West Rankings: SFs, PFs and Cs

The west coast class of 2011 isn't a great one, mostly because of a lack of talent in the frontcourt at small forward, power forward and center. Juan Anderson, Kyle Wiltjer, Kenyatta Smith and Angelo Chol stand out...

SMALL FORWARDS

The position of small forward in the west for 2011 is not real deep and it's just a decent group overall. Anderson is the clear-cut choice for the top spot. An above-average athlete, Anderson is a versatile prospect with good ball skills, a very good feel for the game and a significant upside. He's just a fair shooter, but his mechanics aren't bad and he should improve over time. Garrett is an athletic lefty with the ability to score in a variety of ways. His decision-making needs to get better, but he has the potential to be a good scorer at the next level. Bailey is a terrific athlete with the potential to be a very good defender. His shot needs a lot of work, but he's got the body and athleticism to play at the high major level. Simpson is a very intriguing prospect that does a little bit of everything. He's always around the ball, he defends well and his skills are coming along. Wesley is a bit of a tweener with some power forward attributes, but he's a gamer and finds a way to make plays.

1) Juan Anderson, 6-5, Castro Valley (Calif.) High
2) Amir Garrett, 6-5, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
3) Kevin Bailey, 6-5, Clovis (Calif.) Clovis East
4) Rasean Simpson, 6-5, San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln
5) Byron Wesley, 6-4, San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon USC
6) Dillon Biggs, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
7) Chris Reed, 6-5, Castro Valley (Calif.) High
8) Damani Coley, 6-6, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln
9) Dominique Dunning, 6-4, Corona (Calif.) Corona Centennial New Mexico
10) Mervyn Lindsey, 6-5, Riverside (Calif.) JW North


POWER FORWARDS

The 2011 power forwards in the west are a fairly average group. There isn't a lot of depth at the positon and only a handful of high major prospect. Wiltjer gets the nod for the top spot due to his high skill level. He's improved his low-post game in the past year and he has the ability to step out and knock down three-pointers. Chol is more of a five in terms of his offensive game, but he should be able to defend the four at the next level. He's a good athlete with a nice low-post game. Pelle should be the top guy in this group, as he is the best athlete with the highest upside. However, his focus and approach to the game need to get much better if he is to ever reach his potential. Anderson is a very good shooter with range to the stripe and he's improved as a rebounder in the past year. Cain has become a very accurate shooter out to 16-18 feet and he's also comfortable playing with his back to the basket.

1) Kyle Wiltjer, 6-9, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
2) Angelo Chol, 6-7, San Diego (Calif.) Hoover
3) Norvel Pelle, 6-9, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
4) Ryan Anderson, 6-8, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
5) Damiene Cain, 6-5, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
6) Darius Nelson, 6-4, Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon
7) Kidus Ephrem, 6-6, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic
8) Aaron Lieberman, 6-7, Valley Village (Calif.) Valley Torah
9) Mark Tollefsen, 6-8, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
10) Ramon Eaton, 6-7, Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon



CENTERS

The centers in the West Coast class of 2011, like the power forwards, are just an average group overall. Kuemper, while just a fair athlete, is very skilled with an excellent feel for the game. Smith is undersized, but he's suprisingly nimble and explosive with the ability to score in a variety of ways. Garrett has come a long way in the past year. He may never be a big-time scorer, but he should impact the game as a rebounder and defender. Caudill is just a decent athlete, but he can score in the post with either hand and he has a good feel for the game. Johnson is a big kid with potential, but needs to improve his focus and approach to the game.

1) Austin Kuemper, 6-9, Beaverton (Ore.) Westview
2) Kenyatta Smith, 6-6, La Canada (Calif.) Flintridge Prep
3) Robert Garrett, 6-10, Sacramento (Calif.) High
4) Kyle Caudill, 6-10, Brea (Calif.) High Boston College
5) Kevin Johnson, 6-9, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
6) Brendan Keane, 6-8, Alameda (Calif.) St. Joseph's
7) Paulin Mpawe, 6-9, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
8) Antonio Worthy, 6-10, Montbello (Calif.) High
9) Chen Cai, 6-7, San Diego (Calif.) Maranatha Christian
10) Mike Van Kirk, 7-0, Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete


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