Credit: Murray State Athletics

2019 NBA Draft Class Recruiting Rankings-1st Round

Taking a look at the recruiting ranking of each first round pick in the 2019 NBA draft

Ranking high school players is no easy task and that has been proven by many future NBA all stars not even being considered high major players entering college. This was on full display last year when Zion Williamson was considered by many to be a top ten recruit but not the best player in the class, exploded at Duke and had the #1 overall pick locked up mid way through the season. Now that the NBA preseason has begun and we are getting closer to the start of the 2019-2020 season, we thought it would be interesting to see where each first round 2019 draft pick landed in their respective high school classes.

Note: The number of stars is the average number of stars between ESPN, Rivals, and 247 Sports

Round 1: Pick 1-New Orleans Pelicans

Zion Williamson (Duke)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #5   247Sports: #7   ESPN: #2

Round 1: Pick 2-Memphis Grizzlies

Ja Morant (Murray State)

Class of 2017: Rivals: NR   247 Sports: NR   ESPN: NR

Round 1: Pick 3-New York Knicks

RJ Barrett (Duke)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #1   247 Sports: #1   ESPN: #1

Round 1: Pick 4-New Orleans Pelicans

Deandre Hunter (Virginia)

Class of 2016: Rivals: #60   247 Sports: #106   ESPN: #72

Round 1: Pick 5-Cleveland Cavaliers

Darius Garland (Vanderbilt)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #17   247 Sports: #11   ESPN: #16

Round 1: Pick 6-Minnesota Timberwolves

Jarrett Culver (Texas Tech)

Class of 2017: Rivals: NR   247 Sports: #261   ESPN: NR

Round 1: Pick 7-Chicago Bulls

Coby White (North Carolina)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #26   247 Sports: #26   ESPN: #23

Round 1: Pick 8-New Orleans Pelicans

Jaxson Hayes (Texas)

Class of 2018: Rivals-#112   247 Sports: #129   ESPN: #89

Round 1: Pick 9-Washington Wizards

Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga)

Class of 2016: Rivals: NR   247 Sports: #136   ESPN: NR

Round 1: Pick 10-Atlanta Hawks

Cam Reddish (Duke)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #3   247 Sports: #3   ESPN: #3

Round 1: Pick 11-Phoenix Suns

Cameron Johnson (North Carolina)

Class of 2014: Rivals: NR   247 Sports: #249   ESPN: NR

Round 1: Pick 12-Charlotte Hornets

PJ Washington (Kentucky)

Class of 2017: Rivals: #15   247 Sports: #19   ESPN: #12

Round 1: Pick 13-Miami Heat

Tyler Herro (Kentucky)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #36   247 Sports: #38   ESPN: #30

Round 1: Pick 14-Boston Celtics

Romeo Langford (Indiana)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #6   247 Sports: #5   ESPN: #5

Round 1: Pick 15-Detroit Pistons

Sekou Doumbouya (France)

International Player

Round 1: Pick 16-Orlando Magic

Chuma Okeke (Auburn)

Class of 2017: Rivals: #42   247 Sports: #60   ESPN: #50

Round 1: Pick 17-New Orleans Pelicans

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech)

Class of 2017: Rivals: #32   247 Sports: #37   ESPN: #21

Round 1: Pick 18-Indiana Pacers

Goga Bitadze (Georgia)

International Player

Round 1: Pick 19-San Antonio Spurs

Luka Samanic (Croatia) 

International Player

Round 1: Pick 20-Philadelphia 76ers

Matisse Thybulle (Washington)

Class of 2015: Rivals: #130   247 Sports: #126   ESPN: NR

Round 1: Pick 21-Memphis Grizzlies

Brandon Clarke (Gonzaga)

Class of 2015: Rivals: NR   247 Sports: NR   ESPN: NR

Round 1: Pick 22-Boston Celtics

Grant Williams (Tennessee)

Class of 2016: Rivals: NR   247 Sports: #203   ESPN: NR

Round 1: Pick 23-Oklahoma City Thunder

Darius Bazley (No College)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #18   247 Sports: #23   ESPN: #13

Round 1: Pick 24-Phoenix Suns

Ty Jerome (Virginia)

Class of 2016: Rivals: #53   247 Sports: #31   ESPN: #43

Round 1: Pick 25-Portland Trailblazers

Nassir Little (North Carolina)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #2   247 Sports: #2   ESPN: #6

Round 1: Pick 26-Cleveland Cavaliers

Dylan Windler (Belmont)

Class of 2015: Rivals: NR   247 Sports: NR   ESPN: NR

Round 1: Pick 27-Los Angeles Clippers

Mfiondu Kabengele (Florida State)

Class of 2016: Rivals: NR   247 Sports: #268   ESPN: NR

Round 1: Pick 28-Golden State Warriors

Jordan Poole (Michigan)

Class of 2017: Rivals: #106   247 Sports: #102   ESPN: #51

Round 1: Pick 29-San Antonio Spurs

Keldon Johnson (Kentucky)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #15   247 Sports: #18   ESPN: #7

Round 1: Pick 30-Cleveland Cavaliers

Kevin Porter Jr. (Southern California)

Class of 2018: Rivals: #16   247 Sports: #27   ESPN: #40

First Round Breakdown:

Number of 5 Stars: 11

Number of 4 Stars: 8

Number of 3 Stars: 3

Number of 2 Stars: 2

Number of 1 Stars: 1

Number of 0 Stars: 2

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