Class of 2010 - Top 40 Freshmen

Three have already given verbal commitments to schools.


Nov. 29, 2006



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By Van Coleman

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The Freshman Class is the toughest of all to rate, since most of the players are just starting to develop the skills to become nationally known recruits.  The point guards tend to be ahead of the big men at this point, and because of that, some of those kids have already had the opportunity to play up in age-group during AAU. 

 

Currently the Class of 2010 is led by 6-foot-8 and growing Deshaun Thomas, an athletic and physical inside talent who can put up some big numbers.  Right behind him is explosive wing scorer 6-foot-2 Brandon Knight.  Knight has combo-type skills and can drain jumper or get to hoop with either hand.  At No. 3 is the top big man on the west coast, 6-foot-9 Jeremy Tyler, who can board and score with the big boys.  The west coast also boasts our No. 4 in 6-foot-2 Gary Franklin, a heady point with Michael Bibby-type tools.  Rounding out the top five is fast-rising floor general 6-foot-2 Noah Cottril from Poca, West Virginia.

 

The second group of five is led by 6-foot-6 Big Apple horse Jayvaughn Pinkston, who can really score on the blocks.  He's followed by the latest commitment to the Fighting Illini of Illinois, 6-foot-7 Jereme Richmond.  Richmond opened up his high school career with a 35-point and 23-rebound effort.  Right behind this high scoring forward duo is eastern blur 6-foot-2 Tony Chenault, a Philly point that can deliver the rock with the best at his age.  Michigan wing man 6-foot-4 Trae Ziegler will burn you if you leave him open, and rounding out the top ten is fast rising 6-foot-6 North Carolina wing man C.J. Leslie, someone who can flat out take it to the rim off the dribble.

 

This list is going to be an evolving group, as the depth is starting to develop with new players being added to the "wait & see" list every day.  Although it's early, the top 35 players are definitely the start of a good class. With that in mind, let's take a look at the top talent the Class of 2010 has to offer...

 

CLASS OF 2010 - Top 40 Freshmen

 

Rk

Player

Hgt

Wgt

Pos

City, State, School

College Choices

1.

Deshaun Thomas

6-8

220

PF

Fort Wayne, IN Bishop Luers

Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Tennessee

2.

Brandon Knight

6-2

165

SG

Fort Lauderdale, FL Pine Crest

 

3.

Jeremy Tyler

6-9

220

C

Chula Vista, CA Eastlake

 

4.

Gary Franklin

6-2

170

PG

Santa Ana, CA Mater Dei

 

5.

Noah Cottril

6-2

165

PG

Poca, WV

 

6.

Jayvaughn Pinkston

6-6

235

PF

Brooklyn, NY Bishop Loughlin

 

7.

Jereme Richmond

6-6

190

WF

Winnetka, IL North Shore Day

ILLINOIS

8.

Tony Chenault

6-2

165

PG

Philadelphia, PA St. John Neumann-Goretti

 

9.

Trae Ziegler

6-4

185

WF

Mount Pleasant, MI

 

10.

C.J. Leslie

6-6

180

WF

Holly Springs, NC

 

11.

Dakota Euton

6-7

200

PF

Ashland, KY Rose Hill

 

12.

Stacey Poole

6-3

175

CG

Jacksonville, FL Raines

 

13.

Myron Respress

6-7

200

PF

Niagara Falls, NY

 

14.

Kendall Marshall

6-1

165

PG

Arlington, VA Bishop O'Connell

 

15.

Jared Sullinger

6-7

190

PF

Columbus, OH Northland

 

16.

Jerrell Eddie

6-6

210

PF

Concord, NC Cannon School

 

17.

Daryl Trayham

5-9

150

PG

Upper Marlboro, MD Wise

 

18.

Tyler Lamb

6-5

185

SG

Ontario, CA Colony

 

19.

Trevor Clemmings

6-6

185

PF

Paramus, NJ Catholic

 

20.

Kony Ealy

6-6

195

PF

Portageville, MO

 

21.

Travis Robinson

6-4

185

WF

Philadelphia, PA Penn Charter

 

22.

Duran Lamb

6-3

185

SG

Brooklyn, NY Bishop Loughlin

 

23.

Trae Golden

6-2

170

SG

Powder Springs, GA McEachern

 

24.

K.C. Ross-Miller

6-0

155

PG

Dallas, TX God's Academy

 

25.

Jamison Stearns

6-6

185

WF

Waxahachie, TX

 

26.

Dwayne Polee Jr.

6-6

205

WF

Los Angeles, CA Westchester

USC

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