The Class of 2016 (Complete Class)
Pos.: Combo Guard and Wing
High School: Crespi High School
Wt.: 180 lbs
Comparison: Delon Wright (Utah)
HS Rating: 4-Star / Top 125
Story: Already having a reputation as an elite athlete and defensive stopper on the perimeter, Melton has come alive his senior season in high school, leading Crespi to the Division I State Championship and finishing as a top 3 finalist for Mr. California. Back in the fall, we wrote that the hope was that Melton will eventually develop into a Gary Payton II type player. That is still a hope and a possibility, though he made end up more in the mold of Delon Wright than GP2.
Pos.: Combo Guard
High School: Santa Monica High School
Wt.: 175 lbs.
Comp.: John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
HS Rating: 4-Star/Top 75
Story: Jonah is the younger brother of Cal sharp shooter Jordan Mathews. This season firmly established Jonah as ahead of his brother at the same stage, as Jonah developed a slashing, dribble-drive game to compliment his spot up shooing. He’ll need to continue to develop his dribble-drive game to be a legit combo guard (as opposed to pure shooting guard) at the Pac-12 level.
Pos.: Power Forward (Stretch Four)
High School: South Grand Prairie (TX)
Wt.: 220 lbs.
HS Rating: 3-Star/Top 200
Story: Back in the fall, we identified Henderson is an athletic and skilled stretch-4 who moves like a small forward, but questioned his strength and whether he’d be able to defend Pac-12 level big men and rebound at the Pac-12 level. Henderson has clearly added weight over the last eight months, but not all of it is necessarily good. He can still run the court and hit outside shots, but he doesn’t necessarily look quite as athletic doing it. The flip side is that Harrison appears more ready to guard Pac-12 big men straight away. In the Texas HS State Championship Game, he guarded blue chip recruit Marques Bolden very well down on the block. Unfortunately, since Henderson never attended any of the big national camps, we don’t have accurate measureables on his wingspan. With the additional weight, Harrison no longer looks to develop into a Paul George type player. A better target instead Erik Murphy from Florida.
Pos.: Power Forward/Center
High School: Saint Joseph High School (IL)
Wt.: 200 lbs.
HS Rating: 3-Star/Top 200
Story: Rakocevic was added to the recruiting class for the spring signing period at a time when it was unclear whether he might be pursued by programs as strong as Miami, Wisconsin and Iowa, or, conversely, might have to go the Mid Major route. There are a few things that can be said in Rakocevic’s favor: (1) despite his name, he doesn’t play like a Euro; he’s an American kid, who will mix it up down low; (2) for his size, Rakocevic is uniquely agile, moving far more like a guy who is 6’5″ than 6’11”; (3) Rakocevic has demonstrated nice moves around the rim, which are complimented by a nice jump shot. The down side? Rakocevic doesn’t just move like a guy who is 6’5″, he also has the wingspan of one. His lean frame may not allow him to build the type body he’ll need to be successful. Even though Rakocevic is flexible and coordinated, he can’t jump all that well and doesn’t move particularly well laterally.
Becoming Eligible (following transfer):
Class: Sophomore (RS)
Pos.: Small Forward / Wing / Swing Man
Prior College: Louisville
High School: Rainier Beach High School
Wt.: 180 lbs
Comparison: Shaun Livingston (Utah)
HS Rating: Top 30 Overall Composite
Story: Originally from Pomona, Ca., Shaqquan averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a freshman at Mater Dei H.S. in joining with Katin Reinhardt to lead the Monarchs to a 32-3 record and the 2011 California Division I CIF state title. After transferring to Taft H.S. (and sitting out a year), Shaqquan moved up north, where he averaged 19.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists en route to leading Rainier Beach to the Class 3A title for the second consecutive season and earning 2013-14 Washington Player of the Year honors. Aaron is a two-time first-team AP Class 3A all-state selection and was ranked No. 26 nationally by 247Sports.com, 27th by Scout.com, 30th by Rivals.com, and No. 33 by ESPN. Aaron was signed out of high school by Louisville and appeared in 23 games for the Cardinals. It didn’t work out, and Shaqquan moved on.
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