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Young's Jahlil Okafor is the No. 1-ranked player in the nation, according to the Recruiting Services Concensus Index. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media

The top 100 rankings have become a rite of passage through the years, a ritual signifying — fair or not — how highly regarded a player is as a prospect among his peers.

The move into the top 100 marks a player’s entry into a select group, despite the fact it’s very common for the 117th-ranked player to be every bit the prospect as the 74th-ranked player. Nonetheless, that top 100 is a status symbol for the high school player, a badge of honor.

The Recruiting Services Consensus Index’s first top 100 ranking for the Class of 2014 was released recently. This ranking is a calculated formula that combines the opinions of multiple top 100 rankings into one. Illinois was well-represented, with seven players among the top 100, headed by Young’s Jahlil Okafor, the No. 1 prospect in the country.

Since the inception of the RSCI ranking in 1998, here is where the Class of 2014 stacks up against other top classes from Illinois:

Class of 1998
(Nine players in the top 100)

9. Quentin Richardson, 6-6, F, Young
16. Corey Maggette, 6-6, F, Fenwick
21. Frank Williams, 6-3, G, Peoria Manual
24. Lance Williams, 6-9, F, Julian
26. Bobby Simmons, 6-7, F, Simeon
29. Michael Wright, 6-8, F, Farragut
45. Joey Range, 6-5, F, Galesburg
82. Traves Wilson, 6-2, G, Moline
92. Dennis Gates, 6-3, G, Young

Class of 2011 (nine)
1. Anthony Davis, 6-11, F, Perspectives-MSA
26. Wayne Blackshear, 6-5, F, Morgan Park
46. Sam Thompson, 6-7, F, Young
63. Chasson Randle, 6-2, G, Rock Island
64. Ryan Boatright, 5-11, G, East Aurora
65. Mike Shaw, 6-8, F, De La Salle
66. Myke Henry, 6-6, F, Orr
69. Tracy Abrams, 6-1, G, Mount Carmel
78. Nnanna Egwu, 6-10, C, St. Ignatius

Class of 2014 (seven)
1. Jahlil Okafor, 6-11, C, Young
3. Cliff Alexander, 6-9, F, Curie
30. Keita Bates-Diop, 6-7, F, Normal U-High
31. Tyler Ulis, 5-8, G, Marian Catholic
58. Paul White, 6-9, F, Young
72. Vic Law, 6-7, F, St. Rita
97. Malek Harris, 6-7, F, Sandburg

Class of 2002 (seven)
19. Dee Brown, 5-11, G, Proviso East
21. Sean Dockery, 6-2, G, Julian
27. Andre Iguodala, 6-7, F, Springfield Lanphier
30. Michael Thompson, 6-10, C, Providence
78. James Augustine, 6-10, C, Lincoln-Way Central
81. Marcus White, 6-8, F, Whitney Young
86. Aaron Spears, 6-9, F, Dunbar

Class of 2001 (seven)
1. Eddy Curry, 6-11, C, Thornwood
32. Pierre Pierce, 6-3, G, Westmont
53. Will Bynum, 5-9, G, Crane
58. Najeeb Echols, 6-6, F, Young
62. Roger Powell, 6-6, F, Joliet
64. Levar Seals, 6-4, G, Providence-St. Mel
66. Marcellus Sommerville, 6-6, F, Peoria Central

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