2007 Rankings: PGs, SGs and SFs

We're releasing the rankings for the top basketball prospects in the west for 2007, and we start with the point guards, shooting guards and small forwards, featuring a few UCLA prospects...

**UCLA is recruiting the prospects with the asterisks.

<SMALL FORWARDS

The small forwards in the west for 2007 are not a particularly deep
group at this time, so we're just going with a top five for now. We
expect that numerous players will emerge over the next year, as it is usually a well-stocked position. Singler is by far the top player among the small forwards. In fact, you can argue that Singler is both the best small forward, as well as power forward, prospect in the west. Unlike some guys who are stuck between the two positions, and thus you have some concern about them at the next level, Singler is so talented that he could play either spot in college. He's got the size and strength to play the four, but has all the skills you look for in a three. While Kevin Love might have the most impact as a freshman in college, we think Singler is the best long-term prospect in the west for the class of 2007. Horne is an exceptional athlete who is at his best when he's attacking the basket. His shot is just fair at this point, but he's got a classic three-man's body and all the upside in the world. Viney is a terrific shooter with deep range and a good feel for the game. He's a better athlete than you think and he's got a good frame. He needs to play with a little more sense of urgency, but he's got a chance to be an outstanding player. White is a long, explosive athlete who can do a lot of things on the court. He's got a decent shot to twenty feet, he handles the ball well and he can play inside. With coaching, he has a chance to be a very good defender. He's not quite there yet in terms of his feel for the game, but he's got a ton of potential. Amoke has good ball skills, as well as the size and strengh to play around the basket. His outside shot is pretty good and he's effective taking defenders off the dribble. He does seem to lose focus at times, but he has a lot of ability.

1) Kyle Singler, 6-8, Medford (Ore.) South Medford**
2) Jamelle Horne, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) Hoover**
3) Drew Viney, 6-5, Villa Park (Calif.) High**
4) Billy White, 6-6, Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley
5) Omondi Amoke, 6-5, Oxnard (Calif.) High**

OTHER SMALL FORWARDS OF NOTE:

Adam Malik, 6-6, La Canada (Calif.) High
Tyler Bernardini, 6-5, San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker
David Brandon, 6-5, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Chris Collinsworth, 6-6, Provo (Utah) High
Josh Peery, 6-5, Payson (Utah) High
Jon Reed, 6-5, Palos Verdes (Calif.) Peninsula
Tyrone Shelley, 6-6, San Diego (Calif.) Crawford
Tim Shelton, 6-6, Bakersfield (Calif.) High
Art Steward, 6-4, Casper (Wyo.) Natrona

SHOOTING GUARDS

The position of shooting guard in the West Coast class of 2007 looks
to be fairly strong, with multiple high major prospects in the top ten.
Bayless gets the nod for now as the top-ranked prospect, due primarily to his explosive athleticism and ability to create his own shot. While some have projected him as a point guard, we think Bayless's best role is that of a scorer. He's got a solid mid-range shot, as well as range to the stripe. Decision-making and shot selection are two areas, though, that Bayless will need to work on in the coming years. Stanback has a long and lean body, with excellent ball skills and a very good feel for the game. He can score in a variety of ways and he's an underrated passer. Playing with consistent intensity can sometimes be an issue for Stanback. Daye has grown a couple inches in the last year and we wouldn't be surprised if he gets bigger. He just has the look of someone who isn't done yet physically. He's very slender and still growing into his body. However, he's got an excellent shot and very good basketball actions. He doesn't have the strength yet to be a dominating player, but there is a very high upside here. It wouldn't surprise us at all if, three to four years  from now, Daye is the best player from this group. Johnson has good size, very good skills and a terrific feel for the game. He plays an understated game that is rare in today's selfish, get your own, style of play. He's got a very nice touch to beyond the stripe. Holiday is very slender, but he's an outstanding athlete. Very long and extremely active, he's among the best defenders we've seen in the class. Outside shot is just decent at this time, but he's effective when slashing to the basket.

1) Jerryd Bayless, 6-2, Phoenix (Ariz.) St. Mary's
2) Chace Stanback, 6-6, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax**
3) Austin Daye, 6-5, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge**
4) Zane Johnson, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird**
5) Justin Holiday, 6-5, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall**
6) Quinton Watkins, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez**
7) Steven Gray, 6-3, Bainbridge Island (Wash.) Bainbridge
8) Jonathan Wills, 6-4, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair
9) Brandon Richardson, 6-0, Hawthorne (Calif.) High
10) Jason West, 6-3, Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines


OTHER SHOOTING GUARDS OF NOTE:

Davon Adams, 6-2, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) J Serra
Donnell Beverly, 6-3, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Jordan Block, 6-1, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Alta Loma
Dudley Ewell, 6-2, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Jeremy Franklin, 6-3, San Leandro (Calif.) High
Paul Frazell, 6-0, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Samuel Goulet, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Nick Graves, 6-3, Cathedral City (Calif.) High
Daniel Hackett, 6-4, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
James Harden, 6-2, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
Chris James, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Chaparral
Isaiah Jenkins, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Deangelo Jones, 6-2, Seattle (Wash.) Kennedy
Jeffrey Maehl, 6-1, Paradise (Calif.) High
Gerald McClemore, 6-2, Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High
Stedman Merritt, 6-1, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Damian Moore, 6-1, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Shane Morgan, 6-4, Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union
Jordan Pendleton, 6-2, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
Anthony Porch, 6-3, Denver (Col.) Montbello
Chase Richards, 6-1, Sandy (Utah) Jordan
Dane Suttle, 6-3, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Brandon Walker, 6-3, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
Kendall Wallace, 6-2, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View

POINT GUARDS

The West Coast 2006 class of point guards wasn't very good and, at first glance, the 2007 class doesn't look to be much better. Granted, the 2007 players have two years to go, so there's still hope for the class to get better. Brown is currently our top-rated player at the position. He's got a great frame and he's a very good athlete. Big and strong, he can finish plays inside and he has the potential to be a great defender. Decisions still need work, but he has a considerable upside. McMillan is the son of Nate McMillan and it's clear Jamelle picked up some things from his father. He's got a very good understanding of how to play and he consistently makes good decisions. His size is an asset and he showed signs this summer of becoming a better shooter. Gaines is a very good athlete with excellent quickness. He's got a scoring mentality, though, and needs to learn to make his teammates better. Overton is another guard who looks to score, but needs to work on his overall point guard skills. Thomas is very talented and can score from multiple spots on the court. His ultimate level as a prospect will likely depend on whether he gets any bigger.


1) Kamyron Brown, 6-2, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei**
2) Jamelle McMillan, 6-2, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
3) Harrison Gaines, 5-11, Phelan (Calif.) Serrano
4) Venoy Overton, 5-11, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin
5) Isaiah Thomas, 5-7, Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis
6) Jeremiah Ostrowski, 5-8, Aiea (Hawaii) Puliahou
7) Michael Lloyd, 6-0, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango
8) Dashan Harris, 5-10, Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads
9) Jalonni Diggs, 6-1, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
10) Quenton Jennings, 5-9, Anchorage (Alaska) Bartlett

OTHER POINT GUARDS OF NOTE:

Jonathan Atkins, 6-2, Las Vegas (Nev.) Trinity
Kirdy Eliszadez, 5-8, Villa Park (Calif.) High
Traevon Harmon, 6-0, Pasadena (Calif.)
Lawrence Hurdle, 5-7, San Diego (Calif.) Helix
Cliff Knox, 6-2, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Kyle Lewis, 5-9, Englewood (Col.) Kent Denver
JayDee Luster, 5-7, San Diego (Calif.) Hoover
Nick Martineau, 6-0, Kaysville (Utah) Davis
Kareem Nitoto, 6-1, San Leandro (Calif.) High
Michael Patton, 5-10, Boulder (Col.) High
Jabari Trotter, 6-0, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
Alex Tucker, 5-11, Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union
Jesse Woodard, 5-10, Compton (Calif.) Centennial


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