West Coast 2005 Final Rankings: Centers

Amir Johnson leads the West Coast center list for 2005...

The position of center in the west for 2005 has a decent number of
prospects, but lacks elite talent. Johnson is far and away the top
prospect. A great shot-blocker, Johnson has all the physical tools to
be an elite player. He's a very good athlete, with a long frame, and
very good feet. Consistent effort and focus are the areas where he needs to improve. Wallace is more skilled than most people realize, with the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter and underrated passing ability. He's got a very good frame and should be able to add plenty of muscle in the next couple years. It's possible he ends up playing the four someday at Washington. Leavitt has made great strides in the last year. He's got a nice shot to about 17 feet and he's very active. He's on the slender side, but he should be able to add weight in college. We like his aggressiveness and believe he could be one of the sleepers in this class. Bryant is a big-bodied post who had a terrific senior year. He was out of shape in the summer, but is now in much better condition and could be a steal for Santa Clara. Faris is another player who was somewhat under the radar. He's very skilled and may end up playing at the four down the road.

1) Amir Johnson, 6-9, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester (Louisville)
2) Artem Wallace, 6-8, Toledo (Wash.) High (Washington)
3) Coby Leavitt, 6-9, Washington (Utah) Snow Canyon (Cal Poly)
4) John Bryant, 6-10, Pinole (Calif.) Pinole Valley (Santa Clara)
5) Daniel Faris, 6-8, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Eldorado (New Mexico)
6) Brayden Bell, 6-9, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton (Ohio State)
7) Jeffrey Pendergraph, 6-8, Etiwanda (Calif.) High (Arizona State)
8) Chris Oakes, 6-8, Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont (Pepperdine)
9) Jesse Byrd, 6-8, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd (San Francisco)
10) Jordan Wilkes, 6-11, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola (California)

Other Centers Of Note:

Sam Warren, 6-9, Englewood (Col.) Cherry Creek (Virginia)
James Anderson, 6-10, Page (Ariz.) High (BYU)
Brandon Moore, 6-8, Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel (Eastern Washington)
Vincent Barney, 6-8, Safford (Ariz.) High
Eric Van Vliet 6-8, Santa Cruz (Calif.) High (Montana)
Omar Samhan, 6-10, San Ramon Valley (Calif.) High (San Francisco)
Ronnie Aguilar, 6-10, Los Angeles (Calif.) Marshall (Colorado State)
Ike Okoye, 6-8, Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek (Wyoming)
Micah Hamilton, 6-10, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo
AJ Maulhardt, 6-7, Ojai (Calif.) Nordhoff

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