Top 10 Basketball Recruits for 2016
by Transition Hoops Report
After a season of high school basketball, it is time to start updating our rankings, starting with the class of 2016. The top half is made up with guys that you will see playing at a high major level some day. And you'll notice the majority of the list comes from the state of Washington. But don't count out the bottom of the list. They have a ton of potential.
That's the thing about these young guys; the potential is there. Where they end up is up to them.
The next obvious question is what other 2016s will sneak on to this list? If you think you know the answer, share it with us in the comments section below.
#1 Keith Smith Jr (6’5 PG Franklin HS, WA) – big point guard that can handle the ball, set up teammates, and score. He is a high major player that will only get better as he gets stronger and plays with more sense of urgency. Holds an offer from University of Washington.
#2 Isiah Brown (6’1 PG Lakeside HS, WA) – the super quick lead guard can really score. Brown is extremely confident and can get his shot off any time he wants. He also has an offer from the University of Washington.
#3 Alphonso Anderson (6'5 PF Wilson HS, WA) - shows versatility on offense and defense. He boards, can shoot it and go to the basket. Has the ability to defend multiple positions. Boise State was on him early and interest from others is rising.
#4 Payton Pritchard (6'1 PG West Linn HS, OR) - has an incredible feel for the game. His vision is amongst the best and he can also hit the deep three. He plays at a consistent pace and continues to improve. He has an offer from Oregon State but is getting interest from a lot of other high majors.
#5 JaQuori McLaughlin (6’3 PG Peninsula HS, WA) – the Oregon State commit is a smooth point guard that has deep range and plays at a great pace. He can play the point or the shooting guard and does a great job of getting in to the lane to score, stop and pop for jumpshots or knock down jumpers off the catch.
#6 Connor Harding (6’5 SF Highland HS, ID) – skilled wing that can handle the ball and distribute. Harding has a really nice feel for the game and good range on his jumpshot. Idaho State offered Connor last summer.
#7 Steven Beo (6'3 SG Richland HS, WA) - is a big time offensive threat, whether he is catching and shooting with a quick release or creating off the dribble. He moves his feet well and is a solid defender. His recruitment is starting to pick up.
#8 Tre'von Allen (6'1 PG Clarkston HS, WA) - continues to improve as his skills and body develop. He has a nice feel for the game and does a lot of positive things on the court that translate to the next level.
#9 Jashaun Agosto (5’8 PG Garfield HS, WA) – very athletic point guard that is explosive to the rim. Agosto has a really tight handle and when he gets into the lane he does a nice job of setting up his teammates. He has an offer from the University of Portland.
#10 Bryce Mortenson (6'6 PF Sky View HS, UT) - very active on the glass and has range on his shot to 12 feet. Mortenson’s body is very strong and allows him to make physical plays throughout the game.
On the bubble
These guys are close and, in fact, each created their own case for being placed in the top 10. We don't think they are quite there yet. But a great spring and you might see them on the list before the summer rolls around.
Rylan Bergersen (6'1 SG Borah HS, ID) - can really get his shot going and has the potential to be a great player at the next level.
Jake Bruner (6'5 PF Prairie HS, ID) - coach's kid who has a very high skill set and basketball IQ. He can knock down the perimeter jumpshot, score with his back to the basket, and finish around the rim. As he gets stronger and more athletic he will likely move into the top 10.
Jalen McDaniels (6’6 SF Todd Beamer HS, WA) – very long and athletic forward. McDaniels has a really high ceiling because he has a good feel for the game that puts him in a good position to be successful. As his body fills out we see him skyrocketing up our rankings because of his length and athleticism.
Travis Yenor (6'7 SF Ambrose HS, ID) - skilled big that has potential. Just needs to stay healthy and continue to develop.