Pac-10 Recruiting Rankings

With the early signing period underway, <b>Prep West Hoops</b> brings you the basketball recruiting class rankings for the Pac-10 conference. There were some very close calls throughout the conference, including the battle for #1...

Here's our take on how the classes stack up, based purely on how the talent measures up. In other words, we paid no consideration to how well the talent fits on an existing team or whether needs were filled for the various rosters.

Ranking the recruiting classes for the Pac-10 isn't an easy task -- there are a number of close calls throughout the conference.

1. Cal

Ayinde Ubaka, 6-2 PG Oakland (Calif.) High
Leon Powe, 6-7 PF Oakland (Calif.) Oakland Tech
Dominic McGuire, 6-6 SF, San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln
Marquise Kately, 6-5 SF Pittsfield (Maine) Maine Central Institute

The Bears get a slight edge over Arizona, due to quality and quantity. Few people outside of the west realize just how good McGuire and Kately are going to be. Many national analysts also underrate Ubaka.

2. Arizona

Kirk Walters, 6-10 C Grand Rapids (Mich.) South Christian
Mustafa Shakur, 6-3 PG Wynnewood (Penn.) Friend's Central
Ndudi Ebi, 6-9 PF Houston (Tex.) Westbury Christian

Adding two of the top ten players in the country to Arizona's already loaded roster doesn't seem fair.

3. Arizona St.

Will Fameni, 6-8 PF Amelia Ct Hse (Virg.) Amelia Academy
Chris Low, 6-8 PF Gorman (Tex.) High
Tron Smith, 6-2 PG Moreno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs
Keith Wooden, 6-8 PF Lawrence (Kan.) Lawrence Free State

Tron Smith is a stud and Keith Wooden has a terrific upside. The Sun Devils were a clear choice for #3, in our opinion.

4. Oregon

Ray Schafer, 6-10 C Wasilla (Alaska) High
Mitch Platt, 6-9 C Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley
Aaron Brooks, 5-10 PG Seattle (Wash.) Franklin

Of the remaining teams, Oregon had the best player in Brooks, plus very intriguing big man Schafer and a solid post prospect in Platt.

5. UCLA

Trevor Ariza, 6-7 SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Sean Phaler, 6-9 PF Villa Park (Calif.) High

Bruins edge out next two teams with the best player in Ariza.

6. Oregon St.

Liam Hughes, 7-2 C Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
Kyle Jeffers, 6-8 PF Santa Rosa (Calif.) Montgomery
Jeffree Williams, 6-8 Portland (Ore.) Roosevelt

Oregon St. loads up in the frontcourt with three players who will be significant contributors over the next 4-5 years.

7. USC

Rodrick Stewart, 6-3 SG Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
Lodrick Stewart, 6-3 SG Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach

Twins are very talented, and very athletic, but feel for the game needs a lot of work. If they figure it out, this class could end up among top three in the conference.

8. Stanford

Fred Washington, 6-4 SF Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery
Tim Morris, 6-4 SG Atlanta (Georgia) Whitefield Academy
Evan Moore, 6-6 PF Brea (Calif.) Brea Olinda

Washington was a very good get late after losing on a few big-time targets. He'll bring athleticism and a warrior's attitude to the Cardinal.

T 9. Washington St.

Lance Den Boer, 6-6 SF Sunnyside (Wash.) Sunnyside Christian
Justin Garcia, 7-1 C San Bernardino (Calif.) San Bernardino Valley College

Cougars get a project big man and a pure shooter in Den Boer.

T 9. Washington

Tre Simmons, 6-5 SG Odessa (Tex.) Odessa College

Juco sources tell us that Simmons will help the Huskies.


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