Post-Summer Rankings: Junior Centers

It's still very early in the development of big guys in the high school junior class, but there is some decent talent here, with the potential to develop...

David Padgett is easily the cream of the crop here. He'll almost certainly be ranked among the top 40 in his class nationally. Mohamed Abukar is definitely a player to keep an eye on. He is just at the beginning of his basketball learning curve, still growing and filling out, while possessing nice skills and athleticism. Stefan Zimmerman has a good, natural feel for the game and pretty decent skills at this point in his development. Maurice Shaw has a good body and athleticism, and shows flashes of being very good, but needs to sustain effort. Ditto on that for Levar Halsell. Halsell can look like a high-major player for a flash during a game but then disappear for the majority of it. If the light turns on for Shaw and Halsell they could be highly-sought recruits next year.

1. David Padgett, 6-10 Reno (Nev.) High

2. Mohammed Abukar, 6-8 San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo

3. Stefan Zimmerman, 6-10 Orem (Utah) Mountain View

4. Maurice Shaw, 6-8 Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union

5. Levar Halsell, 6-9 Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd

6. Marcus Isaac, 6-9 Peoria (Ariz.) High

7. Hans Gasser, 6-8 Issaquah (Wash.) High

8. Zach Proett, 6-9 Spokane (Wash.) Mt. Spokane

9. Vince Scott, 6-9 Phoenix (Ariz.) Greenway

10. Jarrod Boswell, 6-10 Lakeside (Calif.) El Capitan

Other Junior Centers of Note:

Mitch Platt, 6-9 Las Vegas (Nev.) Green Valley
Garrick McDowell, 6-11 Gridley (Calif.) High
Charles Woodruff, 6-9 Portland (Ore.) Roosevelt
Liam Hughes, 7-0 Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
Michael Thompson, 6-8 Bakersfield (Calif.) East Bakersfield
Igor Fishbeyn, 6-9 San Francisco (Calif.) Lincoln
Tim Krug, 6-8 Chandler (Ariz.) Valley Christian
Mike Weitzeil, 6-8 Orem (Utah) Timpanogos
Jason Mgebroff, 6-9 Tacoma (Wash.) Kentwood

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