Nike: Top 15 2003 Small Forwards

<i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Indianapolis correspondent wraps up the coverage by analyzing the top rising senior small forwards at the Nike Camp.

1. Luol Deng, 6-7, Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy

Deng earned his title as the camp's best player because of his ability to not only show off his individual skills, which were impressive, but he also created easy shots for his teammates and was a leader on the court. He can guard shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards, handle the ball and plays with great intensity. He more than lived up to the pre-camp hype.

2. J.R. Giddens, 6-5, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Marshall

Kansas definitely got an athlete deluxe in Giddens. His jumper still needs some fine tuning but it's very hard to block as he gets great extension. He has an NBA body right now (and yesterday too). He was probably limited some by his recent knee injury but it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see him in the McDonald's All-American Game.

3. Anthony "P.J." Tucker, 6-4, Raleigh (N.C.) Enloe

If someone wants to typecast Tucker into a position, they'll have a tough time. He makes plays, pure and simple, similar to what Rashad McCants did at Nike last year. Need a big rebound, defensive stop or a physical presence? He'll do it. A warrior type who just needs to keep working on his perimeter skills.

4. C.J. Anderson, 6-4, Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods

Anderson came across as such a pure scorer that if he woke up and went straight to the court, he'd still get his 15 points. He just has a knack for getting his shot off in traffic and taking good shots.

5. Renaldo Balkman, 6-6, Temple Terrace (Fla.) Pendleton School

Balkman is really an undersized power forward because his points come going to the basket. When he gets better at shooting from the perimeter, he'll improve his college potential considerably.

6. Brandon Wallace, 6-7, Jackson (S.C.) Silver Bluff

He's long and lean and yes he's skinny. However, if you put good scorers around him and let him blend into a game, he'll deliver. Strength, shooting consistency and creating shots of the bounce are his main areas that need improvement.

7. Fred Washington, 6-3, Los Angles (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery

Baby-faced Washington is starting to grow up and is becoming quite the warrior in going to the basket. He doesn't trust his outside jumper yet and he is a bit undersized but he gets his points by being smart, selective and slashes hard to the basket.

8. Reyshawn Terry, 6-6, Winston-Salem (N.C.) R.J. Reynolds

Like Balkman, Terry is more a power forward at this stage as he didn't scare anyone with his jumpshot and perimeter skills. But alas, he's not 6-9, so he needs to find the right system that lets him do what he does best: work the baseline and get garbage points with his athleticism.

9. Ben Rand, 6-5, Rochelle (Ill.)

A tick quicker on defense and he might be a shooting guard but till then, he's better at guarding small forwards. He's a gutsy competitor and a bit cocky at times but he'll be a solid four-year player for Iowa and probably hit some big 3-pointer's in his career.

10. Devon Pearson, 6-6, Opalocka (Fla.) Miami Northwestern

At first glance, it looked like Pearson was just a dunker/driver type but his shot isn't bad and he's a solid athlete. Confidence in his perimeter skills might be what he needs to put him over the top in getting solid SEC/ACC/Miami-type interest.

11. Sonny Troutman, 6-4, Indianapolis (Ind.) Brebeuf Jesuit

Troutman does a lot of things well but nothing great – yet. Defense could be one area where he could really affect things. He was great at stripping the ball on several occasions. He still needs work on shooting the outside J, but he'll be a fine low-major player.

12. Antonio Porch, 6-6, Denver (Colo.) East

He's skinny but more athletic than I first thought. And then, he started hitting jumpers from the wing. And put it all together, he's not bad and some Pac-10/MWC will enjoy his game in the future.

13. Arnaud Dahi, 6-6, Burlington (N.C.) Life Center Academy

An unknown for me, Dahi means business in the paint. And he's not bad from around the free-throw line area. He just needs to keep extending his range and ballhandling.

14. Marcus Heard, 6-6, Springfield (Ill.) Southeast

He's a slashing-type who is progressing nicely this summer and will hear from a lot of good colleges. He's another who needs to work on extending his range but should be a very good defender and adept at drawing fouls on his drives to the hoop.

15. Bobby Perry, 6-6, Durham (N.C.) Hillside

He got injured and it probably wasn't a good week for Perry. As a Kentucky commitment, I had certain expectations. But reality is that he won't be seeing the floor much as a freshman and will down the road probably be counted on to do little things such as being active on defense, running the floor in transition and being a good teammate. And after UK's problems this past year, that might be a good thing in an off the bench player.

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