2004: The Power Forwards

The power forward position in the Class of 2004 is loaded. As many as nine Top 25 prospects could come from this position. Here's a pre-spring look at how things stack up.

More Than A Few Pros At This Position

Some analysts might classify a few of these guys centers, but we'll give them the nod as power forwards for the time being. Our first 9 or maybe even first 10 players at this position could wind up being Top 25 players.

From Prentiss, Miss., to Flint, Mich., there are some good ones in this group.

How We Rank ‘Em; Pre-Spring Top PFs

1. Al Jefferson: The guy tossed in 45 points and 15 rebounds in the state title game. He's a man-child and the top spot is his to lose entering the spring.

2. Lamarcus Aldridge: Chris Bosh-like potential. The guy is long, lean and skilled. He recently switched AAU teams and now plays with Team Texas.

3. D.J. White: We'll have a hard time forgetting his memorable tussle of skill with David Padgett. This guy gets it done and the future is bright.

4. Brian Johnson: You have to love the combination of size, agility, strength and determination. There will be a major battle for his services.

5. Kalen Grimes: By all accounts he's in the process of taking his game to the next level. With the St. Louis Eagles, he'll be in the spotlight all summer long.

6. Tello Palacios: As the weight keeps coming off the skill continues to shine through. With his jumper and body, he's looking like a force in the game.

7. Ra'Sean Dickey: The package has always been there and we'll see if he decides to dominate on the circuit. Team captured recent super regional title.

8. Mike Williams: If this guy is No. 8 on the list then you know the company you keep is strong. Athletic and range is improving. Definite Top 25 player.

9. Marquise Gray: Posted double-double – as he should – throughout the state tournament. Lost in title game. He's a mini-Donnell Harvey.

10. Cedric Simmons: We know the least about this guy having seen him in just a workout. However, the body alone is reason to offer a scholarship.

Celebrity Connections: Al Horford is the son of Tito Horford, the No. 39 selection in the 1988 NBA Draft. … Luke Bonner is the brother of current Gator Matt Bonner, who by the way was a big hit on Bourbon Street last week. … Brian Pfohl is the son of WWF wrestler Lex Luger. …

X-Factor Guy: Hatila DeSouza has been in the country for four months. The native of Brazil could easily wind up being a Top 10 guy at his position.

On The Rise: Insiders say Shaun Pruitt is starting to fill out his game. .. We hear very good things about Darnell Jackson as well. … Lookout for James Mays who is starting to put on some pounds in his upper body. Guys like Mays, Rob Kurz and Rob Rothbart will benefit greatly if they can add some muscle. …

Out West: We like the overall games of Chester Giles and Josh Heytvelt. We've elected to list Marvin Williams as a small forward, otherwise he'd be high on the overall list.

Warrior: Every year there is an undersized guy who appears to be a few inches short but plays his tail off (see Anthony Glover). This year, Dayshaun Wright appears to be such a player. This warrior from Fowler H.S. is a key target of the Orangemen.


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