Like many fans of basketball (and other sports), I always consider it fun to go back and look at how guys were ranked entering different stages of their careers, finding it interesting to see what they were thought of as a recruit in high school, how they were viewed during their college career or where they were drafted.
24/7 Sports puts together a composite set of rankings for high school football and basketball recruits, taking their rankings from every recruiting service and averaging them out. The site has done that for the NBA draft, putting together a current list described as so:
Below is a ranking of the top 40 overall draft-eligible players according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite when they were prospects. Below that is the same ranking broken into positions with a look at where the top draft prospects outside of the overall top 40 were rated, along with links to the current NBA Draft position rankings from CBSSports.com.
They have not ranked one of the most highly-touted prospects in the draft, Australian point guard Dante Exum or former Tennessee Volunteers’ forward Jarnell Stokes because they weren’t ranked by every recruiting service.
Former Kansas Jayhawks’ forward Andre Wiggins, who is in a battle with his college teammate, center Joel Embiid and former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker to go number one overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Embiid is only 13th on the list but is the top center while Parker is tied for third on the list with former UCLA Bruins’ forward Kyle Anderson. Former Kentucky Wildcats’ power forward Julius Randle is second and former Arizona Wildcats’ small forward Aaron Gordon and former Baylor Bears’ power forward Isaiah Austin are tied for fifth.
To see the complete rankings, click here.