Boys BB: Final ’18 Player Rankings

Andre Kelly of Stockton Lincoln (middle) is one of the better forwards in NorCal's Class of 2018. The junior-to-be averaged 18.8 ppg and 11.4 rpg last season and also enjoys playing baseball. Photo: Ronnie Flores

Andre Kelly of Stockton Lincoln (middle) is one of the better forwards in Northern California’s Class of 2018. The junior-to-be averaged 18.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game last season and also enjoys playing baseball. Photo: Ronnie Flores

We continue our boys basketball coverage for Gold Club members with a final look at the state’s top college prospects in the sophomore (2018) class. Our final 2018 Cal-Hi Sports Top 65 for the 2015-16 school year shows eight newcomers since our winter edition. Our final 2015-16 rankings for the 2019 class will be published by the beginning of the summer live period on July 6.   

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The final 2018 Cal-Hi Sports Top 65 is based on evaluations from the entire 2015-16 post-season (from final round of league play to the CIF State Championships) through the Spring Evaluation for unsigned seniors and Summer League period for returning players. Our post-summer Cal-Hi Sports Hot 100 was based on last year’s summer evaluation period and showcases. Our winter rankings for the class of 2018 was based on performances through fall leagues and the 2015-16 regular season.

We’ll follow this report with our final Top 25 for the 2019 class. In the coming months we’ll continue publishing our archived Hot 100s as part of the most comprehensive California state player rankings you’ll find on the Internet that you can sort through using the easy-to-use dropdown menu below.   

The previous ranking in the final 2018 Top 65 refers to the player’s position in the winter Top 65 we published in February. To see where California players place in national player rankings, check out the Hoop Scoop, our partner for boys basketball national player rankings.

The 2018 class is still emerging, but the top prospects have clearly been evaluated and identified. The class is led by big men Marvin Bagley III of Sierra Canyon and Jordan Brown of Woodcreek. Bagley hasn’t played varsity high school basketball in California yet, but is unanimously considered the top prospect in the national 2018 class. Bagley will also be immediately eligible in the fall for Sierra Canyon, after it was initially ruled by the CIF he had to sit out one calendar year. Brown has been named class player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports the past two years and just won another gold medal with USA Basketball in the FIBA 17U World Championships in Spain.

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