West Coast Rankings: 2006 Centers

Spencer Hawes, Robin Lopez, Deon Thompson and Brook Lopez are among the elite center prospects in our updated West Coast rankings for 2006...

The 2006 West Coast centers are a very deep and talented group. This is easily the best group of centers the west has had in the last several years. Hawes is the most skilled and polished big man in the west, with the ability to play in the low-post or facing up on the perimeter. He's got a great feel for the game and he's the best rebounder among the centers. Lopez is not too far behind Hawes. While he doesn't have the offensive skills that Hawes possesses, Lopez has a better body and he's a superior athlete. He can shoot to the three-point line and he's a good shot-blocker. Thompson has made a remarkable improvement over the last year. He's lost weight and he's become an outstanding low-post scorer. Thompson is probably the best passing post player in the west for 2006. Robin Lopez is not far behind his brother as a prospect. He's an excellent rebounder and shot-blocker. He's not quite as polished as his brother, but he's got a chance to be an elite player. Harrison is the most physical post player in the west and he's a tireless worker. He's improved tremendously over the last couple years and we think he'll continue to get better.

1) Spencer Hawes, 6-11, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
2) Brook Lopez, 6-11, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
3) Deon Thompson, 6-8, Torrance (Calif.) High
4) Robin Lopez, 6-11, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
5) Taylor Harrison, 6-9, San Clemente (Calif.) High
6) Craig Brackins, 6-9, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft 
7) Alex Stepheson, 6-8, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
8) Will Foster, 7-1, White River (Wash.) Buckley
9) Ryan Anderson, 6-8, El Dorado (Calif.) Oak Ridge
10) Ray Hall, 6-9, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
11) Ryan Vermeulen, 6-10, Modesto (Calif.) High
12) David Foster, 7-0, Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro
13) Derek Oestreicher, 6-9, Redding (Calif.) Liberty Christian
14) Josh Miller, 6-8, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala  
15) Gilroy Hemsley, 6-8, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax

Other Centers Of Note:

Terron Sutton, 6-8, Los Angelese (Calif.) Price
Matt Shaw, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Nick Jones, 6-9, Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline
Mason Maynard, 6-8, Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge
Matt Lagrone, 6-8, San Diego (Calif.) H-Town
Elgin Fitzgerald, 6-8, Colorado Springs (Calif.) Palmer
Travis Derochowski, 6-7, Salem (Ore.) West Mennonite
Shawntell Norman, 6-10, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
Brandon Bell, 6-6, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Oliver Caballero, 6-9, Salinas (Calif.) Alisal
James Cawthorne, 6-8, Villa Park (Calif.) High
Kevin DeLange, 6-10, Valencia (Calif.) High
Demetrius Monroe, 6-8, San Diego (Calif.) University
Sean Reilly, 6-8, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat

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