Top players to showcase their skills
As always, the player talent pool for this year’s Classic is off the charts with 7 top 40 seniors, 6 top 10 junior and 3 top 20 sophomores ranked among ESPN’s Top 100 of the top high school players in the country in the field, along with other stars ranked in other polls.
Leading Montverde will be 6-4 senior guard Langston Love, ranked No. 22 on ESPN’s Top 100 list of the top high school players in the country. He is attracting interest from 13 top-level NCAA Division I universities, including Villanova, UCLA, Texas and Oklahoma State.
IMG features two players ranked in the Top 100. Moussa Diabate is the highest ranked player in the field at No. 7. The 6-10 power forward is attracting plenty of attention from the top college programs in the country, including Kentucky, Louisville, Florida, Florida State, and University of Miami. Warren Lynn Kidd, a 6-9 center, ranked No. 77 among the Top 100. He is considering Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State and Xavier.
Other top players in the Classic field include St. Vincent-St. Mary 6-5 forward Malaki Branham, ranked No. 27, Fenwick 6-6 strong forward Bryce Hopkins, ranked No. 31; and Houston 6-8 power forward Mason Miller, ranked No. 92. Charlotte 6-7 power forward Tre Carroll is ranked No. 6 in Florida, according to 247sports.com, and No. 31 in the country among forwards, according to Rivals.com.
In the Signature Series, keep an eye on Westtown’s Frank Kepnang. The 6-10 center is ranked No. 21 in ESPN’s Top 100. He is looking at top shelf universities for next season, including Duke, Florida State, Kansas and Kentucky.