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Updated Rivals Top 150 2018 Player Rankings

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Rivals — one of the four major scouting services (247Sports, ESPN, Scout) that D1Vision utilizes within High School basketball — released their updated 2018 Player Rankings Top 150 on Tuesday.

Chatsworth (CA) Sierra Canyon High forward Marvin Bagley III retains the top overall position with Spartanburg (SC) Spartanburg Day School forward Zion Williamson claiming the number two spot.

The top five stayed the exact same when compared to the rankings released by Rivals on January 12th of this year. The big moves show up in the sixth through tenth position.

Mater Dei (CA) forward Bol Bol moved up seven positions to number six while Wasatch Academy (UT) forward Emmanuel Akot moved from outside of the top 25 into the ninth position. Two other players moved from outside of the five-star space into the Top 25, IMG Academy (FL) forward Emmitt Williams and Nathan Hale (WA) forward Jontay Porter, younger brother of Missouri commit Michael Porter Jr..

Oldsmar Christian (FL) guard Elijah Weaver, Morgan Park (IL) guard Ayo Dosunmu and Huntington Prep (WV) guard Keldon Johnson all moved out of five-star status and out of the Top 25.

As we head into the Summer Circuit this weekend, maybe the most intriguing question from the rankings is why Bagley over Williamson at the top spot.

Make no mistake about it, forward Zion Williamson of Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School may be the most popular athlete in all of high school sports. His insane YouTube highlight reels attract millions of clicks, and his social media accounts have exploded with followers.”

Social media presence doesn’t factor into rankings, however, and as good as Williamson is, 6-foot-10 power forward Marvin Bagley III is still the No. 1 player in the class of 2018 and gets the edge as the better prospect.

Down to a final six of Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA and USC, Bagley has an incredible blend of size, skill, athleticism and feel for the game. In many ways, he reminds Rivals.com of a young Amar’e Stoudemire, only Bagley is more skilled at the same age.

Four members of the Rivals Top 25 have committed, Emmanuel Akot to Arizona, E.J. Montgomery to Auburn, Carte’Are Gordon to St. Louis and Reggie Perry to Arkansas. Akot is the only member of the Top 10 to have pledged.

RIVALS 2018 PLAYER RANKINGS TOP 25:

  1. Marvin Bagley III | Sierra Canyon (CA) | Previous 1
  2. Zion Williamson | Spartanburg Day (SC) | Previous 2
  3. Romeo Langford | New Albany (IN) | Previous 3
  4. Jordan Brown | Woodcreek (CA) | Previous 4
  5. Cameron Reddish | Westtown School (PA) | Previous 5
  6. Moses Brown | Archbishop Molloy (NY) | Previous 6
  7. Bol Bol | Mater Dei (CA) | Previous 14
  8. Darius Garland | Brentwood Academy (TN) | Previous 10
  9. Emmanuel Akot | Wasatch Academy (UT) | Previous out of Top 25
  10. Simi Shittu | Vermont Academy (VT) | Previous 9
  11. Javonte Smart | Scotlandville (LA) | Previous 13
  12. Quentin Grimes | College Park (TX) | Previous 24
  13. Jalen Smith | Mount St. Joseph (MD) | Previous 23
  14. Nazreon Reid | Roselle Catholic (NJ) | Previous 19
  15. Immanuel Quickley | John Carroll (MD) | Previous 12
  16. Shareef O’Neal | Crossroads (CA) | Previous 16
  17. Emmitt Williams | IMG Academy (FL) | Previous out of Top 25
  18. E.J. Montgomery | Wheeler (GA) | Previous 7
  19. Khavon Moore | Westside (GA) | Previous 11
  20. Silvio De Sousa | IMG Academy (FL) | Previous 8
  21. Miles Norris | Helix (CA) | Previous 17
  22. Gerald Liddell | Steele (TX) | Previous 15
  23. Jontay Porter | Nathan Hale (WA) | Previous out of Top 25
  24. Carte’Are Gordon | Webster Groves (MO) | Previous 18
  25. Reggie Perry | Thomasville (GA) | Previous 20

You can view the entire Rivals 2018 Player Rankings here.

The Rivals 2018 Top 100 is compiled by the concerted efforts of National Recruiting Analysts Eric Bossi and Corey Evans and National Basketball Writers Dan McDonald and Russ Wood.

 

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