Class of '06: Top 50 Hoop Recruits

The year might be 2004, but the Class of 2006 is where it's at when it comes to high school hoops. Headlined by 7-foot center <b>Greg Oden</b> of <b>Lawrence North (Ind.)</b> — the No. 1 player in the nation regardless of class — and 6-foot-9 power forward <b>Derrick Caracter</b> of <b>St. Patrick (N.J.)</b>, the junior class is absolutely loaded with studs.



With the high school basketball season rapidly approaching, SchoolSports.com unveils its preseason ranking of the nation's top hoop recruits. To get more information on the nation's top players, check out our new 2005 HS Hoops yearbook. Once again, SchoolSports and the Sporting News have combined forces on this annual preview which includes in-depth player rankings and analysis for the Class of 2005, 2006 and 2007, as well as national and regional team rankings and features on some of the top prep players in the country. The 2005 HS Hoops yearbook hits newsstands on October 26, but you can order your advance copy today .


Class of 2006 Preseason Rankings

1. Greg Oden
Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
Center, 7-0, 245

2. Derrick Caracter
St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.)
Power Forward, 6-9, 282

3. Brandan Wright
Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy
Power Forward, 6-9, 189

4. Darrell Arthur
South Oak Cliff (Dallas)
Power Forward, 6-7, 202

5. D.J. Augustin
Brother Martin (New Orleans)
Point Guard, 6-0, 160

6. Daequan Cook
Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio)
Shooting Guard, 6-5, 210

7. Brian Zoubek
Haddonfield (N.J.) Memorial
Center, 7-0, 243

8. Vernon Macklin
Norcom (Portsmouth, Va.)
Power Forward, 6-9, 205

9. Spencer Hawes
Seattle Prep
Center, 6-9, 213

10. Curtis Kelly
Rice (New York)
Power Forward, 6-8, 213

11. Kevin Durant
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Power Forward, 6-8, 188

12. Thaddeus Young
Mitchell (Memphis, Tenn.)
Small Forward, 6-8, 210

13. Ramar Smith
Martin Luther King (Detroit)
Shooting Guard, 6-1, 181

14. Pierre Niles
Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.)
Power Forward, 6-7, 240

15. Lance Thomas
Scotch Plains-Fanwood (Scotch Plains, N.J.)
Small Forward, 6-8, 200

16. James Keefe
Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Power Forward, 6-9, 204

17. Wayne Ellington
Episcopal Academy (Merion, Pa.)
Shooting Guard, 6-4, 185

18. Jon Scheyer
Glenbrook North (Northbrook, Ill.)
Shooting Guard, 6-5, 185

19. Keith Clark
Putnam City (Oklahoma City)
Power Forward, 6-7, 221

20. Paul Harris
Niagara Falls (N.Y.)
Shooting Guard, 6-4, 220

21. Javaris Crittenton
Southwest Atlanta Christian
Point Guard, 6-5, 195

22. Jawan Carter
Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.)
Point Guard, 6-0, 160

23. Damion James
Nacogdoches (Texas)
Small Forward, 6-8, 225

24. Jerry Smith
Wauwatosa (Wis.) East
Shooting Guard, 6-1, 195

25. Chris Rocquemore
Heritage Christian (Cleveland, Texas)
Power Forward, 6-8, 207

26. Gerald Henderson
Episcopal Academy (Merion, Pa.)
Shooting Guard, 6-5, 210

27. Isaiah Dahlman
Braham (Minn.) Area
Small Forward, 6-6, 173

28. Alex Stepheson
Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.)
Power Forward, 6-9, 207

29. Dwayne Collins
Miami Senior
Power Forward, 6-8, 225

30. Stanley Robinson
Huffman (Birmingham, Ala.)
Small Forward, 6-9, 210

31. Jeremiah Rivers
Winter Park (Fla.)
Point Guard, 6-3, 195

32. Tywon Lawson
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Point Guard, 5-11, 182

33. Mike Conley
Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
Point Guard, 6-1, 170

34. Jonathan Mitchell
Mount Vernon (N.Y.)
Power Forward, 6-6, 239

35. Nic Wise
Westfield (Houston)
Point Guard, 5-9, 194

36. Demond Carter
Reserve (La.) Christian
Point Guard, 5-9, 168

37. Luis Guzman
Paramus (N.J.) Catholic
Point Guard, 6-2, 170

38. Marques Johnson
Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Shooting Guard, 6-6, 198

39. Jimmy Graham
Charis Prep (Goldsboro, N.C.)
Power Forward, 6-8, 250

40. Christian Polk
Deer Valley (Glendale, Ariz.)
Shooting Guard, 6-2, 170

41. William Graves
Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.)
Small Forward, 6-6, 220

42. Bryan Davis
Grand Prairie (Texas)
Power Forward, 6-7, 226

43. Mitchell Carter
Rufus King (Milwaukee)
Center, 7-0, 270

44. Rob Thomas
St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.)
Small Forward, 6-6, 195

45. Alex Tyus
Hazelwood Central (Florissant, Mo.)
Power Forward, 6-6, 196

46. An'Juan Wilderness
Dunwoody (Ga.)
Small Forward, 6-6, 210

47. DeShawn Sims
Pershing (Detroit)
Power Forward, 6-7, 226

48. Sherron Collins
Crane Tech (Chicago)
Point Guard, 5-10, 175

49. Chase Budinger
La Costa Canyon (Encinitas, Calif.)
Small Forward, 6-6, 190

50. Robin Lopez & Brook Lopez
San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.)
Power Forward/Center, 6-11, 220


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