2008 West Coast Rankings: SFs and PFs

The talent at small forward and power forward in the west for 2008 doesn't have its usual amount of talent depth as in most years, but there are a few players at the top of the lists who are elite, including a small forward who could be the best at his position in the country...

The small forwards are the weakest group in the 2008 West Coast class, both in terms of elite talent and quality of depth. DeRozan is by far the top prospect in this group. He's always been an elite level athlete, but his skills have been somewhat slow to develop. He's spent considerable time, however, working on his shot and it has paid off. He's now a very consistent shooter to the three-point line. He still needs to focus on his defense and rebounding, but there is no question he has all the physical tools to be an elite player in college. George is something of a sleeper who really started to emerge this spring. He's got good size and a very good feel for the game. An accurate shooter to 17-18 feet, George may also play some four. Wright has long been an intriguing prospect, but his skills have also been somewhat slow to develop. He had an excellent spring, though, and showed progress in his overall ball skills. He's got a very good body for a wing and he has a chance to be an excellent defender. Elmore is well put together and he's an explosive athlete. He showed a decent shot to the stripe in April, as well as the ability to finish strong at the rim. He needs to be more consistent in terms of focus and intensity, but he too has a nice upside. Wiley has good length and a very nice stroke to beyond the stripe. His ball skills overall are solid, but he needs to work on being a little more physical in his approach to the game.

1) Demar DeRozan, 6-5, Compton (Calif.) High  USC
2) Paul George, 6-7, Palmdale (Calif.) Pete Knight
3) Wendell Wright, Jr., 6-4, Lakewood (Calif) Mayfair
4) Dallas Elmore, 6-5, Fort Collins (Col.) Poudre
5) Drew Wiley, 6-6, Vida (Ore.) McKenzie River  Oregon
6) Colin Chieverton, 6-5, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty
7) Malik Story, 6-4, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia  USC
8) Jeff Taylor, 6-6, Hobbs (New Mexico) High
9) Marquis Fields, 6-6, Menlo Park (Calif.) Mid-Peninsula
10) Guy Landry, 6-5, Sylmar (Calif.) High



Tre Brewer, 6-4, Alta Loma (Calif.) High
Taylor Brown, 6-5, Sandy (Utah) Alta
Quamaine Crymes, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Joel John Academy
Jovan Daniels, 6-5, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas
Keith Davis, 6-5, Lakewood (Calif.) High
James Ellisor, 6-4, Glendale (Ariz.) High
Dalton Groskreutz, 6-5, St. George (Utah) Snow Canyon
Aaron Hawk-Harris, 6-4, Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades Charter
Justin Haynes, 6-5, Palmdale (Calif.) High
Matt Johnson, 6-4, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
James Nunnally, 6-5, Stockton (Calif.) Weston Ranch
Raveon Samuel, 6-5, Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs
Josh Sharp, 6-6, Lone Peak (Utah) High
Gabriel Strong, 6-4, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian
Jamal Trice, 6-5, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Julius Von Hanzlik, 6-4, Beverly Hills (Calif.) High
Zack Zaragosa, 6-5, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita

The 2008 power forwards in the west are a solid group, if a little lacking in a elite talent. Babbitt is easily the most skilled player in the group, with the ability to play on the perimeter or in the paint. Babbitt is a very accurate shooter to byond the stripe and he can also score in the low post. Breshers is a low-post player who has a signifcant upside. An excellent shot-blocker, Breshers has very long arms that allow him to play bigger than his height. Czyz is a very bouncy and active player who is just starting to realize his potential. Bostic is a young-looking post who might have as much upside as any player on this list. His skills are still very raw, but Bostic could be an outstanding player in a few years. Otis is another under-sized post who still manages to be effective in the post. Otis has very good feet and he's an oustanding ball-handler.

1) Luke Babbitt, 6-7, Reno (Nev.) Galena  Nevada
2) Tyreese Breshers, 6-6, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
3) Olek Czyz, 6-7, Reno (Nev.) High
4) Michael Bostic, 6-6, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
5) Frank Otis, 6-5, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
6) Trevor Noonan, 6-7, Broomfield (Col.) Legacy
7) Tyree McCrary, 6-7, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove
8) Renaldo Woolridge, 6-8, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard Westlake
9) Kyle Caldwell, 6-7, Newport Beach (Calif.) Newport Harbor
10) Terrell Chandler, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Pacific Hills


James Albright, 6-5, Oakland (Calif.) Fremont
Enoch Andoh, 6-7, San Jose (Calif.) Mitty
Ricky Calvin, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Carl Hayden Jorge
Camacho, 6-6, San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan
David Cone, 6-7, Paso Robles (Calif.) High
Justin Coughlin, 6-7, Yuma (Col.) High
Taylor Darby, 6-7, San Diego (Calif.) Mission Hills
Lorenzo Dobson, 6-7, Gilroy (Calif.) High
Trey Eckloff, 6-9, Englewood (Col.) Cherry Creek
Mitch Florence, 6-7, Kaysville (Utah) Davis
Deshaun Freeman, 6-6, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Aaron Fuller, 6-7, Mesa (Ariz.) High
Gerald Hill, 6-5, Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis
Ali Langford, 6-6, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
Renado Parker, 6-5, Kent (Wash.) Kentridge
Eugene Phelps, 6-5, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Dominic Powell, 6-7, Palo Alto (Calif.) High
Mike Proctor, 6-7, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
Alex Renneman, 6-6, Vancouver (Wash.) Skyview
Joseph Richard, 6-5, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley
Julian Scott, 6-7, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum
Austin Smith, 6-9, Tucson (Ariz.) Mountain View
Nick Thompson, 6-6, Clearfield (Utah) High
Kevin Young, Jr., 6-7, Perris (Calif.) High

Bruin Report Online Top Stories