Class of '06: Top 100 Basketball Recruits

For the first time in three years, picking the No. 1 senior basketball player in the country was an easy call. Not since LeBron James in 2003 has the decision been this much of a no-brainer. For the Class of 2006, there's Lawrence North (Indianapolis) 7-foot center Greg Oden and then there's everyone else.

Greg Oden is simply dominant — dominant on offense, dominant on defense and dominant on the boards. No other prep baller has such a complete impact on every part of the game. That's not a knock on guys like Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) forward Kevin Durant, Episcopal Academy (Merion, Pa.) guard Wayne Ellington, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy forward Brandan Wright or Mitchell (Memphis, Tenn.) swingman Thaddeus Young, all of whom might normally be in serious contention for the top spot. But Oden is just so good that there's no debate.

SchoolSports.com unveils its preseason ranking of the nation's Top 100 basketball recruits in the Class of 2006. To get even more information on the nation's top players, SchoolSports and the Sporting News have combined forces on the 2005 High School Hoops Yearbook. Currently on newsstands nationwide, this annual preview includes player rankings for the Class of 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as national and regional team rankings and features on some of the top prep players in the country.

Class of 2006 Preseason Rankings

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

2. Kevin Durant
Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)
Small forward, 6-9, 190

3. Wayne Ellington
Episcopal Academy (Merion, Pa.)
Shooting guard, 6-4, 180

4. Brandan Wright
Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy
Power forward, 6-10, 195

5. Thaddeus Young
Mitchell (Memphis, Tenn.)
Small forward, 6-8, 200

6. Spencer Hawes
Seattle Prep
Center, 6-11, 225

7. Paul Harris
Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.)
Shooting guard, 6-5, 225

8. Sherron Collins
Crane Tech (Chicago)
Point guard, 5-11, 170

9. Derrick Caracter
Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.)
Power forward, 6-9, 270

10. Tywon Lawson
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Point guard, 6-0, 188

11. Brook Lopez
San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.)
Center, 7-0, 225

12. Chase Budinger
La Costa Canyon (Encinitas, Calif.)
Small forward, 6-7, 200

13. Darrell Arthur
South Oak Cliff (Dallas)
Power forward, 6-8, 220

14. Vernon Macklin
Hargrave Military (Chatham, Va.)
Power forward, 6-9, 215

15. Mike Conley
Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
Point guard, 6-1, 165

16. Javaris Crittenton
Southwest Atlanta Christian
Point guard, 6-5, 185

17. Damion James
Nacogdoches (Texas)
Small forward, 6-8, 225

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

19. Gerald Henderson
Episcopal Academy (Merion, Pa.)
Shooting guard, 6-5, 205

20. Lance Thomas
St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.)
Power forward, 6-8, 210

21. Raymar Morgan
McKinley (Canton, Ohio)
Small forward, 6-8, 211

22. Earl Clark
Rahway (N.J.)
Shooting guard, 6-8, 210

23. Davon Jefferson
The Patterson (N.C.) School
Small forward, 6-8, 220

24. Stanley Robinson
Huffman (Birmingham, Ala.)
Small forward, 6-9, 212

25. Duke Crews
Bethel (Hampton, Va.)
Power forward, 6-7, 234

26. D.J. Augustin
Brother Martin (New Orleans)
Point guard, 6-0, 170

27. Jon Scheyer
Glenbrook North (Northbrook, Ill.)
Shooting guard, 6-5, 170

28. Robin Lopez
San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.)
Center, 7-0, 225

29. Tyler Smith
Hargrave Military (Chatham, Va.)
Small forward, 6-7, 215

30. David Lighty
Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland)
Small forward, 6-6, 205

31. Deon Thompson
Torrance (Calif.)
Center, 6-8, 253

32. Ramar Smith
South Kent (Conn.) Prep
Point guard, 6-1, 188

33. Brian Zoubek
Haddonfield (N.J.) Memorial
Center, 7-1, 270

34. Alex Stepheson
Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.)
Power forward, 6-9, 215

35. DeShawn Sims
Pershing (Detroit)
Small forward, 6-7, 231

36. James Keefe
Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Power forward, 6-8, 200

37. Bryan Davis
Grand Prairie (Texas)
Power forward, 6-9, 230

38. Curtis Kelly
Rice (New York)
Power forward, 6-8, 236

39. Scottie Reynolds
Herndon (Va.)
Point guard, 6-0, 170

40. Willie Kemp
Bolivar (Tenn.) Central
Point guard, 6-3, 175

41. Jason Bohannon
Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa)
Point guard, 6-3, 180

42. Quincy Pondexter
San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.)
Small forward, 6-8, 185

43. Isaiah Dahlman
Braham (Minn.) Area
Small forward, 6-7, 174

44. Edgar Sosa
Rice (New York)
Point guard, 6-2, 170

45. Wayne Chism
Bolivar (Tenn.) Central
Power forward, 6-8, 220

46. Obi Muonelo
Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.)
Shooting guard, 6-4, 223

47. Pierre Niles
Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.)
Power forward, 6-7, 250

48. Jamie Skeen
North Mecklenburg (Huntersville, N.C.)
Power forward, 6-8, 207

49. Derrick Jasper
Paso Robles (Calif.)
Point guard, 6-4, 180

50. Patrick Christopher
Dominguez (Compton, Calif.)
Shooting guard, 6-4, 192

51. Jon Kreft
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Center, 7-0, 239

52. Doug Wiggins
East Hartford (Conn.)
Point guard, 6-0, 157

53. Jawan Carter
Tatnall School (Wilmington, Del.)
Point guard, 5-11, 165

54. Jerry Smith
Wauwatosa (Wis.) East
Shooting guard, 6-3, 180

55. Marques Johnson
Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Point guard, 6-6, 205

56. Michael Washington
Heritage Christian (Cleveland, Texas)
Power forward, 6-8, 221

57. Taj Gibson
Stoneridge Prep (Tarzana, Calif.)
Power forward, 6-8, 200

58. Perry Stevenson
Northside (Lafayette, La.)
Power forward, 6-9, 190

59. Josue Soto
Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Point guard, 5-11, 167

60. Anthony Gurley
Newton (Mass.) North
Shooting guard, 6-2, 204

61. Dwight Lewis
Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.)
Shooting guard, 6-6, 195

62. Gilbert Brown
South Kent (Conn.) Prep
Shooting guard, 6-5, 184

63. Mike Davis
Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.)
Center, 6-9, 235

64. Jordan Hill
The Patterson (N.C.) School
Power forward, 6-10, 215

65. Dwayne Collins
Miami Senior
Power forward, 6-8, 225

66. Mike Jones
Lower Richland (Hopkins, S.C.)
Small forward, 6-6, 210

67. DaJuan Summers
McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)
Power forward, 6-7, 239

68. Matt Bouldin
ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Point guard, 6-4, 190

69. Tory Jackson
Buena Vista (Saginaw, Mich.)
Point guard, 5-10, 175

70. Landon Milbourne
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Small forward, 6-5, 194

71. Daniel Deane
Judge Memorial Catholic (Salt Lake City)
Power forward, 6-8, 230

72. L.D. Williams
Montverde (Fla.) Academy
Shooting guard, 6-3, 189

73. Jason Bennett
Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Center, 7-2, 246

74. Marreese Speights
Hargrave Military (Chatham, Va.)
Center, 6-10, 245

75. Will Harris
Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)
Small forward, 6-5, 215

76. Kiwan Smith
Laurinburg (N.C.) Prep
Small forward, 6-7, 200

77. Rob Thomas
South Kent (Conn.) Prep
Small forward, 6-6, 220

78. Greivas Vasquez
Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)
Shooting guard, 6-5, 179

79. Kodi Augustus
Willowridge (Sugar Land, Texas)
Small forward, 6-7, 205

80. Kellen Lee
Genesis One (Mendenhall, Miss.)
Center, 6-11, 225

81. Jonathan Mitchell
Mount Vernon (N.Y.)
Small forward, 6-6, 240

82. Marcus Johnson
St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio)
Shooting guard, 6-2, 178

83. Solomon Tat
Community Christian (Stockbridge, Ga.)
Shooting guard, 6-4, 218

84. Brian Carlwell
Proviso East (Maywood, Ill.)
Center, 6-11, 261

85. Keith Clark
Putnam City (Oklahoma City)
Small forward, 6-8, 238

86. Lawrence Westbrook
The Winchendon (Mass.) School
Shooting guard, 6-1, 190

87. Seth Tarver
Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)
Shooting guard, 6-5, 205

88. Donald Sloan
Seagoville (Dallas)
Shooting guard, 6-2, 195

89. Adrion Graves
Hughes Center (Cincinnati)
Shooting guard, 6-3, 176

90. Nic Wise
Kingwood (Texas)
Point guard, 5-9, 192

91. Jason Love
Friends Select (Philadelphia)
Power forward, 6-8, 230

92. Ray Hall
Mullen (Denver)
Center, 6-9, 250

93. Tom Herzog
Powers Catholic (Flint, Mich.)
Center, 7-0, 220

94. Reggie Redding
St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia)
Shooting guard, 6-4, 180

95. Antonio Pena
St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.)
Power forward, 6-8, 225

96. Demond Carter
Reserve (La.) Christian
Point guard, 5-10, 167

97. Casiem Drummond
Bloomfield (N.J.)
Center, 6-10, 285

98. Jeremiah Rivers
Winter Park (Fla.)
Point guard, 6-4, 170

99. Lazar Hayward
Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.)
Shooting guard, 6-6, 205

100. William Graves
Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.)
Small forward, 6-4, 255


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