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Now Live: 2026 Player Rankings

By The Circuit, 10/27/23, 1:45PM EDT


The Circuit just celebrated our 10th year of grassroots basketball coverage, and our team is thrilled to announce an innovative new approach in the world of individual player rankings.

For the past 10 seasons, our media team has carved our own path in the grassroots basketball media space, primarily focusing on covering the nation’s top programs and players from the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), adidas 3 Stripes Select Basketball (3SSB), Under Armour Association (UAA), and elite independent circuits from across the country. During the high school season, our coverage primarily focuses on the top 100-125 teams from across the country - encompassing the same elite prospects, which results in a year-round, in-depth look at the best basketball players in America.

During our time covering the sport, we have uncovered a systemic problem with the way most player rankings are formulated; simply put, there isn’t a transparent process in which prospects are evaluated.

Our player ranking team is led by a group of basketball experts with 50+ years of combined experience. This includes former NBA players, NBA front office members, and current nationally-renowned grassroots basketball talent evaluators.

This team has a single goal; remove subjectivity and bias from player rankings by establishing a data-driven approach to evaluating individual domestic and international basketball prospects.

Starting today, our rankings will be presented in tiers by each individual graduating class. The top 30 players will be ranked in order 1-through-30 - taking into account a number of different factors, including offense, defense, recruiting, strength of schedule, and more. 

On top of our new tiered rankings format, we will be introducing a Top 10 regardless-of-class rankings. This subset of rankings will narrow down the top 10 future professionals at the next three graduating classes.

The following different evaluation subsets: Offensive Skill-Set, Defensive Skill-Set, Current Recruitment, Statistical Data, Strength of Schedule, Eye Test, Pro Potential, Intangibles, Rankings Composite, & Current Accolades.

After the top 30 players, our rankings will be structured in a tier-based system. Prospects will be grouped alphabetically in three separate tiers:


  • Tier 1 (1-50)
  • Tier 2 (51-100)
  • Tier 3 (101-150)


  • Tier 1 (1-50) - alphabetically 
  • Tier 2 (51-100) - alphabetically 
  • Tier 3 (101-150) - alphabetically 


  • Top 10
  • Tier 1 (11-25) - alphabetically 
  • Tier 2 (25-50) - alphabetically

2026 Player Rankings

Rank First Name Last Name Height POSITION High School
1 Brandon McCoy 6'3 PG St. John Bosco (CA)
2 Tyran Stokes 6'7 PF Vegas Elite (NV)
3 Caleb Holt 6'5 SF Buckhorn (AL)
4 Alijah Arenas 6'4 SG Chatsworth (CA)
5 Ikenna Alozie 6'3 SG Dream City Christian (AZ)
6 Caleb Gaskins 6'7 SF Montverde Academy (FL)
7 Jalen Montonati 6'7 SF Owasso (OK)
8 Jason Crowe Jr 6'2 PG Lynwood (CA)
9 Elijah Williams 6'6 SF Brother Rice (MI)
10 Moustapha Diop 6'8 PF The Walker School (GA)
11 Sam Funches 6'10 C Germantown (MS)
12 Cameron Holmes 6'5 SG Millenium (AZ)
13 Dylan Mingo 6'3 PG Long Island Lutheran (NY)
14 Alexander Constanza 6'8 SF Westminster Academy (FL)
15 Chidi Nwigwe 6'7 SG Bergen Catholic (NJ)
16 Quincy Wadley 6'4 SG Bishop O"Connell (VA)
17 Jaxon Richardson 6'5 SF Columbus (FL)
18 Maximo Adams 6'6 SF Junipero Serra (CA)
19 Jordan Smith 6'3 SG Paul VI (VA)
20 Kayden Allen 6'5 CG Montverde Academy (FL)
21 Tajh Ariza 6'5 SF St. Bernard (CA)
22 Cole Cloer 6'6 SF Orange (NC)
23 Seven Spurlock 6'6 SF Frisco Memorial (TX)
24 Aidan Chronister 6'7 SG Rogers (AR)
25 Trent Perry 6'4 SF Frisco Lone Star (TX)
Tier 1 Ben Ahmed 6'10 C Putnam Science Academy (CT)
Tier 1 Latrell Allmond 6'8 PF John Marshall (VA)
Tier 1 JJ Andrews 6'6 SG Little Rock Christian Academy (AR)
Tier 1 Keiner Asprilla 7'0 C Don Bosco Prep (NJ)
Tier 1 Alex Barther 6'4 SG Eastern Hills (TX)
Tier 1 Brandon Bass Jr 6'3 SG Windermere Prep (FL)
Tier 1 Toni Bryant 6'9 PF North Tampa Christian Academy (FL)
Tier 1 TJ Crumble 6'7 SF Richmond Heights (OH)
Tier 1 Chase Foster 6'8 PF Edmondson-Westside (MD)
Tier 1 Manny Green 6'6 SF Cedar Grove (GA)
Tier 1 Kendre Harrison 6'7 PF Reidsville (NC)
Tier 1 Jayden Hodge 6'5 CG St. Rose (NJ)
Tier 1 Sinan Huan 7'0 C Windermere Prep (FL)
Tier 1 Marcus Johnson 6'1 PG Garfield Heights (OH)
Tier 1 SJ Madison 6'4 SG Redondo Union (CA)
Tier 1 Adam Oumiddoch 6'5 SG Overtime Elite (GA)
Tier 1 Naz Price 6'3 CG Seven Lakes (TX)
Tier 1 Deron Rippey Jr 6'0 PG Blair Academy (NJ)
Tier 1 Dean Rueckert 6'6 SF Timpview (UT)
Tier 1 Qayden Samuels 6'5 SG Bishop McNamara (MD)
Tier 1 Dakari Spear 6'4 CG The Colony (TX)
Tier 1 Christopher Washington Jr 6'7 SF Villages Charter School (FL)
Tier 1 AJ Williams 6'7 SF Bergen Catholic (NJ)
Tier 1 Imahri Wooten 6'5 SF AZ Compass Prep