West Coast 2007 Rankings: Small Forwards

It isn't often that a player comes along who would be the top-ranked prospect at two positions. But that's the case with Kyle Singler, the #1 ranked small forward in the west for 2007...

The small forwards in the west for 2007 are not a particularly deep
group at this time, so we're just going with a top five for now. We
expect that numerous players will emerge over the next year, as it is usually a well-stocked position. Singler is by far the top player among the small forwards. In fact, you can argue that Singler is both the best small forward, as well as power forward, prospect in the west. Unlike some guys who are stuck between the two positions, and thus you have some concern about them at the next level, Singler is so talented that he could play either spot in college. He's got the size and strength to play the four, but has all the skills you look for in a three. While Kevin Love might have the most impact as a freshman in college, we think Singler is the best long-term prospect in the west for the class of 2007. Horne is an exceptional athlete who is at his best when he's attacking the basket. His shot is just fair at this point, but he's got a classic three-man's body and all the upside in the world. Viney is a terrific shooter with deep range and a good feel for the game. He's a better athlete than you think and he's got a good frame. He needs to play with a little more sense of urgency, but he's got a chance to be an outstanding player. White is a long, explosive athlete who can do a lot of things on the court. He's got a decent shot to twenty feet, he handles the ball well and he can play inside. With coaching, he has a chance to be a very good defender. He's not quite there yet in terms of his feel for the game, but he's got a ton of potential. Amoke has good ball skills, as well as the size and strengh to play around the basket. His outside shot is pretty good and he's effective taking defenders off the dribble. He does seem to lose focus at times, but he has a lot of ability.

1) Kyle Singler, 6-8, Medford (Ore.) South Medford
2) Jamelle Horne, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) Hoover
3) Drew Viney, 6-5, Villa Park (Calif.) High
4) Billy White, 6-6, Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley
5) Omondi Amoke, 6-5, Oxnard (Calif.) High


Adam Malik, 6-6, La Canada (Calif.) High
Tyler Bernardini, 6-5, San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker
David Brandon, 6-5, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Chris Collinsworth, 6-6, Provo (Utah) High
Josh Peery, 6-5, Payson (Utah) High
Jon Reed, 6-5, Palos Verdes (Calif.) Peninsula
Tyrone Shelley, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) Crawford
Tim Shelton, 6-6, Bakersfield (Calif.) High
Art Steward, 6-4, Casper (Wyo.) Natrona

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