Big East Rules NY Top 20

Scout New York's site takes a look at the top 20 players in the area. Pitt basketball recruit Austin Wallace heads the list of top players.

A look at some of the best talent in the area by's New York high school site. These are players currently competing in New York:

1. Curtis Kelly, Rice- 6-foot-8 power forward/center- Talented forward whose best days are ahead of him. He can, at times, dominate when his medium jumper is falling.

2. Edgar Sosa, Rice- 6-foot-2 combo guard- An outstanding offensive player who claimed the IS8 League MVP this past Fall. His ability to shake defenders is among the best in the 2006 class.

3. Jon Mitchell, Mount Vernon- 6-foot-7 power forward- Another lefty forward who is tough to move off the low block. He can also beat you with a medium perimeter game.

4. Larry Davis, Christ the King- 6-foot-3 combo guard- Is a clutch player who plays at one of the country's top basketball programs. Is smooth too and can beat you offensively from anywhere on the court.

5. Malcolm Grant, Paul Robeson- 6-foot combo guard- Very tough to defend. His ability to drive past defenders with his dribble is among the best in the New York area.

6. Daye Kaba, Our Savior New American- 6-foot-4 combo guard- Big guard brings size, stroke and athleticism. He is also a terrific defender. Will thrive at Boston College.

7. Rashad Green, St. Mary's, Manhasset- 6-foot-3 shooting guard- Court sense exquisite for lefty.

8. Justin Burrell, Our Savior Lutheran- 6-foot-8 PF/C- Explosive low post player continues to make strides.

9. Stephen Wood, Monsignor McClancy- 6-foot-3 SG/SF- "Stix" shoots, slashes, boards, and defends; waiting to be discovered outside of NYC

10. Brian McKenzie, Xaverian- 6-foot-3 shooting guard- Explosive run/jump athlete with silky stroke.

11. Darryl Crawford, All Hallows- 6-foot-2 shooting guard- One of city's most underappreciated players poised and a dangerous scorer.

12. Tyrone Nash, Lawrence-Woodmere Academy- 6-foot-6 1/2 power forward- Skilled, savvy lefty won't be outworked in the post. Still open in his recruiting process. Could see plenty of high major action if he decides to take a year on the prep level in 2006-2007.

13. Kashif Pratt, Rice, 6-foot-3 shooting guard- Relentless defensively and a shooting threat to the arc. He has the ability to energize his team with is play both defensively and offensively.

14. Brad Sheehan, Shaker HS, 6-foot-10 center- Breakout summer propelled stock skyward; still scratching the surface. Key word here is potential.

15. Tyrell Lynch, Niagara Falls HS, 6-foot-8 PF/C- Physical insider likely to reclassify to '07. If he does, Lynch will become a major player in college basketball.

16. Cory Magee, Fairport HS, 6-foot-7 1/2 PF- Physical, tough, and active on the glass.

17. Rob Hampton, Christ the King, 6-foot-3 SF/SW- One of NYC's most underappreciated talents blue-collar and a great finisher; just gets it done. Plays at one of the country's top programs. Should receive more recruiting interest later in the year.

18. Austin Wallace, LaSalle Academy, 6-foot-8 PF/C- Long, runs the floor, and defends; best basketball ahead of him. He has the potential to be a big help for Pittsburgh down the road. Once he realizes how good he can be, Wallace should be a more confident player on the offensive side of the ball. He's a smart pickup by Jamie Dixon.

19. Akeem Bennett, West Hempstead, 6-foot-2 1/2 combo guard- Nassau County sleeper a defensive demon. Has the quickness to cause problems for his defenders. 20. Milan Prodanovic, Archbishop Molloy, 6-foot-1 combo guard- Savvy, cerebral lefty with stroke. Adding more muscle to his frame will help him adjust to the next level.

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