Tyler Hansbrough PF 6'9 225 Poplar Bluff (MO)
Everything that has been said or written about Tyler Hansbrough is all true. The kid has star written all over him as he has the weight to bang down low and the size to play a 4 or a 5. He's got the low-to-mid range jump shot and an array of post moves that make him a tremendous prospect.
"He's a fierce competitor," Hansbrough's coach, John Patillo said. "He's got great hands for a kid who is 6'9", and you just don't see him losing the basketball."
"One thing he really hasn't had to be great at yet is passing. He's a guy who sees the floor and knows what everybody else is doing, so I feel that's a skill you will see improve at the next level."
Tasmin Mitchell SF 6'7 235 Denham Springs (LA)
Former number one player in the country and perhaps the prospect with the most athletic ability at this time, Mitchell is a mature player that can score from anywhere on the court. He's got a nice jumper to go along with some nice spin moves in the post that make him a tough guy to stop.
His most notable characteristic is his willingness to go "all out," on the basketball court, "Mitchell is a first class athlete with a nice work ethic," Clint Jackson of Inside Carolina said. "You won't catch him loafing or coasting and he loves to work the offensive glass for rebounds. He's got quick feet to go along with his overall body strength and that helps him defend the wing forwards on the perimeter."
Uche Echefu PF 6'8 220 Rockville (MD)
Echefu, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, originally played soccer growing up but when he outgrew the sport, he turned to basketball in 2000. It has since payed off, as he now garnering offers from Florida State, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Michigan.
"He's got great hands," Steven Clark from DevilsDen said. "And knows how to use his body to seal off his man when posting up, and he can finish around the rim.
"Aside from that he's just a really aggressive interior player who's not afraid to battle to grab rebounds while implementing a ‘take no prisoners' attitude when he's in there.
The Cats have apparently gotten very involved in his recruitment of late and an offer might be forthcoming.
Magnum Rolle PF 6'11 200 Hargrave Military (VA)
According to Inside Kentucky's source, TCCat, Magnum Rolle is now becoming apart of the equation again. The four-star recruit that formerly committed to Florida State last season before backing out and heading to prep school, has now opened up his recruitment and has allowed Kentucky back in.
"We only have 8 teams in the island that I'm in," Rolle's coach at St. George said. "The average guy is 6-7 and under who are all quick and fast. [Rolle's] forced to move on the court. If you're slow and big, you'll get killed. [Players] might not have all the fundamentals, but run-jump-agility, they have it. I think that helps him."
Rolle committed to Florida State last year after getting exposed at the Nike Camp in 2003.
Ryan Wright PF 6'8 215 Mississauga (ON)
Averaged 17 points and nine boards during the 2003-04 season for Loyola Catholic High School in Ontario. The Canadian is a very good athlete who has high ceiling but much to improve in his skills and defense. He is Arguably the top Canadian player in the 2005 recruiting class.
"(Wright's) strengths are his rebounding, mid-range game and ability to score at the basket," Dave Telep said. "He'll work on extending his range this summer and his face up moves. You might even find him on the Canadian National Team next year."
"Right now I have a list of about ten schools, but I'm still fairly open," Wright said. "They would be Michigan, Michigan, State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Stanford, Pittsburgh and Kentucky. I might be missing one or two but that's mostly who I'm hearing from the most."
Wright said all of the schools he listed have offered, except Kentucky. "I just started talking to them a week or two ago. I don't think they've offered yet."