It would be impossible to properly rank all of the top-44 players in the camp. Some players we watched more than others, while a few we only watched during the all-star games. We'll group the players by how well they played, categorizing them as... THE ELITE
These guys may not necessarily be elite level recruits, but they sure looked that way this weekend.
CJ Miles, wing, Dallas (Skyline), TX
Miles was a bit off in the final game, but is probably the best 2005 recruit at the event. In the Top-22 game he drained his first three-pointer and then failed to score again. Regardless, he has proven to be one of the nation's top wings.
Lance Thomas, F, Scotts Plains, NJ
Thomas is serving notice for 2006. One of the best players in camp, he has a chance to be very special. He scored 10 in the All-Star game, including two of his team's first three buckets.
Verne Goodridge, PF, Philadelphia (Lutheran)
The East Coast big man got it done on both ends of the court. He is an active shot blocker and rebounder and got it done offensively He pumped in 10 points on 5-7 shooting in the Top-22 game.
Dior Lowhorn, PF, Berkley, CA
Lowhorn played well over the weekend, but it was his final game that elevated him into the list. Lowhorn scored 15 points, eight in the clutch. He made big shot after big shot as he desperately tried to keep his team in the game.
Fendi Onobun, F, Houston (Alief Taylor), TX
Onobun was up and down, but showed enough upside to make Wildcat fans happy. His combination of strength and athletic ability make him a notch above most prospects. He's equally effective in the post and on the perimeter, which is a major reason he was so heavily pursued.
These guys all have a lot of talent. Most are big-time recruits, although few shined in the Top-22 game.
Bryan Harvey, SF, Compton (CA) Dominguez
Harvey is one of the top wings on the West Coast. He was the recipient of lob after lob in the All-Star game. A decent outside shooter, he'll make some Pac-10 school happy.
Seketoure Henry, wing, Lynwood (HS), CA
One of my personal favorites, Henry is full of energy. He's a gunner and will put it up a lot, but he has a ton of potential. He and Harvey were in synch on Sunday, with both players feeding each other on the lobs.
Joe Darger, SF, Riverton, UT
Darger struggled in the All-Star game, but he was solid over the weekend. Aggressive, he was a beast on the boards. The kid can stroke it, expect more schools to come calling.
Alex Stephenson, PF, Los Angeles (Harvard Westlake)
Stephenson was a bit inconsistent, but we love what he has to offer. Size, strength and speed, he should be an elite prospect in 2006.
Christian Polk, CG, Glendale (Deer Valley), AZ
When Polk was on he was great. He was hot early from the outside and he has great quickness. Right now he is a bit inconsistent, he was held scoreless one game, but the potential is there.
Davon Jefferson, PF, Lynwood (HS), CA
If Jefferson was 6-9 instead of 6-7 he'd be a much bigger prospect. As it is he's pretty darn good. Nice size and strength.
D'Andre Bell, SF, Los Angeles (Palisades)
Bell was impressive all weekend. On Saturday he was a slashing, dunking machine. Sunday he showed off the outside shot and we like both. The kid has a bright future ahead of him.
BEST OF THE REST
The rest of the players who competed in the Top-22 game:
Jefferey Pendegraff, PF, Etiwanda, CA; Dionte Christmas, SF, Philadelphia (Lutheran); Taj Gibson, PF, Philadelphia (Lutheran); Danny Williams, G, Los Angeles (Fremont); Wes Matthews, G, Madison (Memorial), WI; Eugene Harvey, G, St. Benedicts (NJ); Stefan Jackson, wing, Philadelphia (Lutheran); Rashad Woods, SF, Cleveland, TX; Draleon Burns, wing, Laurinburg, NC.
The Top-44 game featured a lot of great young players and some new names in the 2005 class. We'll cover those players in a second story.