Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2011 Small Forward Rankings

There are a lot of good talent in the small forward position in the 2011 class. Plenty of high, mid, and low major talent to go around in this position.

H=High major H- = High major Stretch
M+ = Mid-major, higher possibly, M=Mid-major, M- =Mid-major stretch
L+ = Low major, higher possibly, L= Low-major, L- = Low-major stretch/D2/NAIA

1. Branden Dawson 6’7 Gary Wallace H Athletic, good motor, finishes well in traffic against contact, okay shooter. Would like him to improve shooting.
2. Austin Etherington 6’6 Hamilton Heights H- Shooter, long wingspan. Good ball handler and court vision. I love his competitiveness. Committed to Indiana University
3. Ryan Taylor 6’5 Lawrence North H- Strong and athletic right now. Needs to be more consistent from the outside and has been so far this summer. His game is expanding from a PF to a SF but he still has some work to do. Committed to Louisville
4. Steven Jamison 6’6 Broad Ripple M+ Long, streaky shooter, okay handles, Runs very well, good motor. More consistency from perimeter shooting would make him a great mid-major or higher prospect.
5. Rontray Chavis 6’4 Princeton M+ Skilled tweener(small forwad and power forward), quick, athletic, solid body, has some range to his jumper. Gets a bit out of control at times.
6. Chandler Thomas 6’5 Cathedral L+ Very good post player, good athlete, strong. Needs to become a wing.
7. Brian Stolarz 6’4 Munster L+ Strong, good jumper, good set shooter, good rebounder. Not great with the ball…needs to improve ball-handling and overall perimeter skills.
8. Jon Trawick 6’2 Richmond L Strong, athletic, good set shooter. Needs to improve ball handling and defense
9. Brandon Muncie 6'4 Lawrence North L+ Athletic, long windspan. If he can build his game around his great athleticism he could be very good.
10. Andy Smeathers 6’5 Center Grove L+ Shooter with good length
11. Robbie Howell 6’5 Tri-Central L Versatile small forward that has a very good mid-range game although with good strength
12. Josh Gentry 6’5 Pike L+ Mega long, weird looking shot, good energy. Will force shots
13. Jackson Renshaw 6'4 Columbus East L+ Strong, solid athlete, decent ball-handling skills. Needs to improve consistency on jumper and decision making.
14. Evan Dodd 6’5 Hauser L Solid inside outside threat. Will force shots up.
15. Levi Garner 6'4 Edgewood L Strong, good penetrating skills. Lacks a consistent jumper..
16. Dwight Cliff 6’3 Ben Davis L Strong, good set shooter, solid rebounder. Needs to improve ball handling on drives and shooting off the dribble.
17. Jerrick Suiter 6’3 Valparaiso D2 Fighter competitor. Does whatever it takes to win games.
18. George Zhang 6’3 West Lafayette
19. Brock Tew 6’4 Tri-Central

2011 Shooting Guard Rankings

H=High major H- = High major Stretch
M+ = Mid-major, higher possibly, M=Mid-major, M- =Mid-major stretch
L+ = Low major, higher possibly, L= Low-major, L- = Low-major stretch/D2/NAIA

1. Zac VanDeWater 6’5 Whitko M+ Good shooter, solid handles, good defender although not super quick. Had a great July, shot very well and showed his complete game. Some muscle might improve his game greatly.
2. Spencer Turner 6’2 Bloomington South M Best shooter in the class, strong, smart player. Would like him to develop into more of a PG unless he grows. He might still grow and he is a gym rat so I expect him to expand his game.
3. Kendal Griffin 6’4 Avon M Good shooter, rebounds well from a SG/SF, very fast up and down the floor, solid athlete. Would like him to handle it better and make better decisions at times
4. Joe Crisman 6’4 Munster M- Shooter, strong, tough, good defender. Needs to tighten up handles
5. Kenny Enoch 6’3 Howe L+ Solid athlete, pretty long, good motor, good set shooter.
6. Rick Thomas 6’1 Lawrence North L+
7. Conner Rich 6’3 Tipton L+ Pure shooter with legit range to 24 feet. Lacks great lateral quickness, but has good length. I’d put him as the 2nd best shooter behind Spencer Turner.
8. Chris Page 6’3 Plainfield L Solid length, good finisher inside, good shooter. Needs to improve ball handling
9. Trent Lancaster 6’3 Northview L Shooter
10. Micah Smith 6’0 North Central D2
11. Colin Lynch 6’3 Roncali D2 Slasher, good set shooter, okay athlete. Needs to tighten up handles and passing a bit.
12. Trent Crabtree Crawfordsville

2011 Power Forward Rankings

The power forward position in the 2011 class is loaded. McGary, Zeller, Gant, and Greathouse are all over 6'8 and are all very versatile players. I'm probably higher on McGary than most. I'm not quite sold on Zeller, but judging by how quickly he has improved over the last 3 years he should be the best player of the Zeller family. I am probably lower on Gant than a lot of people mainly because I wish he was more aggressive. If he picks up his aggressiveness on defense and rebounding than his game would go to a new level. Greathouse has all the necessary skills to be a perimeter 4 man. He doesn't always show his skills though.

1. Mitch McGary 6’9 Chesterton H Great touch around the basket, good shooting form to 18 feet, quick/good feet. Solid handles at a true 6’9.
2. Cody Zeller 6’10 Washington H- A Zeller nuff said. Runs well, shoots well, passes well. Developing quickly, but still ranked mainly off of potential. He has made huge strides since last summer and I expect him to continue that type of development.
3. Justin Gant 6’8 Terre Haute North M+ Solid set shooter from outside, good length, skilled. Aggressive/toughness on the defensive end and while rebounding will decide what level he plays.
4. Tyler Greathouse 6’8 Columbus North M Great outside shooter, good post moves but would rather be on the outside. Very similar to Justin Gant, Greathouse needs to be more aggressive offensively and rebounding.
5. Alex Prichett 6’6 Bedford North L Finishes well, solid body. Needs to improve post moves and expand range. He recently picked up an offer from Wright State
6. Ricky Carbajal 6’6 Munster L Tough rebounder, physical, decent touch around the rim. Decent jumping ability. Can handle the ball a little bit..
7. Dontray Chavis 6’4 Princeton L+ Skilled tweener, quick, athletic, solid body. Can put the ball on the floor from the perimeter to get to the basket. Gets a bit out of control at times and more of a power forward than his brother. It appears that Dontray has rejoined the Princeton team after he went a few weeks ago.
8. Dedric Griffin 6’4 North Central L Finishes well against bigger guys
9. Tim Simmons 6’6 Pike L+ Good post moves, decent shooter, best thing going for him is his body...looks like a grown man
10. Robert Pittman 6’7 Washington L Athletic, can put it on the floor a little bit. Needs to improve all around game.
11. Beecher Ward 6’4 Indianapolis Tech D2 Athletic post, can guard a 3 or 4 at D2 level
12. Brandon Herbert 6’6 Rushville D2 Good rebounder, good motor. Needs to improve shooting range and become more of a PF instead of pure center.
13. Colin Bowles 6’7 Franklin Central D2 Good motor, great timing for shot blocking. Needs to improve offensive game.
14. Armond Patterson 6’5 Broad Ripple D2
15. Dakota Slaughter 6’6 Fishers L
16. Jeremy Reed 6’6 Lapel L
17. Matt Howard 6’5 Carmel D2 Good pick and pop shooter, decent athlete. Good small college prospect if he gets playing time at Carmel.
18. Randy Gregory 6’5 Hamilton Southeastern D2
19. Jon Thompson 6’3 Rushville D3 Insanely effective in high school and even in AAU due to his shot fakes and the way he uses his body. He does have a good set shot to 20 feet, but I think D3 is the highest he can play in college.
20. Kevin Fisher 6’5 Huntington D3 Strong, good worker, decent mid-range jumper

2011 Point Guard Rankings

The point guard class in 2011 is very deep especially for the mid-major or low-major prospects. The class has a lot of good leaders and floor generals. It should be fun to see how the point guards in this class turn out in college.

H=High major H- = High major Stretch
M+ = Mid-major, higher possibly, M=Mid-major, M- =Mid-major stretch
L+ = Low major, higher possibly, L= Low-major, L- = Low-major stretch/D2/NAIA

1. Marquis Teague 6’2 Pike H One of the top players in the country for his class. Explosive, solid shooter, good handles. Can question his focus at times
2. Dee Davis 5’10 Bloomington South M+ Great decision maker, good handles, good outside shooter, quick. Height might hold him back from being an elite PG at the next level. Committed to Xavier
3. Matt Carlino 6’2 Bloomington South H- quick, smart, strong, slasher that is looking to pass first. Not a great shooter, but has time to improve that. Committed to IU
4. Jalen Packer 6’2 Princeton M- Slashing point guard, long, leads well. Reminds me of Verdell Jones of IU…long, good creator, but gets loose with the ball at times.
5. Max Landis 6’0 Perry Meridian M Good shooter, finishes well in the lane, good handles. Not a great defender, would like him to add some muscle.
6. Nic Moore 5’10 Warsaw M Solid shooter, strong although small, finishes well in the lane. Needs to be a knock down shooter so he can run an offense and knock down 3’s if he is left open
7. Greg Dickey 5’11 Tipton M- Feisty, good worker, solid with the ball. Good spot up shooter with great range.
8. Jonny Marlin 5’11 Center Grove L+ Smart, solid shooter, good ball handler. Would like him to be more aggressive offensively but he runs a team well,would like him to add some muscle.
9. Ken Mullen 5'11 Fort Wayne Luers L+ Strong, good defender. Can get to the rim on most guards and finishes well when he does. Outside shot is questionable.
10. P.J. Boutee 5’9 Howe L+ Quick, flashy, decent shooter. I would like him to cut down on his spin dribbles…asking to be trapped at higher levels. Right now, he gets away with it. Committed to Detroit
11. Chandler Guion 6’1 Lapel L+
12. Jordan Hahn 5’10 New Castle L+ Leader, good decision maker,good defender at this level, improving shooter. Needs to handle intense ball pressure better
13. Tyler Hall 6’2 Danville L Smart, pass first, good defender. More consistency from the outside is needed.
14. Austin Richie 5’11 Lowell L+ Shooter, skinny as a rail, decent handles but more of an undersized shooting guard right now. Reportedly offered by Valpo recently… scored 50 points with 7 3's recently.
15. Brandon Ledford 5'11 Decatur Central L- Slashing pass first point guard or looking to finish in the lane.
16. Seth Small 5’9 Hamilton Heights L- Smart, great shooter, good pull up game in the mid-range. Just like his name says…he is small though.
17. Evan Blackmon 6’0 Fort Wayne Luers L- Explosive athlete, streaky shooter. Needs to be better with the ball i.e. limit turnovers and run an offense more often to become a point guard.
18. Phil Miller 5’10 Fishers D2 Good slasher, quick, finishes pretty well when he gets into the lane. Not a great shooter.
19. JaJuan Sarver 5’11 Avon D2
20. Christian Ford 5’10 Cardinal Ritter D2 Score first PG, very good penetrator. Will get out of control and force bad shots
21. Brandon Burtner 5’11 Western Boone D2 Solid defender, knocks down the open 3 consistently, steady ball handler
22. Mark Fenerty 5’11 Carmel D2 Very good shooter, gets his feet set coming around screens well, overall very good with the ball.
23. Kyle James 6’0 Franklin Central
24. Brody Sowers 5’10 Fountain Central

2011 Combo Guard Rankings

The 2011 class has so many guards and so many guards that aren't really point guards or shooting guards. I decided to make a special combo guard ranking for them. Most of the players listed need to become point guards to play at the level I have forecasted for them.

H=High major H- = High major Stretch
M+ = Mid-major, higher possibly, M=Mid-major, M- =Mid-major stretch
L+ = Low major, higher possibly, L= Low-major, L- = Low-major stretch/D2/NAIA

1. Jeremiah Davis 6’3 Muncie Central H Power guard, athletic,can get to the rim at will right now, solid set shot from the perimeter. Needs to improve his decision making.
2. Alexander Hutson 6’1 Tipton M- Shooter, deceptively athletic, solid vision. Would like better ball handling and better defense without so much unwarranted gambling.
3. Demtrius Lawson 6’1 Zionsville M Strong, athletic, good looking jumper to 20 feet, solid handles, unselfish. Very similar body to Jeremiah Davis.
4. Tyler Hall 6’2 Danville M- Smart, pass first, good defender. More consistency from the outside is needed.
5. Matt Schauss 6’2 Centerville L+ Lights out shooter, long, okay handles. Probably not big enough to be a pure shooting guard at the D-1 level and probably not quick enough to be a pure point guard. Lacks great intensity at most times.
6. Spencer Comer 6’3 Rushville L+ Great lateral quickness, strong, good motor, works very hard, good leader. Needs better handles and consistency from the outside.
7. Anthony Williams 6’1 East Chicago L+ Shooter, tough defender
8. Torrey Nibbs 6’1 Brownsburg L+ Athlete, great first step, strong. Needs to improve handles, decision making and shooting
9. Eric Harris 6’2 Lawrence North L+ Long, crafty, great rebounder for a guard. Needs to improve handles and more consistent shooting. I would like him to become a pure point guard.
10. Brandon Dunaway 6’1 Corydon Central Does a lot of things well…shooting, ball handling, court vision, but nothing exceptionally

2011 Center Rankings

The center position is rarely deep in Indiana. This class is no different, but all the centers I have ranked seem to be improving. Although, it appears Tony Springmann is choosing to focus on football instead of basketball. I hear he is a high major football recruit. Isiah Hill is greatly improved with his weight loss. He doesn't even look like the same person anymore.

H=High major H- = High major Stretch
M+ = Mid-major, higher possibly, M=Mid-major, M- =Mid-major stretch
L+ = Low major, higher possibly, L= Low-major, L- = Low-major stretch/D2/NAIA

1. Michael Chandler 6’11 Lawrence North H Big man with solid hands, runs pretty well, aggressive for a young big man. Will he continue to work on his game or be happy for what he has got? Committed to Louisville
2. Tony Springmann 6’7 Fort Wayne Dwenger M+ Powerful big man, great motor and rebounder, solid shot to 14 feet. A face-up game would shoot him up the rankings. (Football only now)
3. Isiah Hill 6’10 Howe M- Improving due to weight loss, mobility is increasing. Decent touch around the basket. Still needs to refine his footwork.
4. Ben Davisson 6’9 Renesselar Central L+ Huge body, huge hands, decent touch around the basket. Can hit 15 foot jumper if left open, struggles when he puts the ball on the floor in the post.
5. Jared Smoot 6’9 Crown Point L+ Strong, flashes of great potential…raw at this point.
6. Alec Peterson 6’9 Carmel L Long, finishes okay in the lane. Plays passively and without much energy.
7. Michael Nesbitt 6’6 Evansville Memorial L Solid body, good rebounder, needs to work on offensive skills.
8. Wade Thomas 6’8 Western Boone L- Super raw, good motor, plays with energy, good form on shot to 15 feet. Just needs experience and work on post game along with added strength.