Andrew Wiggins, a standout at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, will keep his pole position in the 2014 class.
Athletically Wiggins is head and shoulders above the competition at this point. At 6-foot-7 and closing in on 6-8, Wiggins has terrific size and length for the wing spot. Throw in his tremendous athleticism and ability to get the basket and you have the premier prospects in the sophomore class.
“I just think his overall feel for the game and obviously his length and athleticism sets him apart from most,” Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford told Scout.com.
“I think the biggest attribute that Andrew has is that he’s such a team player,” he added. “He understands how to play. If he needs to score 30, he’ll score 30. But he’s just as reliable as a point guard as a small forward. He’s a great passer and is very unselfish.”
Wiggins is averaging just over 22 points a game for Huntington Prep this year. He’s also adding in seven rebounds and three assists per game.
Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young product Jahlil Okafor came in at No. 2 in the latest 2014 rankings.
A post prospect in the mold of Ohio State standout Jared Sullinger, Okafor stands 6-foot-8, 255-pounds and has turned himself into a reliable post scorer. His footwork in the post is impressive, as are his hands and touch around the rim.
Just after him is New Hampton (N.H.) Prep standout Noah Vonleh. He ramped up his play during his sophomore season and is in the process of transitioning to the wing full time.
Vonleh has terrific size at 6-foot-8, is a quality athlete and a guy that focuses on rebounding. His jump shot is much improved, as are his ball skills. Vonleh is averaging 13 points and nine boards a game for New Hampton Prep.
Talented post prospect Dakari Johnson checks in at No. 4. The 6-foot-9 big man is sitting out his sophomore season due to transfer rules. Regardless he has great size, nice hands and touch around the rim.
The top rated point guard in the 2014 class – Tyus Jones – finished at No. 5 this time around. Jones, a 6-foot-1, 165-pounder, is the top passer in the class and has a tremendous overall IQ. While he’s known for his ability to create, Jones shoots it well too and has developed as a scorer.
Wayne Selden jumped three spots up to No. 6. While Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Lyles, Justin Jackson and Cliff Alexander close out the top 10.
The only two newcomers to the 2014 top 25 are Nashville (Tenn.) CPA standout Jalen Lindsay, who jumped to No. 16, and Gaffney (S.C.) Senior product L.J. Peak, who finished at No. 21.