Best Players By Position
by Transition Hoops Report
High school basketball is almost here. For nearly two months there has been very little activity with players in regards to "on court" action. Yes, there has been a lot of recruiting stuff going on including seniors signing with their future schools. And there have been a few camps and some local leagues. But nothing like the high school or AAU travel season.
So to get ready for the upcoming high school season, we've been creating articles based on what we know: from the past (click here to read our article on returning missionaries how how it will make 2015 the most competitive recruiting class in history) and in the future (coming soon will be an article on the best HS duos).
Today we focus on breaking down the best players by position and by skill. In each category we have listed 8-12 players alphabetically that we feel are in the top tier. We leave it to you to decide the order (feel free to add that to the comments section).
High IQ/ Great Feel
Usually a coach type player on the floor, these high basketball IQ guys know what is going to happen before you do. And their feel for the game is at the next level.
On the Bubble - Logan Adams, Jason Crandall, CJ Johnson
These are the guys that find a way to score. It may not always be on the catch and shoot. They will create, finish in transition, expose a weakness or put back an offensive miss.
On the Bubble - Tre'von Allen, Trevon Ary-Turner, Kendal Manuel
Best Defenders/ Shot Blockers
These are guys that can lock up players on the ball or create havoc in the paint. They are the guys that offensive players are always aware of because they are going to make lives on the court difficult.
On the Bubble - Talon Pinckney
Quick with the ball in their hands
Breaking down the defense is a valuable skill that only the quickest and smartest players with a great handle can do. These guys often finish in the paint but they are also finding open teammates.
Ivey Smith, Jr
On the Bubble - Kyle Foreman, DeAndre Jones
Energy/ Hustle / Do Anything Guys
You know those guys that never give up on a play and are always in the middle of everything? Of course you do. They are difference makers even without the ball in their hands.
On the Bubble - Jaxton Andersen
These guys generally don't miss so you better not leave them open.
On the Bubble - Tyler Brimhall, Vionte Daniels, Travis Yenor
This category is pretty straight forward. It does not matter if they play in the post or on the perimeter. When the ball comes off the rim, they are probably going to get it.
These guys do their damage by constantly moving and attacking. Defenders better make contact because if these players get free reign, they make something positive happen, often with a Sports Center type finish.
On the Bubble - Jake Hendricks
Players that love contact are rare but these players are no strangers. They will use their bodies and strength to do what they need to do.