Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
Shooting Guard 6’5
John Petty was the 21st ranked player in the nation for the high school class of 2017 according to ESPN and 30th on 247 Sports.
John will team up with Collin Sexton, the #6 player in the rising freshman class. John has very raw potential, and it is very easy to see. He has a good size and athleticism for wing players. He excels defensively as he can guard most guard positions on the floor. With that athleticism, he can finish above the rim in transition very well.
While he can hit the spot up jumpers decently he is not a jump shot creator. His handles have room to improve, so he will rely on others to put him into a position to score. If he can learn to hit the three-point shot effectively, he can become a nice three and d kind of guy.
His role will be to play lockdown defense and use the athletic ability he has to score occasional points. Hopefully, Avery Johnson will grow him and expect him to be someone you see in a bigger role sophomore or junior year.
Petty has little draft stock currently but has plenty of attributes that NBA teams will be excited to look at in a couple of years.
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