2013 West Coast Rankings

The west coast is down some for 2013, but there still is some top-end talent, and UCLA is involved with many of them...

POINT GUARDS

The 2013 West Coast class of point guards is not a particularly strong group, with a lack of elite talent and just fair depth throughout the region. Allen is not a true point guard, but he can defend the one and he's a terrific athlete and talented scorer. While he played off the ball a lot in the summer, he made enough point guard type plays that demonstrated his ability to play the position at the next level. Randolph is another guy that isn't a true point guard. He too, though, can defend the one and he's an explosive athlete. Perrantes is the best pure point guard in the region, with an outstanding feel, to go with very good vision and passing ability. Smith has a great combination of size for the position, skill level and upside to his body. Dunn isn't real tall, but he's powerfully built with good quickness and he can knock down shots from the perimeter.

1) Marcus Allen, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial
2) Brandon Randolph, 6-0, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard
3) London Perrantes, 6-0, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
4) Kendall Smith, 6-2, Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley
5) Mario Dunn, 5-10, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
6) D'Erryl Williams, 6-2 Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon
7) Malcolm Allen, 6-0, Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial
8) Nigel Williams-Goss, 6-3, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep Washington
9) Jeremy Major, 5-10, Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha Pepperdine
10) Julian Jacobs, 6-1 Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines Utah


SHOOTING GUARDS

The 2013 West Coast class of shooting guards is a solid group, with multiple high major prospects and good depth throughout the region. LaVine gets the top spot due to his combination of athleticism, terrific stroke and very good ball skills. He's got a chance to play the one or the two at the next level and he has a very high upside. Johnson has good size and strength, a solid jump shot, as well as above average athleticism. He too has just started to scratch the surface of his potential. Emery is a terrific competitor and very good shooter with an advanced feel for the game. Pitts is a shot-maker that can score from multiple spots on the floor and he also has an excellent feel for the game. Robinson may end up playing football, but if he chooses basketball he's an explosive athlete and good spot-up shooter with three-point range.

1) Zach LaVine, 6-3, Bothell (Wash.) High UCLA
2) Darin Johnson, 6-4 Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon
3) Nick Emery, 6-2, Highland (Utah) Lone Peak BYU
4) Elliott Pitts, 6-4, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
5) Tyree Robinson, 6-2, San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln
6) JoJo McGlaston, 6-2, Dublin (Calif.) High
7) Jaron Hopkins, 6-3, Mesa (Ariz.) Dobson
8)) Isaac Hamilton, 6-5, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
9) Elijah Brown, 6-3, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
10) Jelani Mitchell, 6-3, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir


SMALL FORWARDS

The 2013 West Coast class of small forwards has some good talent at the top of the list, but there isn't much depth in the class overall. Bird is a terrific athlete with a smooth jump shot and the ability to score from anywhere on the court. He has one of the higher upsides of any wing to come out of the west in recent years. Allen is a long and slender, with a a point guard's feel and passing ability. He's the best defender in the class regardless of position and among the best on the wing that we've seen in the west in some time. Lexing is a versatile forward with a solid jump shot, above average ball skills and a very good feel for the game. It's possible he grows into a four, but he figures to be terrific in college regardelss of which position he ends up playing. Hermanson is another guy that could end up at the four, particularly in St. Mary's system. He too has excellent ball skills, the ability to knock down shots and a very good approach to the game. Thomas has a very good frame and athleticism, with a silky smooth jump shot out to 17-19 feet. He has more of a four man's game at this time, but his quickness and athleticism may allow him to move to the three in college.

1) Jabari Bird, 6-6, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
2) Dakarai Allen, 6-4, Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon
3) Tre'Shaun Lexing, 6-5, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln
4) Calvin Hermanson, 6-6, Lake Oswego (Ore.) High St. Mary's
5) Michael Thomas, 6-5, El Camino (Calif.) Woodland Hills
6) Nick Hornsby, 6-5, Tustin (Calif.) High
7) Noah Allen, 6-5, Salinas (Calif.) Palma Harvard
8) Brett Bailey, 6-5, Spokane (Wash.) University San Diego
9) Paul Watson, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley
10) Sheldon Blackwell, 6-6, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda


POSTS

The 2013 West Coast class of post prospects has some very good talent at the top of the list, but the depth is not good at all, particularly with respect to centers. Gordon is the clear-cut choice for the top spot, as he has a rare combination of power and finesse to his game. Additionally, he's an outstanding athlete, with a great motor and high skill level. He's the best prospect in the west regardless of position for 2013. Lee is a long and very athletic prospect that's just scratching the surface of his potential. While he's not yet a big-time scorer, he's got a very good feel, he's an excellent passer and an above average defender. Wood is a slender, face-up four man with a very nice stroke to three-point range. He needs some more weigh and strength before he'll be effective inside, but he's got very nice skills for a young post. Myers has some small forward attributes on offense, but may end up having to defend the four as he matures. He's got a terrific feel and he's a very good shooter to 18-20 feet. Rooks is a big-bodied post with soft hands and decent ball skills overall. He's a project at this time, but he's a big kid in a class that lacks true size.

1) Aaron Gordon, 6-7, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty
2) Marcus Lee, 6-9, Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley
3) Christian Wood, 6-8, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep UNLV
4) Hunter Myers, 6-6, Minden (Nev.) Douglas
5) Kameron Rooks, 6-10, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
6) Ako Kaluna, 6-6, Santa Clarita (Calif.) West Ranch
7) Scott Woods, 6-8, Simi Valley (Calif.) Royal
8) Isaiah Ellis, 6-7, Antelope (Calif.) Antelope View Charter
9) Tanner Lancona, 6-8, Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro
10) Stefan Jovanovic, 6-9, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery


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