ESPN released its updated list of the Top 100 high-school basketball recruits for 2017 and it includes four Canadian players.
As you would expect, there was a lot of interest surrounding the release of this year’s ESPN list, for the top 100 basketball players in high school. What was particularly intriguing for those of us North of the border, was the fact it included four Canadians.
The highest-rated player from Canada is Nickeil Alexander-Walker from Toronto, who was ranked No. 25. The 6-foot-5 Alexander-Walker is currently playing at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy and has committed to play his college ball at Virginia Tech.
At No. 32 is the cousin of the No. 25 ranked player, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from Hamilton. Gilgeous-Alexander has already committed to play for John Calipari at Kentucky and is also currently playing with his cousin at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, TN.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia’s Lindell Wiggington came in ranked at No. 42. The 6-foot-1 guard is currently playing for the famed Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and has committed to play his college ball for the Iowa State Cyclones in the fall of 2017.
Christian David from Milton, ON was the final Canadian player to make the Top 100, coming in ranked at No. 82. David is playing at Vermont Academy and has committed to play at Butler, who have been a Top 25 ranked team all season.
Notable absences from the list include Athlete Institute star forward Oshae Brissett, who has committed to play for Syracuse next season. He was ranked No. 48 by 24/7 Sports and was previously included on the ESPN Top 100 list.
The complete list of rankings from ESPN can be found here.
What’s your take on this year’s list from ESPN? Do you agree with the rankings of the four Canadians, or would you have placed any of them higher or lower? Further, are there any other Canadians who you believe should have been included in the top 100, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments section.