Posted On: 09/14/15 8:00 PM

The class of 2017 is phenomenal!  This group is on track to rival the 2013 and 2014 groups of recent years.  It has depth across the board and star power.  Maybe not quite the elite star power of Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, and Cliff Alexander, but quite a bit of high major talent!

When you look at this class there are nine guys that are the headliners which could all end up being top 100 kids nationally before it is all said and done.  They are across the board at different positions with point guards Nojel Eastern (Evanston) and Alonzo Verge (Proviso West), shooting guards Jordan Goodwin (Belleville Althoff) and Da’Monte Williams (Peoria Manual), small forwards Charles Payton (Bloomington) Javon Pickett (Belleville East) and Justin Smith (Stevenson), with the front court anchored by power forward Christian Negron (Larkin) and center Jeremiah Tilmon (East St. Louis).

The toughest part about this group of nine is separating them.  Tilmon is in a tier all to himself.  After that it gets tough when comparing what they are now, to what their ceiling is, what their floor is, who will grow, who will develop that weakness in their

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