2009 West Rankings: Centers

The centers aren't a real strong group in the West Coast class of 2009, but big guys don't always look great this early in their careers. The top center in the west is also one of the best players in the country, but there is another guy to watch also...

The West is a bit short on talent at the center spot in 2009, but there
will probably be a few guys who emerge during the upcoming season. Sidney is far and away the top talent at the position. He has the skills to play the four or the five, but at his size he probably plays the five in college. Sidney does need to learn to play with more consistent focus and effort, but there's no denying his considerable talent. Smith is a very interesting prospect. He's got huge feet and hands, with a decent amount of skill. He too has to learn to play with a more consistent effort, but his physical upside is considerable. Stover has extremely long arms and he's a very good shot-blocker. His offensive game is still coming, and he needs to get stronger, but he's a potential sleeper in this class. Osweiler made an early commitment to Gonzaga and it looks like the Zags got a good one. He's a big body, with nice hands and feet, and he figures to be a very nice player in the WCC. Hutchinson is a big banger who moves well and plays with good energy.

1) Renardo Sidney, 6-9, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
2) Greg Smith, 6-8, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
3) Anthony Stover, 6-9, La Canada (Calif.) Renaissance Academy
4) Brock Osweiler, 6-8, Flathead (Mont.) High Gonzaga
5) Eric Hutchinson, 6-9, Longview (Wash.) Mark Morris

OTHER CENTERS OF NOTE:

Chris Cunningham, 6-7, Diamond Bar (Calif.) Diamond Ranch
Joe Burton, 6-7, Hemet (Calif.) High
Lucas Devenny, 6-7, Santa Rosa (Calif.) Piner
Joseph Henson, 6-8, Pasadena (Calif.) High
Caleb Johnson, 6-7, Sacramento (Calif.) El Camino
Deandre Matlock, 6-8, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West
Trevor Williams, 6-9, Denver (Col.) St. Mary's


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