The Vault: Highlights and recruiting rankings of Wizards players as high school kids


The Wizards are one of the NBA's youngest teams with an average age of 25.4 years old, according to Basketball Reference. That means a lot of things for their on-court present and future, and it also means there is plenty of information online about those players and their individual basketball journeys.

John Wall, for instance, was at the forefront of high school players becoming online sensations. Others like Bradley Beal, Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant had well-documented junior careers before they went to college and then the NBA.

Here is a look at the high school recruiting profiles of key Wizards players...

John Wall, PG, 2009

From: Raleigh, NC
Recruit ranking: 1
Where he went: Kentucky

Wall was a high school superstar, who emerged as the No. 1 recruit over future NBA players like Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Lance Stephenson. He is known for being one of the first recruits to have a YouTube mixtape go viral. Before he became the nation's top player, he was cut from his high school team as a sophomore for behavioral issues. Wall chose Kentucky over Duke, Kansas, Miami and NC State.



Bradley Beal, SG, 2011

From: St Louis, MO
Recruit ranking: 4
Where he went: Florida

A McDonald's All-American, Beal was a consensus five-star recruit. Only three players ranked ahead of him according to Basketball Reference: Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Beal was also the Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior and won MVP of the 2010 FIBA U-17 championship. He chose Florida over Ohio State, Illinois and Kansas.



Rui Hachimura, SF, 2016

From: Japan
Recruit ranking: 148
Where he went: Gonzaga

Hachimura's future NCAA stardom went undetected in the high school ranks, as he barely cracked the top-150 on most recruiting lists. He landed at Gonzaga with head coach Mark Few and three years later was a top-10 NBA draft pick. 


Troy Brown Jr., PG/SG/SF, 2017

From: Las Vegas, NV
Recruit ranking: 12
Where he went: Oregon

Brown was one of the best high school players in the country when he chose Oregon over schools like Ohio State, Alabama, Kansas and Georgetown. He was a McDonald's All-American and five-star prospect. What position he would play varied by media outlet. He was listed everywhere from point guard to small forward.


Thomas Bryant, C, 2015

From: Rochester, NY
Recruit ranking: 25
Where he went: Indiana

A four-star recruit listed at 6-foot-10 and 220 pounds (he's now 248), Bryant chose Indiana University over schools like Missouri, Syracuse, Florida and Kentucky. He nearly went to Syracuse, but the Orange were mired in an NCAA recruiting scandal. Bryant was a McDonald's All-American and finished his high school career at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.


Davis Bertans, SF, 2007

From: Latvia
Recruit ranking: N/A
Where he went: ASK Kadeti II

Like many European players, Bertans didn't go through the high school or AAU ranks or show up on recruiting lists. He dominated youth leagues in Latvia, then turned pro when he was the age of a high school sophomore. He then spent nine years in various professional leagues before signing with the San Antonio Spurs in 2016.

Moritz Wagner, C, 2015

From: Germany
Recruit ranking: 97
Where he went: Michigan

A four-star recruit according to Rivals, Wagner was listed at 6-foot-9 and 210 pounds. He went under the radar and landed at Michigan after he reportedly reached out to head coach John Beilein himself. Wagner would blossom into a star for the Wolverines and an NBA first round pick. He now stands 6-foot-11 and 245 pounds.

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