The NBA has the basketball world in a frenzy after an eventful first two weeks of the season. The NBA isn′t the only basketball out there, though, high school basketball is on the horizon. Oak Hill Academy has already started their season, one of the few high school teams that play over 40 games in a season. The rest of the top programs around the country are set to begin their 2016-17 campaign in the upcoming weeks.
For the first time in 4 year history, we are going to begin something new for the top players in the country called ″Fan-I Favorites″. This will be very similar to our annual ″Five Percenter″ list where we ranked the top 5 players at each position in the NFL and NBA, but Fan-I Favorites will be all about who we enjoy watching and covering. The list will include players from all over the country and does not go by rankings which can be a little overrated, though, the players on this list can be considered best of their position.
Matt Coleman ′17, Oak Hill Academy (Texas)
Coleman comes into his senior season ranked 27th on ESPN′s top 100, which is blasphemous. He led Oak Hill to a DICK′S National Title, the first in the program′s history. He was also a member of the USA U-18 team that won a gold medal in the FIBA World Championship. Coleman is a classic floor general that can create a shot for anybody, including himself. Keep an eye on him as he tries to lead Oak Hill to a 2nd straight National title.
Quade Green ′17, Neumann-Goretti High School (Kentucky)
Quade Green popped up on our radar during the Hampton Session of the 2016 Nike EYBL season. Green was a practically unguardable during the whole weekend. He is quick and can get to the rim whenever he wants to. He is an aggressive scorer but still has that floor general in his game. A Philly kid to the core, he will be a treat to watch during his senior season at Neumann-Goretti High School.
Chris Lykes ′17, Gonzaga College Prep (Miami)
His slogan is "heart over height" and the 5′5 future Hurricane is all heart. Lykes has been an internet phenomenon since his sophomore season with his amazing scoring ability. Watching Lykes play, you will forget that he is the smallest player on the court. Similar to the legendary Aquille Carr, Lykes can score inside the paint despite his height, but his ability to shoot from deep is even more impressive. And if you′re curious about his jumping ability, take a look here.
Isaiah Washington ′17, St. Raymond High School (Minnesota)
Washington is the only point guard on this list that we weren′t able to catch live in action yet, but his wave on social media this past summer was hard to miss. Hailing from Bronx, New York, they call him "Jelly Dimes". He was a regular at Dyckman this summer, also a premier player in the Under Armour Elite 24 Game. A classic New York guard, Washington is fun to watch, JELLLYYYY!!
Tyger Campbell ′19, La Lumiere (Uncommitted)
The youngest point guard on our list but could be considered the most talented. Tyger is a future star in his own right. He was featured in GQ Magazine his freshman year of high school. That same year he helped lead La Lumiere to the National Championship game against Oak Hill, defeating top-ranked Montverde in the semi-finals. It′s not hard to spot Campbell with his unique bush, but his game will also let you know who he is. Despite his youth, he is very patient while setting up the offense. And don′t stand in front of him too long, you might end up on a highlight reel.
Trae Young '17, Norman North High School (Uncommitted)
Trevon Duval '17, IMG Academy (Uncommitted)
Immanuel Quickley '18, John Carroll (Uncommitted)