2008 West Coast Rankings: Small Forwards

The position of small forward in the west for 2008 isn't quite as strong as it has been in recent years. The top spot in the rankings, though, is held by a player who has a chance to be one of the elite prospects in the country for 2008...

The small forwards are the weakest group in the 2008 West Coast class, both in terms of elite talent and quality of depth. DeRozan is by far the top prospect in this group. He's always been an elite level athlete, but his skills have been somewhat slow to develop. He's spent considerable time, however, working on his shot and it has paid off. He's now a very consistent shooter to the three-point line. He still needs to focus on his defense and rebounding, but there is no question he has all the physical tools to be an elite player in college. George is something of a sleeper who really started to emerge this spring. He's got good size and a very good feel for the game. An accurate shooter to 17-18 feet, George may also play some four. Wright has long been an intriguing prospect, but his skills have also been somewhat slow to develop. He had an excellent spring, though, and showed progress in his overall ball skills. He's got a very good body for a wing and he has a chance to be an excellent defender. Elmore is well put together and he's an explosive athlete. He showed a decent shot to the stripe in April, as well as the ability to finish strong at the rim. He needs to be more consistent in terms of focus and intensity, but he too has a nice upside. Wiley has good length and a very nice stroke to beyond the stripe. His ball skills overall are solid, but he needs to work on being a little more physical in his approach to the game.

1) Demar DeRozan, 6-5, Compton (Calif.) High  USC
2) Paul George, 6-7, Palmdale (Calif.) Pete Knight
3) Wendell Wright, Jr., 6-4, Lakewood (Calif) Mayfair
4) Dallas Elmore, 6-5, Fort Collins (Col.) Poudre
5) Drew Wiley, 6-6, Vida (Ore.) McKenzie River  Oregon
6) Colin Chieverton, 6-5, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty
7) Malik Story, 6-4, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia  USC
8) Jeff Taylor, 6-6, Hobbs (New Mexico) High
9) Marquis Fields, 6-6, Menlo Park (Calif.) Mid-Peninsula
10) Guy Landry, 6-5, Sylmar (Calif.) High



Tre Brewer, 6-4, Alta Loma (Calif.) High
Taylor Brown, 6-5, Sandy (Utah) Alta
Quamaine Crymes, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Joel John Academy
Jovan Daniels, 6-5, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas
Keith Davis, 6-5, Lakewood (Calif.) High
James Ellisor, 6-4, Glendale (Ariz.) High
Dalton Groskreutz, 6-5, St. George (Utah) Snow Canyon
Aaron Hawk-Harris, 6-4, Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades Charter
Justin Haynes, 6-5, Palmdale (Calif.) High
Matt Johnson, 6-4, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
James Nunnally, 6-5, Stockton (Calif.) Weston Ranch
Raveon Samuel, 6-5, Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs
Josh Sharp, 6-6, Lone Peak (Utah) High
Gabriel Strong, 6-4, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian
Jamal Trice, 6-5, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Julius Von Hanzlik, 6-4, Beverly Hills (Calif.) High
Zack Zaragosa, 6-5, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita

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