3 Metro Underclassmen in Top 25

'Basketball Beat,' a new entrant in the internet world of basketball, last week issued its ranking of the top 25 underclassmen. Among the top 25 are three players from New York and New Jersey, led by freshman Lance Stephenson at number 5.

Here are the area players in the top 25:

'BB' Comment
5 Lance Stephenson 2009 CG, 6-4, 195, Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn, NY)Stephenson is a very talented freshman-to-be. He has good size and length. He drives strong to the basket. Stephenson has good court vision and is a great passer. He is also a good defender and rebounder.
16 Corey Stokes 2007 Swing, 6-5, 185, St. Benedict Prep (Newark, NJ)Stokes is a great athlete and a strong finisher. He has a great shot which includes a great three-point shot. He needs to continue to improve his mid-range game and his rebounding.
20 Erving Walker 2008 PG, 5-6, 140, Christ The King (Middle Village, NY) Walker may not even be as tall as he's listed. But that doesn't matter, he can play. He handles the ball well, and he can shoot. He has a great three-point shot, and has range even beyond the three-point line. Colleges should give this guy a look, even if they aren't impressed with his size.

Top 25 by state/area:

California      4
Ohio            3
Metro NY        3
Florida         2
* Metro DC      2
Oregon          2
Pennsylvania    2
Arizona         1
Georgia         1
Indiana         1
Illinois        1
Mississippi     1
Minnesota       1
Texas           1

* Both players, juniors Mike Beasley and Nolan Smith, are playing at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. this season.

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