Final 2007 West Coast Rankings

The West Coast class of 2007 features some of the top prospects in the country. Players such as James Harden, Chace Stanback, Jerryd Bayless, Kyle Singler and Kevin Love are among the elite prospects at their positions...

The 2007 West Coast point guard class is one of the weaker groups
in recent memory. There are no players that project as elite prospects
and few legitimate high major players. Gay gets the nod for the top
spot after a terrific senior season. He's more of a scorer than pure
one, but he's got good quickness and he is capable of creating for
others. McMillan has good size and a good feel for the game. His
offensive game is still coming but, as the son of a coach, he knows how to run a team. Brown has the most upside of anyone on this list. He's got a great body and he's an above-average athlete. If he can improve his decision-making, he may end up the best of the group. Harmon is another player that is not a true one, but he's a gifted scorer. He has good quickness and he can get his own shot. Overton is a shifty lefty with a pretty decent shot to the stripe. He's not real big, but he's fairly quick and understands the position.

1) D.J. Gay, 5-11, Sun Valley (Calif.) Poly San Diego State
2) Jamelle McMillan, 6-2, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea Arizona State
3) Kamyron Brown, 6-2, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Oregon
4) Trevon Harmon, 5-10, Pasadena (Calif.) High
5) Venoy Overton, 5-11, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin Washington
6) Henry Thorns, 5-7, Las Vegas (Nev.) Valley Virginia Tech
7) Donnell Beverly, Jr., 6-2, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger UConn
8) Brandon Richardson, 6-0, Hawthorne (Calif.) Nebraska
9) Lashard Anderson, 5-10, San Diego (Calif.) Serra
10) Bo Henning, 6-2, Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers Cal Poly


OTHER POINT GUARDS OF NOTE:
 
Kareem Nitoto, 6-2, San Leandro (Calif.) High St. Mary's
Mickey McConnell, 6-0, Mesa (Ariz.) Dobson
Kendall Wallace, 6-2, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View UNLV
Heiden Ratner, 5-11, Las Vegas (Nev.) Silverado
Jeremiah Ostrowski, 5-9, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou Hawaii
Michael Loyd, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango BYU
Jalonni Diggs, 6-1, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Jonathan Love, 5-10, Inglewood (Calif.) High
Harrison Gaines, 6-0, Phelan (Calif.) Serrano Penn
Jesse Woodard, 6-0, Compton (Calif.) Centennial Colorado State
Rod Singleton, 5-11, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax Northridge
Jon Atkins, 6-2, Las Vegas (Nev.) Trinity
Trey Gross, 6-2, San Jose (Calif.) Edison
JaShon Hampton, 5-9, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Davell Jackson, 6-0, Las Vegas (Nev.) Eldorado
Quenton Jennings, 5-9, Anchorage (Alaska) Bartlett
Kyle Lewis, 5-9, Englewood (Col.) Kent Denver
Garrett Lever, 5-11, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
JayDee Luster, 5-7, San Diego (Calif.) Hoover New Mexico State
Nick Martineau, 6-0, Kaysville (Utah) Davis BYU
Michael Patton, 5-10, Boulder (Col.) High
Sheldon Smith, 6-0, Gardena (Calif.) High
Alex Tucker, 5-11, Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union
Kirby Vaughn, 5-11, Vallejo (Calif.) High

 

The West Coast shooting guards are a solid, but not exceptional, group. There is elite talent at the top, but the overall depth is just
average. Harden is the pick for the number one spot because of his
outstanding feel for the game. While Harden is above average in just
about every aspect of the game, his feel is off the charts. He plays the game like a ten-year NBA veteran. Bayless is a very explosive athlete and he's adept at creating his own shot. He's a good, not great, perimeter shooter. However, his upside is considerable. If he learns how to make better decisions, he has a chance to be a great player. Gray is one of the best shooters in the west. He's got a great stroke with range beyond the stripe. He's also got good ball skills and a solid feel for the game. Abbott is a late-bloomer who really came on in the last year. He too is a very good shooter, especially off the catch. Watkins is an explosive slasher who has a chance to be a very good defender.

1) James Harden, 6-5, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia Arizona State
2) Jerryd Bayless, 6-3, Phoenix (Ariz.) St. Mary's Arizona
3) Steven Gray, 6-4, Bainbridge Island (Wash.) Bainbridge Gonzaga
4) Ty Abbott, 6-2, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista Arizona State
5) Quinton Watkins, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez Illinois
6) Armon Johnson, 6-3, Reno (Nev.) Hug Nevada
7) Maurice Jackson, 6-2, Gilbert (Ariz.) High
8) Carlon Brown, 6-3, Riverside (Calif.) King Utah
9) Levi Knutson, 6-3, Centennial (Col.) Arapahoe Colorado
10) Sammy Yeager, 6-2, Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian San Diego


OTHER SHOOTING GUARDS OF NOTE:

Terrell Smith, 6-4, Federal Way (Wash.) Pacific
Isaiah Jenkins, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola Marymount
Marques Richards, 6-2, Culver City (Calif.) High
Jeremy Franklin, 6-4, Oakland (Calif.) Fremont
Gerald McLemore, 6-2, Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High
Julyan Stone, 6-5, Goleta (Calif.) Dos Pueblos UTEP
Brandon Walker, 6-3, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd Loyola Marymount
Derek January, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Frank Session, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan
Davon Adams, 6-2, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) J Serra
Jordan Block,6-1, Claremont (Calif.) High
Ryan Brimley, 6-3, Midvale (Utah) Hillcrest
Jamal Brown, 6-3, Downey (Calif.) High
Marcellas Burton, 6-0, Gardena (Calif.) High
Jeff Downs, 6-3, Clyde Hill (Wash.) Bellevue Christian
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
Stedman Merritt, 6-1, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Shane Morgan, 6-4, Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union
Michael Ojo, 6-2, Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads
Sam Osofsky, 6-3, Westwood (Calif.) High
Jordan Pendleton, 6-2, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
Chase Richards, 6-1, Sandy (Utah) Jordan
Derrick Strings, 6-1, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger UC Irvine

 

The small forwards for 2007 are probably the most talented group in
the West Coast class. There is elite talent at the top of the list and
a number of high major players farther down in the rankings. Stanback gets the nod at the top spot because he is above average in just about every attribute you look for in a player. He's more of a scorer than a pure shooter and he has an excellent feel for the game. Daye is the best scorer on this list and he seemingly does it effortlessly. He's got deep range on his shot and a great touch around the basket. He needs to play with a little more toughness and physicality. If he does those things, he might end up the best player in this group. Horne is a very explosive athlete and he excels when he has room to slash to the basket. If he can sharpen his ball skills and jumpshot, he too has a chance to eventually end up the number one player on this list. Johnson is another very explosive athlete and a consistent scorer. He's a bit older than the players on this list, though, and it's difficult to grade him any higher given that advantage. Johnson has a very nice stroke to the stripe and he should give Arizona the kind of role player they've missed in recent years.

1) Chace Stanback, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax UCLA
2) Austin Daye, 6-9, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge Gonzaga
3) Jamelle Horne, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) High Arizona
4) James Johnson, 6-7, cheyenne (Wyo.) Cheyenne East Wake Forest
5) Zane Johnson, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird Arizona
6) Justin Holiday, 6-6, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall Washington
7) Abe Lodwick, 6-6, Bend (ore.) Mountain View Washington State
8) Fred Ellis, 6-6, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas Baylor
9) Drew Viney, 6-6, Villa Park (Calif.) High Oregon
10) Billy White, 6-7, Las Vegas (Nev.) Green Valley San Diego State


OTHER SMALL FORWARDS OF NOTE:

Omondi Amoke, 6-6, Oxnard (Calif.) Cal
Stephen Franklin, 6-5, Aurora (Col.) Aurora Central Colorado
Tyrone Shelley, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) Crawford
Adam Malik, 6-6, La Canada (Calif.) UC Davis
Chris Collinsworth, 6-7, Provo (Utah) High BYU
Jonathan Wills, 6-5, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair New Mexico
Justin Johnson, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
Tyler Bernardini, 6-5, San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker Penn
Jon Reed, 6-5, Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.) Peninsula Pepperdine
Deangelo Jones, 6-3, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach New Mexico State
Larry Anderson, 6-5, Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan
Kareem Maddox, 6-6, Oak Park (Calif.) High
Josh Peery, 6-5, Payson (Utah) High
Anthony Porch, 6-5, Denver (Col.) Montbello
Austin Pettus, 6-4, Orange (Calif.) Orange Lutheran
Art Steward, 6-4, Casper (Wyo.) Natrona
Dane Suttle, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Enrique Vasquez, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) High

 

The 2007 power forwards in the west are just average overall as a
group. There aren't a lot of high major prospects at the position and
the depth isn't great. Singler is the easy choice for the top spot. He's
an exceptional prospect, with outstanding balls skills and a great
feel for the game. He will likely be in college for only a short time
before heading to the NBA. Gant is a long and bouncy prospect with a nice shot facing up to about 16-17 feet. He's got a considerable upside, but he recieved very little coaching in high school and it may take him awhile to reach his potential. King is a terrific shooter with very deep range. He'll need to work on his inside game at the next level, but he's got pretty long arms and he's a tough kid. Jones is a very skilled and surprisingly athletic prospect. He's got a big body, with long arms, and he's very nimble. Selvig is a very skilled big man who can step away from the basket and knock down shots to the stripe. He's also a very good passer. He wanted to stay close to home, but he probably could've played at the high major level.

1) Kyle Singler, 6-8, Medord (Ore.) South Medford Duke
2) Darnell Gant, 6-8, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw Washington
3) Taylor King, 6-6, Tustin (Calif.) Mater Dei Duke
4) Robert Jones, 6-5, San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan San Diego
5) Derek Selvig, 6-9, Dawson County (Mont.) High Montana
6) Wendell McKines, 6-4, Richmond (Calif.) High San Francisco
7) Morgan Grim, 6-7, Riverton (Utah) High Utah
8) Omari Johnson, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey Oregon State
9) Andrew Hooper, 6-7, Lakewood (Col.) D'Evelyn Denver
10) Tim Shelton, 6-6, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West San Diego State


OTHER POWER FORWARDS OF NOTE:

Garrett Green, 6-8, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft LSU
Will Egolf, 6-7, Juneau (Alaska) Juneau Douglas Bradley
Darshawn McClellan, 6-6, Fresno (Calif.) Edison Vanderbilt
Zareh Zagaryan, 6-6, Glendale (Calif.) Hoover
Bobby Howard, 6-6, Great Falls (Mont.) High Montana State
Kyle Thomas, 6-7, Folsom (Calif.) High
Kyle Bullinger, 6-6, Mountain View (Wyo.) High Weber State
Demetrius Crowell, 6-6, Mesa (Ariz.) High
Sean Harris, 6-7, Rocklin (Calif.) High
Brady Hurst, 6-6, Farmington (Utah) Davis
Maurice McGee, 6-7, Ramona (Calif.) High
Taylor Montgomery, 6-6, Greenwood Village (Col.) Cherry Creek
Zack Nelson, 6-6, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas
Phillip Thomas, 6-7, San Leandro (Calif.) High
Jared Cunningham, 6-8, Oregon City (Ore.) High George Washington
Robert Curtis, 6-8, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley
Tim Diedrichs, 6-8, Snohomish (Wash.) High Loyola Marymount

 

The center spot in the west has some very nice talent at the top
of the rankings. Love is the best prospect in the class and one of
the best big men in recent memory. His skill level, feel and toughness
will allow him to be an impact player right away in the Pac-10. Chapman
really came on strong in the last year. He's got good ball skills for
a post player and he's fairly bouncy as well. Holman is a very long
and athletic prospect with a big upside. He needs to mature and make
better decisions, but he's got a chance to be an excellent player.
Walker has a great frame and a pretty nice low-post game. He's also
got good timing as a shot-blocker. Jacobson is a project, but he
didn't get a lot of touches in high school and big men often take
longer to develop.

1) Kevin Love, 6-10, Lake Oswego (Ore.) High UCLA
2) Clint Chapman, 6-9, Canby (Ore.) High Texas
3) Elijah Holman, 6-7, Richmond (Calif.) High Indiana
4) Kenton Walker, 6-7, Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High Creighton
5) Alex Jacobson, 6-11, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Arizona
6) Scott Thompson, 6-10, Meridian (Ida.) Mountain View Santa Clara
7) Harper Kamp, 6-7, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View Cal
8) Nathan Lozeau, 6-10, Marysville (Wash.) Marysville-Pilchuck Eastern Washington
9) Trevor Morris, 6-7, Nampa (Ida.) High Weber State
10) Garrett Fiddler, 6-9, Colorado Springs (Col.) Doherty Yale

OTHER CENTERS OF NOTE:

Charlie Enquist, 6-9, Seattle (Wash.) King's Washington State
Kramer Knutson, 6-9, Mesa (Ariz.) Dobson Portland
Luke Sikma, 6-7, Bellevue (Wash.) High Portland
Malcolm Campbell, 6-8, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax Hartford
Martell Jackson, 6-9, Brighton (Col.) High
Sean Imadiyi, 6-7, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol
James Hancock, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) Mission Bay
Jordan Fillmore, 6-7, Lafayette (Calif.) Acalanes
Clint Amberry, 6-9, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High
Alex English, 6-11, Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley Colgate


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