Class of 2006 Rankings

Greg Oden, no big surprise, tops the Post-Summer 2006 Top 100. There's been movement in the Top 10 and over 10 new faces grace the current Top 100 list. 2006 Post-Summer Top 100 did not include post graduate players in its rankings. We will include the post grads (as we continue to learn about where they will enroll this fall) in the overall position rankings and will produce a post-grad Top 25 list this fall. We have not confirmed a number of destinations for post-graduate players but will update them as we do.

There has been no change (and we don't expect any) at the top of the current Top 100. Greg Oden led his Spiece Indy Heat team to its second Reebok Big Time title and was named MVP of the event again. His strangehold on the top spot in the class was bolstered by a summer in which he was as aggressive as ever.

In our minds, the second best prospect in the class will eventually belong to Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns. Kevin Durant was taking care of business in the classroom this summer and his appearances in July were limited. Regardless, outside of Oden, he currently has the most star power and long term potential, especially when you consider his age and enormous skill package.

The No. 3 slot in our poll belongs to Seattle Prep center Spencer Hawes (pictured). His impressive run continued as he took home the hardware at the Main Event. He's about as advanced a post prospect in terms of skill development that we've seen in a while. This summer he took a crash course in becoming a dominant force and aced it.

Wayne Ellington and Brandan Wright hold down slots No. 4 and 5. Ellington's grace, athleticism and 3-point stroke seem like constants, no matter what the setting. For his outstanding efforts at the adidas Superstar Camp, he was named the MVP of the camp, along with high school teammate Gerald Henderson.

Wright is as naturally as talented as maybe anyone on this list. Think of young man who has some similarities to Chris Bosh. Both were long, slender and athletic. Neither had the strength as a high school player to do what he wanted all the time. Bosh went to college for a season and Wright is poised to follow the same path to success.

Brook Lopez (shown) holds down the No. 6 slot after a tremendous adidas Camp, followed by a dominating effort in Las Vegas. For his efforts, he vaulted himself into the Top 10. More importantly, he and his brother (also a riser) should make quite the tandem for the Stanford Cardinal in the coming seasons.

Rounding out our Top 10 is wing Thaddeus Young, guards Tywon Lawson , Sherron Collins and do-it-all wing Paul Harris. Lawson and Collins battled in a camp setting this summer with no clear winner. However, Lawson's outstanding play at the Peach Jam and throughout the high school season and spring allow him to enter his final year of high school basketball as the nation's top-ranked point guard.

eDuck Top Stories