CLASS OF 2009 (1-50)

Rank  Player  Pos  Ht  Wt  High School  Commitment  Comments 
1 Derrick Favors

WF 6-9 215 Atlanta, GA South Atlanta Proved this summer he belongs at the top. Led the Atlanta Celtics to championship of Super 64. Great offensive tools, scores from arc on in, plays both forward sports, long, athletic and flat gets it done.
2 Renardo Sidney

PF 6-10 230 Fairfax, CA Make no mistake about it - this is the top NBA prospect in the class when he comes to play. Seems to play in spurts and doesn't always play hard. Tools he has will put him in the NBA somebody. Has to get the pro attitude. Will challenge Favors to reclaim top spot.
3 Lance Stephenson

SG 6-4 200 Brooklyn, NY Lincoln The comeback player of the summer. Ascended to levels we saw as a freshman. Dominated offensively in backcourt, shoots three with the best in the class, shows he's ready to take the top spot. Has potential to be a lottery pick down the road.
4 Xavier Henry

SG 6-6 210 Oklahoma City, OK Putnam City One of the bright stars of the summer, this offensive talent scored from three and made highlights off the dribble with his ability to make gyms buzz and finish at the hoop. Has a chance to become the dominant offensive player in the class.
5 DeMarcus Cousins

PF 6-11 225 Mobile, AL LeFlore Huge low-block player with wide shoulders, great hands, mobility, and is just scratching the surface. Intrigues NBA scouts with little things he does and potential for improvement he has. Too early to tell but may challenge for higher spot in time as he develops.
6 Kenny Boynton

SG 6-3 180 Plantation, FL American Heritage One of the most fun players to watch this summer. Scores in spurts, consistency on jumper isn't always there but when it is, he's dominant. Led Team Breakdown to 17U National Championship and a runner-up finish at Reebok Summer Championship. A winner who will help any program at next level.
7 Jordan Hamilton

WF 6-7 190 Los Angeles, CA Dorsey Smooth wing, always seems to be among the best at every event. Can shoot the three, has knack for finishing and creates dribble drive with either hand.
8 Jamil Wilson

WF 6-7 210 Racine, WI Horlick Tremendous athlete who has been rising fast among frontcourt players. Has ability to post you up and score with either hand from in close with explosiveness. As perimeter skills improve, look for him to challenge for a top five spot.
9 Dexter Strickland

SG 6-3 175 Elizabeth, NJ St. Patrick’s NORTH CAROLINA Has combo skills, at best when setting up teammates off his outside jumper. Look for him to be the key man in team's nationally ranked status again this year. One of East Coast's best guards.
10 DeShawn Painter

PF 6-9 200 Norfolk, VA B.T. Washington Long, athletic insider with ability to block shots, board and run the floor. Has a sweet 15-footer used as a pop-out or as a trailer.
11 Hollis Thompson

WF 6-6 185 Los Angeles, CA Loyola GEORGETOWN Lit it up at Pangos Camp and kept going in summer. Has ability to score from outside and set up with dribble-drive. At his best when he's hitting that sweet jumper and among West Coast's best.
12 Isaiah Armwood

WF 6-7 215 Rockville, MD Montrose Christian Physical insider who plays both on the wing and around the basket. Gives an effort and has a nose for the basketball. Ability to finish the drive sets him apart from many in the class. Has an attitude but backs it up with his play.
13 Dominic Cheek

WF 6-4 185 Jersey City, NJ St. Anthony’s Bouncy wing can get to the hoop in a hurry and can fill it up. Makes big plays on both ends - which you'd expect from a St. Anthony's player - and has a competitor's heart.
14 Reeves Nelson

PF 6-7 225 Modesto, CA Christian UCLA Surprise in spring and had a strong summer. Inside warrior backs down from nobody, takes it to the hoop, and as his facing game develops, look for him to rise. Key piece in Pump N' Run's summer success.
15 John Wall

PG 6-3 175 Raleigh, NC Word of God Quick point guard who can deliver the rock in the open court or off the dribble. Look for him to be an ACC/SEC priority in the future.
16 Karron Johnson

PF 6-7 220 Durham, NC Mount Zion Physical athlete who can really score in bunches. Really worked hard to develop perimeter skills and benefited from national competition at prep school. Seems to be ready now to challenge as a national competitor as a player in his own right.
17 Leslie McDonald

WF 6-5 190 Memphis, TN Briarcrest Absolutely creates highlights at the rim or knocks down open jumpers at the perimeter. Can break you down off the dribble.
18 Noel Johnson

WF 6-7 195 Lovejoy, GA Long and lean wing really grew on me this summer. Plays on big frontline with Atlanta Celtics but plays big role. Knows when to shoot and when not to - plays within himself. Has potential to be an impact freshman when he hits college.
19 DaShonte Riley

C 6-11 220 Detroit, MI Cass Tech Long drink of water blocks shots, ran the floor, and scored around basket with authority and finesse this summer. Showed improved versatility as well. He's on the rise.
20 Daniel Orton

C 6-9 220 Oklahoma City, OK McGuinness Strong, physical inside player who can score with regularity. Great drop-step and dunk while also popping outside to 8-feet and knocking it down.
21 Ari Stewart

WF 6-7 190 Marietta, GA Wheeler Physical wing who finishes the drive, crashes the glass and plays with a physical abandon that you just have to love. As game expands to perimeter, his stock will rise.
22 Nolan Dennis

SG 6-5 175 North Richland Hills, TX Richland Good shooting wing, really excited people with his late play this summer, has ability to run the floor and rise to the rim.
23 Travis Wear

PF 6-9 205 Santa Ana, CA Mater Dei NORTH CAROLINA Multi-skilled inside-out power man that has really improved his overall skill base. One to watch on the national scene as his body fills out.
24 Wallace Judge

PF 6-8 205 Jacksonville, FL Arlington Country Day KANSAS STATE Summer surprise who really had a breakout week at Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic. Good bounce, tremendous hands and showed he could step out some. A power forward coming of age.
25 Peyton Siva

PG 6-0 170 Seattle, WA Franklin Tore people at the Cactus Classic. Can absolutely drill the NBA range three to set up penetration and kick. Delivers the rock and sees the court to make him a big-time point at the next level.
26 John Henson

C 6-10 200 Round Rock, TX NORTH CAROLINA Athletic and mobile big man can run the floor with the best in the class. Finishes around the hoop and has nice touch. As strength comes, he'll be one to watch.
27 Keith Gallon

C 6-8 275 Mouth of Wilson, VA Oak Hill Academy Wide-bodied big man heading out of Texas to Oak Hill and will be inside presence they need to challenge for another national title. Great hands, uses his body extremely well and isn't afraid to knock people down when going for a board. Love the way he plays.
28 Roberto Nelson

SG 6-3 190 Santa Barbara, CA Fills it up from outside. Is great on the catch and shoot and even better off the dribble. What else should a shooting guard be? He's a guy who can just flat-out bury it.
29 Maalik Wayns

PG 6-1 190 Philadelphia, PA Roman Catholic VILLANOVA One of the summer's sweet surprises. Can get in the lane and finish, shoot it from deep and has great quickness to go with his moves.
30 David Wear

PF 6-9 210 Santa Ana, CA Mater Dei NORTH CAROLINA Great skills facing the hoop, can knock down the 17-footer, and continues to improve as a finisher with strength added. Pushing his brother Travis as to who is the better twin.
31 Jerry Brown

WF 6-6 200 San Francisco, CA Sacred Heart Cathedral Really came on this summer with an improved perimeter jumper to go with finishing at the hoop. Athletic wing will push for Top 25 spot this winter.
32 Abdul Gaddy

SG 6-3 175 Tacoma, WA Bellarmine Prep ARIZONA Quick wing who can explode off the dribble to the hoop and set it up with his outside jumper. Getting some major looks for his complete game.
33 Lorenzo Brown

SG 6-3 185 Roswell, GA Centennial Loves to isolate and attack the hoop. Finishes with highlights and brought down the house a couple times this summer with his windmill dunks.
34 Alex Oriakhi

PF 6-8 210 Tilton, NH School CONNECTICUT Strong and physical insider has really improved his facing game. Now hitting the 15-17 footer with regularity to set up his dribble drive. Has tools to play a lot as a freshman.
35 Gregory Echenique

C 6-9 250 Newark, NJ St. Benedict’s Improved by leaps and bounds offensively. Finishes, boards and runs the court well. A key to his team's national ranking playing alongside '08 stud Samardo Samuels
36 Marshawn Powell

PF 6-6 230 Newport News, VA Menchville Physical combo forward is much more at home around the hoop, scores with quickness and explosion off the floor, creates highlights and loves to dunk in your face.
37 Milton Jennings

PF 6-9 190 Summerville, SC Pinewood Prep Long and lean power player has great skills to face the hoop, attacks the basket with both hands, tremendous finisher, uses his length and quickness to finish around the hoop. One of the best kept secrets in the Mid-Atlantic region.
38 Elijah Johnson

PG 6-2 190 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Physical point has the ability to attack the defense off the dribble, run the break and deliver it in transition. Should become a West Coast priority.
39 Shawn Williams

WF 6-6 200 Duncanville, TX Smooth wingman showed a much improved jump shot, hit the three with regularity and finishes in traffic already. Should be rising again.
40 Terrell Vinson

PF 6-6 220 Rockville, MD Montrose Christian Bouncy power player has a knack for finishing and crashing the boards. Runs the floor extremely well and as facing skills develop, he'll keep rising in the class. Shot consistency can improve.
41 Royce White

WF 6-7 210 Minneapolis, MN DeLaSalle One of summer's pleasant surprises was this bouncy combo forward. Has ability to hit 17-footers or drive and finish at the hoop. Look for his stock to rise as his ability from the outside improves.
42 Tristan Spurlock

WF 6-6 220 Rockville, MD Montrose Christian Athletic wing showed great skills in the open court, can break you down on the wing or catch the 'oop and throw it down on the baseline. Has tools and really intrigues.
43 Kyle Hardwick

PF 6-9 225 Lawton, OK Eisenhower OKLAHOMA Physical low block player has great hands and can step out and knock down the 15-footer. Will be a great piece for the Sooners.
44 Stephan Van Treese

PF 6-9 215 Indianapolis, IN Lawrence North Mobile big man seemed to be frustrated some this summer as his shot didn't fall like normally used to, but he'll bounce back this year and make a statement next spring without a doubt.
45 Clarence Trent

WF 6-7 225 Henderson, NV Findlay Prep Physical combo has re-classifed from 2008 class. Can score off the dribble or knock down the 17-footer. His maturity gives him a leg up and look for him to be heavily sought after.
46 Erik Murphy

PF 6-8 215 Southborough, MA St. Mark’s FLORIDA Skilled big man can knock down the 15-footer, drop the pass to the post or create the dribble drives. Finishes well in transition and one on the rise.
47 Dante Taylor

PF 6-8 220 Fort Washington, MD National Christian Physical rebounder impressed with his ability to crash the glass, run the floor and go up and get the 'oop pass.
48 Mfon Udofia

PG 6-2 180 Stone Mountain, GA Miller Grove Smooth point has good size, length and quickness to deliver the rock off the dribble and in the open court.
49 Cory Jefferson

PF 6-9 185 Killeen, TX BAYLOR Long drink of water grew on me as the summer progressed. Can post you up and use either hand around the hoop or step out and pop the 15-footer. As his body fills out, look out.
50 Christian Watford

WF 6-8 190 Trussville, AL Hewitt-Trussville High-flying wing can catch the 'oop and smash it or step out and shoot it to freeze the defense. Consistency is key, must extend his shot range behind the arc but he has time.
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