West Coast 2008 Rankings: Small Forwards

The wing spot is usually loaded with talent, but that's not the case in the 2008 small forward class. The class really has only one elite prospect and he'll be playing his college basketball at USC....

The small forward class in 2008 isn't a particularly strong group.
There are very few legitimate high major prospects and the depth isn't good either. DeRozan is the easy choice for the top ranking. He's a big-time athlete, with explosive hops, and a great wing body. DeRozan has improved tremendously in the last year, as his shot has really cleaned up and he's consistently knocking down three-pointers. He still needs to improve his approach to the game, though, as he is inconsistent in terms of his focus and intensity. But there's no question he has the talent and upside to be an impact player at the next level. Wiley moves up in our rankings after a solid July. We thought he was a bit soft and unassertive in April, but he was much better in those areas during the evaluation period. He's got a very nice stroke with three-point range and a good feel for the game. George was a bit of a sleeper unti this year. He's got a nice frame, he's a good athlete and his ball skills overall are solid. Wright is another player that really gotten better in the last year. He's not great at any one thing, but he's good at most aspects of the game. He has a chance to be a very good defender. Elmore is a bit of a straight-line athlete, but he can shoot it fairly well to the stripe and he has the strength to finish inside. He does need to work on his decision-making, though, and play with more consistent focus.

1) Demar DeRozan, 6-5, Compton (Calif.) High  USC
2) Drew Wiley, 6-6, Vida (Ore.) McKenzie River  Oregon
3) Paul George, 6-7, Palmdale (Calif.) High Santa Clara
4) Wendell Wright, Jr., 6-5, Lakewood (Calif) Mayfair
5) Dallas Elmore, 6-5, Fort Collins (Col.) Poudre
6) Colin Chieverton, 6-5, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty
7) Nick Thompson, 6-7, Clearfield (Utah) High
8) Malik Story, 6-4, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia  USC
9) Keith Thompson, 6-5, Downey (Calif.) High
10) Marquis Fields, 6-6, Menlo Park (Calif.) Mid-Peninsula



Tre Brewer, 6-4, Alta Loma (Calif.) High
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
Louis Garrett, 6-5, St. George (Utah) Pine View
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, 6-6, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Ryan Howley, 6-5, Flagstaff (Ariz.) Sinagua
James Nunnally, 6-5, Stockton (Calif.) Weston Ranch
Raveon Samuel, 6-5, Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs
Josh Sharp, 6-7, Lone Peak (Utah) High
E.J. Singler, 6-5, Medford (Ore.) South Medford
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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