Basketball Recruiting - Stock up: 15 who could crash the 2018 Rivals150
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Stock up: 15 who could crash the 2018 Rivals150

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The July live periods have come and gone, and during the month many prospects had a chance to upgrade their profiles. There are others who are going to be making a push for the 2018 Rivals150, but here's 15 who stand out as players who could crash the rankings when they get updated in the next month or so.

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His case for the Rivals150: Akinjo was dynamic as both a scorer and a playmaker throughout the month of July. He reminds us a lot of former Rivals150 point guard Dayshon Smith, who had an excellent career at Dayton.

Recruitment: California, Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Pittsburgh, UConn, UNLV and Virginia have offered since the spring.

His case for the Rivals150: Castleton doesn't yet score a ton, and he's not super explosive off the floor, but he's got a big body to build on and he's pretty fluid when running up and down the court. Guys as big and solid as he is often end up having good careers at high-major programs.

Recruitment: Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers, USF and Xavier are among his offers.

His case for the Rivals150: Conditt is one of those guys who is all about the long-term payoff. He's not overly physical because of a lack of strength, but he does play hard, blocks some shots near the rim and shows a lot of potential as a passer and shooter from the high post.

Recruitment: Arizona State, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Houston, Illinois, Iowa State, New Mexico, VCU and Washington have all offered.

His case for the Rivals150: It's hard to believe, but Griffin was mostly unknown until the mid point of July. A big-time vertical athlete with a dangerous lefty jump shot from deep, Griffin is anonymous no more.

Recruitment: Illinois and Iowa State have now offered.

His case for the Rivals150: We caught Haliburton just a few days before the end of the month, but he's awfully intriguing. His size, length and smooth ball handling remind us some of a young Michael Carter-Williams.

Recruitment: Iowa State and Nebraska saw enough to jump in with offers.

His case for the Rivals150: If Hayes makes the rankings, it won't be for current production - it will be for his long-term upside. He's a long and fluid forward who is bouncy around the rim and has good hands. Hayes could be a good redshirt candidate who has potential for a long-term payoff.

Recruitment: Butler, Clemson, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio State, Purdue, VCU, Xavier and many more are in the mix with offers.

His case for the Rivals150: Hellems was as good as anybody at the Peach Jam with his skilled inside/out scoring and volume rebounding. He wasn't quite as good at other stops, but if his game is even in the middle of the highs and lows he showed, then he's a high-major player.

Recruitment: Hellems released a final seven of Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Tech, Missouri, NC State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech this week.

His case for the Rivals150: We didn't see many more competitive or energetic guys in July. Henry's motor is something to see, and he's got plenty of production to go along with his motor. He's a bit of a mismatch combo forward who really gets under his opponent's skin.

Recruitment: Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, Missouri, Nebraska, TCU, Washington State, UMass and Xavier are just a few in the mix with scholarship offers.

His case for the Rivals150: Hinton has always been a good scorer who battled some consistency issues. In July he scored even more than in the past and showed off some improved ball skills and versatility.

Recruitment: He has a visit set to Houston in a few weeks plus offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Georgetown, Illinois Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Seton Hall, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

His case for the Rivals150: Kirkwood emerged in July thanks to a smooth, all-around game and the poise with which he plays. The Canadian will move to the United States for his senior season.

Recruitment: Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Texas, Villanova, Virginia, Wisconsin and others are now in the mix with offers.

His case for the Rivals150: A former member of the Rivals150, it looks like we made a mistake letting him slide out. Nesmith is explosive off the floor, can hit jumpers and has loads of toughness.

Recruitment: Boston College, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Providence, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and many others are in the fray.

His case for the Rivals150: Ngumezi took off in mid-July. Along with tremendous size, strength and athleticism, he's earning tons of offers because he shows potential as a face-up guy from the free throw line.

Recruitment: Arkansas, Clemson, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wichita State are among his offers.

His case for the Rivals150: Today's game is filled with scoring guards who can play either the one or the two, and McGowens fits that mold. He brought it the last two live periods.

Recruitment: East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Ole Miss, VCU, Wyoming and others have offered.

His case for the Rivals150: Udeze is the rim protector, rebounder and interior tough guy that many programs covet. He's not a huge scorer, but there's never any lack of effort with him.

Recruitment: Butler, Houston, Illinois, Iowa State LSU, Ohio State, St. John's, Tulsa, Washington State and Wichita State are among his offers.

His case for the Rivals150: Washington really came on for The Family in July. He's a dangerous scorer, has range on his jumper and got hot when it mattered most with coaches watching.

Recruitment: Butler, Cincinnati, Dayton, Iowa State, New Mexico, Missouri, SMU, Tulsa, UNLV, Virginia Tech and others have offered.