Randle, Iverson highlight 2013 class
It is very difficult to rank or project young prospects for a variety of reasons. These kids are still growing into their bodies and developing their games. Plus, many of these prospects play in different age groups. Regardless, there are two prospects who have separated themselves from the rest of the class.
Power forward Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian Academy) earns the top spot thanks to his size (6-foot-8, 230 pounds), strength and skills for a big man. The best comparison for Randle is a left-handed Chris Webber because his body, skill and athletic ability are similar to Webber at the same stage. Randle is also a good ball handler and passer for a power forward. Right now, he is a man among boys in the 2013 class.
The No. 2-ranked player in the 2013 class also draws comparisons to a former NBA All-Star. Small forward Kuran Iverson (Windsor, Conn./Northwest Catholic) is very similar to Antoine Walker. He is very skilled for someone his size (6-8, 170 pounds) and is a good scorer but needs to improve his shooting. Despite being a small forward, passing is his best asset and he even plays point guard at times.
While Randle and Iverson are comfortably holding onto the top spots in the 2013 class, that might not always be the case heading forward. Power forward Thomas Hamilton, Jr. (Chicago/Whitney Young) is very skilled and has all the tools to be an elite prospect. The 6-8, 230-pounder has soft hands, good feet, a good touch and is an effective shooter all the way back to 19 feet. Hamilton can also post up and has a solid handle for a big man. On top of all that, don't be surprised if he reaches 7-0 when he's done growing because his dad [Thomas Hamilton] was a super skilled 7-4 post player in high school who flirted with the NBA in the '90s. The No. 7-ranked prospect has the size and skill potential to climb the ranks quickly.
Others to watch
Chris Thomas (Denver, Colo./Princeton Day Academy)
SG, 6-4, 175 pounds | College: Undecided
He is a skilled wing who can do a little bit of everything. Thomas is ranked No. 3 in this class thanks to his athleticism, skills, knowledge of the game and determination to win.
Keith Frazier (Irving, Texas/Irving)
SG, 6-4, 180 pounds | College: Undecided
The No. 4-ranked player is a very athletic 2 guard who is a very good shooter, especially from beyond the arc. Frazier can also rebound and lead the break.
Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room Christian Academy)
SG, 6-4, 165 pounds | College: Undecided
He is a phenomenal scorer and a great slasher. Purvis rounds out the top five in the 2013 class thanks to his incredible first step. He drives to the rim better than anyone in this class and can get to the basket on anybody.
Paul Biancardi, Adam Finkelstein, Joel Francisco, Michael LaPlante, Reggie Rankin and John Stovall contributed to this piece.