Greg Oden, C, Lawrence North
If you follow high school basketball and you haven't heard this name, I'm not sure where you've been. Oden is one of the most celebrated prep players since Lebron James. He averaged a double-double this year with 21 points and 10 rebounds per game. Many analysts believe Oden is going pro, and while it might be the likely decision, the NBA is trying to put a 20 year old age limit to entering the draft. If the age limit is implemented look for Oden to play along side his high school and AAU sidekick Mike Conley.
Vernon Macklin, PF, I.C. Norcom HS
Macklin is another player that most likely will only see college if the NBA age limit agreed upon. Macklin has a wide array of skills and has received comparisons to Kevin Garnett. He's very athletic and rebounds the ball very well. In his latest list he only named North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Maryland. Macklin stands 6-foot-9 and is ranked as the 5th best player in the class.
Brian Zoubek, C, Haddonfield Memorial HS
Standing 7-foot-1 Zoubek is really beginning to reach some of his potential. He's a big body in the lane, and knows how to rebound. While he's obviously a big player on the court, he's a big player in the classroom as well. When DeaconSports.com talked with him in late October, Zoubek had a 4.0 GPA. With such strong grades it looks like academics are going to play a role in where he attends college. Stanford, Duke, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame are all recruiting him.
Jason Bennett, C, Arlington Country Day
As big as Bennett is you'd expect him to dominate, but he's not to that level yet. The 7-foot-2 junior has a list of major suitors including Wake Forest. He is ranked as the 9th best center and has made tremendous strides in his first two seasons. The main thing holding Bennett back is his lack of aggressiveness. If he finds some aggressiveness he will turn into a solid college player, but not until then.
Kevin Durant, PF, Oak Hill Academy
This is one of the top players in the country. If you look at him, you would think he was way to skinny, but at 6-foot-9 he can just about do it all. He can mix it up inside as well as step out and knock down the three. He's getting looks from just about every school in the country but he likes Wake Forest, Texas, Kentucky, UConn, and Georgia Tech among others. He's ranked number one at his position and if he continues to get better, it'll be tough to get him on campus. Wake Forest is beginning to turn up the heat on Durant.
Lance Thomas, PF, St. Benedict Prep
Here is another outstanding power forward in the 2006 class. Thomas is ranked the 6th best power forward and the 11th best player in the class overall. He has a knack for rebounding, and the skills to play either forward position. The 6-foot-8 forward has received offers from the likes of Wake Forest, Arizona, UConn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Rutgers, Maryland, Kansas, Florida, Miami, and St. Johns.
Richard Semrau, PF, Lutheran West
While many of post players will look into the NBA draft Semrau is a safe bet to get on campus. Semrau likes Wake Forest, Kentucky, Illinois, UNC, and Florida. Wake and Kentucky are at the forefront of his recruitment. This 6-foot-9 forward tends to float out to the perimeter a little too much, but is mobile and a great touch around the rim.
Lewis Witcher, PF, Franklin County
Witcher is an interesting prospect. Hidden in the hills of southwest Virginia, Witcher hasn't been seen by too many colleges just yet. Wake Forest has heard the word on him, however, and has followed up with heavy interest. The Deacs have brought him down for a practice earlier this year and Witcher loves Wake Forest. Along with Wake's interest, Virginia Tech has offered him a scholarship.
Alex Stephenson, PF, Harvard-Westlake School
Although not rated at his position Stephenson has a very nice upside and Wake Forest is interested. He's 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, so he could add some weight. He runs the floor well and is a good athletic talent.