The 2016 high school class had plenty of hype. It was touted for years as the best group to come through high school in a decade -- and it didn't disappoint. The first 10 college players taken in NBA draft in June are likely to be freshmen, led by Washington's Markelle Fultz, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Kansas' Josh Jackson and Duke's Jayson Tatum. Moreover, all of those players were ranked in the top 10 coming out of high school. Outside of maybe Harry Giles due to injury, this past season's freshmen came in with very high expectations -- and lived up to them.
It will be different in 2017. In a class filled with big men, there isn't the long list of sure-fire NBA All-Stars at the top of the rankings and potential lottery talents throughout the rest of the top 25, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of impact players.