West Coast 2008 Rankings: Centers

The centers in the west for the class of 2008 are a solid group. There isn't a lot of elite talent, but there are number of interesting prospects. The top couple players are headed to the Pac-10......

The centers in the West Coast class of 2008 have improved as a group in the last year. What previously looked like a very weak class has developed into a solid group. There isn't much elite talent, but there are a number of high major prospects. Withey gets the nod for the top spot, but it's a close race at this point for the number one ranking. Withey has improved dramatically in the last year. He's much more assertive in the paint and he's better in all areas of the game. He's got a nice touch around the basket and he should eventually be a good shot blocker. Gordon is right behind Withey and he has the potential to overtake him down the road. Gordon is a superior athlete and his upside is impressive. He too has made strides in the last year. Gordon's ability to score in the paint has improved, as have his overall ball skills. Gordon is young for his class and that youth sometimes shows up in his game. He doesn't have the experience that some older players have and his instincts for the game are still evolving. Hamilton had a great showing in the summer. He's not on a high-profile AAU team, and he's from Utah, so not many recruiting analysts know much about him. But Hamilton is a good athlete, he has a very good feel and he's a terrific competitor. Poling wasn't out in the summer, but he had a decent spring. His big issue is getting bigger and stronger. Poling actually has a good skill set, but he lacks the strength at this time to play inside against legit big men. But Poling does have a very good feel and a nice touch around the basket, so it's probably just a matter of time before he develops into a very good player in the WCC. Williams emerged this year as one of the better big man prospects in the west. He's got a good body and he moves very well for a young big kid. His skills are still coming, but the physical upside is there for him to eventually be an impact player.

1) Jeff Withey, 6-11, San Diego (Calif.) Horizon Arizona
2) Drew Gordon, 6-8, San Jose (Calif.) Mitty  UCLA
3) Justin Hamilton, 6-9, Lone Peak (Utah) High
4) Andy Poling, 6-10, Portland (Ore.) Westview  Gonzaga
5) Tim Williams, 6-8, Antioch (Calif.) High
6) Chris Gabriel, 6-9, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) J. Serra
7) Deangelo Casto, 6-8, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin
8) Daymon Warren, 6-8, El Cerrito (Calif.) High
9) Edgar Garibay, 6-10, Compton (Calif.) High
10) Jaime Serna, 6-7, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita


Ben Aird, 6-7, Bountiful (Utah) High
Damon Bell-Holter, 6-8, Ketchikan (Alaska) High
Brian Conklin, 6-8, Eugene (Ore.) North Eugene St. Louis
Jason Conrad, 6-9, Gilroy (Calif.) High
Cory Douglas, 6-8, Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont
Krys Faber, 6-9, Palmdale (Calif.) Knight
Hunter Hayden, 6-7, Union City (Calif.) James Logan
Noel Hollingsworth, 6-9, Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge Memorial
Deante Jones, 6-7, Las Vegas (Nev.) Valley
Stefan Kaluz, 6-8, Corona Del Mar (Calif.) High
Bernard Kamwa, 6-8, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Oliver Lewinson, 6-9, Payson (Ariz.) High
Corbin Moore, 6-10, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High
Joseph Muvana, 6-8, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Taylor Rohde, 6-8, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle  Arizona State
Fernand Rwanteli, 6-10, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Ian Salter, 6-9, Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic
Sam Schafer, 6-8, Oregon City (Ore.) High
Andy Shannon, 6-8, Carmichael (Calif.) El Camino
Greg Somogyi, 7-1, Portola Valley (Calif.) Woodside Priory
Jonathan Underwood, 6-8, Phoenix (Ariz.) Avondale
Mitchell Watt, 6-8, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista

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