With the Pangos All-America Camp
(three June days in
I've also tossed in 10 "near misses", and listed them alphabetically.
Within two minutes (or sooner) of reading this, most of you will scream "Where's Jerryd Bayless?"
The answer to that question is . . . I didn't include anyone on the Top 20 or "near misses" lists that I didn't see play in June or July.
EBO was eliminated from the adidas
Super 64 before I could check out the Phoenix St. Mary's standout's team in
So there's the caveat.
Here we go...(all UCLA prospects have ** by their names)
1. Kevin Love*** (6-9, C/PF, Sr.)
Frank Says: Edged Gordon by the teeniest of margins. The recent UCLA commit was the most dominant player at any position.
2. Eric Gordon (6-3, SG, Sr.) Mean Streets Express/Indianapolis North Central
Frank Says: After next spring's all-star game circuit, we might be calling him the No. 1 player in the class.
3. O.J. Mayo (6-4, PG, Sr.) D-1 Greyhounds/Cincinnati North College Hill
Frank Says: "Mild Mayo bashing" seems to be all the rage now. I don't get it. He's clearly the best point guard prospect in the country and just as clearly one of the five best prospects across the board. He's not LeBron James. There is only one of those, ladies and gentlemen.
4. Kyle Singler*** (6-8, SF, Sr.)
Frank Says: He's not quite the jump shooter a lot of people assume he is. But he's a lot better ball-handler than anyone his size playing high school basketball.
5. Mike Beasley (6-8, PF, Sr.) D.C. Assault/????
Frank Says: I guess we can't call him a "high school" player any longer (he seems destined for a prep school after apparently exhausting his high school eligibility), just like Billy Walker. There were stretches of four or five possessions in July games in which he looked liked the best player in the country. And there were comparable stretches in which you didn't notice him much at all.
6. Derrick Rose (6-3, PG, Sr.) Mean Streets Express/Chicago Simeon
Frank Says: Once he develops a consistent jump shot, the comparisons to O.J. Mayo can start in earnest.
7. James Harden (6-5, SG, Sr.)
Frank Says: He's been the best
8. Austin Freeman (6-3, SG, Sr.,) D.C.
Frank Says: His play on the defensive end is what keeps him behind Eric Gordon and James Harden right now. There isn't a better scorer in high school.
9. Greg Monroe (6-10, Combo forward,
Frank Says: The "Lamar Odom clone" separated himself from all other Class of 2008 prospects in July.
10. Donte Greene (6-8, Combo forward,
Sr.) Team Melo/
Frank Says: He's likely to start – and
star – from Day 1 as a
11. Patrick Patterson (6-8, PF, Sr.)
Boo Williams All-Stars/Huntington, W.V.,
Frank Says: Only Kevin Love is a better rebounding frontcourt player.
12. Kosta Koufos (7-0, C/PF, Sr.) King
James Shooting Stars/
Frank Says: For a center/power forward type, only Kevin Love has better offensive skills.
13. Samardo Samuels (6-8, PF, Jr.)
Metro Hawks/Newark, N.J.,
Frank Says: His arms aren't as long as Elton Brand's but his game is comparable in a lot of ways.
14. Jrue Holiday*** (6-3, SG, Jr.) Double
Frank Says: He pulled away from the other West Coast juniors and moved into the Top Five in the national Class of 2008.
15. Johnny Flynn (6-0, PG, Sr.) GC
Ballers/Niagara Falls, N.Y.,
Frank Says: He'll be in the
16. Nick Calathes (6-5, Combo guard,
Sr.) Florida Team Nike/Winter Park,
Frank Says: Be it deep- or mid-range, few shoot as well as this future Gator does.
17. Billy Walker (6-5, PF, Sr.) D-1 Greyhounds/????
Frank Says: His play was (relatively)
uninspired during the two times I watched him in
18. Chris Wright (6-6, SF., Sr.) Queen
Frank Says: He's finishes shots with the same kind of ferocity that Billy Walker does.
19. DeAndre Jordan (6-10, C, Sr.,)
Frank Says: I caught him just once,
20. Kalin Lucas (6-0, PG, Sr.) The Family/Orchard Lake, Mich., St. Mary's
Frank Says: He's equally adept at scoring and making sure his teammates do, too.
Near misses: Larry Drew*** (6-0, PG, Jr.)
Pump-N-Run Elite/Woodland Hills,
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