2024 rankings update roundtable: 247Sports analysts break down their decisions
The 247Sports top 150 list for the 2024 class has been updated, with sharp shooting guard Tre Johnson holding onto the top spot.
Who was in favor of keeping Johnson No. 1? Who defended #2 in the process? With the recently released rankings, we’re pulling back the curtain a bit and allowing our team of analysts Eric Bossy, Travis Branham, Adam Finkelstein, Brandon Jenkins and Dushon London to give some insight into how they felt about the various topics raised during the rankings.
Updated 247Sports 2024 Top 150
In addition to first place, the team breaks down which already dedicated players they think fit best, who they relate to the most during the process, and who they think will make another big leap during the upcoming spring and summer action.
WHO GOT YOUR FIRST PLACE VOTE?
bossy: I walked back and forth between Tre Johnson And Dylan Harper but ultimately settled on Johnson. The Harper is strong, durable, versatile and very reliable and is a great choice. For me, though, the difference is that I was able to see Johnson a little more in person, so I’m more familiar with his game, and also as a shot from nearly 6ft 6in deep who is constantly improving his offside game. bounce, I see a lot that translates to a very high level as he continues to improve and develop through and beyond his senior year.
Branham:My number one vote after high school season was Harper. His ability to influence the game in every aspect, from scoring to rebounding, and his ability to defend in multiple positions while elevating the people around me made him worthy of this spot. It may not have the highest upside potential in the class, but it has the highest floor in the class, and in the higher risk, relatively low reward class, I currently place my money on Harper.
Finkelstein: In the end, I went to Johnson. The main reason is that I believe he has the highest potential in the class given the combination of perimeter size, body length, skill and yet untapped physical potential. A really good argument was made for Harper, based on the fact that he has the highest floor in the class. I think this is a race that is just getting started and I really believe that someone needs to have a clear first place before we change the first place.
Jenkins: Johnson got my vote in first place due to his current level of performance and long-term ability. However, Harper sits upright on his back and was one of the most consistent players in high school basketball. However, Johnson has been consistent on his own and is now leading his high school team to the state title in the highest classification the state of Texas has to offer. Accomplishing the difficult feat should further solidify his position as he becomes the first five-star prospect in the state since the Harrison twins in 2013. However, Johnson is extremely experienced, competitive and one of the best shots in the country. .
London: Harper was was my No. 1 player choice in the class. Harper had an amazing summer followed by a season in high school where he really came into his own with his game. Harper’s game, size, shooting and willingness as a passer set him apart from the rest of the class. Down to the last five of Auburn, Duke Indiana, Kansas and Rutgers, he is also consistent and you know what to expect from him night and night.
WHICH COMPULSORY PLAYER IS BETTER FOR THE PROGRAM IN WHICH THEY HAVE PARTICIPATED?
bossy:I’m going to go with Elliot Gift as the most appropriate for the school in which he attends. Or maybe I should say that his playing style seems to match what North Carolina has been missing. Hubert Davis basically played with two non point guards – or if you want to call them first point guards, that’s fine too – this year in R. J. Davis And Caleb Love and it wasn’t always the best to attack. While I don’t mind point guards throwing shots, in fact I love scoring goals, but Kado is a true point guard who gets on the line, creates for others, and uses his athleticism to be an annoying defender in the moment of attack. . Now we just have to see if he waits to graduate in his current class in 2024 or enlist sooner.
Branham:This is a simple answer, healthy Do you want Pettiford and Auburn is the perfect combination. What he lacks in height, he makes up for in instinct and athleticism. He is an aggressive and confident defender, dynamic with the ball in his hands, who can not only score for himself, but also create something for others. Auburn fans will enjoy watching him in blue and orange.
Finkelstein: Kayvon Mulready absolutely perfect for Providence and Ed Cooley. He is strong, resilient and physically fit. He plays both ends of the court and is very competitive. It all screams Providence basketball under Cooley. Even in terms of personality, I think he would be great for Cooley. In fact, I think this is a big part of why Mulready decided to end his recruitment so early, despite the fact that he was only going to keep recruiting new high-profile suitors.
Jenkins: Scott Drew has the experience of small security guards who managed to do their job in Waco and Rob Wright should be next in line. He is determined to win and is able to create his own attacks on demand. He should have a smooth transition to collegiate play and follow the Baylor tradition of being the first to score on the point guard team.
London: I think Delquan Warren was a very good commitment Steve Pickell and Rutgers. Rutgers hangs his hat on tough defense, especially from his defenders, and Warren is one of the best ball defenders in his class. Warren will defend, get to the rim and improve as a shooter, which in Steve Pikiell’s system will bode well.
WHO DID YOU RELATE MOST STRONGLY TO DURING THE RANKING DISCUSSIONS?
bossy: Canon catches a player for whom I was a very big supporter. During my winter travels, few players have left such a big mark on me as Catchings and I think his 100th (!) move up to 17th is more than deserved. In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the number of Purdue commits continues to rise in the spring and summer. At 6’8″, he is a tall and agile athlete who can shoot from long range, put the ball on the floor and finish near the rim with authority. He’s got a bit of mobility, he’s not even physically mature yet, and he’s a guy that I think is just scratching the surface.
Branham: This time, I felt the most commitment to North Carolina. Drake Powell. He goes from 56th overall in his class to 19th, and he may not have finished climbing yet. He has made significant progress over the last year and has risen to one of the best in the class, while having a lot of potential to use. He is a great athlete, plays with high motor skills, great energy on both sides of the ball, he is a good passer, hitting slasher and a constantly improving shot. He is currently my No. 2 prospect from the busy Hoops State in the class of 2024 after who I relate to the most – Isaiah Evans.
Finkelstein: Liam McNeely this is a player who has proven that he deserves a big hit. He really had an amazing year for the Monverde academy and was arguably their most reliable player at night. He leads them in scoring, shooting 45% from three-point range and 85% from the free throw line. He shows his astute play as a passer and improved his defense to lead them to the NIBC Championship. When you produce to the same extent as him, with this level of competition and against him, it should reflect in the ranking process.
Jenkins: Moving Dedan Thomas — who is considering Arizona, Florida, Gonzaga, Houston, UCLA and UNLV — getting into the top 25 was decisive. He ticks all the boxes for the point guard position and is one of the most effective in running the show. I have such confidence in his abilities that I believe he can have a positive impact on his high school success if he prepares for school today. A potential reclass candidate is balanced in his approach, extremely skilled and considers the game to be of a very high standard.
London: I feel the most Vijay Edgecombe. Previously unranked, Edgecomb has worked his way up to the top 45. I had the opportunity to see Edgecombe several times, where he was one of, if not the best prospect on the court. Edgecomb defends the ball very well, shoots well and flies well when attacking the basket. I believe that this move was the right one, and I see that after this summer he will make an even bigger leap.
WHO CAN YOU SEE ANOTHER JUMP IN SPRING AND SUMMER?