Post Summer Rankings: 2003 Centers

The post summer rankings for centers on the West Coast feature a few changes from the list we did prior to July. The #1 spot, however, doesn't change, as David Padgett is clearly the top prospect at the position...

David Padgett continues his hold on the #1 spot among West Coast centers. Padgett has a great work ethic, he plays hard every time out and his skills continue to improve. At the offensive end, he can do damage inside and out. Defensively, he's more than willing to bang and he does a great job on the boards as well. Liam Hughes is a legit seven feet and he has a tremendous upside. He's still raw in terms of his offensive game, but he'll have an impact purely as a defender/rebounder. Ray Schafer couldn't play in July due to an injury, but we liked what we saw of him in the spring. Very mobile, excellent feet and a developing offensive game. Mitch Platt is the best passing big man in the west and it's not close. He should function very well at the high post, as he has a fairly good outside shot and he's adept at finding open teammates. Maurice Shaw has a lot of talent, but he's never been in one place long enough to display his ability. He also needs to work on his approach to the game. If he ever gets serious about basketball, he has the potential to be a high major player.

1) David Padgett, 6-10 Reno (Nev.) High
2) Liam Hughes, 7-0 Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
3) Ray Schafer, 6-10 Wasilla (Alaska) High
4) Mitch Platt, 6-9 Las Vegas (Nev.) Green Valley
5) Maurice Shaw, 6-8 Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln
6) Stefan Zimmerman, 6-10 Orem (Utah) Mountain View
7) Mike White, 6-8 Watsonville (Calif.) Monte Vista Christian
8) Igor Fishbeyn, 6-9 San Francisco (Calif.) Lincoln
9) Rodney Timmerman, 6-10 Paso Robles (Calif.) High
10) Vince Scott, 6-9 Phoenix (Ariz.) Greenway

Other Centers of Note:

Marcus Isaac, 6-9 Peoria (Ariz.) High
Jarrod Boswell, 6-10 Lakeside (Calif.) El Capitan
Reggie Jackson, 6-8 Denver (Col.) Montbello
Andrew Bruckner, 6-8, Valencia (Calif.) High
Clay Cruse, 6-9 Arvada (Col.) High
Hans Gasser, 6-8 Issaquah (Wash.) High
Levar Halsell, 6-9 San Leandro (Calif.) High
Zach Proett, 6-9 Spokane (Wash.) Mt. Spokane
Simon Knight, 6-8 Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's
Phillip Okonma, 6-9 Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley Christian
Travon Free, 6-6 Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Josh Love, 6-8 Auburn (Wash.) High
Corey Lowe, 6-7 San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral
Garrick McDowell, 6-11 Gridley (Calif.) High
Charles Woodruff, 6-9 Portland (Ore.) Roosevelt
Michael Thompson, 6-8 Bakersfield (Calif.) East Bakersfield
Tim Krug, 6-8 Chandler (Ariz.) Valley Christian
Kenny Crockett, 6-8 Las Vegas (Calif.) Western
Mike Weitzeil, 6-8 Orem (Utah) Timpanogos
Jason Mgebroff, 6-9 Tacoma (Wash.) Kentwood
Mario Avery, 6-9 Lancaster (Calif.) Quartz Hill

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