In the third version of Scout.com's 2012 rankings, the West Coast made a big mark in the Top 25, landing four prospects.
Heading that list is Scout.com's 3rd ranked overall prospect, Shabazz Muhammmad, a 6-foot-5, 207-pound small forward from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. Muhammad has been dominant this spring, making his inclusion into the top three an easy call.
"Shabazz is one of the most dominant prospects in the 2012 class," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "He's added to his game and plays with intensity every time he steps on the floor."
Remaining in the top 10 is 6-foot-8, 190-pound Oakland Bishop O'Dowd power forward Brandon Ashley, who Scout.com ranks 9th overall in 2012. The athlete has improved over the past year and remains one of the premier prospects in the country.
"Brandon is one of the best players in the class," Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Snow said. "He is adding a perimeter game to the equation and that is good, but he still knows that his bread and butter is down low. He has good hands, is getting stronger, and is a very impressive athlete. As a total package he is one of the best in the entire land."
Making a small drop from 12 to 16 is 6-foot-8, 200-pound La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran power forward Grant Jerrett. One of the most skilled posts in the class, Jerrett has showed off his scoring ability this spring.
"Jerrett is an impressive post prospect that knows how to score," Daniels said. "He has a great set of hands, a nice mid-range jump and terrific touch in the paint."
Making the big jump from 60 to 24 is 6-foot-11, 240-pound Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial center Robert Upshaw. Even though he sat out as a junior due to transfer rules, Upshaw has made significant strides in both his body and game, helping him become a five-star prospect.
"He has gotten his body into better shape and the game has followed," Snow said. "Always possessing great hands and a good idea of how to score down low, his conditioning and athleticism improving has really let him become a player that every high-major in the west will covet."
After Upshaw, there's a drop until the next West Coast prospect, which is Katin Reinhardt at 59. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei shooting guard makes his debut on Scout.com's rankings after an impressive spring on the AAU circuit.
Bordering Reinhardt is another SoCal shooting guard in 6-foot-2, 170-pound Orange Lutheran's Gabe York. The talented offensive prospect had a big showing at the Real Deal on the Rock, and similar performances will give him the opportunity to move up further in the rankings.
At 66th in the country is 6-foot-7, 230-pound Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep power forward Anthony Bennett. The west is loaded with players at his position in 2012, but Bennett's strength and athleticism get him the nod over some other previously more highly regarded prospects.
Making a fall from 17 to 70 is 6-foot-9, 205-pound Las Vegas Bishop Gorman power forward Rosco Allen. Previously considered by some as a small forward or at least a hybrid three/four, Allen has grown into a four and that growth means he'll have to refine his game a little. Still a talented prospect, Allen has plenty of time this summer to prove he deserves to be considered amongst the nation's elite.
Also falling is 6-foot-6, 180-pound Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep forward Winston Shepard, who dropped from 62 to 76. Shepard is a terrific utility player who can get his game to the next level by continuing to improve his perimeter skills.
A prospect with a high ceiling, 6-foot-6, 205-pound Mater Dei small forward Xavier Johnson has earned his way into the Scout.com rankings for the first time, as he debuts at 77. Johnson has a good looking lefty stroke and high level athleticism. His game needs some fine-tuning, but he's got significant upside as a prospect.
At 88 is 6-foot-3, 185-pound Seattle Garfield shooting guard Anrio Adams, who was previously ranked 55th. Adams transferred high schools as a junior, moving from Franklin to Garfield, and only participated in five games for his previous school before sitting out the rest of the season due to transfer rules.
Yet another Findlay Prep post finds the Scout.com Top 100 in 6-foot-8, 240-pound Landen Lucas, who falls from 71 to 89. The fundamentally sound big guy will step away from his role at Findlay and get the opportunity to be the man this summer for his AAU team, the Northwest Panthers.
Making his debut into the Top 100 at 96 is 6-foot-8, 205-pound Colorado Springs Sierra power forward Wesley Gordon. The Colorado commit has long arms, soft hands and a frame that will allow him to put on plenty of strength in college.
The last West Coast prospect in Scout.com's Top 100 is another player making a debut in 6-foot-2, 165-pound Bakersfield (Calif.) point guard Tyrone Wallace, who is ranked 97th. Wallace's physical upside, handles and passing ability make him an intriguing prospect that could certainly move up the rankings as the summer moves forward.
Several prospects will be watched closely this summer to see if they deserve to be included in the next rankings. Amongst those on the watch list are Calaen Robinson, Demarquise Johnson, Jordan Tebbutt, Ben Carter, Skylar Spencer, Zena Edosomwan, Darian Nelson-Henry and Eric Jacobsen.
West Coast Look at 2012 Top 100
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