Latest rankings have major moves

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Players like Eric Mika, Terry Rozier, and Devin Williams all made big moves up while some others slid in the most recent 2013 rankings.

At the top of the rankings in the 2013 class there wasn't much movement, however from the middle through the back end of the top 100 there were some big movers both up and down. 2013 is a very deep class, and that along with some noticeable improvements have led to big movers.

Headlining the list of big movers in the 2013 top 100 is Terry Rozier. The Ohio native is now at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy and is making the most of his prep season. Rozier, who is signed with Louisville, was excellent to start off the season at the National Prep Showcase, and then took his game to a new level with a 68 point performance last week. His improved playmaking and scoring led to a bump to the five-star level, and have him as one of the top point guards in the class of 2013.

Two other players who made huge moves up were Eric Mika and Nigel Williams-Goss. Mika is the force down low at Highland (UT) Lone Peak and has been absolutely dominant all season long. At 6-foot-9 with athleticism and physicality, Mika can take over games down low and is one of the toughest players in the country. He doesn't do anything flashy, but Mika finishes well around the rim and has taken on all challengers and usually come out on top.

Williams-Gos is continuing his run as point guard at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. Always someone who has been a game manager who can score, Williams-Goss had a tremendous performance at the Hoop Hall Classic which really opened up more eyes as to what he is capable of on the floor. The future Washington Huskie guard put Findlay Prep on his back and willed them to a huge win over Montverde Academy.

In that game where Williams-Goss took over, another big riser was on the floor in Montverde (Fla.) Academy power forward Devin Williams. The Cincinnati native who will play his college basketball at West Virginia has been absolutely spectacular as a senior. Williams has always been someone who can really rebound, but now he is in the best shape of his life and is really scoring it as well. Williams has been just as, if not more, productive than his five-star frontcourt mate Dakari Johnson, and his big leap in the rankings is justified.

While some prospects made big leaps up, others have struggled to maintain their performances and have been dropped some.

At the center position the trio of Dominic Woodson, Kennedy Meeks, and BeeJay Anya all have not lived up to their advanced potential and billing as seniors. The biggest thing hampering all three right now is they have failed to stay in proper shape. Woodson especially took a dip because as he has gotten bigger his production has really fallen All three still possess major talent, but the bottom line is production has to be there, and so far the trio haven't been consistent at all with that as seniors.

Also point guards Aquille Carr and Nate Britt took a bit of a tumble in the latest rankings. Carr has the explosion still and can score as well as takeover games, but he simply doesn't pass enough and his shot selection hasn't been good at all. That has led to questions if his talent will ever shine through.

Britt, who dropped from the top 100, simply hasn't been the same player recently. He really struggled over the summer, and couldn't pick up his play at the beginning of the season. Britt can still make open shots and has the size and length to be a quality player, but his play just hasn't been the same as it was when he was a sophomore.

It happens every year, and this year is no different. Several players worked hard to improve their standing while others have slid back due to lack of production.

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