2017 ELITE 25 Introduction – No. 1 to 12 – October 16, 2014

From St. Louis to Colorado Springs, Michael Porter Jr.'s play put our staff on full notice that he's a leader in the class of 2017 pack.  *Jon Lopez / Nike

From St. Louis grade my essay to Colorado Springs, Michael Porter Jr.’s play put our staff on full notice that he’s a leader in the class of 2017 pack.
*Jon Lopez / Nike

It is an absolute wide open race at the top of the rankings. From DJ Harvey of Md., turning in a stellar performance at the Team Takeover National Hoops Festival last December to Troy Brown of Las Vegas, Nev., doing the same earlier this month at the USA Basketball Mini-Camp, it’s a sprinter’s pace to the No. 1 spot. Both guys went head-to-head at Nike Elite 100 Camp in June as well. For now, Brown holds that place but there are a handful of guys capable of emerging essay on my future house as the top dog before this class walks across the graduation stage.

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DeAndre Ayton of San Diego, Calif., turned in a five-star performance in front of Jonathan Hemingway at Nike Peach Jam in July. The big man drew high praise from Hemingway with his ability to finish around the rim. Classmate Jarred Vanderbilt of Houston, Texas did the same then joined Harvey and Brown at USA Basketball repeating the feat during the two-day Camp in Colorado.

Cody Riley of Calif., seemed to be in front of our staff virtually all summer. From Nike EYBL Hampton to NBPA Top 100 Camp, we saw the five-star forward emerge as one of help doing essay the top preps in the class. Likewise, Zach Brown of Miami Beach, Fla., showed himself to be the premier big man in the class right now at Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis.

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Michael Porter Jr. was in St. Louis with both Brown and Riley emerging from there as an elite wing. Porter Jr. then showcased even more of his game in Colorado on a huge stage with some of the country’s top prospects. Like Porter Jr., Chris Giles took the stage in Colorado ready to perform. Outside of class of 2015 guard Allonzo Trier, Giles might have been the most explosive guard prospect at USA in terms of government community service essay attacking the basket off of the bounce.

Keep an eye on Jeremiah Tilmon of East St. Louis, Ill., over the next six months. His ability to protect the rim and run the floor garnered our attention during the Nike Elite 100 Camp in his backyard. Fellow front court prospect Matur Maker is enrolled in school in Canada for his sophomore year. Maker’s most recent eval came from the John Lucas Midwest Invitational last weekend. He’s grown by leaps and bounds blossoming into a five-star forward in the process.

Speaking of transition, Austin Wiley of Hoover, Ala., has become one of the class’ premier interior options. He put an exclamation point on an ideal summer english essay writer with his play in Colorado two weekends ago. Trevon Duval of New Castle, Dele., used the invite from the USA Basketball staff to do the same thing. A scoring guard, he is right there with Brown and Harvey as the top shelf perimeter scorers in the class to date.

Brandon Clay Brandon Clay is the Executive Camp Director of the Elite Basketball Academy and the owner of Brandon Clay Scouting. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and He serves Director of Scouting for the National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at [email protected]