Class of 2004

<b>POST SUMMER RANKINGS: </b> The 2004 class looks to be deeply talented in all five positions, and could be one of the best classes on the west coast in the last several years...

CENTERS

Robert Swift is the top center in his class, but the gap is narrowing. Swift needs to play with a more consistent effort, and focus, in order to fulfill the potential that he showed last year. If he does reach his potential, he could be as good as any center in the country. David Burgess is the best rebounder among West Coast centers and he plays hard all the time. He's not a spectacular athlete, but he's the kind of player coaches love. Robert Rothbart could very easily play the power forward spot. He's got great ball skills on the perimeter and needs only to get bigger and stronger in order to become one of the elite posts in the country. Chris Miles is a sleeper with great upside. Very good hands and feet, with pretty decent shot. Sam Rayburn is another sleeper. He has a good frame, runs well and has a nice stroke.

1) Robert Swift, 6-10 Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces
2) David Burgess, 6-9 Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge
3) Robert Rothbart, 6-11 Cupertino (Calif.) Monta Vista
4) Chester Giles, 6-10 Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
5)Chris Miles, 6-10 Provo (Utah) Timpview
6) Sam Rayburn, 6-10 Beaverton (Ore.) Sunset
7) Jonathan Black, 6-9 Phoenix (Ariz.) Greenway
8) Craig Austin, 6-9 Carlsbad (Calif.) High
9) Chris Henry, 6-8 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
10) Todd Follmer, 6-10 Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita

Other Centers Of Note:

Allan Branch, 6-6 Albuquerque (New Mexico) Cibola
Kurt Graeber, 6-8 Rolling Hills Estates (Calif.) Peninsula
Jordan White, 6-7 Bothell (Wash.) Inglemoor
David Ellis, 6-9 Sacramento (Calif.) Capitol Christian
David Burke, 6-8 Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
Tai Wesley, 6-7 Provo (Utah) High
Shawn Oliverson, 6-8 Reston (Ida.) High
Jeremiah Batdorf, 6-9 Palo Cedro (Calif.) Foothill
Michael Boone, 7-0 Loma Linda (Calif.) High
Thomas Herring, 6-6 Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
Brandon Knight, 6-8 American Fork (Utah) Lone Peak
James Lester, 6-6 Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
David Lithicum, 6-10 Farmington (NM) High
Taylor Montgomery, 6-8 Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird

POWER FORWARDS

Marvin Williams might end up playing the three down the road, but he's an elite talent regardless of the position he plays. Williams is a great athlete, he can score inside and out, and he plays hard all the time. He is the clear-cut choice as the top prospect, regardless of position, in the west. In any other year, Josh Heytvelt would be the top prospect in the west. He's effective in the paint and he can shoot the three. Great size -- big hands and feet -- big, square shoulders and a terrific upside. Jake Beitinger has good size, moves well and is skilled with the ball. He's not on the same level as the guys above him, but he'll draw high major interest. Marcus Lewis is probably only a couple inches away from being recruited by high majors across the country. He is relentless on the boards, with an improving offensive game. Damin Suljagic has a good frame, nice hands and solid offensive skills.

1) Marvin Williams, 6-8 Bremerton (Wash.) High
2) Josh Heytvelt, 6-9 Clarkston (Wash.) High
3) Jake Beitinger, 6-8 Port Orchard (Wash.) South Kitsap
4) Marcus Lewis, 6-6 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
5) Damin Suljagic, 6-8, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe
6) Lorenzo Mata, 6-8 South Gate (Calif.) High
7) Joe Gates, 6-9 Arcata (Calif.) High
8) Devon Hardin, 6-8 Newark (Calif.) Memorial
9) Tim Ahlering, 6-7 Mission Viejo (Calif.) High
10) Joe Fahnbulleh, 6-5 Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep

Other Power Forwards Of Note:

Marlon Howe, 6-8 Fallbrook (Calif.) High
Evan Harris, 6-6 Studio City (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
Maarty Leunen, 6-8 Redmond (Ore.) High
Zach Johnson, 6-8 Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas
Rashaan Martin, 6-8, Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge
Andrew Strait, 6-7 Yakima (Wash.) West Valley
Xavier Kilby, 6-6 Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
Marcus King-Stockton 6-7 Denver (Col.) Colorado Academy
Michael Nunnley, 6-8 Manteca (Calif.) East Union
Tommy Arnold, 6-3 Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
Stephen Augmon, 6-4 Palo Alto (Calif.) Eastside Prep
Henry Patterson, 6-5 Oxnard (Calif.) High
Mike Kale 6-7 Henderson (Nev.) Coronado
Chris Davis, 6-4 Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
Steve Derdzinski, 6-6 Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland
Sone Finister, 6-4 Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Travis Gabbidon, 6-6 Phoenix (Ariz.) High
Andre Glenn, 6-6 Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
Rodney Jones, 6-4 Berkeley (Calif.) High
Justin Mikkelson, 6-7 Sandy (Utah) Alta
Mel Nicholson, 6-5 Long Beach (Calif.) Millikan
Devon Roberts, 6-8 Glendora (Calif.) High
Marcus Smyer, 6-6 Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Travonne Vickers, 6-3 Inglewood (Calif.) Morningside
Joseph Ware, 6-4 Los Angeles (Calif.) Washington

SMALL FORWARDS

David Pendergraft is the clear-cut choice for the #1 ranking among small forwards. Already committed to Gonzaga, Pendergraft has great skills and an exceptional feel for the game. With continued development, he has a chance to be among the best wings in the country. Curtis Allen has the physical tools to become a big-time player, but needs to refine his skills in order to become a national-level recruit. Marcel Jones is very good with the ball on the perimeter. With added strength and aggressiveness, he has a chance to become a Pac-10 level player. Kyle Brucculeri might be the best shooter on this list. He's got deep range and has improved his ability to put it on the floor. Hector Hernandez has good size and athleticism. He may end up playing at power forward.

1. David Pendergraft, 6-6 Brewster (Wash.) High
2. Curtis Allen, 6-4 Rolling Hills (Calif.) Rolling Hills Prep
3. Marcel Jones, 6-6 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
4. Kyle Brucculeri, 6-6 Los Alamitos (Calif.) High
5. Hector Hernandez, 6-7 Denver (Col.) Lincoln
6. Chris Fields, 6-5 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
7. Ty Morrison, 6-6 Phoenix (Ariz.) Trevor Browne
8. Jonathan Heard, 6-5 Los Angeles Dorsey
9. Zach Tarver, 6-5 Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
10. Mark Hall, 6-7 El Cajon (Calif.) Granite Hills

Other Small Forwards of Note:

Kyle Krause, 6-6 Wasco (Calif.) Wasco Union
Calvin Chitwood, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley
Grayson Moyer, 6-5 La Jolla (Calif.) High
Ryan Coldren, 6-7, Eugene (Ore.) Marist
Daniel Flemming, 6-6 Murrieta Valley (Calif.) High
Justin Armstrong, 6-4 Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino
Andre Glenn, 6-6 Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
Vada Jarmon, 6-3 Santa Ana (Calif.) Foothill
Phil Harbaugh, 6-5 Corvallis (Ore.) High
Stephen Augmon, 6-4 Palo Alto (Calif.) Eastside Prep
Daniel Burke, 6-3 Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower
Erik Ainge, 6-5 Hillsboro (Ore.) Glencoe
Mike Gordy, 6-6 Denver (Col.) Manual
Thomas Huff, 6-5 Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Lee Cummard, 6-5 Mesa (Ariz.) High
Andre Hayes, 6-2 San Jose (Calif.) Piedmont Hills
Taylor Jackson, 6-5 Provo (Utah) Tempview
Jermaine Johnson, 6-2 Seaside (Calif.) High
Jon Kargas, 6-3 San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch
Jesse Stott, 6-4 Salt Lake City (Utah) East
Curtis Terry, 6-4 Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis
Chauncey Wiseman, 6-4 San Diego (Calif.) High
Nick Young, 6-5 Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland (Petitioning to be re-classified as a junior)
Terry Johnson, 6-5 Reno (Nev.) High

SHOOTING GUARDS

DeMarcus Nelson heads up the list of shooting guards, but there's not much separating him from the next couple guys. Nelson has great range on his shot and he's an explosive athlete. Josh Shipp is also a terrific shooter and plays well within a team concept. Arron Afflalo might end up playing at both guard positions. He has a very good feel for the game and he won't miss many open looks beyond the stripe. Tim Pierce could end up a small forward, but he's got good ball skills and a very quick release on his shot. He has deep range, but needs to work on shot selection. Bryce Taylor is able to score from anywhere on the court, but needs to work on the other aspects of his game.

1) DeMarcus Nelson, 6-2 Vallejo (Calif.) High
2) Josh Shipp, 6-4 Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
3) Arron Afflalo, 6-4 Compton (Calif.) Centennial
4) Tim Pierce, 6-5 Oakland (Calif.) Fremont
5) Bryce Taylor, 6-3 North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
6) Andrew Haskins, 6-3 Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington
7) Matt Thomas, 6-2 Riverside (Calif.) M.L. King
8) Rodney Stuckey, 6-3 Covington (Wash.) Kentwood
9) Robbie Haynes, 6-2 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
10) Dawin Whiten, 6-2 North Hills (Calif.) Monroe

Other Shooting Guards Of Note:

Ralph Miley, 6-2 Downey (Calif.) Calvary Chapel
Carl Ross, 6-3 Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
Khion Tate, 6-3 Berkeley (Calif.) High
Rogdrick Craig, 6-4 San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Chad Troyer, 6-2 Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
Brandon Turner, 6-3 Los Angeles (Calif.) Brentwood
Tyler Roberts, 6-3 Albany (Ore.) West Albany
Keena Payton, 6-3 Oakland (Calif.) Skyline
Terrance Williams, 6-4 Seattle (Wash.) Garfield
Jawann Rubin, 6-2 Union City (Calif.) Logan
Matt Sargeant, 6-2 Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View
Jamie Lester, 6-2 Victorville (Calif.) Silverado
Sean Green, 6-3 Rialto (Calif.) High
Steven Shewmake, 6-5 Desert Hot Springs (Calif.) High
Chukwuma Awaji, 6-1 Los Angeles (Calif.) Daniel Murphy
Jonathan Tolliver, 6-3 Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Austin Oglesby, 6-2 Cathedral City (Calif.) High
Kevin Pledger, 6-3 Bellflower (Calif.) High
Donne Harrison, 6-2 Portland (Ore.) Grant
Cori Anderson, 6-0 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Zach Bachmeier, 6-3 Novato (Calif.) San Marin
Sean Battinger, 6-2 Richmond (Calif.) Kennedy
Taylor Christensen, 5-11 Bountiful (Utah) High
Alex Rogers, 6-3, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Christian
Denaun Emanuel, 6-1 Bellflower (Calif.) High
Cleveland Files, 6-3 Albuquerque (NM) Rio Grande
Gabe Freeman, 6-3 Phoenix (Ariz.) McClintock
Patrick Fuller, 6-2 Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
Josh Griffin, 6-0 Edmonds (Wash.) Edmonds-Woodway
Jake Hill, 6-0 Gunnison (Utah) High
Michael Johnson, 6-0 Carson (Calif.) High
Antonio Kellog, 6-3 Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Mike Lawson, 6-4 Las Cruces (NM) Mayfield
Tanner Nicholson, 6-0 Salt Lake City (Utah) West
Greg Okwudibonye, 6-3 Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View
Paul Phangura, 6-0 San Jose (Calif.) Mitty
Chris Faidley, 6-1 Seattle (Wash.) King's
Mark Porter 6-0 Reno (Nev.) Hug

POINT GUARDS

Quentin Thomas didn't play this past summer due to summer school commitments, but he'll get plenty of exposure in the next two years. Quick, long and very skilled, Thomas figures to be ranked among the top point guards in the country a year from now. Jordan Farmar was an unknown coming into the summer, but everyone in the west knows about him now. He has all the skills you look for in a point guard, a tremendous feel for the game and he can shoot it very well beyond the stripe. Gabriel Pruitt is the best scorer on this list and he also has terrific instincts. However, he spent too much time off the ball during his first two years in high school. With improvement in his ball handling, he could be as good as anyone on this list. Harvey Perry has great physical attributes, but his skill level still needs work. He's got a big upside, though, and it'll be interesting to see where he is a year from now. Lyndale Burleson is another player with a high ceiling who hasn't yet put it all together. His decision-making needs work, but he's a very good athlete and defender.

1) Quentin Thomas, 6-2 Oakland (Calif.) Oakland Tech
2) Jordan Farmar, 6-1 Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
3) Gabriel Pruitt, 6-2 Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
4) Harvey Perry, 6-3 Henderson (Nev.) Foothill
5) Lyndale Burleson, 6-2 Seattle (Wash.) Franklin
6) Dwight O'Neil, 6-1 Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
7) Cornell Littlejohn, 6-0, Fairfield (Calif.) Vanden
8) Vincent Oliver, 6-2 Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
9) Derek Lee, 5-11 Bakersfield (Calif.) High
10) Lorenzo Keeler, 6-0 Escondido (Calif.) High


Other Point Guards Of Note

Rico Tucker, 5-11 San Diego (Calif.) University
Derek Low, 6-1 Honolulu (Hawaii) Iolani
Marcus Everett, 6-1 West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Jason Murdock, 5-11 Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Tyler Smith, 6-1 Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Darius Joseph, 6-2 Tacoma (Wash.) Wilson
Brody Angley, 5-11 Redding (Calif.) Enterprise
Patrick Mitchell, 5-11 El Cerrito (Calif.) High
Mike Pagan, 5-9 Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Marcus Malone, 6-2 Carson (Calif.) High
Lamar Hunt, 6-0 San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Jacob Bower, 6-4 Boise (Ida.) Meridian
Taylor Rochestie, 5-10 Santa Barbara (Calif.) High
Marquis Washington, 5-9 Carson (Calif.) High
Jason Daley, 5-10 Palos Verdes (Calif.) Rolling Hills Prep
Ryan Holmes, 6-0 Phoenix (Ariz.) Millenium
James Lowe 6-0 Hillsboro (Ore.) High
Anthony Palmer, 5-9 San Diego (Calif.) High
Josh Cottle, 6-0 Heber City (Utah) Wasatch
Twain McTyer, 5-11 Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango
Adrian Aye-Darko, 6-0 West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Joey Pariseau, 6-0 Brewster (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep
Jon Ricks, 5-10 Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
Christopher Stanko, 5-10 Reno (Nev.) High
Arthur Drumwright, 6-0 Etiwanda (Calif.) High
Justin Argenal, 6-0 Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Darren Stafford, 5-11, Phoenix (Ariz.) North
Amos Carter, 5-11 Vallejo (Calif.) High
Stas Chomokas, 5-10 Gilbert (Ariz.) High
Welen Dennis, 5-10 Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit
Donnie Harrison, 6-0 Portland (Ore.) Grant
Bowie Jeffs, 6-0 Castle Dale (Utah) Emery
Josh Jenkins, 5-11 Albuquerque (NM) Valley
Kyle Johnson, 5-11 Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit
Maurice Johnson, 6-0 Fullerton (Calif.) Troy
Jermaine Calvin, 5-9, Tempe (Ariz.) McClintock
Kyle Lewis, 5-8 Victorville (Calif.) Silverado
Nick Livi, 5-10 Redmond (Wash.) Eastlake
James Lowe, 6-0 Hillsboro (Ore.) High
Kenneth Maye, 5-10 San Diego (Calif.) Hoover
Darron Morrison, 6-0 Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
Matt Pinegar, 6-0 Provo (Utah) Timpview
Keon Taylor, 5-10 San Pedro (Calif.) High
Eric Bell, 6-2 Selah (Wash.) High
Jamal Bell, 6-0 Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Ryan Howard, 5-8 Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery


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