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Updated Class of 2012 Rankings

With the high school season ending and the first few AAU events wrapping up, we decided to update our class of 2012 rankings and put together a chart of the big movers and why they impressed us.

Big Movers

Player

New Rank

Difference

Notes

Perry Ellis

#10

10

Ellis simply dominated at the end of his high school basketball season as he helped guide his high school to a third straight state championship and 44 game win streak. He was also recognized by MaxPreps for the Junior All American 1st team, ESPN Rise for the All-American First Team and USA Today for the All-USA 2nd team, all in the past week.
Marcus Paige

#16

9

He had a very nice stroke at the Nike EYBL as he made the majority of his three-pointers and nearly every mid-range jumper he took at the top of the key. His passing was even better when he displayed excellent court vision and anticipation as he seemed to know exactly where and when his teammates would be open. He also played smart and used dribble-penetration consistently and effectively.
Jarnell Stokes

#17

9

After an impressive showing at the Nike EYBL two weekends ago, Stokes again played well at the Real Deal in the Rock. The most impressive aspect of Stokes’ improved play was the fact that he went up against two top 10 prospects in Grant Jarrett (#8) and Kaleb Tarczewski (#6) and was able to beat the two elite big men in two completely different ways. Against Jarrett, he went right after him in the low post and used his strength to control the paint and get up easy shots. Against Tarczewski, he used his perimeter skills to create shots in the mid-range and even hit the three-ball.
Alex Poythress

#25

5

He did a variety of things very well at the Nike EYBL such as blocking shots, running the floor, finishing, playing defense, and shooting. He also displayed good ball-handling skills as well as a nice spin move which got him some open looks in the lane where he converted. Poythress did an excellent job using his length too whether it was through changing opponents’ shots, shooting over defenders, or being able to pass in difficult situations.
Torian Graham

#30

8

Graham displayed his prolific scoring skills at the King James Shooting Stars Classic as he used his outstanding athleticism to consistently get by his defender and to get into the lane. Once he got into the paint, he finished around the rim extremely well whether it was through contact or around it. He also exhibited a tremendous mid-range game where he knocked down pull-up jumpers off the dribble.
Braxton Ogbueze

#37

5

Ogbueze put his full arsenal on display at the Nike EYBL as he showed good ball-handling skills, good shooting, and the ability to get to the bucket consistently. He also showed good range and had a nice spin move he used to get into the lane. Ogbueze had a nice floater and mid-range jumper he constantly used after he got by his initial defender as well.
Matt Costello

#36

8

Matt Costello dominated at the King James Shooting Stars Classic this past weekend by displaying superb offensive games and a variety of ways to score. He also showed the ability to knock down three-pointers and mid-range jumpers while scoring in the paint with their back to the basket as well. Costello ran the floor well too and exhibited an impressive skill set in the low post where he used spin moves, hook shots and up-and-under moves to get his shot off.
Devonta Pollard

#40

10 Pollard also dominated at the King James Shooting Stars Classic and displayed the ability to do many different things. He handled the ball well, made impressive passes and constantly blocked shots and scored in a plethora of ways. Pollard scored from the perimeter, mid-range game and from the low-post with both his back to the basket and while facing the basket.

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