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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. 

Ty Gibson
Stefan Gonzalez
Connor Harding
Nathan Klekas
JaQuori McLaughlin
Jaylen Nowell
Payton Pritchard
Coleman Sparling
Tres Tinkle
Jesse Wade

On the Bubble - Logan Adams, Jason Crandall, CJ Johnson

Scorers

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.

Steven Beo
Isiah Brown
David Crisp
Sam Cunliffe
Stefan Gonzalez
Dominic Green
Malek Harwell
JaQuori McLaughlin
DeJounte Murray
Jaylen Nowell
Payton Pritchard
Tres Tinkle

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.

Rhett Baerlocher
Jarriesse Blackmon
Drew Eubanks
Keegan Hansen
Jalen McDaniels
DeJounte Murray
Isaiah Robinson
Greyson Smallwood
Lamar Winston
Mandrell Worthy

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.

Jashaun Agosto
Isiah Brown
David Crisp
Jazz Johnson
Nihkil Lizotte
Malik Montoya
Payton Pritchard
Ivey Smith, Jr
Deante Strickland
Kadeem Strickland

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.

Rhett Baerlocher
Hodges Bailey
Daejon Davis
Zac Furgerson
Brendan Howard
Gunther Klimes
Joey Naccarato
Coleman Sparling
Lamar Winston
Mandrell Worthy

On the Bubble - Jaxton Andersen

Pure Shooters

These guys generally don't miss so you better not leave them open.

Steven Beo
Quin Barnard
Gibson Berryhill
Jace Cates
Derrek Durocher
Stefan Gonzalez
Corey Kispert
Anthony Mathis
Zac Seljaas
Logan Skurdal
Jake Spurgeon
Jesse Wade

On the Bubble - Tyler Brimhall, Vionte Daniels, Travis Yenor

Rebounders

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.

Alphonso Anderson
Drew Eubanks
Stefan Gonzalez
Scott Hastings
Brendan Howard
Nathan Klekas
Luke Lenhardt
Matisse Thybulle
Tres Tinkle

Slashers

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.

Jarriesse Blackmon
Telly Davenport
Daejon Davis
Seth Erickson
Dominic Green
Trevor Jasinsky
Jalen McDaniels
DeJounte Murray
Kalei Smith
Matisse Thybulle

On the Bubble - Jake Hendricks

Power Players

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.

Alphonso Anderson
Jake Bruner
Drew Eubanks
Scott Hastings
Michael Henn
Luke Lenhardt
Eli Lininger
Bryce Mortenson
Joey Naccarato
Jeff Pollard

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