Released at noon Thursday, Rivals.com updated its basketball rankings for the class of 2015. Staying on top, Missippi shooting guard Malik Newman leads the 2015 class once again, followed by Ohio State target center Stephen Zimmerman, forward Ivan Rabb, center Diamond Stone and guard Tyler Dorsey. Also included in the updated rankings are a trio of Ohio State recruits, and several targets in the 2015 class.
Mitchell, Harris crack Top 100
The newest Ohio State commit, Plano, Texas small forward Mickey Mitchell checks in at No. 23. At 6'7, Mitchell is an imposing force on the hardwood, given his elite quickness and athleticism, most notably with the ball in his hands. Committing to Ohio State several weeks ago, Mitchell, brother of Buckeye freshman linebacker Mike Mitchell, will be looked upon to help bring several big-time prospects to Columbus.
Joining Mitchell in the Ohio State class for '15 is Dayton Dunbar point guard AJ Harris. Harris, who comes in at No. 91, is a lightning-quick 5'9 160-pound point guard who was instrumental in King James Shooting Stars' mad dash to the final four of the AAU Nationals in July. Harris is an ideal lead-guard, as he favors play-making, facilitation and getting his teammates involved over solely scoring. Listed at No. 111 in the latest rankings from 247Sports, Harris checks in 20 spots higher in Rivals' latest installment.
Ohio State targets Zimmerman, Diallo, Bragg included in top ten
While Mitchell and Harris are the lone commitments for Ohio State in the '15 class, several Buckeye targets enter the mix in the top 50. Led by Las Vegas center Zimmerman at No. 2, newly-offered forward Cheick Diallo is listed at No. 8, while Cleveland VASJ forward Carlton Bragg rounds out the top ten.
Bragg, who has received a total of 24 scholarship offers, is priority No. 1 at this point for Ohio State. As Thad Matta has had a reputation of pulling in the top prospects in the state of Ohio over the years, Bragg is arguably the best since Jared Sullinger in 2010. At 6'9 and 205 pounds, Bragg, who idolizes Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, has tried to model his game off the three-time NBA scoring champ. Dangerous in the open court, Bragg has been hard at work to improve his perimeter shooting, and the results have shown. At the Big Strick Classic in August, Bragg was deadly from the right wing and top of the key, adding another element to his offensive skill set that will set him apart from other players at his position.
Where do the remaining Buckeye targets check in?
No. 11: Charles Matthews (SG, Chicago St. Rita)
No. 12: Jaylen Brown (SG, Marietta Wheeler, GA)
No. 16: Luke Kennard (SG, Franklin, OH)
No. 17: Isaiah Briscoe (PG, Newark Roselle Catholic, NJ)
No. 22: Malachi Richardson (SG, Hamilton Trenton Catholic, NJ)
No. 24: Montaque Gill-Caesar (SF, Huntington Prep, WV)
No. 27: Dwayne Bacon (SF, Bradenton IMG Academy, FL)
No. 33: P.J. Dozier (SG, Columbia Spring Valley, SC)
No. 43: Noah Dickerson (PF, North Atlanta, GA)