A look at some top 2006 talent

There are a lot of top perimeter players in the class of 2006. Here is a look at a few that the Wildcats are recruiting.

Damion James, 6-8 WF, Nacogdoches (TX) High- Physically gifted and offensive minded, James is always going to find ways to score the basketball. Some close to him have already indicated that making a direct jump to the NBA is his ultimate goal, but that is still a ways off at this point.

When James is at his best he uses his size, relative strength and quickness around the hoop to establish himself with a few easy scores around the basket. From there he works his way out on the floor making mid-range jumpers and taking defenders off of the dribble and mixing in an occasional three. However, James forgets about his ability to score inside at times and turns into nothing more than a jump shooter who takes a lot of shots to get his points. He's a good rebounder and finishes transition opportunities with zest but he has to become a better ball-handler and decision maker when the game isn't a track meet.

Derrick Jasper, 6-5 WG/PG, Paso Robles (CA) High- An intriguing prospect because of his size and ability to play either position in the backcourt. Jasper will get several chances to prove he isn't just one of the top perimeter players on the West Coast, but in the entire country.

A good shooter -- even if it is a somewhat unorthodox stroke -- who has a very good feel for the game Jasper is probably going to spend more time at the two in college. He's an underrated athlete because he isn't into showboating but he can struggle to move his feet defensively against smaller and quicker guards. He can run a team and make good decisions and will certainly see some minutes at the point, but his ability to create mid-range jumpers and enter the ball to the post from a wing position make him an attractive player and natural fit at the two. For the most part he's fundamentally sound, plays hard and simply lets his game do his talking.

Quincy Pondexter, 6-6 WF, Fresno (CA) San Joaquin Memorial- In all likelihood, the slender forward's best playing days are still ahead of him and much of his allure is based on potential. He's long, shoots well, can get to the basket and is an extremely intelligent kid on and off the court.

The biggest question right now is whether or not he can add some strength and learn to play well consistently. The numbers aren't especially important because Pondexter plays on a high school team that features Stanford bound twins 6-11 Robin and Brook Lopez and this summer his EBO -- which includes Jasper and the Lopez twins -- summer team will be the deepest squad on the circuit. What people want to see is him put forth the consistently quality effort he's capable of. He's at his best in the open court but is developing his handle. What could really separate him from the pack is learning to use his quickness and length to become a force on the defensive end as well.

Jason Bohannon, 6-3 PG/WG, Marion (IA) Linn-Mar- Last summer the slender Bohannon did a very nice job of proving that he can play with the nation's best thanks to some standout performances with traditional Iowa power Martin Brothers. He's a smart player who most likely projects as a point on the next level because of his ability to run a team, defend smaller quick players and his affinity for getting into the lane and finding teammates.

However, Bohannon's biggest strength is his ability to shoot the ball from deep and that allows him to swing over to the wing guard position. His versatility would allow a school that recruits him to have two players on the court at the same time with the ability to be primary ball-handlers. He does need to get stronger and become a little more assertive, but he's proved himself as a high major guy and has already visited Stanford officially so you know he's a rock solid student.


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