West Coast Pre-Summer: 2005

What is it about the state of Washington? Players from Washington own a couple of the #1 positions in the west coast 2004 class, and in the 2005 class they're very prominent, including perhaps the #1 player in the class at this point in <b>Martell Webster</b>. Here are the west coast youngsters to watch for this summer...

Almost every year at this time we think the class moving from sophomores to juniors is a bit thin on talent - but then, naturally, more D-1 prospects step up and emerge eventually.  At this same stage, though, for the 2005 class, the class is already pretty solid on talent, so it's exciting to consider, if more emerge, how talented this class could possibly be.

The class is actually pretty typically weighted at this point, with more talent at the guard and wing positions than among the bigs.  The state of Washington continues its prominence in our rankings, probably boasting the #1 player in the 2005 class on the west coast in shooting guard/small forward WebsterChalmers from Anchorage, Alaska, is more of a combo guard, but he is among the most talented in the 2005 class on the west coast and a national-caliber guard recruit.  McGee has a great deal of talent and it will be interesting to see how he develops in the next couple of years.  Point guard Watson and combo guard Falley, both from Las Vegas, have a chance to also be elite prospects.  Two of the best shooting guards in the west with a chance to be hotly recruited are both named Williams, and both from Washington. In addition to Webster at small forward, Utah has one of the sweetest shooters in the west among any class in DargerJohnson, Spain and Harvey also have pretty clear chances of being considered elite nationally.  The bigs, as stated, are a bit thin (in more ways than one), with probably the two prospects that have the most clear-cut chance of getting recruited by elite high majors being Johnson and Hoerner.

At this point we opt not to actually rank the players, but just provide an early list of the standouts at each position. 


Mario Chalmers, 6-1,Anchorage (Alaska) Bartlett
Kashif Watson, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Lamar Falley, 6-3, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango
Jonathan Gibson, 5-11, West Covina (Calif.) High
Andre McGee, 5-9, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs
Brian McTear, 5-10, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
David Carter, 6-0, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda
Trae Clark, 5-9, Newark (Calif.) Newark Memorial
Darren Collison, 5-10, Etiwanda (Calif.) High
Steven Coulter, 5-10, Tustin (Calif.) High

Other Point Guards of Note:

Mike Bogan, 5-8, Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley
Corey Counts, 5-10,  Los Angeles (Calif.) Palisades
Danny Williams, 6-0, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
Brenan Davis, 6-0, American Fork (Utah) Lone Peak
Artis Gant, 6-1, Pasadena (Calif.) High
Michael Gerrity, 6-0, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Mitch Johnson, 5-11, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
Darrin Jordan, 5-10, Phoenix (Ariz.) Trevor Browne
James Powell, 6-1, Glendora (Calif.) High
Justonn Smith, 6-1, Woodside (Calif.) High
Josh Tarver, 6-1, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
Chaz Thomas, 6-0, Pacifica (Calif.) Oceana
Jamil Turner, 6-1, Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel
Gary Ward, 6-0, Tacoma (Wash.) Mt. Tahoma
Brian Williams, 5-10, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Dwain Williams, 5-11, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral
Bobby Winston, 6-0, Bellflower (Calif.) High
Steffan Johnson, 6-0, Kent (Wash.) Kent Meridian


Terrence Williams, 6-4, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
LaTravis Turner, 6-3, Portland (Ore.) Lincoln
Marcus Williams, 6-4, Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt
Stephen Gilling, 6-2, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
Marcus Carter, Jr., 6-4, Claremont (Calif.) High
Davon Lloyd, 6-2, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez

Other Shooting Guards of Note:

Buchi Awaji, 6-1, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Daryl Best, 6-3, El Toro (Calif.) High
Kyle Brown, 6-2, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Seketoure Henry, 6-0, Lynwood (Calif.) High
Joe Ford, 6-3, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
Martin Flores, 6-5, Woodland (Calif.) High
Anthony Goods, 6-2,  Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Larry Gordon, 6-2, Montclair (Calif.) High
Devin Graff, 6-1, St. George (Utah) Pineview
Harvey Hale, 6-3, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Rio Grande
Jason Hill, 6-3, Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland
Justin Holmes, 6-3, Oakland (Calif.) Fremont
Rishi Kakad, 6-2, Phoenix (Ariz.) Horizon
Matt Mortensen, 6-4, Provo (Utah) Timpview
Desmond Martin, 6-3, Tacoma (Wash.) Foss
Charles Prescott, 6-1,  Pittsburg (Calif.) High
Justin Sapp, 6-0, Glendora (Calif.) High
Ryan Staudacher, 6-2, Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington
Brantley Watson, 6-4,  Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan
James Williams, 6-4, Aptos (Calif.) High


Martell Webster, 6-6, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
Kyle Spain, 6-5, Newark (Calif.) Newark Memorial
Joe Darger, 6-6, Riverton (Utah) High
Micah Downs, 6-6, Butte (Mont.) High
Brian Harvey, 6-5, Carson (Calif.) High
Larry Gourganious, 6-4, Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's
Marcus Johnson, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Ray Reese, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester

Other Small Forwards of Note:

D'Andre Bell, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Palisades
Milton Brown, 6-3, El Cerrito (Calif.) High
Jessie Byrd, 6-6, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
Marcus Carson, 6-3, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
Jason Deutchman, 6-4, Santa Monica (Calif.) High
Cole Forbrig, 6-5, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
Jason Heard, 6-4, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
Kelly Hubbard, 6-2, Carson (Calif.) High
Deweese Hughes, 6-4, Hercules (Calif.) High
Arturas Lazdauskas, 6-6, Hollywood (Calif.) High
Matt Mortenson, 6-5, Provo (Utah) Timpview
Marcus Palmer, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
 Theo Robertson, 6-4, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Austin Usher, 6-3. Los Angeles (Calif.) Jefferson
Jordan Warren, 6-5, Woodland Hills (Calif.) El Camino Real
Alex White, 6-5, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Rio Grande
Logan Magnusson, 6-4, Heber City (Utah) Wasatch


Amir Johnson, 6-8, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Davon Jefferson, 6-7, Lynwood (Calif.) High
Darrin Mahoney, 6-7, Heber City (Utah) Wasatch
Lawrence Hill, 6-7, Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley
Rashad Austin, 6-6, Claremont (Calif.) High
Jon Brockman, 6-6, Snohomish (Wash.) High
A.J. McCormick, 6-5, Madera (Calif.) High
Jeffrey Pendergraft, 6-7, Etiwanda (Calif.) High
Jamaal Boykin, 6-6, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Alex Tiefenthaler, 6-8, Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel

Other Power Forwards of Note:

Calvin Anderson, 6-6, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
Chawn Johnson, 6-6, Antelope Valley (Calif.) High
Dior Lowhorn, 6-5, San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan
Brian Morris, 6-7, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson
Conor Mullen, 6-5, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
Kasey Neimeyer, 6-6, Woodland (Calif.) Woodland Christian
Steven Ojo, 6-5, Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads
Ike Okoye, 6-7, Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek
Michael Shelton, 6-5, Hawthorne (Calif.) High
Titus Shelton, 6-6, Bakersfield (Calif.) High
Diamond Simpson, 6-6, Hayward (Calif.) High
Tim Sutton, 6-6, Pasadena (Calif.) High
Michael Strittmater, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
Dazzmond Thorton, 6-6, Denver (Col.) East
Matt Border, 6-7, La Habra (Calif.) High


Brayden Bell, 6-8, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
Brett Hoerner, 6-10, Fullerton (Calif.) High
Sam Warren, 6-9, Denver (Col.) Montbello
Artem Terechov, 6-8, Toledo (Wash.) High
Eric Van Vlict 6-8, Santa Cruz (Calif.) High
Jordan Wilkes, 6-9, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola

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