Before we move on to our Alamo City Hoops Top 10 of the 2016 class, we revisit and update our Top 10 player rankings of 2015 for the final time.
Our Alamo City Hoops staff has watched numerous high school and AAU games of the top talent in Greater SA for our final 2015 rankings.
In our new “Alamo City Hoops Top 10”, three recruits have decided to stay and play college ball in their hometown and one of them is Dimitri Peterson of Warren. He is also our biggest riser going from unranked and honorable mention, to #6 in our final rankings for 2015.
Two previous recruits listed, JaMichael Brown (Provision/Houston) and Tony Lewis (Central Catholic) are no longer ranked. Brown moved to the Houston area and Lewis is missing the majority of the season with a stress fracture.
*Rankings are NOT solely based on stats
1. Jordan Murphy
6’7″ SF Brennan HS (VCU Signee)
Number one in our original rankings in June 2014 and remains cemented there. Is athletic, long, and extremely skilled. Can attack of the dribble, down low, and is explosive in transition. Shaka Smart landed a top talent who at one point had near 20 offers. The most high profiled recruit to come out of Greater SA since Shaquille O’Neal.
2. Aaron “AJ” McGlown
6’1″ PG Stevens HS (St. Mary’s/TX Signee)
Shows the ability to score at will. Quick first step, good size, and can get to the hole when he wants. His athleticism also makes him dangerous in the open court and will nail it from beyond the arc. Uses his quickness on defense as well and is usually picking pockets for 1-2 steals a contest. Could potentially play both guard spots in college. Stayed home signing with St. Mary’s.
3. Tony Allen
6’2″ SG Judson HS (Campbell University Signee)
Arguably the best shooter in Greater SA. Has been on fire this fall and heading into district play. Is always moving, looking for his shot. Can shoot off the dribble, from a set, or stop on a dime in transition. Has improved his handles and ability to attack in the lane. At the next level projects as a combo guard with the ability to play the 1 or 2.
4. Asa Cantwell
6’3″ SG Johnson HS (Houston Baptist University Signee)
Benefited from a good summer circuit and has continued rolling this fall/winter. Shoots with good accuracy from deep, can also put it on the floor and attack the hoop. Is an under-rated athlete who will surprise people when he rises above the rim to finish. Is long and lanky, and will use his length on defense to his benefit. Hard nosed player who will get after it.
5. Jorden Kite
6’4″ SG Clark HS (University of the Incarnate Word Signee)
Ken Burmeister and his staff landed what might be the best shooter in the Alamo City. Quick release, good form, and shoots without a conscience. Is also always on the move looking for the slightest space to put it up. Another recruit who decided to stay home and ball in the D1 ranks.
6. Dimitri Peterson
6’3″ SG Warren HS (St. Mary’s/TX Signee
Another recruit who benefited from the AAU circuit. A two guard who can hurt you either way, shooting from outside or using his athletic ability to get to the rim and score. He uses his length well in traffic to finish. Will team up with McGlown to form a nice duo for the Rattlers.
7. Colin Taylor
5’11” PG Jay HS (Uncommitted)
Is a floor general who can either facilitate or score. Will shoot the 3-pointer, but his bread and butter is getting into the lane and attacking. Has a good build and quickness for the next level. Uses his hands well on defense.
8. Cayne Edwards
6’4″ PF Clemens HS (West Point Appointment/Army)
Is undersized, for the low post, but just gets it done. Can play with his back to the basket, will clean the glass, and has worked on a face up jump shot from 10-12 feet out. Has a quiet, relentless attitude that is backed with full effort. Could very well be the epitome of an Army recruit.
9. Chuck Kendly
6’5″ PF Reagan HS (uncommitted)
Another undersized prospect who could be a late steal for any college program. Hard worker and furious on the boards. Uses his thick frame to get position and outmuscle defenders. Has good moves in the low post to score efficiently. Has also added to his game. Will go out baseline or wing extended and hit the jump shot. From a set position, will also fire and hit the occasional trey.
10. Jake Harris
6’5″ SF New Braunfels Canyon HS (uncommitted)
Very crafty and can fill up a stat sheet. Will shoot mid-range or deep. Is not the most athletic, but makes up for it with grit and hustle. Has a non-stop motor that flourishes in the mid range game or around the hoop.
In the coming weeks we’ll be releasing our inaugural “Alamo City Top 10” 2016 rankings. Stay tuned.
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