With the spring signing period concluding on May 17, many college coaches have shifted their focus to the 2018 class. At this juncture, this junior class appears deep in solid talent but lacking in potential supers or even near-supers.
At the top are 6-7 combo forward Zion Williamson, 6-10 big man Marvin Bagley, 6-4 shooting guard Romeo Langford and 6-8 power forward Silvio De Sousa. Williamson — strong and skilled — had a tremendous junior season while rising to the apex of the class. He averaged 35 points (with a high of 53) and 15 rebounds per game while exhibiting outstanding versatility. Among his current suitors are North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Clemson and South Carolina.
Most scouts have ranked rangy Bagley No. 1 in the 2018 class for a year or two; there’s no doubt that he possesses all the physical tools necessary to become a deluxe prospect by any standard. However, he spends too much time floating around the perimeter rather than remaining inside and scoring at will. Consequently, he often doesn’t post the kinds of statistics we might expect. Therefore, we’ve dropped him out of the No. 1 slot, at least until he starts dominating on a regular basis.
After Williamson and Bagley, there is a gap to the next juniors on our list below the top 50. We really like Langford, who’s proven that he’s capable of scoring prolifically, while De Sousa’s national stock skyrocketed this past high school season. He consistently excelled for IMG Academy versus strong competition.
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