Best of the West 2006

The west coast class of 2006 is a good one, particularly among its bigs -- the power forwards and centers -- like <b>James Keefe</b> and <b>Brook</b> and <b>Robin Lopez</b>. The wings are good, too, with <b>Derrick Jasper</b> among the best...

The West Coast centers in 2006 look to be a very strong group, led by Spencer Hawes. Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez are also elite prospects, while Ray Hall and Taylor Harrison will also draw considerable high major interest. Those five players constitute our current top five centers. The others are in no particular order.

Keep in mind that we've seen some of these players only briefly. It's quite probable that there will be major adjustments to the list at the end of July.

CENTERS:

Spencer Hawes, 6-9, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
Brook Lopez, 6-10, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
Robin Lopez, 6-10, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
Ray Hall, 6-9, Denver (Col.) Mullen
Taylor Harrison, 6-8 San Clemente (Calif.) High

OTHER CENTERS OF NOTE:

Craig Brackins, 6-9, Lancaster (Calif.) High
Terron Sutton, 6-8, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
Deon Thompson, 6-8, Torrance (Calif.) High
Brandon Bell, 6-6, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Nick Jones, 6-8, Issaquah (Wash.) Skyline
Derek Oestreicher, 6-9, Woodland (Calif.) Liberty Christian
Sean Reilly, 6-8, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
Matt Shaw, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Ryan Vermeulen, 6-8, Modesto (Calif.) High
Brad Zazzara, 6-8, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra

The position of power forward in the West Coast class of 2006 is not particularly deep yet, but there's real quality at the top. It's quite conceivable that four to five players will end up being nationally ranked in the top 50. Keefe is the clear-cut choice for the top spot as of today and the rest of the list is in no particular order. However, Deane, Lopez, Schreiber and Stepheson are all potential elite recruits in their own right.

Keep in mind that we've seen some of these players only briefly. It's
quite probable that there will be major adjustments to the list at
the end of July.


POWER FORWARDS

James Keefe, 6-8, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Daniel Deane, 6-7, Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge
Robin Lopez, 6-10, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
Andreas Schreiber, 6-8, Los Angeles (Calif.) Brentwood
Alex Stepheson, 6-8, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
Anthony Allen, 6-6, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
Josh Nuttall, 6-6, West Jordan (Utah) Copper Hills
Daniel Brady, 6-6, Lake Oswego (Ore.) High
Robbie Stowell, 6-6, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley
Will Donahue, 6-6, Mesa (Ariz.) High


OTHER POWER FORWARDS OF NOTE:

Jason Grigsby, 6-6, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
Jaron Devine, 6-6, Pomona (Calif.) High
James Cawthorne, 6-7, Villa Park (Calif.) High
Drew Smith, 6-7, Riverside (Calif.) King 

The small forward spot appears to be a very deep position in the West Coast class of 2006. There are numerous potential high major prospects in our current top 15 list. Our current top three small forward prospects are Phil Nelson, Chase Budinger and Blake Wallace. The rest of the list is in no particular order.

Keep in mind that we've seen some of these players only briefly. It's quite probable that there will be major adjustments to the list at
the end of July.


SMALL FORWARDS

Phil Nelson, 6-6, Keizer (Ore.) McNary
Chase Budinger, 6-6, Encinitas (Calif.) Encinitas
Blake Wallace, 6-6, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Kevin Galloway, 6-5, Sacramento (Calif.) High
Quincy Pondexter, 6-5, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
Shane Hanson, 6-5, Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Temescal Canyon 
Seth Tarver, 6-5, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
David Ausberry, 6-5, Lemoore (Calif.) High
Zach Evans, 6-5, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Jervaughn Johnson, 6-5, Compton (Calif.) Centennial
Cedric Latimer, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward
Rhett Anderson, 6-6, La Canada (Calif.) High
Grant Parker, 6-6, Greenwood (Col.) Cherry Creek
Nate Schulte, 6-4, Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde
Charles Anderson, 6-5, Bakersfield (Calif.) High
 

OTHER SMALL FORWARDS OF NOTE:

Kasey Cunningham, 6-5, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Cibola
Tyrone Armstrong, 6-6, Paso Robles (Calif.) High
Bernard Burrell, 6-5, Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland
Jarrel Smith, 6-4, Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lakeridge
A.J. Tobert, 6-5, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Conrad Fitzgerald, 6-5, Calabasas (Calif.) High
Jon Jaques, 6-4, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
Jon Reed, 6-4, Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.) Peninsula
Corey Hutchison, 6-5, Newark (Calif.) Newark Memorial
Jonathan Malloy, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Centennial
Andre McFarland, 6-5, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango
Jerren Shipp, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Brian Henry, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
Ian Anderson, 6-5, Portland (Ore.) Wilson

The shooting guards in 2006 look to be a fairly strong group, with several players on track to be high major prospects. While we currently have Derrick Jasper as the top-rated prospect, Tre'Von Willis is not far behind in the number two slot. The rest of the list is in no particular order.

Keep in mind that we've only seen some of these players briefly. It's quite probable that there will be major adjustments to the list at the end of July.

SHOOTING GUARDS

Derrick Jasper, 6-4, Paso Robles (Calif.) High
Tre'Von Willis, 6-3, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
Les Brown, 6-4, Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge 
Chad Decasas, 6-4, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley
Josh Guillory, 6-4, Lynwood (Calif.) High
Christian Polk, 6-3, Phoenix (Ariz.) Deer Valley
Brandon Dowdy, 6-3, Redlands (Calif.) Redlands East Valley
Calvin Haynes, 6-1, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft.
Deandre Denan, 6-1, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
Matt Jones, 6-3, San Francisco (Calif.) St. Ignatius
Zamone McGee, 6-2, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Patrick Christopher, 6-2, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair
Tyre Thompson, 6-2, Compton (Calif.) Centennial
Lathen Wallace, 6-2, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson
Lawrence Westbrook, 5-11, Phoenix (Ariz.) Chandler


OTHER SHOOTING GUARDS OF NOTE:

Lavance Pennington, 6-2, Riverside (Calif.) JW North
J.J. Anderson, 6-3, Torrey Pine (Calif.) High 
Ryan Anderson, 6-3, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
Jeff Barnes, 6-3, Victorville (Calif.) Silverado
Matt Hornbuckle, 6-2, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Davell Jackson, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Eldorado
DeJon Jackson, 6-0, Clovis (Calif.) Clovis West
Austin Kilpatrick, 6-4, Puyallup (Wash.) High
Tim McLaurin, 6-2, Lynwood (Calif.) High
Benny Rhodes, 6-5, Alameda (Calif.) St. Joseph Notre Dame
Demarcus Richards, 6-0, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson
David Schneider, 6-2, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
Anthony Scott, 5-10, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Vista Del Lago
Kevin Story, 6-3, Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa
Walter Washington, 6-2, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin
Ernest Williams, 6-1, Tacoma (Wash.) Foss

Our coverage of the class of 2006 begins with the point guards. While we don't rank prospects at this stage, we did put the top 15 in a group. It is not in any particular order, but we do have Marcus Lawrence as the current top rated point guard in the class.

Keep in mind that we've only seen some of these players briefly. It's quite probable that there will be major adjustments to the list at the end of July.

Point Guards

Marcus Lawrence, 5-11, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Michael Taylor, 6-2, Brewster (Wash.) High
Curtis Eatmon, 5-11, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos
Justin Joyner, 5-11, Concord (Calif.) Concord De La Salle
Terrence Boozer, 6-0, Santa Monica (Calif.) High
Anthony Smith, 5-10, Oakland (Calif.) Oakland Tech
Russell Westbrook, 5-9, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Joseph Johnson, 5-9, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Todd Lowenthal, 6-0, Poway (Calif.) High
C.J. Morgan, 5-11, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian
Andre Borrows, 6-0, Perris (Calif.) High
Michael Porter, 6-1, Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
Jerry Jackson, 5-11, Vallejo (Calif.) Jesse Bethel
Derek Glasser, 6-0, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
Kal Bay, 6-0, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza

OTHER POINT GUARDS OF NOTE:

Jordan Daisy, 5-10, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin
Darryl Felder, 5-11, Claremont (Calif.) High
Cameron Granville, 5-9, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Marquis Hall, 6-0, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson
Terrence Joyner, 5-11, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Darius Logan, 5-9, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian
Jared Stigall, 5-8, Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank
Windsor Williams, 5-6, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard's


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