2006 West Coast Rankings: <br>Small Forwards

The talent level is good, with <b>Chase Budinger</b>, <b>Phil Nelson</b>, <b>Kevin Galloway</b> and <b>Blake Wallace</b> among the top small forwards in the west for 2006...

The West Coast class of 2006 is loaded with quality small forward prospects. In addition to being the top propsect on this list, Budinger is also an elite volleyball prospect. A very good shooter, Budinger has the size and hops to play effectively around the basket as well. He has a good feel for the game and plays unselfishly. Wallace is long and lean, with some point forward attributes. He handles the ball very well and he's a solid shooter out to the three-point line. Galloway is a terrific athlete with a great bball body. He's most effective slashing to the basket and playing in transition. Pondexter is another big-time athlete. He has a chance to be an excellent defender. His outside shot is coming along, but he's also best when slashing to the basket. Nelson has all the tools to be an exceptional player. He has a nice stroke with range, excellent ball skills and good length. He needs to work on staying focused, but his upside is as high as any player on this list.

UCLA will definitely pursue Budinger and Wallace, since they're local. Galloway and Nelson could have academic issues that might preclude UCLA from recruiting them. Pondexter is another to definitely watch.

1) Chase Budinger, 6-6, Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon
2) Blake Wallace, 6-7, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
3) Kevin Galloway, 6-5, Sacramento (Calif.) High
4) Quincy Pondexter, 6-5, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
5) Phil Nelson, 6-7, Keizer (Ore.) McNary
6) Joe Harden, 6-5, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's
7) Kyle Coston, 6-6, Blaine (Wash.) Lynden
8) Shane Hanson, 6-5, Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Temescal Canyon
9) Cedric Latimer, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward
10) Grant Parker, 6-6, Greenwood (Col.) Cherry Creek

Other Small Forwards of Note:

Rhett Anderson, 6-6, La Canada (Calif.) High
Josh Guillory, 6-5, Lynwood (Calif.) High
Charles Anderson, 6-5, Bakersfield (Calif.) High
Ray McGee, 6-5, Plaentia (Calif.) Valencia
Zach Evans, 6-6, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Tyrone Armstrong, 6-6, Paso Robles (Calif.) High
Seth Tarver, 6-5, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
Kasey Cunningham, 6-5, Albuquerque (NM) Cibola
Brian Henry, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
Corey Hutchison, 6-5, Newark (Calif.) Memorial
Jervaughn Johnson, 6-5, Compton (Calif.) Centennial
Jonathan Malloy, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Centennial
Andre McFarland, 6-5, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango
Jarrel Smith, 6-4, Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lakeridge
A.J. Tobert, 6-5, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Cory Chase, 6-6, Highland (Utah) Lone Peak
Mike Larsen, 6-8, Riverton (Utah) High
Andrew Jordan, 6-4, Layton (Utah) Northridge
Ian Anderson, 6-5, Portland (Ore.) Wilson
David Ausberry, 6-5, Lemoore (Calif.) High
Bernard Burrell, 6-5, Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland
Conrad Fitzgerald, 6-5, Calabasas (Calif.) High
Zane Johnson, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
Jon Reed, 6-4, Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.) Peninsula


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