West Coast Pre-Summer Rankings: Centers

The 2005 West Coast centers feature such players as Amir Johnson, Brayden Bell, Jordan Wilkes and Artem Wallace...

The West Coast class of 2005 centers are a not a particularly strong group, with only a few players who project as impact guys at the high major level. Johnson has, by far, the most upside of any player on this list. A great shot-blocker, Johnson is still refining his offensive game and needs to work on giving a consistent effort. But he has the tools to be a terrific player at the high major level. Wallace had a rough spring, but has since lost some weight and is playing the way he did last summer. He's more explosive than he looks and also has good skills away from the basket. Bell is easily the most skilled of the post players in this class. He's a very good shooter to the three-point line and also has a nice jump hook. Intensity and focus are two areas he needs to work on. Wilkes has made tremendous progress in the last year. He's not a great athlete, but he's got nice skills and a very good feel for the game. Pendergraph is just starting to come into his own. He's a good rebounder and defender, while his offensive game still needs some work.

1) Amir Johnson, 6-9 Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
2) Artem Wallace, 6-8 Toledo (Wash.) High
3) Brayden Bell, 6-9 Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
4) Jordan Wilkes, 6-11 Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
5) Jeffrey Pendergraph, 6-8 Etiwanda (Calif.) High
6) Coby Leavitt, 6-9 Washington (Utah) Snow Canyon
7) Sam Warren, 6-8 Denver (Col.) Montbello
8) Chris Oakes, 6-8 Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont
9) James Anderson, 6-10 Page (Ariz.) High
10) Jessie Byrd, 6-8 Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd

Other Centers Of Note:

Eric Van Vliet 6-8 Santa Cruz (Calif.) High
Dazzmond Thornton, 6-6 Denver (Col.) East
Rodney Aguillar, 6-10 Los Angeles (Calif.) Marshall
Tim Sutton, 6-7 Pasadena (Calif.) High

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