We’ve incorporated data from ESPN, Rivals and Scout in order to formulate a consensus Top 30 player rankings for the class of 2013. At this point, the three sources do not agree on who the top player in the class is just yet — Scout tapped small forward Jabari Parker of Simeon (IL), Rivals named point guard Andrew Harrison of Fort Bend Travis (TX), while ESPN currently has big forward Julius Randle of Prestonwood Christian (TX) listed as the top prospect in the land.
With that said, big man Nerlens Noel of Tilton School (NH) came in highly in all of the rankings, as did Westwind Prep (AZ) guard Chris Thomas. Small school standout forward Chris Walker of Holmes County (FL) is also very regarded at this time.
It should be noted that only a sole prospect in the 2013 class in the Top 30 has pledged, as small forward Marc Loving called it for Ohio State early on. With that said, Indiana and Purdue both hold multiple commitments in the class that are Top 100 caliber prospects.
There are a variety of opinions as to who the top prospect in the class is, but there is striking consistency in the other players on the list being named by all rankings sources. There’s little doubt that CA forward Aaron Gordon and TN forward Jonathan Williams are Top 10 players in the class, and though Kuran Iverson of Northwest Catholic (CT) has dropped since being considered at the very top of the class last summer, he is still considered a Top 10 player.
Additionally, Andrew Harrison’s twin brother Aaron is on the periphery of being a Top 10 player, as is fellow Lone Star State resident, shooting guard Keith Frazier. Texas seems to be a hot spot in the class of 2013, as four of the top eleven players on the list are from Texas.
Check out the Top 30 for the class of 2013.--------------------------------------------
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