West Coast 2012 Rankings: Forwards & Centers

Shabazz Muhammad, Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett head up the lists for the top small forwards, power forwards and centers in the west for 2012....

The 2012 small forward class in the west has some terrific talent at the top of the list, but there's not a lot of high major depth in the group. Muhammad is the total package at the three. He can play inside or on the perimeter, he shoots it to the stripe and he'll dunk anything he gets close to the rim. He's obviously a very talented prospect, but what separates him in the class is his work ethic, his approach to the game and his competitiveness. Shepard has made huge strides in the last year as a prospect. He's always been a long and rangy athlete. But he's really improved his decision-making, his ball skills have gotten better and he's become a great defender. Johnson, like Muhammad, is another guy that can do damage in the paint or from the outside. He started the game as a post and it's his versatility that makes him an intriguing prospect. Robbins is a streaky scorer, with the ability to get points from a number of spots on the court. He's also a pretty good athlete and has a chance to be a good defender if he puts his mind to it. Harrell doesn't excel at any one thing, but he's got an excellent feel for the game and he just finds a way to make winning plays.

1) Shabazz Muhammad, 6-5, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
2) Winston Sheppard, 6-6, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
3) Xavier Johnson, 6-6, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
4) Victor Robbins, 6-5, Compton (Calif.) High
5) Julian Harrell, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
6) Matt Shrigley, 6-6, Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon San Diego State
7) Brett Boese, 6-6, Spokane (Wash) Shadle Park
8) Nick Stover, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward
9) Jaquan Green, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
10) Derrick Brown, 6-4, Bakersfield (Calif.) High

The power forwards are probably the strongest group of prospects in the west for 2012. There's elite talent at the top and high major prospects throughout the list. Ashley is one of the elite prospects in the country. An above average athlete with great length and very good feet, Ashley is just scratching the surface of his potential. Verhoeven is one of the toughest and most fierce competitors in the class. An underrated athlete, Verhoeven could play for any school in the country. Carter is another tough power forward and he's got terrific ball skills for a big man. He's an excellent passer and he can play with his back to the basket or facing up on the perimeter. Martin emerged just this year and he's a very promising prospect. He's got a solid stroke, the ability to play inside and a terrific motor. Scott is a tough and strong low-post scorer, with the ability to score over either shoulder.

1) Brandon Ashley, 6-7, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep Arizona
2) Grant Verhoeven, 6-8, Visalia (Calif.) Central Valley Christian
3) Ben Carter, 6-7, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
4) Kenny Martin, 6-9, Glendale (Calif.) Kellis Arizona State
5) Josh Scott, 6-9, Monument (Col.) Lewis-Palmer Colorado
6) Skylar Spencer, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price San Diego State
7) Richard Longrus, 6-6, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
8) Demetris Morant, 6-8, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
9) Jordan Loveridge, 6-5, West Jordan (Utah) High Utah
10) Rosco Allen, 6-8, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

The centers in the west aren't quite as strong as the power forwards, but it's still a very solid group overall. Jerrett could very easily end up at the four in college, with great feet, terrific hands and a very advanced low-post game. Upshaw probably has the most upside of any center in the west. He's a legit 6-11, with massive features and a young face. He's steadily improved in the last year and has a chance to be a terrific player with continued development. Edosomwan is another guy that may end up at the four. He's a very good athlete, with a developing face up game out to 15 feet or so. Gordonhas long arms and soft hands. He should be a solid defender/rebounder early in his career. Egbert is a rangy athlete, with very good feet and hands.

1) Grant Jerrett, 6-8, La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran Arizona
2) Robert Upshaw, 6-11, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
3) Zena Edosomwan, 6-7, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
4) Wesley Gordon, 6-8, Colorado Springs (Col.) Sierra Colorado
5) Ty Egbert, 6-8, Coulee Dam (Wash.) Lake Roosevelt
6) Darien Nelson-Henry, 6-10, Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington
7) Eric Jacobsen, 6-8, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton Arizona State
8) Sam Beeler, 6-9, San Diego (Calif.) Poway
9) Landen Lucas, 6-8, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
10) Kaileb Rodriguez, 6-9, Highlands Ranch (Col.) Thunder Ridge Cal

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