Bigs highlight Super 60
Andre Drummond stays at No. 1, but Khem Birch and Isaiah Austin shuffle the top five
Size continues to dominate the Super 60, as four of the top five are 6-foot-8 or taller. Andre Drummond (Oakdale, Conn./St. Thomas More) remains No. 1, but Khem Birch (Quebec City/Notre Dame Prep) leapfrogs DaJuan Coleman (DeWitt, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) and takes over the No. 2 spot due to his incredible consistency over the spring and summer.
Birch has unbelievable athletic ability and a knack for rebounding. The 6-9, 195-pounder draws comparisons to Kenyon Martin because he is a quick jumper who plays with a lot of energy. Birch has tremendous timing and can also cover ground quickly to block a shot when the offensive player clearly has an advantage.
Other bigs who have climbed up the rankings are Isaiah Austin (Arlington, Texas/Grace Prep) and Cameron Ridley (Richmond, Texas/Bush). Both are in the top 10 and in Ridley's case, he debuts in the Super 60 at No. 6.
Austin has moved up to No. 4 from No. 7 due to his size, skill level and versatility. The recent Baylor commit is very close to 7 feet tall, but can handle the ball on the perimeter and put it on the floor. He is still developing, but has drawn comparisons to Kevin Garnett. Austin has a sweet touch and often shoots over defenders, but down on the rim. A big with his unique skill set is very rare, so the sky is the limit for him.
Ridley is the No. 5-ranked big in this class thanks to his great hands, good touch and excellent timing on blocks. He has steadily played better, gotten in better shape and proved himself against some of the better centers in this class, including Coleman and Austin, at adidas Nations.
In a class of bigs, Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) holds his own at No. 5 overall. He is a left-handed, super athletic wing who is terrific in transition. Muhammad is the best wing finisher in the class, a relentless competitor and is capable of defending multiple positions.
• Small forward Alex Murphy (South Borough, Mass./St. Marks) moves up three spots to No. 7. He is a deceptive athlete with great size (6-8, 215 pounds) and skill level. Murphy has an advanced understanding of how to play and doesn't force the action, but he has the ability to take over when necessary. He is the most complete player in this class.
• Power forward Grant Jerrett (LaVerne, Calif./Lutheran), who was ranked No. 25, jumps into the top 15 at No. 12. He is one of the most promising prospects out West, including Muhammad. Jerrett is a rangy hybrid 4-man who is improving at an alarming rate. He can step out and shoot the 3-point shot with consistency and he is quite potent in the midrange area. His footwork is very polished and he can score effectively with either hand in the paint area.
• Ryan Arcidiacono (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy), who was ranked No. 38, jumps up to No. 30. He is a combo guard with great size (6-3, 185 pounds) who is similar to Greivis Vasquez. Arcidiacono is a tough kid who can shoot it from deep and the more you see him play, the more you like him.
• Point guard James Robinson (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic) debuts at No. 49. He is a strong, physical player who beats opponents with his strength and basketball IQ. He is a good decision-maker and when things break down, Robinson can get his own shot. He plays big in big games.
Just missed the Super 60
Here is a look at five players who are on the cusp. It is important to point out, however, that any of these prospects could vault himself into the rankings.
Anthony Bennett (Ontario, Canada/Mountain State Academy)
PF, 6-foot-8, 230 pounds | College: Undecided
He is a strong, athletic combo forward who can score inside and out. He attempts to dunk whenver he has a clear path to the rim. Bennett also is a terrific rebounder on both ends in and out of his area.
Tyler Lewis (Statesville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day School)
PG, 5-11, 160 pounds | College: Undecided
What makes Lewis special is his passing ability. He can deliver the ball with either hand effortlessly. This true point guard consistently produces points and assists against high-level competition with flair.
Devonte Pollard (De Kalb, Miss./Kemper)
SF, 6-7, 200 pounds | College: Undecided
He is a long, bouncy wing who is very active and skilled. Pollard uses his left well and has great upside.
Sim Bhullar (Toronto, Canada/Kiski)
C, 7-3, 280 pounds | College: Undecided
This mountain of a man is a very good passer for a big guy. When you throw him the ball, he has very good hands and finishes well near the basket.
Charles Mitchell (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler)
PF, 6-7, 250 pounds | College: Undecided
He is a slightly-undersized power forward who is powerful and active. Mitchell's abilities to rebound and score in the paint make him a force to be reckoned with.
Paul Biancardi, Adam Finkelstein, Joel Francisco, Michael LaPlante, Reggie Rankin and John Stovall contributed to this piece.
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