During the Spring season, Endless Motor Scouting has been taking in countless games of basketball to identify the top basketball prospects in the class of 2018. After evaluating tons of prospects and compiling hours of film, it is now time to release our initial rankings for the class of 2018.
In our eyes, the 2018 class is top-heavy without great depth, though the perimeter players are a strength. As we head into the summer, we look forward to more prospects emerging or taking a leap. Who are some of the highlights and breakout players of the class?
A generational talent that has all the tools from a physical and skill standpoint to be an All-American as a freshman in college. Bagley is a true inside-outside threat that impacts the game on both ends of the court nearly every possession. Offensively, Marvin has the ballhandling ability and vision of a wing, the size and strength of a true center, good footwork and great athleticism. On the other side of the court Bagley is a great rim protector that blocks shots at a high level and controls the defensive glass. College basketball fans will enjoy his play wherever he lands before he inevitably takes his talents to the NBA, as he is a special prospect indeed.
Standing at 7’3 with a wingspan of 7’8 while shooting close to 50% from three on the EYBL circuit, Bol Bol is going to be a matchup nightmare at the collegiate level. His college coach will have the luxury of having a 7’3 center with the ability to run pick and pop and or pick and roll with equal efficiency. Defensively he’s an elite shotblocker that will alter a ton of shots and erase mistakes for teammates. The best thing about Bol at this point is his upside, and he’s not even close to scratching the surface of the player he will ultimately become and that’s a scary proposition. Once his frame fills out with muscle mass and his reaction time improves he’s going to be nearly impossible for the opposition to score on inside the paint while scoring double digit points nearly every game.
An elite playmaker that can slide to either guard spot, White has superb acceleration and changes speeds with the ball better than any prospect in the 2018 class. Coby scores at all three levels and knocks down perimeter shots off the dribble and off the catch. While he is among the very best scorers in the class, his vision is extremely good and a very underrated part of his game. He reads the defense out of pick and roll sets at a very high level and will be an instant impact player under Roy Williams at North Carolina.
Perhaps the most versatile wing in the 2018 class, Hunter is a lethal scorer from distance and on the block. As a shooter Jerome has range out to 25 feet with a quick release and good mechanics. On the block, he shows advanced footwork and is a load to deal with for the opposition. He’s a plus rebounder and shows tremendous grab and go ability, as he routinely pulls down a rebound before pushing the ball up-court and knocking down a pull-up three or forcing the defense to commit before finding teammates for easy buckets. Hunter has the ability to excel at the 2, 3, and 4 spots in college, making him a unique prospect indeed.
An under the radar name with a ton of potential, we’re really high on Philmon as a wing prospect at the next level. At a legit 6’6 with good lateral movement, nice verticality and a frame that can add 20 pounds, Gebrewhit has the prototype physical profile to be a productive two-way small forward. In terms of his skillset, he displays the ability to create off the dribble and change direction, a good looking stroke from beyond the arch and midrange, with very good vision. With a bit of development, Gebrewhit has the makings of an upper tier wing at the college level.