Arizona, Pac-10 well represented in top-100

Both Arizona and the Pac-10 as a whole were well represented in the latest edition of the Scout.com Top-100 for the 2006 basketball recruiting class.

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All told two Wildcats and 13 Pac-10 players made the list and that does not count USC's Davon Jefferson who will be near the top of a separate list for post-grad players in prep schools.

Washington had the most players on the list with three players, while Arizona, USC, Cal, UCLA and Stanford each added a pair. No other team in the league signed a top-100 player.

Washington also had the highest rated player in No. 4 ranked center Spencer Hawes. Hawes is a big time center prospect who should make an immediate impact in the league.

SF Chase Budinger makes the list just four spots lower. Like Hawes, Budinger has long been ranked in the top-10 and should also make an early impact, though he will face competition from the existing wings Marcus Williams and Jawann McClellan.

Stanford's Brook Lopez just missed the top-10, coming in 11th, but he should be an impact player for the Cardinal. The slightly more talented of the Lopez twins, Brook could come in and be one of the best big men in the conference early on.

Arizona took a calculated gamble when they held off Quincy Pondexter for Chase Budinger. Although there is no guarantee Pondexter would have committed to the Cats, they were his favorite for a long time. Like Budinger, Pondexter is a big time wing prospect. The nation's No. 16 player may not make Husky fans forget about Brandon Roy and Bobby Jones, but he will lessen the pain of losing the two seniors.

Robin Lopez checks in ten spots below his brother at 21. Like Brook, Robin is an elite big man and should be an instant impact player in the conference. With a lack of talented bigs, the Lopez twins will give the Cardinal a huge upgrade up front.

Lost in the shuffle of the 2006 class is UCLA's James Keefe. His game may not be flashy but it was good enough to get him into the McDonald's All-American game. He's a fundamentally sound, fairly athletic big man who should command minutes right away in Westwood. Although he's not a back to the basket post player, he can score and rebound and should help the Bruins after they lose three senior front line players.

A guy who has slowly increased his stock is Adrian Oliver. The Washington bound PG is the No. 52 ranked player. The Huskies have a number of guards, but Oliver's versatility could help him earn early minutes. He's a point guard but his size and scoring ability could score his some minutes at the two.

Russell Westbrook is a guy whose stock has really started to climb in recent weeks. He recently received a scholarship offer from UCLA and this week he is ranked 66th on the list.

Patrick Christopher committed to Cal early in the process and then flirted with other programs before deciding to remain a Bear. Christopher could see early time as a scorer off the bench.

Taj Gibson's commitment to USC further solidifies the seriousness of Tim Floyd at USC. Gibson checks in at No. 75 and turned down some pretty significant Big East offers to play for the Trojans.

Point guard Jerome Randle committed to Cal from the Windy City. The 82nd ranked player should back up Ayinde Ubaka.

Talented wing Kevin Galloway gives the Trojans their second top-100 player. He's an athletic slasher that should have time to grow in Los Angeles.

Nic Wise has been in and out of the top-100 for the past three years. After bursting on the scene at a young age he cooled off in many people's eyes after pledging early to the Wildcats. A stellar senior season put the pass-first point guard back in the top-100 at No. 98.

Several players drifted in and out of the rankings. Wildcat signee Jordan Hill had been as high as a top-40 player before slipping. OSU's Seth Tarver was a fringe top-100 player who should be an instant impact guy for the Beavers.

At one time ASU's Christian Polk was one of the highest rated players in the class. As a freshman he had a dominant Pangos Camp and everyone was talking about the Phoenix native.

Cal's Taylor Harrison also flirted with the top-100 after having a big time spring last year. He came back down to earth after the summer camps but is still a nice pick up for the Bears.

UW's Phil Nelson is one of the best shooters in the entire class and was a top-75 player at one point. A good but not great senior season saw him drop out of the rankings.


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