings, but you have to acknowledge, it’s hard to really make the call on 16- and 17-year olds.
Or 14- and 15-year olds, for that matter. Already the rankings are out for the best high school players through 2016.
One more note: that whole “straight to the NBA” thing really died out after 2005.Follow @VinGetz
|PLAYER||HIGH SCHOOL||CITY, STATE||SCHOOL||CURRENT or (LAST) NBA TEAM / SCHOOL STATUS|
|1.||LeBron James||St. Vincent-St. Mary HS||Akron, OH||Straight to NBA||Miami Heat|
|2.||Luol Deng||Blair Academy||Blairstown, NJ||Duke (1 Year)||Chicago Bulls|
|3.||Ndudi Ebi||Westbury Christian School||Houston, TX||Straight to NBA||(Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|4.||David Padgett||Reno HS||Reno, NV||Kansas (1 Year)||N/A|
|Louisville (3 Years)|
|5.||Shannon Brown||Proviso East HS||Maywood, IL||Michigan State (3 Years)||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|1.||Dwight Howard||Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy||Atlanta, GA||Straight to NBA||Houston Rockets|
|2.||Shaun Livingston||Peoria Central||Peoria, IL||Straight to NBA||Brooklyn Nets|
|3.||Al Jefferson||Prentiss HS||Prentiss, MS||Straight to NBA||Charlotte Bobcats|
|4.||Josh Smith||Oak Hill Academy||Mouth of Wilson, VA||Straight to NBA||Detroit Pistons|
|5.||Rudy Gay||Archbishop Spalding||Severn, MD||Connecticut (2 Years)||Toronto Raptors|
|1.||Josh McRoberts||Carmel HS||Carmel, IN||Duke (2 Years)||Charlotte Bobcats|
|2.||Gerald Green||Gulf Shores Academy||Houston, TX||Straight to NBA||Phoenix Suns|
|3.||Monta Ellis||Lanier Senior HS||Jackson, MS||Straight to NBA||Dallas Mavericks|
|4.||Martell Webster||Seattle Prep School||Seattle, WA||Straight to NBA||Washington Wizards|
|5.||Louis Williams||South Gwinnett HS||Snellville, GA||Straight to NBA||Atlanta Hawks|
|1.||Greg Oden||Lawrence North HS||Indianapolis, IN||Ohio State (1 Year)||Miami Heat|
|2.||Kevin Durant||Montrose Christian School||Rockville, MD||Texas (1 Year)||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|3.||Brandan Wright||Brentwood Academy||Brentwood, TN||North Carolina (1 Year)||Dallas Mavericks|
|4.||Spencer Hawes||Seattle Prep School||Seattle, WA||Washington (1 Year)||Philadelphia 76ers|
|5.||Ty Lawson||Oak Hill Academy||Mouth of Wilson, VA||North Carolina (3 Years)||Denver Nuggets|
|1.||O.J. Mayo||Huntington HS||Huntington, WV||USC (1 Year)||Milwaukee Bucks|
|2.||Michael Beasley||Notre Dame Prep||Fitchburg, MA||Kansas State (1 Year)||Miami Heat|
|3.||Kevin Love||Lake Oswego HS||Lake Oswego, OR||UCLA (1 Year)||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|4.||Eric Gordon||North Central HS||Indianapolis, IN||Indiana (1 Year)||New Orleans Pelicans|
|5.||Derrick Rose||Simeon Vocational HS||Chicago, IL||Memphis (1 Year)||Chicago Bulls|
|1.||Brandon Jennings||Oak Hill Academy||Mouth of Wilson, VA||Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (2 Years)||Detroit Pistons|
|2.||Samardo Samuels||St. Benedict Prep||Newark, NJ||Louisville (2 Years)||(Cleveland Cavaliers)|
|3.||Byron Mullens||Canal Winchester HS||Canal Winchester, OH||Ohio State (1 Year)||Los Angeles Clippers|
|4.||Jrue Holiday||Campbell Hall||North Hollywood, CA||UCLA (1 Year)||New Orleans Pelicans|
|5.||Tyreke Evans||American Christian School||Aston, PA||Memphis (1 Year)||New Orleans Pelicans|
|1.||Derrick Favors||South Atlanta HS||Atlanta, GA||Georgia Tech (1 year)||Utah Jazz|
|2.||John Wall||Word of God Christian Academy||Raleigh, NC||Kentucky (1 Year)||Washington Wizards|
|3.||DeMarcus Cousins||Le Flore Magnet HS||Mobile, AL||Kentucky (1 Year)||Sacramento Kings|
|4.||John Henson||Sickles HS||Tampa, FL||North Carolina (3 Years)||Milwaukee Bucks|
|5.||Avery Bradley||Findlay Prep||Henderson, NV||Texas (1 Year)||Boston Celtics|
|1.||Harrison Barnes||Ames HS||Ames, IA||North Carolina (2 Years)||Golden State Warriors|
|2.||Kyrie Irving||St. Patrick HS||Elizabeth, NJ||Duke (1 Year)||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|3.||Enes Kanter||Stoneridge Prep||Tarzana, CA||Straight to NBA (1 Year Delayed)||Utah Jazz|
|4.||Jared Sullinger||Northland HS||Columbus, OH||Ohio State (2 Years)||Boston Celtics|
|5.||Josh Selby||Lake Clifton-Eastern HS||Baltimore, MD||Kansas (1 Year)||Memphis Grizzlies|
|1.||Anthony Davis||Perspectives Charter HS||Chicago, IL||Kentucky (1 Year)||New Orleans Pelicans|
|2.||Andre Drummond||St. Thomas More School||Oakdale, CT||Connecticut (1 Year)||Detroit Pistons|
|3.||Austin Rivers||Winter Park HS||Winter Park, FL||Duke (1 Year)||New Orleans Pelicans|
|4.||Quincy Miller||Westchester Academy||High Point, NC||Baylor (1 Year)||Denver Nuggets|
|5.||James Michael McAdoo||Norfolk Christian HS||Norfolk, VA||North Carolina (3 Years)*||In 3rd Year at UNC|
|1.||Nerlens Noel||Tilton School||Tilton, NH||Kentucky (1 Year)||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2.||Shabazz Muhammad||Bishop Gorman HS||Las Vegas, NV||UCLA (1 Year)||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|3.||Isaiah Austin||Grace Preparatory Academy, Inc.||Arlington, TX||Baylor (2 Years)*||In 2nd Year at Baylor|
|4.||Kyle Anderson||St. Anthony HS||Jersey City, NJ||UCLA (2 Years)*||In 2nd Year at UCLA|
|5.||Steven Adams||Notre Dame Prep||Fitchburg, MA||Pittsburgh (1 Year)||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|1.||Andrew Wiggins||Huntington Prep||Huntington, WV||Kansas (1 Year)*||In 1st Year at Kansas|
|2.||Julius Randle||Prestonwood Christian||Plano, TX||Kentucky (1 Year)*||In 1st Year at Kentucky|
|3.||Jabari Parker||Simeon Vocational HS||Chicago, IL||Duke (1 Year)*||In 1st Year at Duke|
|4.||Aaron Gordon||Archbishop Mitty HS||San Jose, CA||Arizona (1 Year)*||In 1st Year at Arizona|
|5.||Andrew Harrison||Travis HS||Richmond, TX||Kentucky (1 Year)*||In 1st Year at Kentucky|
|1.||Jahlil Okafor||Whitney Young Magnet HS||Chicago, IL||Committed to Duke|
|2.||Myles Turner||Trinity HS||Euless, TX||N/A|
|3.||Emmanuel Mudiay||Prime Prep Academy||Dallas, TX||Committed to Southern Methodist|
|4.||Tyus Jones||Apple Valley Sr.||Apple Valley, MN||Committed to Duke|
|5.||Cliff Alexander||Curie Metropolitan HS||Chicago, IL||Committed to Kansas|
|1.||Malik Newman||Callaway Sr HS||Jackson, MS||N/A|
|2.||Diamond Stone||Dominican HS||Milwaukee, WI||N/A|
|3.||Stephen Zimmerman||Bishop Gorman HS||Las Vegas, NV||N/A|
|4.||Ivan Rabb||Bishop O Dowd HS||Oakland, CA||N/A|
|5.||Skal Labissiere||Evangelical Christian School||Cordova, TN||N/A|
|1.||Harry Giles||Wesleyan Christian Academy||High Point, NC||N/A|
|2.||Jayson Tatum||Chaminade College Prep||St. Louis, MO||N/A|
|3.||Thon Maker||Carlisle School||Martinsville, VA||N/A|
|4.||Josh Jackson||Voyageur Consortium HS||Detroit, MI||N/A|
|5.||Dedric Lawson||Hamilton HS||Memphis, TN||N/A|
* Still playing college ball
Football is in the air, especially if you’re a fan of the New York Mets (ahem) or another baseball team on the outside of the playoff picture. The Olympics are done, the NBA free agent frenzy has died down, the majors are over (well, we still have the U.S. Open) and the NHL‘s in a tenuous labor dispute.
The NCAA football season starts Thursday, August 30th and the NFL less than a week later on Wednesday, September 5th.
Today, Sports List of the Day ranks the preseason top 25 college football teams according to the latest USA Today poll*, and it’s LSU, despite not getting the most first place votes, that is the No. 1 school in the land. Alabama, last year’s final No. 1 and BCS champion, had the most first place votes but finished just four preseason points behind LSU.
And how do they come up with those points anyway? Here’s and explanation from the man himself, Jeff Sagarin. Not for the mathematically faint of mind.
For more on the upcoming college football season, and the best in preview and commentary, check out Bleacher Report’s College Football Hub.
Tomorrow, we’ll check out the NFL’s preseason favorites.
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|RANK||SCHOOL (1st Place Votes)||POINTS||FINAL 2011 RANK|
|24.||Notre Dame||166||No Votes|
* AP Poll not available yet.
These are the career leaders, in the primary statistical categories, for NCAA Division I college basketball – regular season.
Pete Maravich is the all-time offensive king. He has the most points in college basketball history, a record that may never be broken (all in three years and with 10 games over 50 points to boot).
But there are a few more-modern players on the list – modern meaning they’re playing in the NBA right now: Tim Duncan (Spurs), J.J. Redick (Magic), Tyler Hansbrough (Pacers), Jarvis Varnado (Heat) – and – check this out – Lester Hudson was just signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 10-day contract. Hudson is the only player in college basketball history to record a quadruple-double.
Now, an important reminder – a few of these statistics have not been recorded since the beginnings of the sport. For example, assists, blocked shots, steals and three-pointers weren’t tallied until the mid-1980’s. Take a look at my source, the NCAA basketball record book, for the facts, and for a lot more, too.
If you’re looking for NCAA Tournament career records, Sports List of the Day has you covered…click here.
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|Most Points||Pete Maravich||3,667||LSU||1968-1970|
|Points Per Game||Pete Maravich||44.5||LSU||1968-1970|
|Field Goals||Pete Maravich||1,387||LSU||1968-1970|
|Field Goal Percentage||Steve Johnson||67.8%||Orgeon St.||1976-1981|
|Three-Point Percentage||Stephen Sir||47.0%||San Diego St. / Northern Arizona||2003-2007|
|Free Throws Made||Tyler Hansbrough||982||North Carolina||2006-2009|
|Free Throw Percentage||J.J. Redick||91.2%||Duke||2003-2006|
|Rebounds||Tom Gola||2,201||La Salle||1952-1955|
|Blocked Shots||Jarvis Varnado||564||Mississippi St.||2007-2010|
|Quadruple-Doubles||Lester Hudson||1||UT Martin||2008|
|Double-Doubles||Tim Duncan||87||Wake Forest||1994-1997|