Looking at the class of 2003 -- it's an easy call as to who is the most talented big man at this juncture. Kendrick Perkins, a big and strong 250 pound center from Beaumont, Texas leads the pack and sources say that he's already got a close eye on his NBA draft status.
Outside of Perkins, the class looks relatively good at this point with a blend of strong interior players like Darryl Watkins, Jackie Butler, Chris Taft and Grant Billmeier to some impressive skill players like David Padgett, Will Sheridan and Major Wingate.
Here's a rundown of some of the best power forwards and centers that 2003 has to offer:
Kendrick Perkins 6-10, C, Beamont (TX) Ozen - Easily the best of the group. His jump-hook and polished moves compliment his developed and strong body.
Jackie Butler 6-10, C, McComb (MS) High - Another big guy who stays in the paint and does what he's supposed to do. Rebound and block shots.
David Padgett 6-10, PF-C, Reno (NV) High - A skilled interior player who sports a nice outside shooting touch as well.
Jermaine Bell 6-11, C, Va. Beach (VA) Coastal Christian - Although he's as skinny as a toothpick -- his long arms and great agility make him tough to shoot over.
Shagari Alleyne 7-3, C, Manhattan (NY) Rice - The New York city giant is getting better by the minute. He's known to change the game with his shot-blocking.
Will Sheridan 6-8, PF, Hockessin (DE) Sanford - Although streaky, Sheridan is known for his impressive moves on the blocks and his scoring ability.
Ekene Ibekwe 6-9, PF, Carson (CA) High - Wow. This guy is an athlete. He runs the floor quickly, finishes with authority and he can block shots, too.
Darryl Watkins 6-10, C, Paterson (NJ) Catholic - The New Jersey native has a reputation for working hard, owning the boards and finishing inside. College coaches are lining up to recruit him.
Major Wingate 6-9, PF, Florence (SC) Wilson - Often lazy, Wingate has the potential to be in the top 5 of the class. He's got the ability but does he have the motivation? I've seen him dominate NBA lottery pick DeSagana Diop twice.
Harrison Schaen 6-8, PF, Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei - This guy has his own business and he's very intelligent. And he's not a bad ballplayer either. Nice mid-range touch and basketball savvy.
Chris Taft 6-9, C, Brooklyn (NY) Xaverian - Duke and UNC have already shown some interest in Taft. He's got quite a reputation in New York.
Grant Billmeier 6-10, C, Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick - This Jersey big man has some skills and a nice body -- we're just going to have to see if he can develop with those tools.
Brian Butch 7-0, C, Appleton (WI) West - The Wisconsin kid has created quite a buzz in the north. Coaches from the south and east are just starting to hear about him.
Walter Waters 6-9, C, Detroit (MI) Southeastern - Yes, another Michigan kid. He's got a big body and hits the boards hard.
Lorenzo Thompson 6-8, PF, Chicago (IL) Crane Tech - Chicago native let his stock slip a little over the past year, but he's got something to prove this year.
Corey Gibbs 6-8, PF, Atlanta (GA) Pace - It's debateable whether he's a wing forward or a power forward and we just thought he needed to be included on the list regardless.
Leon Powe 6-7, PF, Oakland (CA) Tech - His energy, strength and aggressive nature is a welcomed sight for college coaches. He's a tough guy that comes to play.