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2017 Top Prospects

by Transition Hoops Report

For the 2017 class, this summer was a big one for them to make a name for themselves. It was an opportunity to either get on the recruiting radar or increase their stock.

The top 12 and honorable mention are prospects that caught our eye throughout the summer. We couldn’t catch every great player in our region but we found time to see most of them.

#1 Jaylen Nowell (6’5 SG Garfield HS, WA) – had another impressive summer showing why he is a high major prospect. His perimeter jumpshot continues to get more consistent making him a complete player.

#2 Corey Kispert (6’5 SG King’s HS, WA) – led Friends of Hoop to wins against some of the top AAU programs in the west. Kispert is tough and makes game winning plays.

#3 Daejon Davis (6’3 SG Lakeside HS, WA) – Davis is an elite athlete with a terrific second jump and explosive burst. His activity allows him to score in many ways and capable of defending multiple positions. He picked up several offers this summer.

#4 Kolby Lee (6’9 C Rocky Mountain HS, ID) – Lee may have made the biggest impression of any player in our region. He has a big strong body, great hands, soft touch, and can play inside and out. After a great summer he picked up multiple offers and recruitment from mid to high major programs.

#5 Brendan Howard (6’5 PF Great Falls HS, MT) – Howard consistently posted double doubles game in and game out. He is an elite rebounder that is becoming a confident and consistent 3 point shooter. His stock continues to rise.

#6 Roberto Gittens ( 6’5 SF Foss HS, WA) – Gittens is a tough matchup when he is engaged because of his size and athleticism. His ability to make elite plays garnishes the attention of D1 programs throughout the west.

#7 Jaxon Brenchley (6’4 PG Mountain Crest HS, UT) – Brenchley is a very skilled and long point guard. He can attack the paint or step back and knock down the 3. After a strong summer he picked up another D1 offer.

#8 Trevon Ary-Turner (6’2 PG Issaquah HS, WA) – Ary-Turner is a great leader and very tough. His feel for the game is terrific and he knows how to get his teammates open shots. He hurt his hand in Seattle but it never stopped him from competing at a high level all summer.

#9 Isaac Bonton (6’2 PG Parkrose HS, OR) – Bonton is a great ball handler that is elite at getting separation off the dribble. He has a great mid-range pull up game.

#10 Nolan Bertain (6’4 SG Beaverton HS, OR) – Bertain made big shots in big games all summer long. His size and ability to use screens and move without the ball make him an intriguing prospect at the D1 level.

#11 Aaron Nettles (5’10 PG Seattle Prep HS, WA) – Nettles is a very smooth point guard that has a really tight handle and is always in control of the tempo of the game. That plus his ability to shoot from the perimeter led to him committing to Seattle University after a strong summer.

#12 RayQuan Evans (6’3 PG Billings Skyview HS, MT) – even though Evans spent the summer on the east coast, seeing him play a few times in June proved he is a D1 prospect at the point guard position. He is largely off the radar but his length, athleticism, and ability to beat guys off the dribble are elite.

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

Nick AhSam (6’1 PG Springfield HS, OR)

Hodges Bailey (6’1 SG Centralia HS, WA)

Andreas Brown (6’4 SF Shadle Park HS, WA)

Cameron Cranston (6’4 PG Union HS, WA)

Elijah Gonzales (5'7 PG Clackamas HS, OR)

Londrell Hamilton (5’11 PG Lincoln HS, WA)

Jalen King (6'8 PF Chiawana HS, WA)

Jordan May (6’3 SG Reynolds HS, OR)

Troy Mickelson (6’1 PG Black Hills HS, WA)

Joey Naccarato (6’3 SF Coeur d’Alene HS, ID)

Cameron Parker (6’1 PG Jesuit HS, OR)

Nate Pryor (6'1 PG West Seattle HS, WA)

Ben Rigby (6’6 PF Davis HS, UT)

Zach Reichle (6’4 SG Wilsonville HS, OR)

Justin Saunders (6’1 SG Capital HS, ID)

Caden Smith (6’2 PG Pendleton HS, OR)

Jett Sobotta (5’11 PG Clarkston HS, WA)

Marcus Stephens (6’2 PG Federal Way HS, WA)

Sawyer Storms (6’4 SF Idaho Falls HS, ID)

Hunter Thompson (6’10 C Pine Bluffs HS, WY)

Collin Welp (6’8 PF Seattle Prep HS, WA)

Lucas Wilson (6’3 SF Springfield HS, OR)

Check out the updated Class of 2018 rankings by clicking here.

GET ON THE LIST OR IN THE MIX

If you know a player that you think should be on this list or a player that should at least be evaluated, we will be in the Portland and Seattle areas September 12 and 13 hosting our Showcase Series. Any player that is entering their 9th-12th grade years (classes of 2019-2016) is eligible to attend.

Click here for Seattle information, September 13.

Click here for Idaho information, October 1-3. 

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