West Coast 2007 Pre-Summer Rankings

The West Coast class of 2007 has several of the top players in the country, including such elite prospects as Kevin Love, Kyle Singler, Jerryd Bayless, James Harden, Chace Stanback and Jamelle Horne, among others...

2007 POINT GUARDS

The point guard spot is not particularly talented in 2007, with the
weakest crop in years. McMillan gets the nod for the top spot based
on his size, upside and feel for the position. Brown has the best
combination of size and athleticism, but his decision-making needs to
improve. Thomas is the best scorer in the bunch, but his size is a
question mark. Overton is also a good scorer, with fairly good
quickness and passing ability. Richardson is trying to make the
transition from shooting guard to the point. He's got a nice shot and
generally makes good decisions.

1) Jamelle McMillan, 6-2, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
2) Kamyron Brown, 6-2, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
3) Isaiah Thomas, 5-7, Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis
4) Venoy Overton, 5-11, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin
5) Brandon Richardson, 6-0, Hawthorne (Calif.) High
6) Trevon Harmon, 5-11, Pasadena (Calif.) High
7) Donnell Beverly, 6-2, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
8) Kareem Nitoto, 6-2, San Leandro (Calif.) High
9) Trey Gross, 6-2, San Jose (Calif.) Edison
10) Kendall Wallace, 6-2, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View

OTHER POINT GUARDS OF NOTE

Harrison Gaines, 6-0, Phelan (Calif.) Serrano
Jeremiah Ostrowski, 5-9, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
Jalonni Diggs, 6-1, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
D.J. Gay, 5-11, Sun Valley (Calif.) Poly
JayDee Luster, 5-7, San Diego (Calif.) Hoover
Michael Loyd, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango
Sheldon Smith, 6-0, Gardena (Calif.) High
Jonathan Love, 5-10, Compton (Calif.) Centennial
Kirby Vaughn, 5-11, Vallejo (Calif.) High
Heiden Ratner, 5-11, Las Vegas (Nev.) Silverado
Jon Atkins, 6-2, Las Vegas (Nev.) Trinity
JaShon Hampton, 5-9, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Davell Jackson, 6-0, Las Vegas (Nev.) Eldorado
Kyle Lewis, 5-9, Englewood (Col.) Aurora
Garrett Lever, 5-11, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
Nick Martineau, 6-0, Kaysville (Utah) Davis
Michael Patton, 5-10, Boulder (Col.) High
Alex Tucker, 5-11, Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union


2007 SHOOTING GUARDS

The position of shooting guard is not particularly deep in 2007, but
there is some talent at the top. Harden is the most complete player
in the group, with a very solid all-around game. Bayless is the most
explosive athlete with the highest upside. If he can improve on his
decision-making, he has a chance to be the best in the group. Gray is an outstanding shooter and one of the better unknown players in the country. Watkins is a terrific athlete and his shot has improved in the last year. McLemore is an underrated prospect who makes excellent decisions and can knock down shots to the stripe.

1) James Harden, 6-5, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
2) Jerryd Bayless, 6-2, Phoenix (Ariz.) St. Mary's
3) Steven Gray, 6-4, Bainbridge Island (Wash.) Bainbridge
4) Quinton Watkins, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
5) Gerald McLemore, 6-2, Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High
6) Carlon Brown, 6-3, Riverside (Calif.) King
7) Maurice Jackson, 6-2, Gilbert (Ariz.) High
8) Jeremy Franklin, 6-4, San Leandro (Calif.) High
9) Derek January, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
10) Armon Johnson, 6-2, Oakland (Calif.) High

OTHER SHOOTING GUARDS OF NOTE

Daniel Hackett, 6-4, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Derrick Strings, 6-2, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Frank Session, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan
Julyan Stone, 6-3, Goleta (Calif.) Dos Pueblos
Cory Higgins, 6-2, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
Ty Abbott, 6-2, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
Marcus Richards, 6-2, Culver City (Calif.) High
Shane Morgan, 6-4, Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union
Davon Adams, 6-2, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) J Serra
Jordan Block, 6-1, Claremont (Calif.) High
Jamal Brown, 6-3, Downey (Calif.) High
Marcellas Burton, 6-0, Gardena (Calif.) High
Luke Duperon, 6-1, Torrance (Calif.) North Torrance
Dudley Ewell, 6-2, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Nick Graves, 6-3, Cathedral City (Calif.) High
Bryan Horton, 6-2, Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon
Isaiah Jenkins, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Stedman Merritt, 6-1, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Michael Ojo, 6-2, Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads
Jordan Pendleton, 6-2, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
Chase Richards, 6-1, Sandy (Utah) Jordan
Brandon Walker, 6-3, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd


2007 SMALL FORWARDS

The small forwards in 2007 are a talented and deep group, easily the
best in the west at any position. Stanback gets a very slight nod as
the top prospect right now. He's got a very solid all-around game with no weaknesses. Horne is the best athlete in the group and he could easily end up the top ranked small forward by the end of summer. His outside shot is much improved, as is his decision-making. Daye is maybe the most intriguing player in the group. He's an effortless scorer and he might not be done growing. He needs to play with a little more focus and toughness, but he has a chance to end up as good as anyone by the time he reaches college. Johnson has a great stroke and he's an underrated athlete. He has improved his ability to put the ball on the floor and get his own shot. Johnson is a great athlete and he gets better every time we see him. His shot still needs to improve, but he has a very high upside.

1) Chace Stanback, 6-6, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
2) Jamelle Horne, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) High
3) Austin Daye, 6-9, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge
4) Zane Johnson, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
5) Justin Holiday, 6-5, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
6) Drew Viney, 6-7, Villa Park (Calif.) High
7) James Johnson, 6-7, Cheyenne (wyo.) Cheyenne East
8) Billy White, 6-7, Las Vegas (Nev.) Green Valley
9) Omondi Amoke, 6-5, Oxnard (Calif.) High
10) Adam Malik, 6-6, La Canada (Calif.) High

OTHER SMALL FORWARDS OF NOTE

Jonathan Wills, 6-5, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair
Tyrone Shelley, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) Crawford
Tyler Bernardini, 6-5, San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker
Dane Suttle, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Justin Johnson, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
Stephen Franklin, 6-5, Aurora (Col.) Aurora Central
Larry Anderson, 6-5, Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan
Chris Collinsworth, 6-7, Provo (Utah) High
Deangelo Jones, 6-3, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
Josh Peery, 6-5, Payson (Utah) High
Anthony Porch, 6-5, Denver (Col.) Montbello
Jon Reed, 6-5, Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.) Peninsula
Art Steward, 6-4, Casper (Wyo.) Natrona
Enrique Vasquez, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) High


2007 POWER FORWARDS

The power forward group is not particularly deep, but there is some
talent at the top. Singler is by far the best prospect and he's one of
the elite players in the country. Singler has the offensive skills to
play the three, but we believe he'll defend a four in college. King
is a deadly shooter with great range. He needs to improve his ability
to play inside, but his scoring ability is unique. Gant has one of the
best upsides in the class. He's still relatively inexperienced, but
he has a chance to develop into one of the best players in the country. Walker has a great basketball body and he's showed signs of coming into his own as a player. He needs to bring more consistent focus to the court, but we like him as a prospect downt the road. Selvig is very skilled with the ball, particularly on the perimeter.

1) Kyle Singler, 6-8, Medford (Ore.) South Medford
2) Taylor King, 6-6, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
3) Darnell Gant, 6-8, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
4) Kenton Walker, 6-7, Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High
5) Derek Selvig, 6-9, Dawson County (Mont.) Glendive
6) Wendell McKines, 6-4, Richmond (Calif.) High
7) Robert Jones, 6-5, San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan
8) Tim Shelton, 6-6, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West
9) Morgan Grim, 6-7, Riverton (Utah) High
10) Garrett Green, 6-8, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft

OTHER POWER FORWARDS OF NOTE

Zack Nelson, 6-6, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas
Zare Zagaryan, 6-6, Glendale (Calif.) Hoover
Bobby Howard, 6-6, Great Falls (Mont.) High
Omari Johnson, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Darshawn McClellan, 6-6, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Kyle Thomas, 6-7, Folsom (Calif.) High
Demetrius Crowell, 6-6, Mesa (Ariz.) High
Maurice McGee, 6-7, Ramona (Calif.) High
Taylor Montgomery, 6-6, Greenwood Village (Col.) Cherry Creek
Brennen Degner, 6-7, Littleton (Col.) Heritage


2007 CENTERS

The center group is pretty strong, with a number of high major prospects throughout the list. Love is easily the best player in the bunch. He's been college-ready since he was a high school freshman. He's extremely skilled and his feel for the game is outstanding for a high school junior. He'll be an impact player from day one in college. Jacobson is your classic big kid who is still growing into his body. He has a nice feel for the game, though, and we expect him to be a very solid player in college. Chapman has really started to blossom as a player in the last six months. He's got a good frame and some bounce to him. Williams is a project at the next level, but one with considerable upside. Holman has a very high upside himself, but needs to work on decison-making and playing the game to win. If he matures, he may end one of the elite players in the class.

1) Kevin Love, 6-9, Lake Oswego (Ore.) High
2) Alex Jacobson, 6-11, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
3) Clinton Chapman, 6-10, Canby (Ore.) High
4) Sean Williams, 6-11, Villa Park (Calif.) High
5) Elijah Holman, 6-7, Richmond (Calif.) High
6) Matt Simpkins, 6-8, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian
7) Scott Thompson, 6-11, Meridian (Ida.) Mountain View
8) Harper Kamp, 6-7, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View
9) Garrett Fiddler, 6-9, Colorado Springs (Col.) Doherty
10) Malcolm Campbell, 6-9, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax

OTHER CENTERS OF NOTE

Melvyn Oliver, 6-9, Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
Clint Amberry, 6-9, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High
Trevor Morris, 6-7, Nampa (Ida.) High
Martell Jackson, 6-9, Brighton (Col.) High
Kurt Bennett, 6-8, Placerville (Calif.) Union Mine
Genesis Maciel, 6-8, Compton (Calif.) Centennial
Bernard Kamwa, 6-8, Los Angeles (Calif.) Ribet


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