|Amos "AJ" Harris|
Identifying the elite players in the class of 2015 is becoming much more relavant, as the players in the class will be entering their freshman year in high school in just a few short months. At this age, college coaches and scouting services really begin taking a look at this class as they attempt to identify the best players in the state. From my experience, many of the kids featured on the below list will become household names in just a few years.
Below you will find a link to my list of the top 100 rising freshmen in the state. So far, this class appears to have a good group of guards at the top, as well as a handful of long-term post prospects. Although Amos "AJ" Harris is considered by many to be the top player in this class, there are a few kids nipping at his heels for this honor. The names of the top kids in this class may come as no surprise to our regular readers, as many of them have been featured on this site over the past couple of years. Although kids such has Luke Kennard, MaCio Teague, Nate Fowler, Esa Ahmed have become well known names to many of us, guys like Dayton's D'Mitrik Trice, Versailles' Kyle Ahrens, Hilliard's Michael Simon, Columbus' Issac Anderson and Orange's Kipper Nichols could make a push over the next couple of months.
It is also important to note that there are still a number of very talented players who have not yet burst on to the statewide scene, but they will eventually begin making names for themselves through school ball, AAU events or camps and showcases. In fact, word has it, there are a couple of northern Ohio kids who deserve some love; however, until they get it done on the bigger stages, where people can see and evaluate them, they may remain just under the radar until later in their young careers. Also, as I have said many times, my list represents a "snapshot" of the kids who are consistently getting it done right now, and does not necessarily attempt to predict future success. Some of the kids on the top of the class will fade, and some other kids will grow and develop their way to the top. Remember, "the creme always rises to the top!"
Finally, within the next day or so, I will be publishing a smaller list of the top 30 kids in the state. As I pointed out in an earlier piece, these list will be updated regularly, as I get a chance to see more kids. Finally, I will be turning over a list of the top 50 kids to John Stovall, ESPN Analyst, Nike rep and co-founder of Prep Spotlight Magazine, which he will use as the foundation for his list of the top 50 freshmen in the state. As always, I encourage kids and parents to be more focused on development than the rankings and stay in the gym, because at the end of the day, it's about you game, not your name! Enjoy the list!!
Ohio's Top 100 Rising Freshmen