2005 West Coast Rankings: Small Forwards

Ian O'Leary, Micah Downs, Larry Gurganious, Martell Webster and Marcus Williams are among the elite small forwards in the west...

The 2005 West Coast small forwards are a solid group, with a number of high major prospects in the top ten. Downs is the top-ranked prospect due to his combination of athleticism, length, skill level and upside. Downs is a very good three-point shooter, but he can also score from a number of spots on the floor. He's a good defender and a very good shot blocker for a wing. After a couple injuries during his high school season, Webster was not back to 100% in July. He played primarily on the perimeter, where he made a reasonable number of jumpshots. He's got a great body and we assume he'll recover his explosiveness once he's completely recovered from his injuries. Gurganious is the best athlete among the three men in the west. He's very quick and explosive off the floor. His ball-handling has improved dramatically in the last year and he gets to the basket frequently off the wing. With a more consistent shot, he has a chance to be one of the elite players in this class from the west. Williams has good length and he's also a nice athlete. He's most effective slashing to the basket, but his outside shot also needs some work. O'Leary was one of the surprises of the summer, as he showed a very versatile game. He can shoot the three, handles well for his size and he'll rebound. He's also got some toughness and competes well.

1) Micah Downs, 6-7, Bothell (Wash.) High
2) Martell Webster, 6-6, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
3) Larry Gurganious, 6-4, Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's
4) Marcus Williams, 6-6, Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt
5) Ian O'Leary, 6-6, Woodland (Calif.) Woodland Christian
6) Mike Roll, 6-5, Aliso Viejo (Calif.) Aliso Niguel
7) Gerard Anderson, 6-4, Carson (Calif.) High
8) Marcus Johnson, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
9) Ray Murdoch, 6-4, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle
10) Joe Darger, 6-6, Riverton (Utah) High

Other Small Forwards of Note:

Travis Pinick, 6-6, Orange (Calif.) Orange Lutheran
Kyle Spain, 6-5, Newark (Calif.) Newark Memorial
Jeremy Reedal, 6-5, Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha
Brandon Anderson, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Jerard Moret, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Tyler Nixon, 6-5, Buckley (Wash.) White River
Milton Brown, 6-3, El Cerrito (Calif.) High
Marcus Carson, 6-3, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
Jason Deutchman, 6-4, Santa Monica (Calif.) High
Cole Forbrig, 6-5, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
Savoy Fraine, 6-6, Granada Hills (Calif.) High
Jason Heard, 6-4, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
Deweese Hughes, 6-4, Hercules (Calif.) High
Arturas Lazdauskas, 6-6, Hollywood (Calif.) High
Marcus Palmer, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
Ray Reese, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Jordan Warren, 6-5, Woodland Hills (Calif.) El Camino Real
Alex White, 6-5, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Rio Grande
Ryan Dermody 6-6, Loveland (Col.) High
Devonte Thomas, 6-4, Fremont (Calif.) JFK
Tanner McIntosh, 6-5, La Grande (Ore.) Imbler
Andre Hines, 6-5, Denver (Col.) East
Kevin McDowell, 6-5, Santa Barbara (Calif.) High
Tommy McMahon, 6-6, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra

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