2005 West Coast Rankings: SFs & PFs

UCLA targets -- and possible targets -- populate the lists of the top power forwards and small forwards in the west coast class of 2005, including prime recruiting targets <b>Jon Brockman</b> and <b>Martell Webster</b>, as well as <b>Larry Gurganious</b> and <b>Ian O'Leary</b>....

SMALL FORWARDS

The 2005 West Coast small forwards are a solid group, with a number of high major prospects in the top ten. Downs is the top-ranked prospect due to his combination of athleticism, length, skill level and upside. Downs is a very good three-point shooter, but he can also score from a number of spots on the floor. He's a good defender and a very good shot blocker for a wing. After a couple injuries during his high school season, Webster was not back to 100% in July. He played primarily on the perimeter, where he made a reasonable number of jumpshots. He's got a great body and we assume he'll recover his explosiveness once he's completely recovered from his injuries. UCLA is pursuing him. Gurganious is the best athlete among the three men in the west. He's very quick and explosive off the floor. His ball-handling has improved dramatically in the last year and he gets to the basket frequently off the wing. With a more consistent shot, he has a chance to be one of the elite players in this class from the west. UCLA has shown interest in him. Williams has good length and he's also a nice athlete. He's most effective slashing to the basket, but his outside shot also needs some work. O'Leary was one of the surprises of the summer, as he showed a very versatile game. He can shoot the three, handles well for his size and he'll rebound. He's also got some toughness and competes well. UCLA has shown some interest in O'Leary.

1) Micah Downs, 6-7, Bothell (Wash.) High
2) Martell Webster, 6-6, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
3) Larry Gurganious, 6-4, Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's
4) Marcus Williams, 6-6, Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt
5) Ian O'Leary, 6-6, Woodland (Calif.) Woodland Christian
6) Mike Roll, 6-5, Aliso Viejo (Calif.) Aliso Niguel
7) Gerard Anderson, 6-4, Carson (Calif.) High
8) Marcus Johnson, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
9) Ray Murdoch, 6-4, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle
10) Joe Darger, 6-6, Riverton (Utah) High


Other Small Forwards of Note:

Travis Pinick, 6-6, Orange (Calif.) Orange Lutheran
Kyle Spain, 6-5, Newark (Calif.) Newark Memorial
Jeremy Reedal, 6-5, Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha
Brandon Anderson, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Jerard Moret, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Tyler Nixon, 6-5, Buckley (Wash.) White River
Milton Brown, 6-3, El Cerrito (Calif.) High
Marcus Carson, 6-3, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
Jason Deutchman, 6-4, Santa Monica (Calif.) High
Cole Forbrig, 6-5, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
Savoy Fraine, 6-6, Granada Hills (Calif.) High
Jason Heard, 6-4, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
Deweese Hughes, 6-4, Hercules (Calif.) High
Arturas Lazdauskas, 6-6, Hollywood (Calif.) High
Marcus Palmer, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
Ray Reese, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Theo Robertson, 6-5, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Jordan Warren, 6-5, Woodland Hills (Calif.) El Camino Real
Alex White, 6-5, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Rio Grande
Ryan Dermody 6-6, Loveland (Col.) High
Devonte Thomas, 6-4, Fremont (Calif.) JFK
Tanner McIntosh, 6-5, La Grande (Ore.) Imbler
Andre Hines, 6-5, Denver (Col.) East
Kevin McDowell, 6-5, Santa Barbara (Calif.) High

POWER FORWARDS

The 2005 West Coast power forwards feature both quality and quantity. UCLA prime recruiting target, Brockman, is the best college prospect in the group. A tireless worker, Brockman is both physical and tough. He's also got good feet and more bounce than you might expect. There's a reason college coaches love this guy -- he plays the game the right way. If Brockman is the best college prospect, Jefferson is the best long-term prospect. An outstanding athlete, Jefferson is long and explosive off the floor. His perimeter skills continue to get better and it's quite possible he eventually ends up a small forward. Hill is a very safe bet to be a productive player in college. He's multi-dimensional, with the ability to play inside and out, and he's also a very smart player.He'll need to get stronger for the next level, but he's going to be a good one for StanfordGreen is a deceptive player who moves better than you think. He's got the best stroke of any big man in the west, with range well beyond the stripe. He's also a very good passer. Lake is one of the bigger sleepers in the class. He played on a low-profile club team and he's just starting to come into his own. He's got a very good body, excellent athleticism and his skills are much better than people realize. He's another player who might very well end up at the three.

1) Jon Brockman, 6-7, Snohomish (Wash.) High
2) Davon Jefferson, 6-7, Lynwood (Calif.) High
3) Lawrence Hill, 6-7, Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley
4) Shaun Green, 6-7, Salt Lake City (Utah) Olympus
5) Jarrel Lake, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
6) Ken Bowman, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Washington
7) Dazzmond Thornton, 6-6, Denver (Col.) Denver East
8) Dior Lowhorn, 6-6, Berkeley (Calif.) High
9) Diamon Simpson, 6-6, Hayward (Calif.) High
10) Brett Hoerner, 6-10, Fullerton (Calif.) High


Other Power Forwards of Note:

Tommy Craddock, 6-8, Everett (Wash.) Mariner
Richard Phillips, 6-6, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin
Chris Osborn, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Scottsdale Christian
Brian Morris, 6-7, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson
Caleb Forrest, 6-7, Pagosa Springs (Col.) High
Philip Anderson, 6-8, La Canada (Calif.) High
Alex Tiefenthaler, 6-8, Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel
Ben Walker, 6-7, Salt Lake City (UT) Lehi
Darin Mahoney, 6-7, Heber City (Utah) Wasatch
Jamal Boykin, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Brad Hodge, 6-7, Hillsboro (Ore.) High
Jamie Jones, 6-6, El Segundo (Calif.) High
Chawn Johnson, 6-6, Antelope Valley (Calif.) High
Calvin Anderson, 6-6, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
Rashad Austin, 6-7, Claremont (Calif.) High
A.J. McCormick, 6-7, Madera (Calif.) High
Leigh Swanson, 6-7, Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) High
Matt Mgebroff, 6-6, Kent (Wash.) Kentwood
Conor Mullen, 6-5, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
Casey Neimeyer, 6-6, Woodland (Calif.) Woodland Christian
Enkem Ojugbok, 6-7 Phoenix (Ariz.) Scottsdale Christian
Michael Shelton, 6-5 Hawthorne (Calif.) High
Titus Shelton, 6-6, Bakersfield (Calif.) High
Michael Strittmater, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep


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