Anyone that’s followed me knows how I feel about these media rankings. I have total respect for the people that put them together. But at the same time, I believe they’re sort of a sham. It’s just an impossible task considering how understaffed they all are, and their other responsibilities… Even most high major recruits only get seen once or twice, maybe not even for a full game. Like any other industry, group-think tends to dominate. Perceptions are hard to change once established. In the end, hype and offers move the needle more than anything. The rankers first concern is covering his own behind.
On the class of 2020 UVA commits.
Jabri Abdur-Rahim moved down a couple spots by ESPN to #30 and up a few on 247 to #49. I think this just comes down to when they happened to see him. Jabri played on one of the worst teams on the EYBL. He had to carry the load, which he did averaging 25ppg. When he really had it working there were three 40+ point games. But there were also 2-15 and 9-28 shooting performances in there. His team didn’t quality for Peach Jam. That would have been a great opportunity for him to shine in a highly competitive setting that he thrives on. It wouldn’t surprise me if his high school season moves Jabri up into 5-star McDonald’s All-American consideration. He belongs there.
Reece Beekman moved up to #40 on ESPN and #56 on 247. He played on a stacked team with three 5-star rated players. I’ve said it before, Reece is an acquired taste. You need to watch him a few times to really appreciate all the little things he does. Playing with that all that talent gave him the necessary exposure for scouts to notice. His better than 6-1 assist/turnover ratio in the EYBL is just insane. Paul Biancardi of ESPN was high on Reece from the start. I think all the services have him ranked fairly.
Carson McCorkle moved up to #128 on 247, and while left out of the ESPN100, he has the same grade as players 91-100. These rankings for him are laughable to be perfectly honest. It’s all about exposure and circumstances. He was snubbed from Top 100 camp. That robbed him of a big opportunity to be seen against the best. His only other real chance this summer to change perceptions came by making a deep run at the Adidas Championships. He played banged up that week and by the weekend he didn’t have much left. He toughed it out, but wasn’t his normal self and didn’t even play his usual minutes. Unfortunately, those few games were the most watched by national scouts. I’m pretty sure it was the only time one major service had ever seen him play.