Written by: Prospect-Central
Prospect-Central is back at it again, this time bringing you the Top 10 per position for the upcoming 2011-12 high school basketball season. When compiling the outstanding talent that made up this list, I used my own personal scouting reports on players as well as scouting reports from various established basketball sources such as ESPN, Rivals and Scout to name a few. To ensure a fair and honest assessment of each prospect, a good amount of time was put into researching and critiquing the individual game of each player ranked. Even though this list is for the 2011-12 season, I wanted to incorporate how players will project down the road, as well as how they will play during the upcoming season. This was not easy however, since the younger players have not developed nearly as much physically or skill wise as some of the older players and subsequently might not play as well as their counterparts during the season. Their future potential however, along with their current play, allowed them to make the cut. To help you (the reader) understand if a player is mainly on this list due to their current play, future potential or a combination of both, I have incorporated different color asterisks before each players name. Here is what each asterisk means: * How prospect plays in upcoming season..... * How prospect plays in future.....* Combination of both. Please note that just because a player is mainly on this list due to their current play, does not mean they won't project well down the road. Also, just because a player is on this list due to their future potential, does not mean they won't play well during the upcoming season. These asterisks were basically used to let you (the reader) know why certain players were ranked ahead of others, even though they might not perform as well as them in the upcoming 2011-12 high school basketball season and vice-versa. This is my personal opinion of course and the season has not even started yet, so obviously nothing is set in stone.
* ANDREW HARRISON / 6'5'' 205 / Houston, TX / Jr.
Strength: Size / Decision Making / Handle / Passing & Rebounding / Athleticism
Weakness: Inconsistent Jump Shot / Concentration
* TYUS JONES / 6'0'' 170 / Apple Valley, MN / So.
Strength: Poise / Decision Making / Vision / Passing / Handles / Intangibles
Weakness: Inconsistent Stroke / Finishing at Rim
* MARCUS PAIGE / 6'1'' 165 / Marion, IA / Sr.
Strength: Ball Handling / Decision Making / Passing
Weakness: Explosiveness / Strength
* Kris Dunn / 6'3'' 180 / New London, CT / Sr.
Strength: Size / Versatility / Quickness / Athleticism / Scoring Ability
Weakness: Turnover Prone / Decision Making
Strength: Size / Strength / Athleticism / Scoring Instinct
Weakness: Streak Shooter / Decision Making
Strength: Attack Mode / Speed / Ball Pressure / Mid-Range Jumper
Weakness: Size / Finishing / Turnover Prone / 3 Point Consistency
* RYAN ARCIDIACONO / 6'4'' 185 / Langhorne, PA / Sr.
Strength: Big-Time Scorer / 3 Point Range / Basketball IQ
Weakness: Body-Language / Defensive Effort / Lack of Strength
* ANTHONY BARBER / 6'2'' 170 / Hampton, VA / Jr.
Strength: Explosive First Step / Athleticism / Length / Defense
Weakness: Inconsistent Jump Shot / Decision Making / Strength
* NATE BRITT / 6'1'' 170 / Washington, DC / Jr.
Strength: Leadership / Mid-Range Jumper / Deceptiveness / Speed with Ball
Weakness: Finishing at Rim / Tendency to Force Issue
* KASEY HILL / 6'1'' 170 / Eustis, FL / Jr.
Strength: Quick First Step / Attacks Rim / Tight Handle / Vision / Defense
Weakness: Rebounding / Extended Range on Jumper / Lack of Strength
* SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD / 6'6'' 215 / Las Vegas, NV / Sr.
Strength: Athleticism / Impact Player / Attack Mode / Skill Set / Mental Makeup
Weakness: Predominantly Left Handed / Willingness to Pass Ball
Strength: Big Time Scorer / Athleticism / Length / Instincts / Skill Set
Weakness: Sense of Urgency / Gambles on Defense / Overall Consistency
* RODNEY PURVIS / 6'4'' 185 / Raleigh, NC / Sr.
Strength: Athleticism / Getting to Rim & Finishing / Handle / Scoring Ability
Weakness: Inconsistent Jumper / Rebounding / Forcing the Issue
* AARON HARRISON / 6'5'' 205 / Houston, TX / Jr.
Strength: Skill Level / Basketball IQ / 3 Point Accuracy / Deceptiveness
Weakness: Rebounding / Bad Body Language at Times / Sharing the Ball
Strength: Multi-Dimensional / Competitiveness / Defense / Length / Handle
Weakness: 3 Point Range / Strength
* THEO PINSON / 6'5'' 170 / Greensboro, NC / So.
Strength: Length / Athleticism / Mid-Range Jumper / Passing / Scoring
Weakness: Ball Handling Under Pressure / Overall Strength
Strength: Aggressive Scorer / Running in Transition / Athleticism / Speed
Weakness: Decision Making / Mental Approach / Turnover Prone
* WAYNE SELDEN JR / 6'4'' 200 / Boston, MA / So.
Strength: Athleticism / Strength / Getting to Rim & Finishing / Defense
Weakness: Lack of Polish / Chance of Plateauing / Inconsistent "set" Jumpshot
Strength: Length / Anticipation / Attacking Rim / Mid-Range J
Weakness: Sharing Basketball / 3 Point Accuracy
* JABARI BIRD / 6'5'' 190 / Richmond, CA / Jr.
Strength: Length / Smooth Jumper / Explosion in Transition
Weakness: Decision Making / Ball Handling Under Pressure / Shot Selection
* JABARI PARKER / 6'8'' 220 / Chicago, IL / Jr.
Weakness: Defense vs Quicker Opponent / Lateral Quickness
* KYLE ANDERSON / 6'7'' 210 / Fairview, NJ / Sr.
Strength: Multi-Dimensional / Basketball IQ / Skill Set / Handle
Weakness: Elite Athleticism / Range on Jumper / Defensive Effort
* ANDREW WIGGINS / 6'7'' 200 / Toronto, Ont., CAN / So.
Strength: Athleticism / Length / Quickness / Skill Set for Age
Weakness: Moving Without Ball / Seems Disinterested at Times
* ALEX POYTHRESS / 6'7'' 215 / Clarksville, TN / Sr.
Strength: Athleticism / 3 Point Range / Length / Defense / Rebounding
Weakness: Overall Consistency / Back to Basket Game
* DEVONTA POLLARD / 6'7'' 200 / De Kalb, MS / Sr.
Strength: Quickness / Athleticism / Pull up J / Defense / Relentless Attack
Weakness: Catch and Shoot / Forces Issue / Consistent J from Long Range
* TROY WILLIAMS / 6'7'' 190 / Hampton, VA / Jr.
Strength: Scoring Ability / Length / Athleticism / Playing Passing Lanes
Weakness: Streak Shooter / Shot Selection
Strength: Playing in Transition / Athleticism / Attack Mode
Weakness: Consistent Stroke / On Ball Defense / Strength
* NOAH VONLEH / 6'7'' 190 / Haverhill, MA / So.
Strength: Length / Skill Set for Age / Basketball IQ / Transition / Touch
Weakness: Lateral Quickness / Finishing Around Basket / Foul Prone
* KURAN IVERSON / 6'8'' 200 / Windsor, CT / Jr.
Strength: Size / Versatility / Nice Skill Set / Solid Athleticism
Weakness: Discipline / Consistency in Overall Game / Effort
* SAM DEKKER / 6'7'' 200 / Sheboygan, WI / Sr.
Strength: Size & Skill / Good Scorer / Nice J / Good Work Ethic
Weakness: Conditioning / Footwork / Decision Making
* JULIUS RANDLE / 6'9'' 230 / Dallas, TX / Jr.
Strength: Attack Mode / Low Block Scorer / Athleticism / Size / Skill Set
Weakness: 3 Point Range / Mid-Range Game can become Tighter
* MITCH McGARY / 6'10'' 240 / Chesterton, IN / Sr.
Strength: Motor / Mid-Range Game / Rebounding / Athleticism for Size / Touch
Weakness: Decision Making / Back to Basket Game / Weak Right Hand
* ANTHONY BENNETT / 6'8'' 230 / Brampton, Ont., CAN / Sr.
Strength: Athleticism / Perimeter Shooting / Great Rebounder / Strength
Weakness: Defensive Effort / Low Block Arsenal
* CHRIS WALKER / 6'10'' 190 / Bonifay, FL / Jr.
Strength: Athleticism / Length / Rebounding / Running in Transition & Finishing
Weakness: Overall Strength / Inconsistent Jumpshot
* BRANDON ASHLEY / 6'8'' 220 / Oakland, CA / Sr.
Strength: Hands / Touch / Length / Good Shot Blocker / Tremendous Upside
Weakness: Footwork / Physicality on Offense and Defense
* AARON GORDON / 6'7'' 215 / San Jose, CA / Jr.
Strength: Elevation / Finishing / Play Making Ability / Offensive Rebounding
Weakness: Jumpshot / Forcing Issue at Times / Size for Position (at next level)
* JARNELL STOKES / 6'8'' 250 / Memphis, TN / Sr.
Strength: Relentless Attack / Strength / Soft Touch / Conditioning
Weakness: Offensive Rebounding / Inconsistent Stroke
* JAHLIL OKAFOR / 6'9'' 250 / Chicago, IL / So.
Strength: Footwork / Hands / Size / Mid-Range J / Touch / Post Presence
* GRANT JERRETT / 6'10'' 220 / La Verne, CA / Sr.
Strength: Length / Hands / Versatility / Consistent Stroke / Good B-Ball IQ
Weakness: Finishing Through Contact / Strength / Toughness
* PERRY ELLIS / 6'8'' 220 / Wichita, KS / Sr.
Strength: Aggressive Scorer / Mid-Range Game / Runs Floor Well / Handles
Weakness: Back to Basket Moves / Defensive Intensity
* ANDRE DRUMMOND / 6'10'' 275 / Middletown, CT / Sr.
Strength: Size / Explosiveness / Athleticism / Skill Set / Defensive Presence
Weakness: Lack of Intensity / Mid-Range J / Roams Perimeter Too Much
* NERLENS NOEL / 6'10'' 220 / Everett, MA / Jr.
Strength: Defensive Presence / Length / Athleticism / Mobility / Passing
Weakness: Offensive Repertoire / Lack of Aggression on Offense
* KALEB TARCZEWSKI / 7'0'' 220 / Claremont, NH / Sr.
Strength: Size / Area Rebounder / Physicality / Hands / Runs Floor Well
Weakness: Mental Makeup / Counter Moves
* ISAIAH AUSTIN / 7'0'' 200 / Arlington, TX / Sr.
Strength: Size / Skill Set / 3 Point Range / Versatility / Good Shot Blocker
Weakness: Consistent Production / Strength / Post Moves / Physicality
* CAMERON RIDLEY / 6'10'' 250 / Fort Bend, TX / Sr.
Strength: Energy / Post Presence / Size / Area Rebounder / Soft Hands
Weakness: Counter Moves / Conditioning / Elite Athleticism
* DaJUAN COLEMAN / 6'10'' 280 / Dewitt, NY / Sr.
Strength: Massive Size / Strength / Soft Hands / Mid-Range J / Rebounding
Weakness: Conditioning / Athleticism / Lateral Quickness / Foul Prone
* DAKARI JOHNSON / 6'10'' 250 / New York, NY / So.
Strength: Big Body / Soft Hands / Agile Feet / Post Play / Mental Makeup
Weakness: Elite Athleticism / Should Block Shots Better for Size
* THOMAS HAMILTON JR / 6'9'' 240 / Chicago, IL / Jr.
Strength: Skill Set / Versatility / High B-Ball IQ / Ability to Create Own Offense
Weakness: Conditioning / Strength / Rebounding / Lack of Defensive Intensity
* TONY PARKER / 6'9'' 270 / Lithonia, GA / Sr.
Strength: Nice Skill Set / Low Block Scoring / Mid-Range J / Soft Hands
Weakness: Stamina / Conditioning / Lack of Overall Intensity
* SHAQUILLE CLEARE / 6'9'' 270 / Houston, TX / Sr.
Strength: Soft Hands / Light Feet / Nice Touch / Strength & Power
Weakness: Conditioning & Elite Athleticism
Braxton Ogbueze / 6'1'' 185 / Charlotte, NC / Sr.
J-Mychal Reese / 6'2'' 170 / Bryan, TX / Sr.
Dominic Artis / 5'11'' 165 / Richmond, CA / Sr.
Tyler Lewis / 5'11'' 165 / Statesville, NC / Sr.
Aquille Carr / 5'6'' 140 / Baltimore, MD / Jr.
Marcus Smart / 6'3'' 200 / Flower Mound, TX / Sr.
Rasheed Sulaimon / 6'3'' 175 / Houston, TX / Sr.
Omar Calhoun / 6'4'' 185 / Brooklyn, NY / Sr.
Gabe York / 6'2'' 170 / Orange, CA / Sr.
Keith Frazier / 6'5'' 190 / Irving, TX / Jr.
TJ Warren / 6'7'' 215 / Durham, NC / Sr.
Jerami Grant / 6'7'' 190 / Hyattsville, MD / Sr.
Jake Layman / 6'8'' 190 / Wrentham, MA / Sr.
Jeremy Hollowell / 6'7'' 190 / Indianapolis, IN / Sr.
Justin Jackson / 6'6'' 175 / Houston, TX / So.
Shaq Goodwin / 6'8'' 250 / Decatur, GA / Sr.
Robert Carter / 6'8'' 250 / Thomasville, GA / Sr.
Amile Jefferson / 6'8'' 200 / Philadelphia, PA / Sr.
Hanner Perea / 6'8'' 210 / La Porte, IN / Sr.
Tre Lyles / 6'9'' 220 / Indianapolis, IN / So.
Daniel Ochefu / 6'9'' 230 / Westtown, PA / Sr.
Adam Woodbury / 7'0'' 230 / Sioux City, IA / Sr.
Sim Bhullar / 7'4'' 330 / Toronto, Ont., CAN / Sr.
BeeJay Anya / 6'8'' 270 / Hyattsville, MD / Jr.
Cliff Alexander / 6'9'' 240 / Chicago, IL / So.