We have all been hoping Charlotte will continue to stink so we can get their lottery pick in 2016. Charlotte's picks are top 10 protected in 2014 and top 8 protected in 2015. I have been looking at the high school class of 2015 over the past year and following stories about who would the top freshman be in the 2016 NBA draft and maybe some of the sophomores who stay until then.
I just saw this story that updates the list with Ben Simmons and lists the other prospects in the 2015 high school class along with others prior to that.
This is No. 1
1) Ben Simmons, 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, SF/PF, Melbourne, Australia, Montverde Academy 2015.
Simmons took the U.S. high school basketball scene by storm, dominating the 2012 Pangos All American Camp. He moved to the United States this past year to suit up for coach Kevin Boyle at Montverde Academy in Florida and did not disappoint, helping them win the high school national championship.
He has small forward skills in a power forward's body. A smooth and skilled lefty who can do everything on the floor, Simmons has a feathery outside shooting touch and he can put the ball on the floor and get into the lane when he wants to. His passing ability for a kid his size sets him apart from his peers.
With upperclassmen such as Kasey Hill, and D'Angelo Russell, Simmons took a backseat on a senior-led Montverde team this past season, but he will be the focal point offensively, which should allow him to grow into the alpha dog role that his talent suggests. If he stays focused and continues to work hard, he has a chance to be special. NBA Comparison: Tracy McGrady