With the first round of the traveling season in the rear view mirror, we felt it time to update the Class of 2009 rankings. With input from the staff and evaluations from over a dozen events, we tightened up the Top 100 and ranked each position.
At this stage, we saw no reason to change the No. 1 slot. Derrick Favors (Watch Video) still has enough left in the tank to hold onto the top spot. However, this race could tighten in a hurry.
Xavier Henry hasn't been healthy and still performed at a high level. No. 3 John Wall hasn't been slowed yet.
No. 4-6 were the toughest to sort out. There's something about John Henson. He's the guy making the biggest strides on seemingly a week-by-week basis and his story of growth, potential and now production has been well documented. He's got an air of Chris Bosh to his game.
Renardo Sidney and Lance Stephenson each has the ability to sprint pass everyone and take the No. 1 slot. If Sidney's desire for greatness can rival his considerable talent, this race would be on.
DeMarcus Cousins, Kenny Boynton, Abdul Gaddy and Daniel Orton round out the Top 10. Gaddy's the newest entrant to elite status. His masterful performance at the Cactus Classic punched his ticket to the big time.
Before July we'll revisit the rankings again and may tweak them as needed in the time between events.