SCPrepNation.com Top 10 2009 Hoops Prospects

We take a look at the top 10 players for the 2009 class in the Palmetto State. The list will surely expand as AAU play continues and we unearth more prospects but this is a great start to what is one of the stronger classes in recent memory for basketball in South Carolina. There are a few surprises and a few that won't surprise you so come inside and see who we have ranked in the top 10.

SCPrepNation.com's 2009
Top 10 Basketball Prospects
As Of April 15th 2008

Note: Keep in mind that the star ratings and Top 100 list are based on assessments by Scout.com national basketball recruiting director Dave Telep and his staff. The rankings below are provided by SCPrepNation.com based upon what we've seen of these players in action and extensive talks with various high school and AAU coaches throughout the Palmetto State. We break it all down and here is our list heading into the heart of AAU play. Our rankings will be updated from time to time as AAU play continues on so be sure to check back and see if there have been any changes and additions to the list over the coming months.

1. Milton Jennings

6'9 210 pounds

Rated 4 stars

Top 100 selection

This one is no surprise whatsoever. Jennings has asserted himself as a dominant force and in our opinion could land somewhere in the national top 50 before he's done. The Clemson Tigers did their due diligence and made sure that Jennings didn't leave the state. His potential is off the charts and when he wants to really get after it on the court he's as good as good as anyone in the country at his position.

2. Khris Middleton

6'6 195 pounds

Rated 2 stars

The race for #2 was a close one but Khris Middleton's rapid development lands him here in our opinion. Middleton is one of the most intriguing prospects in the southeast due to his size/length and scoring ability. Expect his stock to soar this AAU season as schools will try to make up ground on the schools already involved with him. What we like about him is that he's such a smooth scorer who has a versatile arsenal. Middleton can go and create his own shot but he's also an above passer as well. He needs to add strength but that will come in time. Watching him operate is a basketball fanatic's dream.

3. Devin Booker

6'7 220 pounds

Rated 4 stars

Top 100 selection

Mr. Booker is a manchild down low. Very similar to big brother Trevor already at Clemson we still think he's ahead of big brother at this stage. So far this AAU season he's gotten off to a slow start but that probably won't last long. Already committed to Clemson Booker has the looks of a great find for the Tigers. Devin is long and super athletic. Continued work in the weight room and on low block moves will make him an interesting partner with Jennings in the Clemson frontcourt for years to come. Landed in the top 100 nationally for Scout.com's 2009 list.

4. Robbie Dreher

6'4 185 pounds

Rated 1 star

This kid continues to work on his game and the results are coming in as scholarship offers. He grew another inch and added 10 pounds of muscle since the end of his sophomore season. Already a deadly shooter from deep Dreher continued to work on his ability to take it to the rack and his midrange game. He lead his team on a dominating state championship run and earned all-state honors once again. Mid majors are looking hard but if he continues to work on his ballhandling we think a few larger schools will take a closer look especially if he can shoulder running a team in spot duty on the next level.

5. Kenneth Manigault Jr.

Kenny Manigault

6'4 185 pounds

Rated 4 stars

Top 100 selection

Kenneth continues to climb the rankings. Teaming with Milton Jennings they have a chance to repeat as SCISA state champions again next year at Pinewood Prep. What Manigault brings to the table is that he's a large point guard highly capable of running a squad. He's become a better shooter from the perimeter and schools are starting to like his game so expect some offers to come soon during AAU play. We may catch some flak for having him below Dreher and Middleton at this point but when you look at numbers and scholarship offers and interest Manigault hasn't had nearly as much high level interest. That could all soon change as he landed in the Top 100 for Scout.com's 2009 list.

6. Quinton Thomas

6'6 186 pounds

Rated 1 star

We've loved Quinton's size as a point forward/guard and this year he capitalized on teammate Robbie Dreher's injury to assume the leadership of the Tigers during that time. It helped his confidence and we're hoping he continues to become more aggressive and assertive on the offensive end. He says he'll put in work in the weight room and continue to improve his perimeter game. At his size he's got a chance to land somewhere nice; already holds 2 scholarship offers from mid-major programs.

7. Alshon Jeffery

6'4 210 pounds

Rated 2 stars

We're going to catch some heat for having him this low but Jeffery plays on a team loaded with talent and great coaching. Their 70+ game winning streak is unbelievable and Jeffery plays a big part in their success. We're not knocking him but it wasn't too often that Calhoun County was tested where he needed to take control and take over. He's capable of doing so without a doubt. His football stock is off the charts and the word is he wants to play both in college. We'd like to see him be more aggressive with it and become more intense, sometimes it appears that it's too easy for him out there. Defensively when he's playing the middle of their fulcourt press his length and athleticism is a thing of beauty to see.

8. Sebastian Koch

6'6 180 pounds

Rated 2 stars

Koch had his moments this season and when he was on it was a sight to see. He's a pass first point guard and that's fine. At times though it seemed as if he deferred to his teammates too often offensively. He had an all-state teammate but we would have liked to seen him given the green light more offensively. He's a great college prospect and hopefully he gets his chance to shine this AAU season. Dynamic vision and size at point guard makes him a highly wanted prospect.

9. Brandon Curry

6'0 165 pounds

Rated 2 stars

Curry is a blur. We mean that in a good way. When it comes to pushing the ball up the court nobody else in this class comes close. He's definitely at least a mid-major prospect at this point. He deserves more looks and we're hoping that a strong AAU showing will do just that for him.

10. Rayshon Mack

6'7 190 pounds

Rated 1 star

We love this young man's motor and we're expecting him to get more looks this offseason. He's long and athletic, pair that with his high energy style and he's got a chance to make some noise in the right system. One of the best offensive rebounders we've seen in a while.

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