TheInsiders.com's Top 10 Underclassmen

At TheInsidersHoops.com, we've always got an eye on the underclassmen. With that said, we've developed a list of the top underclassmen prospects, regardless of class.

The following is a list of the Top 10 underclassmen in the country. Now, the difficulty in producing a list of this nature is weighing the younger kids against the older prospects. Having said that, the youngsters were given room to improve and room to move up the list.

Not everyone on this list is having a "dominating" season from a statistics category. For example, the top prospect on this list doesn't average 20 points a game for his high school team but he's young, gifted, has loads of potential and is developing into a stud right before our eyes.

So, just for fun and conversation, here's one man's take on the best of the best in terms of underclassmen in America.

TheInsidersHoops.com Top 10 Underclassmen
RkPosNameHt/WtHomeClass
1C Greg Oden6-11/230(Lawrence North) Indianapolis, IN2006
Runs, rebounds, blocks shots and is a legit intimidator. Just scratching the surface. If he continues to improve he'll have a chance to be a dominant player. Super talent.
2PF Derrick Caracter6-9/280(Scotch-Plains Fanwood)
Scotch-Plains, NJ
2006
Believe the hype, this kid is a stud. Best passing big man in high school ball right now. Surprisingly nimble for his body style. Inside-outside combination could be lethal.
3PF Tyler Hansbrough6-8/225(Poplar Bluff) Poplar Bluff, MO2005
No one plays harder or with more passion that him. Been terrific since coming back from an injury. In the tradition of Manning and Laettner, he's a big time competitor.
4PF Brandan Wright6-8/190(Brentwood Academy)
Nashville, TN
2006
Been on fire since the summer. A cross between Bosh and Aldridge. He's had as productive a sophomore season as anyone in the country. Might be too low on this list.
5PF/SF Tasmin Mitchell6-7/220(Denham Springs)
Denham Springs, LA
2005
Produces on the court. Kind of a tweener position-wise but you can't argue with the results. MVP of ABCD underclass game is a horse. Consistent scorer and rebounder.
6SG/SF Martell Webster6-6/215(Seattle Prep) Seattle, WA2005
Just coming off a foot injury. Potential to be top player in his class. Strong wing player with a smooth way about him. Very strong and his game is rounding out into shape.
7SG O.J. Mayo6-4/185(North College Hill) Cincinnati, OH2007
Big rep and produces big results. Older than most freshman. Has quite a resume stemming from middle school. Expectations are almost unrealistic but he's talented.
8SF Brandon Rush6-6/195Mount Zion) Durham, NC2005
Reclassed wing is cut from the Josh Smith mold. Big time athlete who plays above the rim. To stay on this list he'll have to round out his overall game and stick jumpers.
9PF Kevin Love6-8/220(Lake Oswego) Lake Oswego, OR2007
Son of a former Oregon standout and NBA player. Erupted onto the scene this year and has dazzled with his numbers and poise. He's going to be a huge name very soon.
10SF/SG Taylor King6-6/195(Mater Dei) Santa Ana, CA2007
Committed to UCLA before he attended a H.S. class. Gifted shooter who plays with the savvy of an older kid. Has range and a skill package. Bright lights don't scare him.

STRONG CONSIDERATION GIVEN TO: Nolan Smith, G, 2007; Keith Brumbaugh, F, 2005; Monta Ellis, G, 2005; Ramar Smith, G, 2006.


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