1. Blake Stepp, 6-4, 190, junior, Gonzaga (South Eugene HS) – Taking over as team leader from Dan Dickau, Stepp has overcome the injury problems that plagued him last season and is running away with WCC Player of the Year honors. Stepp scored a career high 33 points in 95-89 win over Washington on 12-2-02, making all eight of his free throw attempts in overtime. Stepp is a deadeye shooter from beyond the arc and runs his team as good as any point guard in America. Season Averages: 17.5 pts, 6.2 ass, 4.1 reb, 1.7 stl, 44% FG, 43% 3pt, 80% FT. Stepp has started all 23 games for the 19-6 Bulldogs averaging almost 36 minutes per game. He is currently 11th in the nation in assists. Stepp has been named to the Verizon District VIII All-Academic men's basketball team with a 3.21 grade point average in business administration.
2. Luke Jackson, 6-7, 210, junior, Oregon (Creswell HS) – Jackson has been brilliant at times this season, but then struggled mightily at others. He had to make the adjustment of facing the opponents best defensive player night in and night out, but has responded nicely. Jackson is in the Pac-10 top 10 in five statistical categories; scoring (9th), rebounding (7th), assists (8th), steals (2nd), free throw percentage (4th). His hand injury definitely slowed him down the for few weeks and Luke will probably have to play in pain the rest of the season. Season Averages: 16.4 pts, 6.4 reb, 3.9 ass, 2 stl, 45% FG, 39% 3pt, 87% FT.
3. Aaron Miles, 6-1, 175, sophomore, Kansas (Jefferson HS) – Miles is starting for the second straight season at point guard for one of the best teams in the country. He has started all 23 games for the 18-5 Jayhawks. Aaron has yet to find his shooting stroke consistently but he does contribute all over the floor. Miles has a solid 2.1/1 Assist to turnover ratio. Miles is currently tied for fourth nationally in assists and in the top 10 in steals. Miles reminds me of Jason Terry when the Seattle native was at Arizona. Terry was a defensive specialist until his senior year when he exploded on offense and was Pac-10 player of the year. Expect to see Miles improve his scoring and FG% over the next 2 years when Kansas will need him to carry more of the scoring load. Season Averages: 8.7 pts, 7.2 ass, 3.6 reb, 2.3 stl, 40% FG, 25% 3pt, 82% FT.
4. Salim Stoudamire, 6-2, 175, sophomore, Arizona (Lake Oswego HS) – Stoudamire is a pure shooter with a smooth lefty stroke who currently ranks 4th in the pac-10 in three point percentage and 2nd in free throw percentage. He scores points in bunches and his suffocating defense is one of the main reasons Arizona has been so successful on that end this year. In a big win at Kansas on 1-25-03, Stoudamire shot the lights out with 32 points, hitting 12-18 shots overall and 6-9 from beyond the arc. Started 15 of 18 games this season for the #1 ranked Wildcats averaging 25 minutes per game. Salim would score 20+ points a game for most other teams in the country. Salim falls just behind Miles because his turnovers outnumber his assists and he only pulls down 1.5 rebounds a game. Season Averages: 13 pts, 1.8 ass, 1.5 reb, 1 stl, 47% FG, 47% 3pt, 91% FT.
5. Tim Frost, 6-11, 230, junior, Utah (Henley HS, U. of Portland) – His inside presence has been a big factor in the Utes success this season. Frost scored 22 points while converting a pair of three point plays in overtime to propel #23 Utah to a 86-80 win over UNLV on 2-17-03. Frost scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 65-59 win over St. Mary's on 1-6-03. Frost has started all 22 games for the 18-4 Utes averaging just over 24 minutes per game. Duck fans remember Frost choose Utah over Oregon when he decided to leave Portland after his sophomore year. (ouch!) Season Averages: 12.5 pts, 4.6 reb, 1 ass, 51% FG, 45% 3pt, 66% FT.
6. Boomer Brazzle, 6-7, 230, senior, Pepperdine (Benson HS) – Boomer has worked hard to become a better player than many colleges thought he would be coming out of Benson High. He has bulked up and become an inside/outside offensive threat. He has struggled at times defensively, evidenced by his 8 foul outs. Brazzle scored 20 points and had 6 rebounds to lead Pepperdine to a 90-87 win over Cal State Fullerton on 12-4-02. He shot 6-12 from the field (3-7 on treys) and 5-6 from the line. Brazzle has started 21 of 22 games this season in a down year for the Waves. Season Averages: 12.9 pts, 6.4 reb, 1 ass, 48% FG, 28% 3pt, 67% FT.
7. Michael Kuebler, 6-5, 195, junior, Hawaii (South Salem HS, Clackamas CC) – Kuebler has become a team leader and second leading scorer for the 12-7 Rainbows this season starting 17 of 19 games while averaging over 34 minutes per game. He lit it up for 27 points in a 66-65 loss to Louisiana Tech on 2-6-03 and had a season high 29 points in a 88-77 win over Fresno State on 1-14-03. Kuebler was under the radar screen coming out of South Salem his senior year and had 2 solid years at Clackamas but his impact for Hawaii has been the biggest surprise of any player in the top 20. Season Averages: 12.5 pts, 2.9 reb, 2.4 ass, 46% FG, 36% 3pt, 86% FT.
8. Brian Jackson, 6-9, 230, senior, Oregon State (Knappa HS) – Starting all 20 games for the resurgent Beavers this season, Jackson has teamed with Philip Ricci to give the Beavers one of the toughest frontcourts in the Pacific-10 Conference. Brian Jackson , at times, looks like an All-Pac 10 caliber player but for whatever reason he just can't duplicate that effort every time out. Jackson has played with/thru injuries each and every year and only he knows how much this has hindered his ability to play his best. He currently ranks 7th in the pac-10 in free throw percentage and 8th in blocks. Season Averages: 12.3 pts, 4.8 reb, 1 ass, 1 blk, 46% FG, 40% 3pt, 85% FT.
9. Mike Hood, 6-4, 190, senior, UC Irvine Anteaters (Beaverton HS) (Southern Idaho JC) - Hood has started 14 of 20 games this season and is averaging 25 minutes per game for the 13-7 Anteaters. He was named Big West Conference player of the week on 2-10-03 after scoring 39 points in two Anteater victories. He shot 13-16 on field goals and 7-9 on three pointers in the two wins. Hood scored 20 points on 8-10 shooting (4-5 on treys) to lead Irvine to a 66-62 win over Pacific on 1-23-03. Hood is leading the Big West Conference in three-point shooting at 52% and free throw percentage at 95% (37-39). In his past eight games, Hood has connected on 23-35 three pointers (66%). Season Averages: 10.4 pts, 1.9 ass, 1.7 reb, 1 stl, 48% FG, 44% 3pt, 95% FT.
10. Kevin Briggs, 6-2, 190, senior, Portland State (Clackamas HS) – Briggs scored 23 points in the Vikings 60-56 loss to Montana State on 2-8-03. He was 4-6 from three point land. Briggs is one of the best perimeter defenders in the Big Sky Conference. Briggs has started all 22 games for the Vikings, averaging over 36 minutes per game. Season Averages: 11.4 pts, 3.4 reb, 3.1 ass, 1.5 stl, 41% FG, 35% 3pt, 74% FT. Originally a walk on, Briggs has played in 66 straight games, including 45 starts.
11. Mike Lee, 6-3, 210, sophomore, Kansas (Jefferson HS) – Lee has stepped into the Jayhawk rotation this season as 7th man averaging 15 minutes per game. Michael benefited enormously from the Kansas/Oregon game at the Rose Garden early in the year. Lee busted out with 11 points and 8 rebounds in 20 minutes of action in front of the hometown cheering section. After a long first year where Michael saw limited action, he has grown into a very valuable contributor for Kansas off the bench. Lee is a heady player who knows his role on this team (Defend,hustle & take what the game gives him). Mike may never become a starter (as long as Langford stays) but he has proven wrong all those who thought Kansas wasted a ride on Lee to lure Miles. Season Averages: 4.5 pts, 2.5 reb, 1.2 ass, 1 stl, 52% FG, 41% 3pt, 71% FT.
12. Terrance Green, 6-2, 200, senior, Nevada (Benson HS) – Green has come on late in the season and is a main reason Nevada is challenging Fresno State for the regular season WAC title. Green poured in 29 points on 2-12-03 in a 82-64 win over SMU. Green shot 7-13 from the field, including 6-10 on three pointers, and was 9-9 from the line. He added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Green added in 31 points in a 99-97 loss to Louisiana Tech on 2-15-03. He had 23 points in 21 minutes in win over Portland on 12-21-02. Season Averages: 11.5 pts, 3.5 reb, 2 ass, 40% FG, 32% 3 pt, 78% FT.
13. Brandon Brooks, 6-0, 170, sophomore, USC (Jefferson HS) – Brooks had 7 points and 6 assists for the Trojans in a 89-63 win over LaSalle on 12-21-03. Brooks averaged 15 minutes in 10 games and was leading the Trojans in assists before season ending injury. Brooks dislocated his ankle and fractured his fibula during practice on January 14. Brooks only was able to play the first 10 games for SC and since he can't burn a redshirt or medical year he gets ranked. After a slow start Brandon was working his way to becoming the starting PG for the Trojans. USC has floundered (other than against Oregon) this year and desperately needed a lead guard (see Brandon Granville last year) to steer this talented but out of control team. Brooks has a projected 8 month long road of rehab ahead. Averaged 4.5 pts and 3.5 ass while shooting 34% FG, 43% 3pt, 59% FT.
14. Travis DeManby, 6-4, 200, senior, Fresno St. (South Medford HS) – DeManby has started 19 of 21 games for the 17-4 Bulldogs, playing the third most minutes on the team. Season Averages: 5.9 pts, 3.5 reb, 2.5 ass, 1.4 stl, 37% FG, 36% 3 pt, 50% FT.
15. Jim Howell, 6-8, 230, junior, Santa Clara (Newport HS) – Howell pulled down 19 rebounds in 22 minutes in a 75-69 loss to Loyola Marymount on 1-18-03. Jim scored a career best 19 points on 2-16-03 to help Santa Clara defeat Pepperdine 73-61. Howell has started 19 of 21 games for the 11-10 Broncos averaging 23 minutes per game. Season Averages: 8.7 pts, 6 reb, 55% FG, 55% FT.
16. Jon Tinnon, 6-8, 235, junior, Idaho (Jefferson HS) – Tinnon has started all 20 games for the Vandals averaging over 20 minutes per game. Season Averages: 8.4 pts, 4.7 reb, 1 ass, 52% FG, 50% 3 pt, 71% FT.
17. Chris Rodgers, 6-4, 190, freshman, Arizona (Wilson HS) – Rodgers has found a way to get playing time on the deepest and most talented backcourt in the country. Rodgers solid play early forced Will Bynum deeper on the bench and subsequent transfer out of the program. As of late Chris has taken minutes from early sensation Hassan Adams at both guard positions. Rodgers has found a role as a physical defender who can run the show for short spurts while Gardner &/or Salim grab a rest. He has played in 17 games averaging 8 minutes. Season Averages: 2.6 pts, 1.1 ass, 1 reb, 26% FG, 17% 3pt, 67% FT.
18. Brandon Lincoln, 6-4, 195, freshman, Oregon (Jefferson HS) –Brandon has gone through some early growing pains but he's shown growth as the year has gone on. Lincoln is a bit of a tweener right now but he has played solid minutes at the Point for the Ducks. Duck fans should be excited about the potential ahead for Brandon as his aggressiveness and confidence continue to grow. He has played in 16 games, averaging over 10 minutes per game. Season Averages: 3.2 pts, 41% FG, 47% 3 pt, 57% FT.
19. Chris Stephens, 6-2, 190, freshman, Oregon State (Madison HS) – Another freshman from Portland that has found success at the pac-10 level immediately. Chris was not known as a great 3 point shooter coming out of Madison but he has made his greatest impact from behind the arc for the Beavers. Stephens lit it up with 4 three pointers in a loss at Cal and was a huge key for the Beavs in their win at USC when Chris hit 5 of 6 3's and scored 17 points. Stephens was a late add by first year coach Jay John and he has proven to be worth the gamble. He is 9th in the pac-10 in three point percentage. Stephens has played in all 20 games for the Beavers, averaging almost 10 minutes per game. Season Averages: 3.9 pts, 45% FG, 42% 3 pt, 75% FT.
20. Shea Washington, 6-7, 210, freshman, Montana State (Thurston HS) – Washington had 17 points and 8 rebound to lead the Bobcats to a 80-66 win over Northern Arizona on 2-1-03. He scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and 5 steals in 22 minutes in a 90-57 win over Great Falls on 12-3-02. Washington has played in all 22 games, starting twice and averaging just under 16 minutes. Season Averages: 6.1 pts, 3.8 reb, 1 ass, 1 stl, 48% FG, 37% 3pt, 68% FT.
The best of the rest (In random order):
Ben Sullivan, 6-9, 220, freshman, Cal-St. Northridge (Lake Oswego HS) – Sullivan has played in 19 of 20 games with a high game of 14 points. Season Averages: 4.6 pts, 1.8 reb, 43% FG, 34% 3 pt, 75%.
Mike McGrain, 6-3, 190, sophomore, San Diego (Jesuit HS) – McGrain had 5 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes in a 72-63 win over Cal Riverside on 12-21-02. McGrain has played in 18 games this season, starting twice. Season Averages: 2.2 pts, 3 ass, 1.8 reb, 1 stl, 31% FG, 38% 3 pt, 64% FT.
Kenny Doleac, 6-6, 215, junior, Army (Central Catholic HS) - Doleac has played in 19 games this season, starting five times. Season Averages: 11 min., 2.8 pts, 1.3 reb, 43% FG, 38% 3pt, 67%FT. Has earned two varsity letters in his career.
Marshall Hartman, 6-7, 225, freshman, Portland State (Westview HS) – Hartman started 4 of 5 games this season before season ending injury. Marshall was a bright spot for PSU early in the season and will be a huge factor in the future for the Vikings. Hartman should be eligible for a medical redshirt but we have not heard an official announcement from Portland State. Averaged 8.4 pts, 3.6 reb, while shooting 46% FG, 78% FT.
Jeff Eischen, 6-8, 235, freshman, Portland State (Hillsboro HS) – The walk-on has returned from a year off recovering from a medical issue and contributed some solid minutes. If Jeff can prove that he can defend the post and rebound his playing time could increase over the years. Eischen has a soft touch but athletically he has a tough time getting good offensive looks. Eischen has played in 12 games this season, starting three times. Season Averages: 2.3 pts, 3.1 reb, 30% FG, 63% FT.
Gregg Smith, 6-10, 255, junior, Eastern Washington (Cottage Grove HS) – Smith had 24 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes on 12-3-02 in a 89-73 win over Concordia. Smith has played in all 23 games averaging 13 minutes. Season Averages: 4.3 pts, 3.4 reb, 50% FG, 58% FT.
Tim Johnson, 6-10, 230, senior, Pacific (Hillsboro HS) – Johnson has started 16 of 19 games averaging just under 20 minutes. Season Averages: 3.8 pts, 2.8 reb, 1 blk, 54% FG, 42% FT.
Brian Michaelson, 6-3, 197, sophomore, Gonzaga (Jesuit HS) – Michaelson has played sparingly in 10 games this season, averaging 1.3 points.
Scott Rainey, 6-10, 210, freshman, Cal Santa Barbara, (Astoria HS) – Rainey has played limited minutes in 14 games for the 11-10 Gauchos.
Mike Cokely, 5-8, 170, senior, Oregon State (Knappa HS) – Cokely has received limited minutes in 8 games this season.
Vic Remmers, 6-4, 205, sophomore, Oregon State (Jesuit HS) – The 3 point specialist has played sparingly in 9 games this season.
David Lucas, 6-4, 210, sophomore, Oregon State (Tigard HS) – Lucas has found some playing time and is making the most of it this season. He is currently ranked 10th in the pac-10 in field goal percentage (57.5%). Lucas averages 5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11 games.
Mike Roberts, 6-9, 210, sophomore, Indiana (South Eugene HS) – Roberts has played in 10 games this season averaging 1.5 points and 1 rebound per contest.
Dan Read, 6-10, 225, senior, Cal State Northridge (North Eugene HS) – Read has played in 13 games, sporting a high game of 7 points. Averaging 2.2 pts, 1.8 reb while shooting 38% FG, 4-4 from the free throw line.
Tyler York, 6-1, 190, freshman, Oregon (Grants Pass HS) – York has played limited minutes in 7 game this season.
Ryan Heil, 6-1, 190, freshman, Portland (South Medford HS) – Heil has seen action in one game this season.
Brandt Minor, 6-2, 190, freshman, Portland (Grants Pass HS) – Minor has played limited minutes in 12 games this season.
Antone Jarrell, 6-6, 205, junior, Portland State (Jefferson HS) – redshirting after transferring from UTEP.
Ian Elseth, 6-7, 215, sophomore, Oregon State (Grants Pass HS) – on a two year mormon mission.
Jordan Kent, 6-4, 200, freshman, Oregon (Churchill HS) - Redshirting.
Baker Dunleavy, 6-6, 205, freshman, Villanova (Jesuit HS, Lawrenceville Prep) – Redshirting.
Scott Dougherty, 6-4, 190, freshman, Santa Clara (Jesuit HS) – Redshirting.
Michael Johnson, 6-4, 212, freshman, Oregon State (City Christian HS) – Redshirting.
Signees for class of 2003.
J.R. Moore, 6-9, 230, Rhode Island (Benson HS, Worcester Academy)
Thomas Gardner, 6-5, 190, Missouri (Jefferson HS) –
Jeff Williams, 6-8, 220, Oregon State (Roosevelt HS) –
Signees for class of 2004.
Sam Rayburn, 6-10, 230, California (Sunset HS) –
Authors notes: These ranking are based on college play and not on NBA potential. I'm sure there are players we missed. That's part of the reason for doing this to find out who is where. Feel free to post on the message board if we missed anyone. Individual stats and team records are unconfirmed and were gathered at various times.