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Arkansas Basketball Rankings for the 2017-2018 Season

By Eric Lewis @ARHoopsEric, 05/14/17, 4:00PM CDT

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1. Isaiah Joe | FS Northside | Senior | SG | 6’4”

Isaiah Joe has been proving people wrong left and right, including myself, since he came through the doors of Fort Smith Northside. The state took notice on February 10, 2016 when as only a sophomore, Isaiah scored 24 points at Bentonville with Malik Monk guarding him for most of the game. That was his career high at the time. Ever since that game, Isaiah’s confidence took off and so did his game. He was offered by Stanford, Alabama, Arkansas, and UALR that summer and soon after he became the first commitment for the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2018 class. The next season with Tevin Brewer alongside him, it almost seemed guaranteed that the Grizzlies would make a deep run in the 7A playoffs and that they did. No team in the 7A had an answer for Isaiah’s barrage from deep and that led to Northside taking the 7A state championship over North Little Rock. Isaiah Joe is currently averaging 16 ppg and shooting 50% from 3 in the Adidas Gauntlet against some of the best competition in the country. The best shooter in the state is sitting at number 1 heading into next season.

 

2.  Ethan Henderson | Parkview | Senior | PF | 6’8”

The athletic forward out of Parkview comes in at #2. He debuted on the ESPN 25 back in 2015 as the 13th best player in the nation and is still nationally ranked on just about every scouting service available. Just like Isaiah Joe, Henderson is also committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks. He chose Arkansas over offers from Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and LSU to name a few according to ESPN. Henderson is without a doubt the most athletic big man in the state and he runs the floor like a guard. He does a lot of his scoring from fast breaks, lobs, and put backs. The scary thing is that Ethan has a lot of areas he can improve in and regardless of saying that, he is still one of the best players in the state. Out of everybody in this ranking, Henderson has the highest ceiling. Mike Anderson and his staff are going to do wonders to his game and he fits perfectly into that system.

 

3.  Desi Sills | Jonesboro | Senior | Combo Guard | 6’1”

The lefty guard comes in at number 3 in this ranking and he also happens to be an Arkansas Razorback commit. Sills chose Arkansas over offers from SMU, Missouri, and UALR to name a few. He helped lead the Jonesboro Hurricanes to an undefeated season and they finished as the 14th best team in the nation according to USA Today Sports Experts Rankings. Sills is one of those guards who can do it all. He is relentless attacking the basket and his jump shot has improved drastically over the years. Sills is a tenacious defender and he is already a fan favorite from Arkansas fans and he has not even gotten to his senior year yet. There is little room between 1-3 in this ranking and a serious argument could be made that he is the best player in the state right now. Jonesboro will lose eventually but I am not sure that will happen with Sills suiting up for them.

 

4.  Grehlon Easter | LR Mills | Senior | Combo Guard | 6’3”

I recommend everybody reading this to find a way to a Little Rock Mills game next season because of this man. LR Mills defeated the Parkview Patriots to grab the 5A state championship and a lot of that had to with their point guard, Grehlon Easter. He is one of the most exciting players to watch in the state and Division 1 interest is picking up for him.  Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State, LA Tech, and a few others are showing interest. That interest will soon turn into offers by the end of the summer. With Darious Hall and Jeremiah Toney headed to college, the keys to the offense belong to Grehlon. I have 2 guards ahead of him in this ranking and Grehlon is right up there with them. He can score on all 3 levels and he is a pure athlete who can put up points quick. Easter can be a little streaky at times but his skill and athleticism will land him a lot of good offers here shortly.

 

5. Issac McBride | Baptist Prep | Junior | Combo Guard | 6’1”

The first junior to make this list is the guard out of Baptist Prep in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a freshman, he helped lead Prep to a 3A state championship and he did the same as a sophomore. Back-to-back state championships is not easy but McBride has a serious shot at getting 4 rings at Baptist Prep with Connor Vanover alongside him. McBride currently holds an offer from UALR and just helped Team Penny 16u win the Warmup Championship. He is an absolute winner. Baptist Prep defeated a very good Pea Ridge team in the state championship and McBride hit big shot after big shot to win that game. His basketball IQ is off the charts and his mid-range game is a beauty. McBride does not have a crazy athleticism but he can absolutely go and division 1 offers will continue to come in.

 

6.  Justice Hill | Little Rock Christian Academy | Junior | PG | 5’11”

The point guard of the Arkansas Hawks and LRCA Warriors committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks his freshman year. Justice Hill is one of the best athletes in the state. He could have been a Division 1 football player if he stayed with that route but Arkansas fans are very excited to see him on the hard floor. Hill has a fairly similar game to Desi Sills. Both players love to attack the rim and their on-ball defense is SEC ready.  His shooting really improved from freshman year to sophomore year and I expect the same to happen this season. Little Rock Christian Academy had notable wins this year over Parkview, Jacksonville, Bolton (TN), and Bentonville.

 

7.  Gerald Doakes | Jacksonville Lighthouse | Sophomore | Combo Guard | 6’2”

Gerald Doakes is a name to remember. I imagine most people reading this have never seen Jacksonville Lighthouse play but you have plenty of time to watch them as Doakes is only a sophomore. As a freshman, Doakes led the varsity team to the 2A semis where they fell short to the Earle Bulldogs who went on to win state. He is currently playing for the Arkansas Wings 15u and they are sitting as the #1 aau team in the nation according to multiple rankings. Texas A&M, Southern Miss, and Abilene Christian just recently offered Doakes and he is gaining interest from dozens of other schools. Right now he is one of the best players in the nation in his class. It can be tough to predict where a player will end up but he is on track to have an eventual 5 star ranking.

 

8.  Chris Moore | West Memphis | Sophomore | SF/PF | 6’6”

Chris Moore out of West Memphis is having an incredible summer just like his teammate for the Arkansas Wings 15u, Gerald Doakes. He holds offers from Memphis, Southern Miss, and Abilene Christian. Moore certainly does not look like a sophomore or a high school kid for that matter. He is built like an NFL Tight End and basketball just comes easy for him. Just like Doakes, Moore has a serious shot at being on the ESPN 25 that will be released by the end of the summer. Chris Moore is an athlete and he knows it. He is very aggressive on both ends at grabbing boards and is a walking double-double. He is literally a division 1 player right now playing in high school.

 

9.  Michael Shanks | Bentonville | Junior | SG/SF | 6’6”

The small forward out of Bentonville is going to be a special player. He currently holds one offer from the University of Central Arkansas which he got right before his sophomore season. Our event in Bentonville headlined them against the eventual 5A state champions, LR Mills. Shanks scored 18 in the first half and would have surpassed 30 if he did not get into foul trouble. He has great length and is sneaky athletic. Bentonville just hired Dick Rippee out of Missouri to be their new boys basketball coach and I heard he is great with player development. Shanks struggled his sophomore year with consistency, which is very normal for a 10th grader. However, when he is on, he is one of the best players in the state.

 

10.  Travonta Doolittle | Earle | Senior | SG | 6’4”

The Earle shooting guard is probably one of the most underrated players in Arkansas. The Earle Bulldogs won the state championship in 2016 and 2017. His junior year he averaged 21pts, 9rebs, and 5ast per game which is unheard of in high school. One of the biggest test Earle had all year was against the Episcopal Wildcats (3A state champions) where Doolittle scored 30 points in a 71-69 win. The lefty guard is sure from deep and does a great job of keeping his teammates involved. He uses his length to really get into the passing lanes. He is getting interest from Tennessee Martin, Detroit, Memphis, and Abilene Christian.

 

11.  Collin Moore | North Little Rock | Junior | Combo Guard | 6’3”

Collin Moore helped lead North Little Rock to the 7A state championship game as just a sophomore. The Charging Wildcats had a lot of depth last year and down the stretch the ball was in his hands. He is currently playing for the 16u Arkansas Wings. He is one of those players who can really do it all. Moore is athletic and he defiantly puts that on display each play. North Little Rock will not be as deep as they were last year and I expect Moore to have a more defined and bigger role this upcoming season.

 

12.  Connor Vanover | Baptist Prep | Senior | Center | 7’2”

Baptist Prep has a really good shot at winning its 3rd straight state championship this upcoming season and a big reason that is possible is because of Connor Vanover. The 7’2” center is really one of the best shooters in the state. I promise you read that correctly. Arkansas rarely produces good bigs and it is even more rare in the 3A conference. As you could imagine, Vanover did not have many problems scoring against these teams and that was a big reason they won back-to-back state championships. Connor currently holds offers from Memphis, Arkansas, Alabama, and Ole Miss.

 

13.  Caleb Stokes | Parkview | Senior | Center | 6’8”

Our second Parkview player finds his way at #13. Caleb Stokes was recently offered by South Florida out of the AAC conference. I mentioned earlier that Ethan Henderson had the highest ceiling out of anyone in this ranking and Stokes is right there with him in that category. The big out of Parkview has amazing touch for a center and is consistent from mid-range and beyond. The South Florida offer was way over due and many more coaches will come on board by the end of the year.

 

14.  Curtis White | Parkview |Senior | SG | 6’4”

The 3rd player from Parkview is on the board and White is certainly not the last. Curtis “CJ” White really took over for Parkview once Khalil Garland got injured around mid-season. The lefty guard has patented the top of the key 3 ball. A lot of teams had to play zone against Parkview because of their size and athleticism and CJ White consistently was the answer for that. White is going to have a bigger role this year with Garland graduating.

 

15.  Timothy Ceasar | Marion | Junior | SF/PF | 6’7”

Timothy Ceasar is currently running with Team Penny 16u alongside Issac McBride. Just like McBride, Ceasar played a big role for Team Penny as they went undefeated during the 2 day event at the Warmup. He a very long athlete whose best basketball is ahead of him. He showed promise this year at all 3 levels and the ability to be a consistent shot blocker.

 

16.  Shakur Daniel | Southwest Christian Academy | Senior | PG | 6’5”

The Southwest Christian Academy point guard has the ability to really move up these rankings. The guard is out of Toronto, Canada and led SWCA to a NACA Championship. Daniel is a confident point guard who is tough and likes to constantly attack the rim. He is currently playing alongside Connor Vanover on Pro Skills EYBL out of Texas. He is receiving interest from LSU, Missouri, and Arizona State to name a few.

 

17.  Khalen Robinson | Episcopal | Sophomore | Combo Guard | 6’0”

As a freshman, Robinson helped lead Episcopal to its 3rd championship in 5 years. Khalen’s older brother currently plays college basketball for Appalachian State so athleticism is in the family. Robinson is a quick guard who does most of his work in fast breaks and slashing to the basket. He can finish well with either hand and it seemed like he found a way to get 4-5 wide open layups each game. Khalen is playing up with the Arkansas Hawks 16u and interest is picking up. It is going to be tough to find a 3A team who can get past Robinson and the rest of the squad.

 

18.  Tylor Perry | Springdale Har-Ber | Junior | PG | 5’10”

Tylor Perry out of Springdale Har-Ber may be undersized but he went through 7A teams on a nightly basis last season. Perry ran with the varsity team as a freshman so he has a lot more experience than most sophomores. This season he continued to improve and landed with a great aau team and got an offer along the way. He is running with Mokan Elite EYBL 17u who currently 8-3 and is one of the best aau teams in the nation. He holds one offer from Central Missouri.

 

19.  Moses Moody | Parkview | Sophomore | SG | 6’5”

Moses Moody comes in at #19 but this is a player who might be better than everybody on this list once it’s all said and done. The Parkview guard got good minutes as a freshman and rarely do you see Coach Flanigan put his trust in a freshman. Moody has the athleticism and the size to turn into a special player down the road. College coaches are already seeing this because he is receiving interest from UNLV, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, TCU, and a handful of others. The big thing that stood out to me this season was how much his teammates and coaches trusted him to hit the big shot. Curtis White and Moses Moody are going to be a fun backcourt to watch next season.

 

20.  Davonte Davis | Jacksonville Lighthouse | Sophomore | Combo Guard | 6’0”

Our 2nd Jacksonville Lighthouse guard is in the top 25. Davonte Davis plays alongside Chris Moore and Gerald Doakes on the Wings Elite 15u who is ranked #1 in the nation according to multiple services. Davis and Doakes will be returning to Jacksonville Lighthouse next season and this is a must-see team. Davonte Davis holds offers from Southern Miss and Abilene Christian. We are going to have to set up an Episcopal vs Jacksonville Lighthouse matchup for the next 3 years because each team has a class of ’20 duo that can go.

 

21.  Cole Anderson | Southwest Christian Academy | Junior | SF/PF | 6’8”

Cole Anderson is currently playing for the Arkansas Wings 16u. The small forward will have a big role this upcoming season for the SWCA Lions. Anderson has a lot more athleticism than people give him credit for and has the tools to really make a name for himself.

 

22.  Seth Stanley | Rogers Heritage | Senior | SF | 6’6”

Rogers Heritage is not known for basketball but Seth Stanley gave that school some hope it had been dying to see. The 6’6” small forward led the team to its highest win total in school history with 15 wins. The school opened its doors in 2008 but that is still quite an accomplishment. Stanley is a true small forward who can be counted on to score a lot efficiently.  

 

23.  Trajen Johnson | Pulaski Academy | Senior | Combo Guard | 6’0”

The guard out of Pulaski Academy already has 7 Division 1 offers for football as he is one of the best receivers in the state. Johnson is in talks with some of these schools to play basketball and he is also receiving interest separately for just basketball. He averaged 18pts, 8reb, and 5 ast per game last season. Johnson one of the most athletic guards in the state and all signs point to another big season for Trajen.

 

24.  Kalin Bennett | Little Rock Christian Academy | Senior | Center | 6’10”

Kalin Bennett has already committed to play for the UALR Trojans. Bennett had a great sophomore campaign and he seemed to get better each game. Last season he was going through injuries but so far this summer it looks like he is getting back to his old self. Bennett moves well for a big and I am expecting big things for him and the rest of the Warriors team this season.

 

25.  Treylon Payne | Episcopal |Sophomore| Combo Guard | 6’1”

Treylon Payne did big things for Episcopal his freshman year. Alongside ’20 guard Khalen Robinson and Hendrix Signee, Kam Brasfield, the entire 3A had no answer for this trio. All 3 guards are very similar and Payne kept answering the bell even though he was the youngest player on the court. Treylon Payne is currently receiving interest from Oregon State, Florida Gulf Coast, IUPUI, and Central Michigan.