West Coast look at Top 100

Several West Coast prospects moved up in Scout.com's newest 2012 rankings. Here's a breakdown of which players from out west are ranked and why.

Scout.com released its 6th version of the 2012 rankings on Tuesday and holding court as the #1 prospect in the country was Las Vegas Bishop Gorman small forward Shabazz Muhammad.

"Shabazz is the complete package from the wing position," says Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "He has the size, strength, athleticism, intensity and a developing skill set. He's turned up his play this year and is as competitive of a kid as we've seen in recent years."

Falling one spot from #3 to #4 is Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep power forward Brandon Ashley.

"Brandon Ashley is one of the elite athletes and players at the power forward position in the country," said Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Snow. "He can be a bit of a light switch guys, as in he turns it on and turns it off, but still the talent is undeniable.

"He has had a good season for Findlay Prep and continues to show strides with his perimeter and mid-range game to complement that length and athleticism in the interior."

He's sitting out with a hamstring injury, but Findlay Prep power forward Anthony Bennett was very impressive in previous showings in the fall, helping to move up from #9 to #6.

"With Bennett, I love his strong frame and athleticism," said Daniels. "He's physical inside when he wants to grab a rebound and runs the floor looking to score. Offensively, he's equipped with a legit jump shot to 22-feet and plays with strength around the basket."

Also moving up is La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran's Grant Jerrett, as the Arizona-bound center moves from #23 to #15.

"Grant Jerrett is simply one of the most skilled post players in the country," said Snow. "He can score over either shoulder, but is most comfortable facing the basket. His touch is impressive for someone who is almost 6-foot-11, and also he runs the floor fairly well."

One of the best all-around players in the country, Findlay Prep power forward Winston Shepard was able to make the jump from #43 to #38. Shepard is a unique talent that can guard a taller two, any three and probably any four, while also capable of playing both the three and four on offense.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei shooting guard Katin Reinhardt has been impressive during his senior year, and he made a nice jump from 55th to 42nd. The future UNLV shooting guard can compile points in a hurry and he's had some games where he's absolutely buried his opponent with his quick release and smooth stroke.

There wasn't much of a drop for Orange (Calif.) Lutheran shooting guard Gabe York, who went from #42 to #46. York's strength is his scoring ability, as the future Arizona undersized two is one of the top scorers in his class.

Center Robert Upshaw of Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial fell a bit from 40th to 51st. The Kansas State signee is a big body that can rebound and has consistently developed over the past few years.

Moving up from 63rd to 55th is Findlay Prep point guard Dominic Artis. One of the biggest risers in the recruiting rankings over the past year, Artis' scoring is catching up to his passing, which is good news for Oregon.

Also making a nice jump is Mater Dei small forward Xavier Johnson, who moved from 82nd to 62nd. Johnson is a versatile prospect who can guard the two, three and maybe a smaller four, while he can also play both the three and four on offense. He should have a bright future at Colorado.

Yet another riser is Monument (Colo.) Lewis-Palmer center Josh Scott, who jumped from 80th to 63rd. The Colorado signee is a big bodied post who can score with both hands and should be a force down low for the Buffs.

Having a solid season for North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake is power forward Zena Edosomwan, making a small drop from 62nd to 71st. Edosomwan's footwork has improved and he's making overall progress with his skill level, while his recruitment remains open.

Las Vegas Bishop Gorman power forward Rosco Allen always seems to land about the same place, this time making the slight drop from 72nd to 76th. The Stanford signee is a unique prospect who specializes in shooting, handling the ball in the open floor and playing hard.

Grant Verhoeven from Visalia (Calif.) Central Valley Christian comes in at 85th. Verhoeven should make a big impact at Stanford with his terrific rebounding range, motor and productivity in the paint.

Rounding up the West Coast prospects in the Top 100 is Bakersfield (Calif.)'s Tyrone Wallace, who is ranked at 92nd. Wallace is one of the top guards on the West Coast and is a versatile prospect who will be able to play and defend multiple perimeter spots at the next level.

Top West Coast players in Top 100 consideration were Matt Shrigley, Calaen Robinson, Anrio Adams, Anthony January, Demarquise Johnson, Ben Carter, Wesley Gordon, Skylar Spencer and Eric Jacobsen.

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