How We Rank ‘Em (with AAU teams)
1. Darius Washington, Tallahassee Wildcats: Followed up his summer scoring spree with a big time junior year. He's not the tallest guy out there but he puts up points.
2. James Hardy, Maximum Sports: This young man has great height and a knack for scoring. Led his high school team to an appearance in the state title game.
4. A.J. Price, Riverside Church: Some call him a combo and he probably is but we think his best attribute is shooting and scoring so we'll leave him here. His game is so smooth.
5. Jawann McClellan, Houston Select: The word on the street is that he's grown and improved; scary thoughts. Expect big things from this Arizona-bound winger.
6. Robert Vaden, Spiece Top Prospects: Gifted scorer doesn't need a lot of attempts to have a big day. Great body and instincts.
7. Isaiah Swann, DC Blue Devils: The lefty is probably the best rebounder of this bunch. Plays above the rim and takes pride in dunking. Will be a fifth year next season.
8. Joe Crawford, The Family: The area scouts love him in Detroit. We saw limited action by him last summer but he's got a big time body.
9. JamesOn Curry, NC Gaters: Could wind up being the all-time leading scorer in N.C. history. Might be the best shooter in the entire class.
10. Jason Rich, Nike Team Florida: Jump out of the gym type athlete. He'll play above the rim and has a good body. If the jumper improves lookout summer circuit.
11. Arron Afflalo, Southern Cal All-Stars: The West Coast guys can't stop raving about him. Could skyrocket up this list with a good spring.
12. Russell Robinson, New York Gauchos: Hit 18 of 21 free throws in a high school game this year. The guy makes plays and knows how to score.
14. Zam Frederick, SC Ravens: Big scoring numbers as a junior were good enough to lead the state. Will get plenty of chances to shine with his team.
15. Anthony Morrow, Charlotte Royals (?): Well rounded prospect has range, intangibles and a feel for the game. Already approaches the game like a college player.
Entering The Spring With The Hot Hand: Chris Lofton drilled 9 3s in the Kentucky state title game. … Albert Webber improved throughout the year as he became comfortable with his role at Mount Zion and his minutes went up. … We hear Bryce Taylor could be a serious candidate to have a terrific spring and summer and challenge his west coast counterparts for top billing. … Rodney Stuckey was his conference player of the year in Washington. … Xavier Price is hoping to add some point guard duties to his repertoire. …