West Coast Pre-Summer Rankings: 2004 Cs

There is some solid talent at the center position in the west coast class of 2004, with one true elite prospect, and a few more that will be worthy of some national top 100 lists. The top names include <b>Robert Swift</b>, <b>Chris Miles</b>, and <b>David Burgess</b>...

The center position is basically a case of Swift and then everyone else. Swift has long shown the potential to be a dominant post player and it appears that he's starting to deliver on that promise. He's got great, natural instincts. Combine that with his size, shot-blocking ability, and developing offensive skills, and you have the clear-cut choice for the top center in the west. USC got one of the elite center prospects in the country when he verballed early to the Trojans. Miles also has a big upside, with a great frame to go with good hands and feet. He's got the ability to post up inside, as well as step outside for his shot. If he's willing to leave the state of Utah, he could be recruited by programs across the country. Burgess isn't as mobile as Miles, but he's more of a true center. He'll stay in the paint and bang, using his big body to gain position for rebounds or to set up in the low block. Burgess also has a very nice feel for the game and he's a good passer.  Giles is long and somewhat slender, with good timing as a shot blocker and decent back to the basket skills. He needs to add some weight and strength, but should be a target of many high-major programs. Rayburn, who made an early commitment to Cal, has good size and strength and the ability to step away from the basket. He was injured this spring and wasn't able to participate in the spring events.

1) Robert Swift, 6-11 Bakersfield (Calif.) Highland
2) Chris Miles, 6-10, Provo (Utah) Timpview
3) David Burgess, 6-10, Woodbridge (Calif.) Irvine
4) Chester Giles, 6-9, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
5) Sam Rayburn, 6-10, Beaverton (Ore.) Sunset
6) Zach Johnson, 6-8, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas
7) Jason Smith, 6-9, Kersey (Col.) Platte Valley
8) Jonathan Black, 6-9, Phoenix (Ariz.) Greenway
9) Craig Austin, 6-9, Carlsbad (Calif.) High
10) Michael Boone, 7-0, Loma Linda (Calif.) High
11) Ephraim Williams, 6-9, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley
12) Chris Henry, 6-8, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
13) Ryan McCurdy, 6-9, Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland
14) Kurt Graeber, 6-8, Rolling Hills Estates (Calif.) Peninsula
15) Alan Branch, 6-6, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Cibola
Other Centers of Note:

Jeremiah Batdorf, 6-8, Cedro (Calif.) Foothill
Jordan White-Frisbee, 6-7, Bothell (Wash.) Inglemoor
Todd Follmer, 6-10, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
David Burke, 6-8, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
Thomas Herring, 6-6, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
David Lithicum, 6-10, Farmington (New Mexico) High
Shawn Oliverson, 6-8, Preston (Idaho) High
Nathan Porter, 6-8, Mercer Island (Wash.) High
Armando Cosio, 6-9, Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Temescal Canyon

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