After taking on all comers and leading his Mass Rivals to a successful summer, Noah Vonleh has left little doubt that he is currently the top power forward among an ever-developing crop of 2014 players. Vonleh continues to mature his game and build out ballhandling, passing and shooting skills, to go with his previously existing abilities. At the present, Vonleh played well in virtually every key event in the spring and summer he was eligible for, and brought with him a remarkable measure of consistency and motor.
Recent decommit Trey Lyles, a previous Indiana Hoosiers pledge, may not have the ceiling that Vonleh has, but his floor is extremely high due to an already advanced skill level, that features competent post play beyond his years. He remains a top-10 prospect, as he was going into high school, and will be a plug-and-play starter at the vast majority of colleges that he attends, either at the “4″ or “5″.
The third member of the trio of elite power forward prospects is Chris McCullough, a prep school big man that is expected to take his talents to the most loaded prep school in the country this year, Brewster Academy (NH). McCullough’s Team Scan squad was among the best in the country at the 16-U level, and McCullough’s inside-outside game was a significant reason why. McCullough is a big time prospect with arguably more upside than Lyles and similar elite-level potential to Vonleh.
The top-5 is rounded by Craig Victor and LeRon Black, two talents from the southeast. Both have agility in their favor, with Black showcasing an impressive level of athleticism, and Victor was a developing array of face-up, post moves, and defensive instincts. Both are easy future high-major starters at this point.
There’s bound to be some fluctuation in this list, as big men can and do develop differently than guards. For the time being, the three heads of the class are clearly superior to the remainder of the list, but that can certainly change with time and skill development.
|1||Noah Vonleh||6'-8"||210||New Hampton School (NH)||Mass Rivals|
|2||Trey Lyles||6'-8"||210||Arsenal Tech (IN)||Spiece Indy Heat|
|3||Chris McCullough||6'-9"||205||Salisbury School (CT)||Team Scan|
|4||Craig Victor||6'-7"||205||St. Augustine (LA)||New Orleans Elite|
|5||LeRon Black||6'-7"||210||White Station (TN)||Team Thad|
|6||JT Gant||6'-8"||200||Effingham County (GA)||Southern Stampede|
|7||Paul White||6'-8"||210||Whitney Young (IL)||Mean Streets|
|8||Malik Pope||6'-7"||190||Laguna Creek (CA)||Team Superstar|
|9||Ben Bentil||6'-8"||215||St. Andrew's (DE)||W-R-One|
|10||Malik Price-Martin||6'-8"||180||Northeast (FL)||Team Breakdown|
|11||James Thompson||6'-8"||205||Capitol (LA)||Houston Hoops|
|12||Obi Enechionyia||6'-9"||200||Saint James (MD)||Team Takeover|
|13||Shane Hall||6'-7"||190||Johnson Central (KY)||Louisville Magic|
|14||Abdul-Malik Abu||6'-7"||230||Kimball Union (NH)||Expressions Elite|
|15||Melvin Swift||6'-7"||190||Yates (TX)||Houston Hoops|
|16||Reid Travis||6'-7"||200||De La Salle (MN)||Minnesota Pump n Run|
|17||Mavin Saunders||6'-7"||210||Kinkaid (TX)||Franchize All-Stars|
|18||LaDamean Keys||6'-7"||205||Bogalusa (LA)||Marcrowe MSM4L|
|19||William Lee||6'-8"||200||Dallas County (AL)||Alabama Challenge|
|20||Marcanvis Hymon||6'-7"||185||Whitehaven (TN)||Team Thad|