Posted On: 01/20/21 10:24 AM
While we usually do a first class ranking over the summer between the freshman and sophomore year, this is our first official 2023 class rankings after putting out a preliminary watch list that included close to 50 prospects in the state of VA. Now that we’ve had time to evaluate more over the fall and early into their sophomore year, the Prep Hoops VA staff has put together our first list of the top 50 prospects in the 2023 class in VA, which you can see here.
Enjoy this free preview, as we explain some of the difficulties and differences in this unique time in making a rankings class, and stay tuned for in depth positional breakdowns and more moving forward.
First Rankings Always the Toughest
It’s never easy to do a first class rankings, and this 2023 class was no different as the only thing the Prep Hoops VA team could really agree on was that Oak Hill point guard Caleb FosterCalebFoster6'4" | PGOak Hill Academy | 2023StateVA was the #1 prospect after transferring in from North Carolina prior to this season. Ranking prospects this young is always a challenge as we have to take into consideration who has produced at a high level at a young age, but also have to take into consideration upside moving forward which isn’t easy because these kids still have a lot of growing to do both physically and on the court. We did our best, but we are sure we will face some criticism which we gladly accept, as long as it’s constructive!
Different Challenges Than Usual
While I mentioned before it’s always tough doing class rankings, especially a first class rankings, this year was even more difficult as we didn’t have the traditional summer evaluation period where we can watch players we usually don’t see in high school. Even some of the best young players don’t get to contribute much in high school their first season as they’re always playing with guys older, stronger and usually more athletic than them. The summer time usually gives us a chance to check out the elite 15U programs and see what kids are elite compared to their peers, and without that it made this class one of the toughest to start.
Don’t Worry, Things Will Change
While we got things started with this group the best way we could, we understand that there’s no doubt we missed some kids and probably underestimated or under evaluated some kids as well. We ask you please don’t worry, as we’ve done this before and we can promise you this is only a starting point and things will change as they always do in all of our rankings. We will see more kids, kids will develop and showcase their talents and some will come and go, so we assure you that the rankings will look much different by the time these kids are ready to graduate than they are now.
|1) Caleb FosterCalebFoster6'4" | PGOak Hill Academy | 2023StateVA||6’4″ PG||Oak Hill Academy||Team Curry|
|2) Curtis Blair||6’6″ SF||Steward School||Team Loaded|
|3) Dennis ParkerDennisParker6'6" | SFJohn Marshall | 2023State#21NationVA Jr.||6’6″ SF||John Marshall||Team Loaded|
|4) DeShawn Harris-SmithDeShawnHarris-Smith6'4" | SFPaul VI | 2023StateVA||6’4″ SF||Paul VI||Team Takeover|
|5) Justin McBrideJustinMcBride6'6" | PFOak Hill Academy | 2023StateVA||6’7″ PF||Oak Hill Academy|
|6) John St. GermainJohnSt. Germain6'2" | PGSt. Anne's Belfield | 2023State#126NationVA||6’2″ PG||St. Anne’s Belfield||Team Loaded|
|7) Mason SoMasonSo6'1" | PGBishop O'Connell | 2023StateVA||6’1″ CG||Bishop O’Connell||Team Durant|
|8) Steven StinsonStevenStinson6'5" | SFTrinity Episcopal | 2023StateVA||6’4″ SF||Trinity Episcopal||Team Loaded|
|9) Jamie KaiserJamieKaiser6'4" | SGLake Braddock | 2023StateVA||6’4″ SF||Lake Braddock||Team Durant|
|10) Carter LangCarterLang6'8" | CSt. Anne's Belfield | 2023StateVA||6’9″ C||St. Anne’s Belfield||Team Loaded|