#OTRHoopsReport: Spring Rankings Update – April 21, 2015
Class of 2017 wing Chuma Okeke of Fairburn, Ga., entered the BrandonClayScouting.com ELITE 60 in this expansion. He has seen his recruitment take off since the evaluation period. Photo cred – Ty Freeman
Our team of evaluators have been on the move since the last rankings release in the Fall. From the John Lucas Invitational in October to the Nike Extravaganza in February and much in between, the #OTRHoopsReport has seen the top players in the country. Here are the notable story-lines in this rankings expansion.
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Class of 2015 ELITE 150 Update
No. 44 Horace Spencer jumped into the top 50 with a dominating season with Findlay Prep. The 6-foot-9 power forward recently signed his letter of intent to play for Bruce Pearl and Auburn last week. Making a jump with Spencer in the rankings was Marquette bound point guard Traci Carter from Life Center (NJ). He enters the ELITE 100 at No. 82.
Other notable entrants into the ELITE 150 are No. 107 UConn bound Steven Enoch, No. 108 Alabama signee Dazon Ingram and No. 111 Malik Ellison who remains uncommitted.
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Class of 2016 ELITE 100 Update
With Thon Maker planning on reclassifying into the class of 2015, our new No. 1 prospect becomes 6-8 wing Jayson Tatum of St. Louis, Mo. He recently narrowed hist list to Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and St. Louis.
The biggest jump we saw of all prospects was 6-4 shooting guard Markelle Fultz from DeMatha HS. His MVP performance at the Hoop Hall Classic and exceptional outings at the Hilton Invitational and at the Team Takeover Showcase lifted him to No. 42 in the class. He has picked up offers from Pittsburgh and Louisville within the past week.
Notable entrants into the expanded 100 list are No. 64 Rawle Alkins, No. 68 Jordy Tshimage and No. 71 Curtis Jones. All three played their way into the rankings with recent performances after being
either unseen or under the radar. All three remain uncommitted.
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Class of 2017 ELITE 60 Update
Troy Brown remains atop of our 2017 rankings. The guard’s performance in Colorado Springs remains one of the most dominant evaluations that we have recorded to date. Deandre Ayton of Balboa City, Calif., checks in right behind Brown at No. 2 with three 5 star performances in front everyone on our team.
The biggest addition to the rankings come with No. 26 6-11 center Samuel Japhet-Mathias of Vermont Academy. He currently holds offers from Clemson, Georgetown, Providence and UConn. Checking in closely behind Japhet-Mathias is No. 28 Charles O’Bannon Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev., put up impressive performances with Bishop Gorman at the Hoop Hall Classic and the Nike Extravaganza.
Other notable entrants into the ELITE 60 include No. 43 Chuma Okeke who picked up an offer from the University of Georgia this week. Mark Fox and the Bulldogs also offered No. 56 Rayshaun Hammonds of Norcross, Ga., as well. Expect Hammonds to increase his recruiting stock while playing for the Atlanta Xpress this spring and summer. Also keep a close eye on 7′ center No. 60 Ikechukwu Obiagu of Green Forrest Academy. He could easily run up the rankings with more performances like we saw at the OTR Spring Showdown in March. Kansas State is the latest school to offer the center who plays with the Georgia Stars.
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Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB