Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
No. 1 in the ESPNU 100
The consensus No. 1 player in the country, Muhammad boasts a superior skill set that has made him the target of nearly every elite collegiate program with national title aspirations. He is one part smooth-stroking lefty and one part ferocious finisher mixed in with a tireless work ethic and a killer instinct in the clutch. Last year, Muhammad tallied 25.1 points and 7.7 boards a contest to cop ESPNHS All-American first-team honors.
Brandon Ashley, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
No. 4 in the ESPNU 100
Planning on shutting down Ashley? You better come with a Plan B and C because this 6-foot-8 Arizona commit is among the nation’s most versatile scorers. Big men need to be cognizant of his guard skills and handle, while smaller defenders are going to need to hit the weight room to deal with his deceptive strength on the block. Ashley transferred to national power Findlay after averaging 15 points and 10 boards last winter at two-time Cali champ Bishop O’Dowd.
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ESPNHSShabazz Muhammad won his in-state showdown against Brandon Ashley, and now he moves on to face Julius Randle.