Derby Classic: Exclusive Player Rankings

Position by Position rankings of all 24 players from the 2008 adidas Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. Where did Louisville's Jared Swophire stack up on the wing? Was Terrence Jennings the best center prospect in the classic? InsideTheVille.com breaks it all down.

Position by Position rankings of all 24 players from the 2008 adidas Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. Where did Louisville's Jared Swophire stack up on the wing? Was Terrence Jennings the best center prospect in the classic? InsideTheVille.com breaks it all down.

Point Guard
1. Korey Lucious (Michigan State): Lucious has a scorers mentality but also was the best set-up man at the Derby Classic.
2. Mike Rosario (Rutgers): Right on Lucious' heals, Rosario instantly will help Rutgers get out of the Big East cellar.
3. Larry Drew (UNC): Drew is solid but must take better care of the ball and make better point guard decisions.
4. Terrell Holloway (Xavier): Outstanding replacement for Drew Lavender.
5. Paul McCoy (Undecided): Solid but unspectacular.
6. Dashan Harris (Texas A&M): Struggled against the more elite PG's with seven turnovers.

Shooting Guard
1. Ray Shipman (Florida): Big-time athlete is elite defender, plays hard and can score from the perimeter
2. Travis Releford (Kansas): Straight slasher won't make Jayhawk fans forget about Brandon Rush but he has ability to finish around the rim.
3. Jerime Anderson (UCLA): Combo can score and pass.
4. DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky): Long athlete has potential but needs to improve production.

Small Forward
1. Chris Singleton (Florida State): Great athlete best of the bunch.
2. Luke Babbitt (Nevada): Most productive small forward in the game.
3. Darius Miller (Kentucky): Miller can do it all but is too unassuming to shine in all-star settings.
4. Jared Swopshire (Louisville): Athletic wing might be a better long-term prospect than Babbitt.
5. Renaldo Woolridge (Tennessee): Long forward rebounds his position.

Power Forward
1. Ater Majok (Undecided): Big-time talent has elite athleticism and skills.
2. Howard Thompkins (Georgia): Elite-level scorer and rebounder.
3. Yancy Gates (Cincinnati): Physical forward a little under-sized but does damage bullying opponents in the paint. Skills need more development to impact in Big East.
4. Emmanuel Negadu (Arizona): At 6-6, Negadu will likely transition to the wing in college.

Center
1. Terrence Jennings (Louisville): Long and athletic, Jennings challenges shots at the rim, runs the court extremely well and can handle in the open court. His slam over Tyler Zeller was thunderous.
2. Tyler Zeller (UNC): Zeller is a better prospect than his older brother.
3. Kenneth Kadji (Florida): Solid prospect needs more strength and explosion in his game.
4. Jeff Withey (Arizona): Future Pac-10 big man finishes around the rim.
5. Maurice Sutton (Undecided): Big man lacks strength to bang at elite college level right away.


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