West Coast Rankings: 2004 Centers

The West Coast centers in 2004 are led by players such as Robert Swift, David Burgess, Sam Rayburn, Chester Giles and Chris Miles...

The center position isn't a particularly deep one this year, but
there are several high major prospects at the top of the list.
Swift is easily the class of the field, with great instincts,
very good agility and improved skills. The one knock on him is
consistency but, when he comes to play, you can see why some
feel he won't be in college long. Giles shows significant improvement
over the last six months. His body has filled out a bit and he
looks bigger and longer. He'll be an excellent shot blocker and
rebounder early in his college career, but has the upside to one day
play beyond college. Miles has one of the best frames among the post prospects and he's got considerable skills as well. Burgess is a true low-post center who understands his role. He should be a solid defenderand rebounder right away in college. Rayburn, who made an early commitment to Cal, has good size and strength and the ability to step away from the basket. He was injured this summerand wasn't able to participate in the summer events.

1) Robert Swift, 6-11 Bakersfield (Calif.) High
2) Chester Giles, 6-9, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
3) Chris Miles, 6-10, Provo (Utah) Timpview
4) David Burgess, 6-10, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge
5) Sam Rayburn, 6-10, Beaverton (Ore.) Sunset
6) Jason Smith, 6-9, Kersey (Col.) Platte Valley
7) Craig Austin, 6-9, Carlsbad (Calif.) High
8) Jake Schmidt, 6-8 SR, Thermopolis (Wyo.) High
9) Zach Johnson, 6-8, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas
10) Michael Boone, 7-0, Loma Linda (Calif.) High
11) Ephraim Williams, 6-9, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley
12) Cy Vandermeer, 6-8 SR C Modesto (Calif.) Thomas Downey
13) Chris Henry, 6-8, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
14) Jonathan Black, 6-9, Phoenix (Ariz.) Greenway
15) Alan Branch, 6-6, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Cibola

 
Other Centers of Note:

Jeremiah Batdorf, 6-8, Cedro (Calif.) Foothill
Ryan McCurdy, 6-9, Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland
Kurt Graeber, 6-8, Rolling Hills Estates (Calif.) Peninsula
Brandon Knight, 6-9, Alpine (Utah) Lone Peak
Jordan White-Frisbee, 6-7, Bothell (Wash.) Inglemoor
Todd Follmer, 6-10, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
David Burke, 6-8, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
Thomas Herring, 6-6, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
David Lithicum, 6-10, Farmington (New Mexico) High
Shawn Oliverson, 6-8, Preston (Idaho) High
Nathan Porter, 6-8, Mercer Island (Wash.) High
Armando Cosio, 6-9, Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Temescal Canyon


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