Who's Left in 2005

It's the most commonly asked question by fans and coaches around the nation: "Is there anybody left we can sign?" Well, the answer is yes, but the pool is shrinking on the high school level. Here's a look at the movers and shakers by position.

With a shallow pool of high school talent and a depleted junior college system, its slim pickings in the Class of 2005. Here's Scout.com's look at the best players still on the board at each position.

POINT GUARD

Best Available Walter Hodge, a 5-foot-11 scoring point man out of Florida Air Academy appears to be the best left on the board. If he can qualify, he'll wind up at a high-major.

Rising After a post-Christmas performance in South Carolina, Memphis Ridgeway senior Jordan Mincy has the full attention of many of the nation's best mid-major programs.

SHOOTING GUARD

Best Available Oak Hill's Jamont Gordon, a 6-foot-4 specimen who is ranked among Scout.com's Top 40 players, has delivered on a good year. The Nashville native would like to remain close to his home.

Rising Billy Humphrey out of Dacula High in Georgia dropped 50 in back-to-back games. He's fully qualified, brandishes a mean jumper and has the attention of numerous SEC programs.

SMALL FORWARD

Best Available Keith Brumbaugh (Scout.com No. 18) is the highest-rated player on the board not named Brandon Rush at his position. The 6-foot-8 Brumbaugh needs to qualify but is rumored to be looking at his NBA position. At this point, few NBA teams have shown much interest in burning a first rounder on him.

Rising Maurice Thomas, a 5th year standout from Philadelphia Lutheran Christian is taking his official visit to UNLV this weekend. The former UTEP commitment can play both forward positions.

POWER FORWARD

Best Available Yikes, this is a thin group due mainly to academics. The top unsigned player of the bunch is Syracuse native Andray Blatche who is now prepping at South Kent. Blatche has a dilemma: he's good enough to play in the league, not quite ready and could need some academic seasoning.

Rising Uche Echefu out of Montrose Christian remains the most recruitable, highest profile player at this position. The 6-foot-8 Nigerian is a big time student with a thirst for the game. Michigan and most of the ACC are recruiting him but he's taking his time.

CENTER

Best Available Scott County in Kentucky is home to 7-foot-2 Jared Carter. A mid-major recruit coming out of the summer, Carter has posted career numbers as a senior. He's got his pick from regional high-majors but might be waiting on Kentucky.

Rising After Carter, the player who might rise the fastest could be Chicago Westinghouse center DeAndre Thomas. Talented enough to play at the highest level, the only question about Thomas is whether his conditioning will allow him to sustain success at top levels. Kansas' Bill Self watched him this week so that should be an indication of his stock.


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