Focusing on 2006: Bigs Part II

Eric Bossi continues his exclusive coverage of KU big man targets, with this edition looking at Ray Hall, Spencer Hawes, Josh Lomers and Andre Stephens.<br>

Today we continue our series focusing on possible Kansas recruiting targets from the class of 2006. Remember, this list is by no means a complete list of players that have heard from Kansas, however it should provide a good starting point for fans wishing to follow the class of 2006.


Ray Hall, 7-0 C, Denver (CO) Mullen- A true seven footer, Hall made a name for himself last summer traveling with Colorado Pump ‘N Run. Not only is he tall, Hall has plenty of bulk packed onto his frame and should be ready to compete physically on the next level after some work in the weight room.

While he’s no jackrabbit in terms of quickness, Hall does run the floor better than you might think and is fairly light on his feat around the hoop. He’s got soft hands and good touch to 10 feet and is a reliable free throw shooter. Despite his size, Hall isn’t a banger and has to become more physical and aggressive in pursuing rebounds. He’ll also need to improve his overall quickness and athleticism in order to turn the high major interest into offers.

Spencer Hawes, 6-10 BF/C, Seattle (WA) Prep- You aren’t going to find a more fundamentally sound or skilled big man in the class of 2006 than Hawes. He scores with either hand around the basket, has excellent footwork and runs the court very well.

There may be some big men who jump better or are a little more fleet of foot, but Hawes is no slouch athletically. Around the rim he looks to dunk on defenders and has the ability to turn and score over either shoulder and he’s got a soft jump hook. What really sets Hawes apart from the others is his ability to face the basket from 15-20 feet and drain natural looking jump shots. As he continues to add muscle, he should cement his place as a top 10-15 prospect nationally.

Josh Lomers, 7-0 C, Boerne (TX) High- Another true seven footer, Lomers isn’t the most well known guy among recruitniks. However, college coaches certainly know all about him. Lomers burst onto the scene last summer as he led his club team to a consolation bracket championship at the Las Vegas Big Time.

Basically he’s a big guy who runs the court well, blocks shots and takes care of the glass on both ends of the court. Offensively he looks to have fairly good feet but hasn’t developed a go to scoring move and is a bit raw overall. This spring and summer there are going to be a lot of schools taking long looks at Lomers just because so little is truly known about his game.

Andre Stephens, 6-8 BF, Heidelbeg (MS) High- Talk about a wild card, you have to search long and hard for somebody who has seen him play very much. Stephens was in attendance at Nike camp last summer but had to leave early due to an injury.

However, those that have stopped in to watch him at his high school have had glowing reports about his game. He’s considered a top notch athlete who rebounds, runs the court, blocks shots and looks to dunk on people. He doesn’t handle the ball particularly well but does have relatively soft touch out to 12 feet or so. Until he gets out on the national circuit and shows what he’s capable of he has to be considered a wild card, but some have said he could be this year’s Korvotney Barber.

Next installment- Alex Stepheson, Perry Stevenson, Bryce Webster, Brandan Wright

Editor's note: Rather than just having a focus of "who is leaning where", this series of articles by Recruiting Analyst Eric Bossi is designed to help KU fans familiarize themselves with the talent the KU coaches are evaluating for the Jayhawks' 2006 basketball recruiting class. You may wish to bookmark these stories for future reference.

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