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Posted On: 05/16/18 7:00 PM
There are few prospects out West, let alone in the country, with more upside than Rancho Christian High and Compton Magic forward Evan Mobley.
Mobley, a 6-foot-11 inside-out scoring threat with improving ball skills, took his game to another level due to his heightened aggressiveness on both ends of the floor, earning him the top prospect in his class in our latest rankings update.
Mobley is joined in the top five by Sherman Oaks Notre Dame wing Ziaire Williams, Lakewood Mayfair shooting guard Josh Christopher, Harvard-Westlake wing Johnny Juzang and San Diego St. Augustine forward Chibuzo Agbo.
Williams, who battled injuries much of his sophomore high school campaign, has blown up in recent weeks as his play during the live viewing period has resulted in scholarship offers from a handful of high major programs, including UCLA, USC and Virginia.
Williams value is in his ability to handle the rock, create for others with vision and passing and get to the basket and finish for himself at 6-feet-8. Williams was perhaps the most underrated prospect in his class nationally, but that is certainly changing.
Christopher is the most dynamic pure scorer in Southern California. He has has a pro-like scoring package with a flair for the dramatic. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is physical when attacking the basket in transition or in the half-court setting and can finish above or through contact. Christopher’s patented step-back jumpers from mid-range and 3-point levels are what separate him as a scorer.
Juzang is widely considered one of the more versatile and smooth scorers in the class. At 6-feet-6, he has a consistent jump shot from deep and is a knock-down mid-range jump shooter, as well. Juzang uses his combination of size and ball skills to get to the cup off the bounce if his shot isn’t falling.
If there’s such thing as a “darkhorse” Top Five prospect, it’s Agbo. The 6-foot-6 forward continues to develop his wing skill set and has a powerful frame that allows him to dominate the San Diego area, inside and out. Abgo showed improved ball skills and playmaking abilities off the wing this season, which helped St. Augustine deal with the loss of two huge contributors to transfer.