Rankings: Junior SFs, PFs & Cs

The junior class of small forwards looks to be fairly strong, while the power forward position in the junior class doesn't appear to be particularly deep, but talented at the top. The center position has some decent talent...


The junior power forward list is led by Leon Powe, arguably one of the top ten prospects in the country. Nick Stiggers, who recently moved from Memphis to Southern California, is very skilled and can score in a variety of ways. Ekene Ebekwe is very long and has some perimeter skills, but could move up in our rankings with an improved low-post game. Trevor Ariza is a player without a true position at this point and could end up moving back to small forward. Sean Phaler is a terrific outside shooter, but needs to get stronger to guard post players at the next level.

1) Leon Powe, 6-7 Oakland (Calif.) Tech
2) Nick Stiggers, 6-8 Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep
3) Ekene Ibekwe, 6-9 Carson (Calif.) High
4) Trevor Ariza, 6-7 Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
5) Sean Phaler 6-8, Villa Park (Calif.) High
6) Chad Burger, 6-6 Colorado Springs (Col.) Doherty
7) Harrison Schaen, 6-7 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
8) Josh Kramer, 6-7 Torrey Pines (Calif.) High
9) Scott Cutley, 6-5 Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
10) Chris Rucker, 6-5 Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola

Other Junior Power Forwards of Note:

Alex Bausley, 6-6 Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Jonathan Jackson, 6-8 Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen
Brian Elbogen 6-7 San Ramon (Calif.) California
Oscar Edwards, 6-4 Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
Owen Olson, 6-7 San Diego (Calif.) La Costa Canyon
Mario Avery, 6-7 Quartz Hill (Calif.) High
Ray Peterson, 6-7 Portland (Ore.) Jefferson
Logan Wolf, 6-8 Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
Ron Dunlap 6-5 Henderson Green Valley
Mark Hill 6-5 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Donnell Wright, 6-7 Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Jacob Manning, 6-6 Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep
Joe Brooks, 6-6 Phoenix (Ariz.) Horizon
Chad Ferguson 6-7 Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
Ramond White 6-4 Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley
David Jones, 6-6 Santa Cruz (Calif.) Harbor
Marcus Lewis, 6-6 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Jesse Nading, 6-5 Highlands Ranch (Col.) Thunder Ridge
Chris Childress, 6-5 Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair
Jeff Williams, 6-7 Milwaukie (Ore.) La Salle
Desmond Newman, 6-6 Los Angeles (Calif.) High
Aaron Von Boeckman, 6-7 Fairfield (Calif.) Armijo
James Shoup, 6-6 Murrieta (Calif.) Murrieta Valley
Scott Ellis, 6-8 Phoenix (Ariz.) Goldwater
Kevin Chirls, 6-6 Mercer Island (Wash.) High
Kevin Neveau, 6-6 Alameda (Calif.) St. Joseph Notre Dame
Patrick Ekervo, 6-7, Hayward (Calif.) Moreau Catholic


The small forward position may not be quite as strong at the top as it has been in past years, but it is a very deep position in the junior class. Several players who are not yet in the top ten have a chance at becoming high major players. Antonio Porch is a long, active and skilled wing who has improved a great deal since the summer. Wendell White makes his first appearance among the small forwards after being previously listed among the shooting guards. White is a big, physical wing who can shoot it with three-point range. Devon Evertsen was impressive in limited viewings last summer, showing nice athleticism and a pretty good shot. Zach Ryan was a revelation at the Las Vegas Christmas tournament, wowing scouts and coaches with big hops, a live body and nice shooting touch. Justin Hawkins is very skilled and a good shooter with deep range.

1) Antonio Porch, 6-6 Denver (Col.) Denver East
2) Wendell White, 6-5 Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union
3) Devon Evertsen, 6-6 Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley
4) Zach Ryan, 6-6 Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces
5) Justin Hawkins, 6-6 Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair
6) Tyler McGinn, 6-6 Gilbert (Ariz.) Mesquite
7) Sean Marshall, 6-4 Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower
8) Dominic McGuire, 6-5 San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln
9) Chris Devine, 6-7 Eagle River (Alaska) Chugiak
10) Kerry Woolridge, 6-6 San Leandro (Calif.) High

Other Junior Small Forwards of Note:

Adam Morrison, 6-5, Spokane (Wash.) Mead
                                          Fred Washington, 6-6 Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery
Sam Betty, 6-6 Stockdale (Calif.) High
Dorrell Wright, 6-6 Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Patrick Hannaway, 6-5 Colorado Springs (Col.) Doherty
Lance DenBoer, 6-5 Sunnyside (Wash.) Sunnyside Christian
Brett Collins, 6-5 Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe
Anthony Brown, 6-6 Sacramento (Calif.) Kennedy
Jason Gilzene, 6-6 Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Marcus Dove, 6-6 Long Beach (Calif.) Millikan
Chris Brever, 6-6 Denver (Col.) Denver East
Richard Cobbs, 6-5 Moreno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs
Jason Petrimoulx 6-4 Las Vegas (Nev.) Cimarron-Memorial
Shyon Clark 6-4 Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines
Trayvon Williams, 6-5 Fontana (Calif.) High
Ramond White, 6-5 Las Vegas (Nev.) Green Valley
Bobby Nash, 6-6 Honolulu (Haw.) Iolani
Josh Flynn-Brown, 6-3 Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Ronald Ligon, 6-4 Inglewood (Calif.) High
Josh Akwenuke, 6-4 Beaverton (Ore.) Westview
Evan Moore, 6-6 Brea (Calif.) Brea-Olinda High
Chad Ferguson, 6-6 Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
Theo White, 6-3 Sacramento (Calif.) Hiram Johnson
Chris Fuller 6-4 Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial
Chris Cochran 6-5 Henderson (Nev.) Foothill
Brandon Burmeister, 6-4 Mercer Island (Wash.) High
Andy Palmer, 6-5 Washington (Utah) Pine View
Thomas Jullierat, 6-5 Pleasanton (Calif.) Amador Valley
Ryan Jackson 6-5 Provo (Utah) Timpview
Nick Mills, 6-5 Bellevue (Wash.) Eastside Catholic
Brian Hicks, 6-5 Monte Vista (Calif.) High
Gabe Treadwell, 6-6 Easton (Calif.) Washington Union
Nick Green 6-4 Las Vegas (Nev.) Valley
Todd LaMasters 6-4 Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde
Chase Alvey, 6-5 Sandy (Utah) Alta
Perrin Johnson, 6-4 Corona (Calif.) Corona Centennial


The center position is not especially deep, but there are still several potential high major prospects in our rankings. David Padgett is the clear-cut choice for the top spot. An active big man, who knows the game and is willing to bang, Padgett ranks among the nation's top post prospects. Coming in at #2 is Stefan Zimmerman, who made a very early commitment to Rick Majerus and Utah. Mitch Platt is ranked third and he has good size, a decent shot and pretty good hands. Mohammed Abukar is a slender post player with very good skills, including a nice outside shot. Rounding out the top five, Liam Hughes is very raw, but also very big and he's made considerable progress from last summer.

1) David Padgett, 6-10 Reno (Nev.) High
2) Stefan Zimmerman, 6-10 Orem (Utah) Mountain View
3) Mitch Platt, 6-9 Las Vegas (Nev.) Green Valley
4) Mohammed Abukar, 6-8 San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo
5) Liam Hughes, 7-0 Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
6) Marcus Isaac, 6-9 Peoria (Ariz.) High
7) Hans Gasser, 6-8 Issaquah (Wash.) High
8) Levar Halsell, 6-9 San Leandro (Calif.) High
9) Zach Proett, 6-9 Spokane (Wash.) Mt. Spokane
10) Vince Scott, 6-9 Phoenix (Ariz.) Greenway

Other Junior Centers of Note:

Maurice Shaw, 6-8 Fresno (Calif.) High
Garrick McDowell, 6-11 Gridley (Calif.) High
Charles Woodruff, 6-9 Portland (Ore.) Roosevelt
Jarrod Boswell, 6-10 Lakeside (Calif.) El Capitan
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
Nick Fazekas, 6-11 Ralston Valle

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