Posted On: 09/22/20 12:55 PM
Last year this time we had 106 players to rank for the 2021 class.
We added 86 players to get the total to 192, which is the highest on the site since they started in 2015.
Players from out of state, post grad and previously undiscovered players are apart of the new 86.
This obviously means most players who were ranked last year saw their ranking drop.
Our goal at PrepHoopsAZ is to try and recognize anyone who may play college basketball.
We are trying to give them the proper exposure, especially in these crazy times with a virus still out there, forcing college coaches to only be allowed to read articles and watch film.
My advice to parents, especially in this particular senior class, is to get as much film on your son as possible. Once you properly make the film, email it out to schools that your son is interested in playing at.
We have to think outside the box with this class and go out of your way to gain some attention from college coaches.
We at PrepHoopsAZ try and help as much as we can, but it doesn’t hurt taking some initiative.
2021 updated rankings:
1. Mike FosterMikeFoster6'8" | PFHillcrest Prep | 2021State#15NationAZ, Tyrone WashingtonTyroneWashington6'4" | PGAZ Compass Prep | 2021State#41NationAZ and Arthur KalumaArthurKaluma6'7" | PFDream City Christian | 2021StateAZ are the Top-3 for 2021. All 3 look to be elite college players and all 3 have a real shot at playing professionally after college.
2. 8 brand new players from out of town are now in the Top-15 led by the versatile Alden ApplewhiteAldenApplewhite6'7" | SFAZ Compass Prep | 2021State#179NationAZ.
3. 7 more brand new players were in the Top-20-45 range led by the uber-athletic Joshua UdujeJoshuaUduje6'5" | CGAZ Compass Prep | 2021StateAZ.
4. 15 post grad players were added overall led by the bigger wing sharp shooter Tristan MooreTristanMoore6'6" | SFPhhoenix Prep Post Grad | 2021StateAZ.
5. Of the 192 ranked, there are 53 PG’s, 30 SG’s, 22 CG,s, 36 SF’s, 40 PF’s and only 11 C’s.
6. The PG group is DEEP! Jason Kimbrough JrJasonKimbrough Jr6'1" | PGMountain Pointe | 2021StateAZ and Isaiah FreeneyIsaiahFreeney6'0" | PGSouth Mountain | 2021StateAZ are both receiving real D1 interest and they come in at 9 and 10 in the group.
7. 3 PG’s have already signed in the senior class including Tyler SimonTylerSimon6'4" | PGDream City Christian | 2021StateAZ (Harvard), Jalen ScottJalenScott6'4" | PGParadise Honors | 2021StateAZ (Colorado State) and Brett Hardt JrBrettHardt Jr6'4" | PGPhhoenix Prep | 2021StateAZ (DePaul)
8. The SF group is another strong group with one already signed with the physical transfer from IL in Brandon WestonBrandonWeston6'6" | SFHillcrest Prep | 2021StateAZ (Seton Hall).
9. The Top-9 SF’s are all receiving some kind of Power-5 interest from Applewhite to Colin CareyColinCarey6'6" | SFSunrise Mountain | 2021StateAZ.
10. 15 SF’s that I know of are receiving D1 interest from Applewhite to Paris WoodsParisWoods6'5" | SFDesert Vista | 2021StateAZ.
11. The Center group only has 11 total but 3 have already signed with Carson BashamCarsonBasham6'10" | CSunnyslope | 2021StateAZ (Pepperdine), Matur DhalMaturDhal6'10" | CPhhoenix Prep | 2021StateAZ (Cal Poly) and Carter Van HammondCarterVan Hammond6'9" | CPhhoenix Prep | 2021StateAZ (Air Force).
12. 10 of the 11 Centers are receiving D1 interest, showing how important REAL size is to the next level from unsigned Marko MilivojevicMarkoMilivojevic6'11" | CDream City Christian | 2021StateAZ to Jeffrey GoodereJeffreyGoodere6'9" | CEstrella Foothills | 2021StateAZ. All 11 are from 6’8 to 6’11.