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Top 20 High School Basketball Recruits to See Play Before They Go to College

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Which players make this list?

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There is a certain sort of innocence and fun in watching high school basketball. In gyms all around this country, some of the best players are showing off their talents. I would suggest that you take every opportunity to see these players now before they get to the college level. I have a list of 20 players for you to make a point that you see before the 2013 high school season ends.

There are players from all over the country in this list and the best part about it is that all of them aren’t heading to the same college campus next season so the talent will be spread out while five are headed for the same place. There is a set of brothers in my list that will head off to the same college but that should be expected. While working covering high school basketball in Illinois for the last ten years, I have seen some very good players come through and the top of this list includes a player from the state of Illinois.

Right now though, here is my list of the top 20 players you need to see before they graduate. If it takes finding a game on television where one of these players is on or just going out to see them play for yourself, it will be worth it. I don’t think there is anything like seeing a blossoming high school talent early in their career because that way if they make it to the big time, I know I can say that I saw them first at the high school level. There is really nothing like high school basketball and those 20 players show that off.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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20. Austin Nichols

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Nichols is a 6’8” forward from Eads, TN who will head to Memphis.

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19. Rondae Jefferson

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Jefferson is from Chester, PA but will head west at 6’7” to play at Arizona.

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18. Robert Hubbs

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Hubbs is a 6’5” guard from Newbern, TN who will stay home at Tennessee.

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17. Isaiah Hicks

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Hicks play in Oxford, NC as a 6’8 forward that will play at North Carolina.

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16. Marcus Lee

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Lee is a 6’9 forward from Antioch, CA who will make the trip to Kentucky.

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15. Dakari Johnson

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Johnson is a monster at 6’10 and 265 from Montverde, FL who will play at Kentucky.

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14. Jarell Martin

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Martin is a 6’9” forward from Baton Rouge who won’t have to go far to play at LSU.

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13. Kasey Hill

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Hill will head to Florida as a 6’1 guard from Clermont, FL.

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12. Isaac Hamilton

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Hamilton is a 6’4” guard from Los Angeles and will take his talents to UTEP.

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11. Bobby Portis

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Portis is a 6’10” center from Little Rock who will stay home to play at Arkansas.

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10. Chris Walker

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Walker is a forward from Bonifay, FL who will stay in-state and play at Florida.

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9. Aaron Gordon

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Gordon is a 6’8” forward from San Jose, CA who is looking at schools like Arizona.

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8. Andrew Harrison

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Harrison is a guard from Fort Bend, TX going to Kentucky.

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7. Aaron Harrison

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Harrison is 6’5” like his brother Andrew from Fort Bend, TX and is heading to Kentucky.

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6. Anthony Barber

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Barber is a 6’2” guard from Hampton, VA who will play at North Carolina State.

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5. Julius Randle

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Randle is a forward from Plano, TX who is looking at Kansas.

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4. James Young

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Young is a 6’6 guard from Rochester Hills, MI and will play at Kentucky.

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3. Andrew Wiggins

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Wiggins is from Huntington, WV and hasn’t decided where he will play but has Florida State on his list.

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2. Noah Vonleh

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Vonleh is 6’9 from Haverhill, NH and will play at Indiana.

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1. Jabari Parker

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Parker is a 6’8” forward from Chicago’s Simeon High School. Parker will play at Duke next season.