Posted On: 02/14/17 12:00 PM
Today, we are going to be taking a look at the best players for the 2017 class that has yet to commit to play at the next level. We are going to be separating the players into three catagories: guards, wings, and forwards.
David Williams (6’8 De La Salle)
Williams is inneligible to play for De La Salle due to his age, but in years past as well as over the summer, Williams has put together an impressive resume. The 6’8 F has shown the ability to leap with the best of them, and that has lead to an impressive ability to protect the rim. His ability to leap and protect the rim in combination with his ability to consistently knock down the 15 footer has shown that he is more than capable of playing at the next level.
Jay Head (6’7 Ouachita)
Head is another player that both on the offensive and defensive end does his best work around the rim. The lefty is able to use his long arms to affect shots around the rim, as well as finish post moves around the rim with ease. This season he has developed more with the ball in his hands, and shown flashes of being able to transition to the wing in college.
Dexter Dennis (6’4 Baker)
Don’t let his size fool you into thinking that Dennis is an undersized post player. You will be hard pressed to find a better combination of length and athleticism in the country, let alone the state. This allows him to play more like 6’10 than 6’4, which has lead to him putting up impressive numbers this season averaging nearly 25 ppg and 14 rpg. Dennis looks the best in transition, allowing his speed and leaping ability shine through,
Nate Cox (6’8 St. Thomas More)
Cox is known mainly as a football guy (he was the quarterback on the Cougars state championship team), but he has shined on the basketball court this season, and his coach has made it known that Cox is still open to playing basketball in college. The 6’8 F has the ability to both dominate in the paint on defense as well as knocking down the three ball at a tremendous clip.
Chris Davenport (6’6 Bossier)
Davenport is another player whose skill set hasn’t quite caught up to his athleticism, but every time I see him, he shows me something I didn’t know he had with his game. He is slowly but surely becoming more confident with the ball in his hands in open court, but he is still the most comfortable finishing at and above the rim.