West Coast 2012 Top Prospects

The top ten prospects in the west for 2012 include some of the best players in the country, including Shabazz Muhammad, Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett, among others...

The West Coast class of 2012 is one of the stronger groups in recent years. While it's not loaded with elite guards, there are a number of very talented frontcourt players. Here's my take on the top ten prospects in the class regardless of position.

1) Shabazz Muhammad, 6-5 SF Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. An easy call for the top spot, Muhammad figures to be an impact player right away in college.

2) Brandon Ashley, 6-8 PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Best combination of length and athleticism in the west.

3) Grant Jerrett, 6-8 PF La Verne (Calif.) La Verne Lutheran. He has better footwork, and low-post moves, than many college players.

4) Robert Upshaw, 6-11 C Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial. He could end up the best in the class when it's all said and done.

5) Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Shot is much improved in last year.

6) Ben Carter, 6-8 PF Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. He's improved as much as anyone in the west in the last year.

7) Tyrone Wallace, 6-4 PG Bakersfield (Calif.) High. Length, feel and defensive ability make him top point guard prospect.

8) Grant Verhoeven, 6-8 PF Visalia (Calif.) Central Valley Christian. Excellent rebounder and one of the best competitors in the class.

9) Calaen Robinson, 6-1 SG/PG Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol. Can score in a variety of ways and has a chance to play some point guard.

10) Zena Edosomwan, 6-7 PF/C North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake. Great rebounder with a terrific approach to the game.

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