However, one player from outside of the United States that can't be overlooked is baby-faced sophomore Jin Soo Kim, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound small forward from South Korea.
Kim landed at Montclair Prep (Calif.) a year ago and wasted little time making his presence felt. He scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and swatted a trio of shots in his varsity debut – as a freshman. He averaged 11.4 points per game for the Southern Section Division 1VA champs and was an All-CIF second-team selection.
``I feel that I'm much better in a 5-on-5 game," Kim said. "So many people don't pass the ball and try and play a 1-on-1 game here."
However, the 16-year-old Kim made the move to South Kent, where the competition is just about as difficult as anywhere in the country – and he's still adjusting.
``He's still getting used to the speed and strength of the game," South Kent coach Raphael Chillious said. "He's probably the most dedicated kid on the team. He either stays on the court after practice or goes to the weight room."
``Just from September to now, he's improved tremendously and moved up the depth chart," added Chillious. "He's going to play – and play a lot."
Kim is a slender, skilled forward who can really knock down shots from the perimeter. He was the first middle school player to play for the South Korea junior national team. He was named one of the top five players at the Nike Asia Camp this past summer. He's ability to score has helped Kim reach the level he's at, but one of his most overlooked assets is his ability to pass the ball and makes his teammates better.
``He doesn't miss too many open shots," Chillious said. "I had heard, before he came here, that he shoots too much. But that's not the case at all. The biggest surprise to me is his ability to defend."
``If he keeps getting stronger, the sky's the limit," added Chillious. "He's got a chance to be a big, big-time player."