2009 West Rankings: PFs

We won't rank the West Coast 2009 power forwards until after July. At the top of this early list are several players who figure to be recruited by some of the top schools in the country, including a pair of twins from Southern California, and their AAU teammate...

The 2009 power forwards in the west are very strong at the top of the
list. The top four players, Wear, Wear, Nelson and Lane, each have a chance to be recruited at the elite, high major level. Wear and Wear are both players who should ultimately have the ability to play inside and on the perimeter. They both have nice strokes with three-point range, as well as the beginnings of a pretty effective jump hook. They are not yet physically mature and it's possible they could get a little bigger. Ultimately, one or both could end up playing the five if they get any bigger. At this point in time, they're more comfortable facing up than playing with their backs to the basket. In order to be elite players down the road, they'll need to improve their low-post offensive games, as well as their rebounding. Nelson is one of the more interesting players in the class. He's pretty skilled with the ball and he has some small forward attributes to his game. But he's an outstanding rebounder -- one of the better rebounders we've seen in some time. Given that, and the fact that his body type is that of a four, we've decided to list him among the power forwards. There might be some matchups where he could guard a three in college, but typically we think he'll be defending the four spot. His quickness and ball skills should make him a difficult matchup for opposing power forwards. Lane is another guy who has both small forward and power forward attributes. He's got a nice stroke to the stripe, but he's not afraid to get inside and post up you. He moves very well for his size and he's got a nice frame with some length. Lane hasn't received much national exposure to date, but look for him to end up being recruited at a very high level when it's all said and done.

TOP POWER FORWARDS:


David Wear, 6-8, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Travis Wear, 6-8, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Reeves Nelson, 6-6, Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
Brendan Lane, 6-7, Rocklin (Calif.) High


OTHER POWER FORWARDS OF NOTE:

Devonte Elliott, 6-6, Paramount (Calif.) High
Colin Borchert, 6-8, Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge
Aaron Moore, 6-6, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Derrick Williams, 6-6, La Mirada (Calif.) High
Jessee Hazely, 6-6, Irvine (Calif.) Northwood
Andy Brown, 6-7, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Solomon Hill, 6-6, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Evan Smith, 6-7, Calabasas (Calif.) High
Kevin Greene, 6-4, San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart
Terran Carter, 6-5, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Craig Payne, 6-5, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda


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