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NCAA Basketball: The Top 5 Recruits 2003-2016

Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young Dolphins Center, Is the No. 1 High School Basketball Player in the Country (2013-14)

Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young Dolphins Center, Is the No. 1 High School Basketball Player in the Country (2013-14)

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.

Some of the best young ballers in the pros today were ranked high in high school: James, Howard, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Jrue Holiday and John Wall to name a few.

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.

Thanks to my sources, and, where you can see the complete rankings. We’re talking the top 100 high schoolers for each year.


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


2012 NCAA College Football Top 25 Preseason Rankings

The LSU Tigers Are Ranked No. 1 Heading Into the 2012 NCAA College Football Season

The LSU Tigers Are Ranked No. 1 Heading Into the 2012 NCAA College Football Season

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.

Bring on the NFL and the NCAA.


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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1. LSU (18) 1403 2
2. Alabama (20) 1399 1
3. USC (19) 1388 6
4. Oklahoma 1276 16
5. Oregon 1258 4
6. Georgia 1061 19
7. Florida State 1055 23
8. Michigan 1023 12
9. South Carolina 981 9
10. Arkansas 948 5
11. West Virginia 833 17
12. Wisconsin 743 10
13. Michigan State 717 11
14. Clemson 598 22
15. Texas 549 30
16. Nebraska 501 24
17. TCU 499 14
18. Stanford 497 7
19. Oklahoma State 476 3
20. Virginia Tech 461 21
21. Kansas State 398 15
22. Boise State 271 8
23. Florida 250 No Votes
24. Notre Dame 166 No Votes
25. Auburn 66 27

* AP Poll not available yet.


NCAA: College Basketball’s All-Time Career Leaders – Points, Assists, Steals and More

Lester Hudson Has the Only Quadruple-Double in NCAA Basketball History

Lester Hudson Has the Only Quadruple-Double in NCAA Basketball History

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-Pointers J.J. Redick 457 Duke 2003-2006
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
Assists Bobby Hurley 1,076 Duke 1990-1993
Steals John Linehan 385 Providence 1998-2002
Blocked Shots Jarvis Varnado 564 Mississippi St. 2007-2010
Quadruple-Doubles Lester Hudson 1 UT Martin 2008
Triple-Doubles Michael Anderson 6 Drexel 1985-1988
  Shaquille O’Neal 6 LSU 1990-1992
Double-Doubles Tim Duncan 87 Wake Forest 1994-1997



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