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Top 10 Undecided High School Basketball Recruits in Class of 2013

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Top 10 Undecided High School Basketball Recruits in Class of 2013

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Many top high school basketball prospects have already chosen where they are going to play. Although there aren’t many that haven’t, here are my top 10 undecided high school basketball recruits in the class of 2013.

I knew ranking and finding who hasn’t committed yet wasn’t going to be easy. I carefully researched numerous expert rankings and blogs. Through top sites like ESPN, Facebook, Twitter and Maxpreps, I was able to put together a nice collection of names.

I took into consideration what experts were saying and what blogs were suggesting. I found it would be most effective to rank these players based off how each individual effects the players around them. Also, I felt it would be effective to include leadership qualities - there are many top scorers and defenders in the country, but not all of them provide the impact of the 10 names I have chosen.

Even though it would’ve been easy to just look at the top undefeated schools and examine their players, I felt there was better talent in some schools that may not be undefeated, or as recognized. Fans and students in Piano, Texas know what I’m talking about.

Some names I have chosen come out of California, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Canada. I was also thrilled to name a Chicago native that hasn’t been getting the attention I believe he deserves - Findlay College Prep students may know him already.

Although rankings are always a debatable thing, I’m not going to be mad if you disagree with me. Rant me or tweet me @ericdomingo3.

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#10 Joe McGlaston

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Joe McGlaston starts my list and he is a well-deserved no. 10. McGlaston has been doing well all season, dominating on both sides of the floor. He is an explosive player that can shoot the long ball and dunk it with authority. McGlaston also rebounds the ball very well for a shooting guard. and can push the ball on the fast break. The 6’4, 180 lbs star helped Dublin high school to a solid 10-4 overall. and helped them rank in the top 100 basketball programs in California. He currently has no one recruiting him, but I believe a top school will be knocking on his door when the season is done. I believe McGlaston would be a great North Carolina prospect. A lot of great dunkers have gone to UNC, and I feel McGlaston would fit in perfectly. He also plays great defense and is versatile. Coach Roy Williams would love this kid.

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#9 Gavin Schilling

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Gavin Schilling rolls in at my no. 9 spot. The center out of Findlay College Prep (Chicago, Illinois) is an outstanding big man at 6’9. He can score around the basket and rebound the ball very well. Schilling can also block shots and guard other big men in the post and on the perimeter. He has very good feet and should be a great prospect for whoever lands him. He is ranked no. 15 at his position, and no. 6 in Illinois for the Class of 2013. Some schools that are interested in Schilling include: Minnesota, Kansas State, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, UCLA and Villanova. He visited Minnesota on September 8, 2012 but there is no information on his thoughts. I believe Schilling would be a great fit at Ohio State. At 6’9, Schilling reminds a lot of Jared Sullinger. Schilling has a similar built and skill-set to Sullinger, and I believe he can succeed similarly where Sullinger did.

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#8 Jordan Washington

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Jordan Washington drops in at my no. 8 spot. The center out of Pathways College Prep (Queens, New York) has been excellent all season. He helped lead Pathways College Prep to a solid 11-2 overall record, and helped them rank among the top 25 schools in New York. Washington’s build and size makes him a matchup nightmare for anyone on defense. At 6’7, 261 lbs, Washington is a man among boys on the basketball court - he can bully his way in the paint to score and to get rebounds. Washington is also very physical, which sets him apart from a lot of big men. He is not only strong but has quick feet to guard almost anyone. Some schools that Washington has taken interest in are: Cincinnati, Miami, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s Villanova, Virginia Tech and Xavier. Amongst Washington’s top picks, I believe he would really excel at Cincinnati. The Bearcats are a solid team that could really use Washington’s services. They haven’t been to the NCAA championship since 1962, and if Washington happens to end up there, I’m sure the Bearcats will be a lot closer to getting back.

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#7 Demetrius Henry

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Demetrius Henry is well-deserved at my no. 7 spot. The power forward out of Faith Baptist Christian school (Miami, Florida) has been doing great all season. He’s led the Eagles to a solid 2-2 overall record and helped them rank among the top 25 basketball schools in Florida. With Henry’s 6’8, 215 frame, he’s really been quite a weapon for Faith Baptist. Henry has been his teams' spark plug and really helps motivate everyone on and off the floor. He is a very consistent player, hitting open jump shots when they’re open and rebounding the basketball. His length makes him a tough and versatile defender, which poses a lot of problems for other big men. Henry’s talents haven’t gone unnoticed all season - some schools that have taken interest in Henry include: Clemson, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Memphis, Miami, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, USC and Virginia Tech. He’s visited Clemson on October 20, 2012 and Rutgers on October 27, 2012. Among the schools that have taken interest in Henry, I believe USC would be a great fit. The Trojans are a solid team that I believe is missing a young star player. Henry can bring that spark he brings to the Eagles to the Trojans, who have never been to the NCAA championship.

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#6 Rysheed Jordan

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Rysheed Jordan is well-deserved at my no. 6 spot. The point guard out of Vaux Roberts (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) has been awesome all season. He led Vaux to a solid 3-4 overall record and helped them rank in the top 100 basketball schools in Pennsylvania. He has dominated every game with his athleticism and basketball I.Q. He has a solid frame and length that makes him a threat on defense and offense. He pushes the ball the ball very well and can create his own jump shots. He also has quick feet, and always keeps the ball-handler in front of him. There are many top schools are interested in Jordan including: St. John’s, UCLA and Temple. He visited St. John’s on September 22, 2012 and UCLA on December 1, 2012. Out of all the schools that have taken interest in the Philadelphia native, I believe UCLA would be a great fit for him.

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#5 Keith Frazier

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Keith Frazier drops in at the no. 5 spot. The shooting guard out of Kimball (Dallas, Texas) has been playing like an elite player his whole high school career. He led the Knights to a solid 8-5 overall record, ranking in the top 100 basketball schools in the state of Texas. Frazier led the knights with his outstanding basketball I.Q. and leadership. The 6’5, 190 lbs star has one of the silkiest jump shots in his class, and plays defense like a pro defender. His length and speed frustrates ball-handlers and, over time, his frame should help him transition well into the college level. Many have noticed this kid's talent and there are many top schools that have taken interest in him, including: LSU, Memphis, Providence, Southern Methodist, Texas and Texas A&M. Out of all the schools that have taken interest in Frazier, I believe that he would excel at Texas. Texas has a great program and a great head coach in Rick Barnes. Coach Barnes has led the longhorns to a 2003 Final Four, and a number of Elite Eight appearances. If Frazier wants to transition his way into the pros, he should play for Coach Barnes.

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#4 Jermaine Lawrence

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Jermaine Lawrence rolls in at the no. 4 spot. The power forward out of Pop John XXIII (Springfield Gardens, New York) has been doing well all season. He led Pope John to a solid 3-3 overall record, ranking in the top 100 basketball schools in New York. Lawrence led his team with amazing athleticism and leadership. The 6’9, 190 lbs star can get to the rim easily, and can run the floor as well. His speed and agility is excellent, and his defense is not something to be overlooked. Although Lawrence has his pick of any school he wants, there are three schools that have caught his interest: St. John’s, Cincinnati, and UNLV. He visited St. John’s on October 12, 2012, and Cincinnati on December 22, 2012. Out of the schools that Lawrence has taken interest in, I believe he would excel at Cincinnati. The Bearcats have a great program and under coach Mick Cronin, they are a force to be reckoned with in the Big East. They’ve appeared in a number of Final Four games, but just haven’t found success in reaching the championship. I believe Lawrence is that missing piece they need to go over the top.

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#3 Aaron Gordon

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Aaron Gordon is well-deserved at the no. 3 spot. The power forward out of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, California) has been playing great his whole high school career. He’s consistently ranked among the top players in the country, and is amazing leader. Gordon led the Monarchs to an 8-3 overall record, ranking in the top 15 basketball schools in California, and in the top 100 basketball schools in the country. The 6’8, 210 lbs star led his team with his outstanding basketball I.Q. and skill. He has a great offensive game and great hands around the basket. Gordon is ultra competitive, and relentless at the rim. His skill has not gone without notice, and many schools are hoping that he will bring his talents to their school, including Washington, Arizona and Kentucky. The California native visited Washington on September 29, 2012, Arizona on October 19, 2012, and Kentucky on November 10, 2012. Out of all the schools that have offered Gordon a scholarship, I believe he should go to Kentucky. Kentucky is the reigning NCAA champs and they consistently competing for the championship. Gordon’s game would really skyrocket playing as a Wildcat.

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#2 Julius Randle

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Julius Randle drops in at the no. 2 spot. The power forward out of Prestonwood Christian Academy (Piano, Texas) has been great his whole high school career. He’s consistently ranked among the top 5 high school basketball players in his class, and probably will be ranked among the top players in college. Randle leads his team with intensity and competitive drive, and the lefty loves to play defense and go above the rim. He blocks everything at the rim, and can shoot from the outside. A lot of schools are interested in the Texas native and some hope he’ll announce his college choice soon. Schools that have taken interest in Randle are: Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina State, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. He visited Kentucky on September 15, 2012, and Florida on October 6, 2012. Out of all the schools that interested in Randle, I believe he should take his talents to Kentucky. Kentucky is a great program, and Randle’s game would transition well in their system.

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#1 Andrew Wiggins

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There is no surprise at the no. 1 spot - Andrew Wiggins is arguably the best player in the country. The Huntington Prep (Canada) star led the Express to an outstanding 15-1 overall record, ranking no. 1 in their conference, and no. 7 in the country. Wiggins has outstanding athleticism, versatility and leadership. He is very long and can play at almost any position. At 6’7, 205 lbs, he can run the guard position and play big. He can shoot from the outside and gets way above the rim. Any expert would have a hard time finding a flaw in Wiggin’s game. Although he has his choice of any school in the country, here are some schools that are among Wiggin’s favorites: Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and Syracuse. He visited Florida State on December 4, 2012, but I believe he should go to North Carolina. The Tar Heels have a great basketball program and a great coaching staff. Under coach Roy Williams, Wiggins will have his best chance of making it to the pros.

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