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07:20 AM ET 07.31 | July offers some of the best prospect-watching, as the nation's best are often competing head-to-head. After closely watching five-star prospects over the past month, here's how I see the top 10 players in [2014]. ... 1. Jahlil Okafor, C, 6-foot-10, Whitney Young (Ill.): He dominated with the U-19 team, then proved he was the No. 1 player on the AAU circuit. 2. Myles Turner, C, 6-10, Trinity (Texas): Emerged over the past few months as perhaps the player with the highest ceiling in the class. 3. Cliff Alexander, PF, 6-9, Curie (Ill.) ... 4. Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, 6-4, Prime Prep (Texas) ... 5. Tyus Jones, PG, 6-1, Apple Valley (Minn.) ... 6. Trey Lyles, PF, 6-10, Arsenal Tech (Ind.) ... 7. Stanley Johnson, SF, 6-7, Mater Dei (Calif.) ... 8. Justise Winslow, SF, 6-6, St. John's (Texas) ... 9. Kevon Looney, PF, 6-9, Hamilton (Wisc.) ... 10. Karl Towns, PF, 7-1, St. Joseph (N.J.).

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July 31, 2013  08:30 AM ET

All 10 Kentucky locks.

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July 31, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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Except for Mudiay who will finish up at Prime Prep and enroll at the soon to be established Prime University.

LOL ... Deion Sanders nd his Prime Prep are a local laughing stock. He convinced players to transfer from other preps and high schools, telling them they could be a "dream team", then Prime Prep had to withdraw from the UIL.

July 31, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Except for Mudiay who will finish up at Prime Prep and enroll at the soon to be established Prime University.

Yep. Texas has jumped with both feet into the cesspool that is AAU/handler type schools.

Definitely recruiting of HS kids at it's finest. Guess it is time to end the practice of fair and balanced competition.

July 31, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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Guess it is time to end the practice of fair and balanced competition.

Name a sports league that has fair and balanced competition!!!!

There has always been the HAVES and the HAVE-NOTS, and that will never change!

Private/Religious/Etc primary/middle/high schools have always had an advantage compared to public schools. Colleges (at every level) have teams that will most always be in the discussion, while others witll most always be out of the discussion. Pro sports are the same, but only try to appear to keep things "fair."

July 31, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Yep. Texas has jumped with both feet into the cesspool that is AAU/handler type schools ...

Yep ... and anyone who thinks Neon Deion realy cares about the academic success of the athletes who are transferring to Prime Prep is being foolish.

It IS a cesspool masquerading as a high school.

July 31, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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Name a sports league that has fair and balanced competition!!!!There has always been the HAVES and the HAVE-NOTS, and that will never change!Private/Religious/Etc primary/middle/high schools have always had an advantage compared to public schools. Colleges (at every level) have teams that will most always be in the discussion, while others witll most always be out of the discussion. Pro sports are the same, but only try to appear to keep things "fair."

True to a point TZ.

We've kept the private schools at bay in Texas for a long time...at least from joining the UIL. They could still recruit but not compete for district championships.

Seems that is eroding and recruitment will be wide open now. Charter schools brought the private schools with them into the UIL.

July 31, 2013  10:46 AM ET

If they're smart, and can get in, they should all go to Duke.

July 31, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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True to a point TZ.We've kept the private schools at bay in Texas for a long time...at least from joining the UIL. They could still recruit but not compete for district championships. Seems that is eroding and recruitment will be wide open now. Charter schools brought the private schools with them into the UIL.

OK...in Ohio, they private/parochial schools were always part of the tournament circuits. Although these schools make up only 15-20% of the total, they have won 55-65% of the titles!

When I played bball in high school, we had a parochial school in our league. This school kept enrollment right around the breakpoint for divisions 2/3, so when they were good, they would play up to division 2, and when they weren't as good, they would play down to division 3, so as to get into the play-offs.

July 31, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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OK...in Ohio, they private/parochial schools were always part of the tournament circuits. Although these schools make up only 15-20% of the total, they have won 55-65% of the titles! When I played bball in high school, we had a parochial school in our league. This school kept enrollment right around the breakpoint for divisions 2/3, so when they were good, they would play up to division 2, and when they weren't as good, they would play down to division 3, so as to get into the play-offs.

Yeah, but if you are going to allow private schools to compete and recruit, you're going to have to let public schools do the same. Texas public schools in affluent areas will do just as well or better than private schools IMHO. Fact, here in the oil patch recruiting should go over well. We used to do it anyway. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS anyone?

 
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