Tag Archives: Rankings

The curious case of John Riek

8 Jul

John Riek was once thought to be a top five prospect in the country. Now he's off to a Division II school. (PHOTO: NY Daily News)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

John Riek was playing college basketball last season. Did you know that? I honestly didn’t.

Now he’s leaving Mississippi State and looking for a Division II school to attend. Riek saw action in 25 games during his time in Starkville. His presence never warranted any kind of attention on a national scale.

How does a player that was once thought to be one of the top five prospects in America fall from grace like that? He played in 14 games last season, averaging 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Continue reading

USA shines in Cancun, Gordon makes his move

27 Jun

Is Aaron Gordon the top player in the class of 2013? (Picture by USA Basketball)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

While the U19 team struggled in game one of the World Championships, the U16 team swept the competition in Cancun last week.

Paced by the overall power of Aaron Gordon, star strength of Jabari Parker and the inside presence of Jahlil Okafor, the younger Americans made quick work of the international field and won the gold medal in undefeated fashion.

The competition didn’t come close to the Americans and the kids from the States didn’t let any team closer than 20 points. Continue reading

Just a Minute: June 13

13 Jun

John Wall broke out at the Rbk U camp in 2007. He was one of the best come from nowhere stories ever.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Welcome to the week and welcome to this week’s Just a Minute. Help coming to Joplin, Missouri through basketball, who really “misses” – coaches or recruiting services, when John Wall emerged and more are all touched upon. Continue reading

Fastbreak Friday

20 May

Alabama kept 5-star wing Trevor Lacey in-state this week. (PHOTO: Al.com)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Fastbreak Friday is back.

Each Friday the National Hoops Report will go through the notes of the week in the world of recruiting. Which team won the week? Which commitments stand out? What news should you know? Fastbreak Friday answers those questions. Continue reading

Comparing Rivals.com and Scout.com class of 2012 top 25 rankings

17 May

MS forward DeVonte Pollard was a major jumper in the class of 2012 rankings.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Rivals.com released its newest set of rankings for the class of 2012 and for the most part, things fell into line as you’d expect them to go if you following recruiting. Continue reading

Everyone wants a piece of Mitch McGary

16 May

Big man Mitch McGary is one of the fastest rising prospects in America.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Mitch McGary is blowing up.

He knows it. Coaches know it. Recruitniks know it. Everyone knows it.

The 6-foot-9 post from Brewster Academy (N.H.) via Chesterton, Indiana has shined at the spring events. He’s jumped from a player ranked near the bottom of the top 100 lists to No. 15 overall in the class of 2012. Continue reading

Just a Minute: May 16

16 May

Former Louisiana Tech forward Olu Ashaolu is on the visit tour.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report


The offseason is in full swing yet the news around college hoops isn’t slowing down. Continue reading

#Dunkage: Jabari Parker

13 May

Do you know the name Jabari Parker? Apparently you should. He is the newly crowned No. 1 player in the class of 2013. The 6-foot-7 forward from Chicago (Ill.) Chicago sits atop the freshest rankings from Scout.com.

From what I have seen (and only from tape), I like Aaron Gordon from California (MUST WATCH HIGHLIGHTS). He’s a cut above the rest when it comes to athleticism. Being 6-foot-7 is what probably has him slotted at No. 6 overall. From a long term perspective, Nerlens Noel could be the No. 1 guy a year from now. He’s 6-foot-10, from Everett (Mass.) High School and was great this spring, according to the .com analysts.

Still plenty of time for these young guys to play it out. Until then, enjoy Parker ruining a poor tall kid’s weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana from last week.

Justin Young

Shabazz Muhammad is good. Check.

5 May

Is Vegas wing Shabazz Muhammad the top player in 2012?

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

There are a lot of check marks on Shabazz Muhammad’s Rivals.com profile.

Arizona. Check.
Duke. Check.
Kansas. Check.
Kentucky. Check.
North Carolina. Check.
Texas. Check.
UCLA. Check.

The scholarship offer column is littered with check marks. Everyone wants a piece of Shabazz Muhammad. There are many that believe he is the number one player in the class of 2012. It they don’t have him as the alpha dog in the rising senior class, the rankers have him in the top three to five.

Not bad company. Continue reading

Inside the #s: 2012 Scout.com rankings

4 May

GA PF Shaq Goodwin is in the top 15 of the new Scout.com rankings.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Scout.com released its updated top 100 rankings for the class of 2012 on Wednesday morning. As always, the data is always fun to dissect and look through.   Continue reading