Clint previews the 2003 post players

<i>IC</i>'s Clint Jackson takes a look at the top post players from the class of 2003. This is a general rundown of some possible UNC targets from the class. We'll be following many of these talented frontcourt players over the course of the season and next summer.

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.


David Padgett

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.


Major Wingate

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.


Corey Gibbs

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.


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