West Coast 2009 Rankings: Power Forwards

We're still sorting out the power forwards in the West Coast class of 2009, so we're only ranking the top five at the moment. But it's quite a group of five, with several players who will be recruited nationally...

The 2009 West Coast power forwards have some excellent talent at the top of the list and some question marks in the rest of the group. Which is why we're only going to rank the top five guys at the moment. As players start to separate themselves during the season, we'll update the list. Nelson gets a very slight edge at the moment for the number one ranking. But this is truly a case where any one of the first four players could easily end up at the top spot when it's all said and done. Nelson has a relentless motor and he's one of the best rebounders in the country. He has good ball skills for a four man and he's a decent shooter to the 17-18 foot range. Lane probably has the highest upside of any player on the list. He moves exceptionally well for a big man and he's a very good shot blocker. He's got a good stroke to the stripe and solid ball skills overall. He needs to continue to develop his low post game. Wear is a very good shooter with three-point range and he also has the makings of a nice jump hook. He has a nice feel for the game and very good fundamentals. His twin brother Travis has a very similar game and he can do pretty much everything his brother can do. Both twins are not yet physically mature and they should  fill out well. Eventually, they figure to be versatile post players with a high skill level. Rebounding, however, is one area where they need to improve. Borchert made good strides from the spring to the summer. He's always been intriguing because of his ability to play inside and on the perimeter, but he spent a little too much time shooting threes in April. However, in July he got back to the low-post and showed a more balanced game. Shot selection, and decisions in general, are areas where he needs to improve.

1) Reeves Nelson, 6-7, Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
2) Brendan Lane, 6-8, Rocklin (Calif.) High
3) David Wear, 6-9, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
4) Travis Wear, 6-9, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
5) Colin Borchert, 6-8, Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge


Nate Austin, 6-8, Highland (Utah) Lone Peak
Andy Brown, 6-8, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Terran Carter, 6-5, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Brandon Davies, 6-7, Provo (Utah) High
Kevin Greene, 6-4, San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart
Devonte Elliott, 6-6, Paramount (Calif.) High
Niyi Harrison, 6-7 San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep Santa Clara
Jessee Hazely, 6-6, Irvine (Calif.) Northwood
Aaron Moore, 6-6, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Michael Moser, 6-7 Portland (Ore.) Grant
Craig Payne, 6-5, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda
Evan Smith, 6-7, Calabasas (Calif.) High
Derrick Williams, 6-6, La Mirada (Calif.) High

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