On Tuesday, ESPN unveiled its basketball rankings for the 2018 class and, while a familiar name remained in the top spot, a new name managed to crack the top tier.
Here’s a look at the top five.
1. Marvin Bagley III, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), F
Why he’s ranked here: Bagley could make the case for being the top player in the Nike EYBL, regardless of class. That’s telling considering the number of likely future pros on the circuit. At 6-foot-10, Bagley is a difficult defensive assignment because of his versatility, plus he’s got a motor that just won’t quit.
2. Romeo Langford, New Albany Senior (New Albany, Ind.), SG
Why he’s ranked here: Langford has been torching the competition on the adidas Gauntlet this spring and has the innate ability to score often and against anyone. It helps that he’s able to keep the defense off balance with his shooting and driving ability; add in his exceptional mid-range game and it’s easy to see why he’s top two.
3. Jordan Brown, Woodcreek (Roseville, Calif.), C
Why he’s ranked here: Brown is automatic with his back to the basket and he’s efficient on the 15-foot jumper on flashes to the middle. Brown is an underrated passer and is a formidable shot blocker and rebounder.
4. Nazreon Reid, Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.), F
Why he’s ranked here: Reid is a playmaker who uses his size and ball-handling ability to break down the defense and set up his teammates. At 6-foot-8, Reid is simply too big for most perimeter players and too skilled for most bigs.
5. Cameron Reddish, Westtown School (Norristown, Penn.), F
Why he’s ranked here: Reddish is long and wiry and uses that length and skill to get into the lane at will. Reddish also has the ability to knock down the perimeter jump shot and finish emphatically at the rim.
Check out the rest of the ESPN 2018 rankings here.
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