West Coast 2006 Rankings: Centers

There's been a shortage of big men in the last couple West Coast classes, but it's a different story in 2006....

The 2006 West Coast class of centers is outstanding, with numerous high major prospects. Lopez has a slight edge for the #1 ranking at this time. He's got a very good body, moves well and he's really developed his ability to shoot from the perimeter. Hawes could play as a four man on offense, but we think he guards a center at the next level. He's also got the ability to step away from the basket. Hall is massive and skilled. A surprisingly good passer, Hall has excellent instincts. He needs to play with more consistent effort, but he's unique due to his size. Robin Lopez isn't as skilled as his brother Brook, but he also moves well and should end up very strong. Harrison is a physical banger who plays with great energy. His skills are still developing, but he's got a good frame and excellent feet.

1) Brook Lopez, 6-10, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
2) Spencer Hawes, 6-9, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
3) Ray Hall, 6-10, Denver (Col.) Mullen
4) Robin Lopez, 6-10, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
5) Taylor Harrison, 6-8, San Clemente (Calif.) High
6) Alex Stepheson, 6-8, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
7) Craig Brackins, 6-9, Lancaster (Calif.) High
8) Matt Shaw, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
9) Derek Oestreicher, 6-9, Redding (Calif.) Liberty Christian
10) Terron Sutton, 6-8, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price

Other Centers of Note:

Deon Thompson, 6-8, Torrance (Calif.) High
Nick Jones, 6-9, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline
Brandon Bell, 6-6, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Travis Derochowski, 6-7, Salem (Ore.) West Mennonite
Sean Reilly, 6-8, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
Ryan Vermeulen, 6-8, Modesto (Calif.) High
Brad Zazzara, 6-8, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra

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