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Class of 2010
We have been following the class of 2010 closely since the summer of 2005, when we covered the 13U AAU Nationals (KC Ross-Millers TG Adidas team won it that year). Two years have gone by since we traveled to Memphis for that event, and while a handful of the kids that were the best 13 year olds in the country at that time are still considered elite players, there are a lot of prospects that have burst on the scene over the last year to takeover top spots in the rankings.
Cream of the Crop
69 Cali-product Jeremy Tyler was a player that caught our eye that summer in 2005, and he has only gotten bigger and better over the last couple of years and he is now the best prospect in the country in the rising-sophomore class. He has tremendous post-skills for a player his size and has the ability to step out and play away from the basket. In July, at the Lebron James US Skills Academy, Tyler was one of the best big men in the camp (and he was playing against the likes of Samardo Samuels and Greg Monroe). There isnt a player in this class that has more college and pro potential than Tyler and we expect him to be the most heavily recruited big man in this class.
67 DeShaun Thomas popped up on our radar during the high school season when he routinely had 40-point and 15-rebound efforts while leading Bishop Luers (IN) to their first ever Sectional Championship. Thomas drops from the top spot in the rankings to number two, because he played in the 15U division of AAU for most of the summer, but weve seen enough of him to know that he has the potential to be the best when its all said-and-done.
This class is loaded with outstanding point guards and two that separated themselves from their peers this summer were 63 Brandon Knight and 62 Kendall Marshall. Knight can play either guard position and spent most of the summer running the point for Team Breakdowns 17U team (AAU National Champs). Marshall also played 17U ball, running the point for the powerhouse program Boo Williams. 61 KC Ross-Miller (pictured) made headlines this summer by accepting a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky and he is the top challenger to Knight and Marshalls spots in the rankings.
67 Jared Sullinger has proved himself as one of the top power forwards in the 10 class and he has already verbally committed to Ohio State.
62 Trae Golden gave us Eric Gordon flashbacks with his scoring ability and he is certainly one of the elite guards in this class.
Other players that had terrific summers were 64 Trey Zeigler (who has long been considered an elite player in this class), 66 Jereme Richmond (a player that some believe is a top three player in this class), 610 Josh Smith (who has tremendous size and upside), 68 Tristan Thompson (who Grassroots Canada coach Ro Russell said is the best player Ive ever had in my program), and 511 Joe Jackson (who some believe is the best point guard in the class).
North Carolina is a 2010 Hotbed
Something that really caught our attention when we were compiling this list was the amount of North Carolina prospects that have already made a splash nationally: CJ Leslie (#14), Jarrell Eddie (#16), Jay Canty (#17), Melvin Tabb (#45), Reggie Bullock (#46), Jonathan Frye (#49), James Terrell (#51), Tayshawn Mabry (#84), and Robert Crisp (#85) make nine Carolina prospects in the top 100. It will be interesting to see which players live up to the early hype.
Early (early, early) Commitments
Twelve players on this list have already made verbal pledges and are off-the-board (did we mention they are only rising-sophomores?).
Ohio State continued its recruiting domination with Indian/Ohio kids when the Buckeyes secured commitments from DeShaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger- both top five players.
Billy Gillispie isnt shy about recruiting young and it has paid off as KC Ross-Miller (#9) and Dakota Euton (#31) have already verballed to Kentucky.
Baylor locked down a pair of in-state (and top-60) prospects when they received verbals from Jamison Sterns and Perry Jones.
Other players that have already made their college decisions: Jereme Richmond, Illinois (#8), CJ Leslie, NC State (#14), Dwayne Pollee, USC (#18), Dion Waiters, Syracuse (#20), Noah Cottrell, West Virginia (#28), and Jordan Dykstra, Iowa State (#54).
We Know its Early
This list wont go without its critics, and we know that. There are going to be those that say it is too early to start ranking players that wont graduate for another three years.
We admit that this will probably be the least accurate 2010 list that we will publish between now and when the players go to college, and that the rankings are inevitably going to change a bit over the next few years (too much can happen between a prospect's sophomore and senior seasons to accurately project the best 100 kids in a class three years in advance).
as we touched on earlier in the article, kids are committing at younger ages than they ever have before, so we believe it is important (if not necessary) for college coaches to have a guide to go by when scouting this class.
This is that guide. These are 100 players that we know about that have made noise at national events. Is this list perfect? Probably not. But its a great place to start if your trying to get a handle on the 2010 class.
Class of 2010 Top 100
1. Jeremy Tyler 69 C San Diego (CA) Senior
2. DeShaun Thomas 67 F Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Luers OHIO STATE
3. Brandon Knight 63 G Coral Springs (FL) Pine Crest
4. Kendall Marshall 62 PG Arlington (VA) Bishop OConnell
5. Jared Sullinger 67 PF Columbus (OH) Northland OHIO STATE
6. Trae Golden 62 SG Powder Springs (GA) McEachern
7. Trey Zeigler 64 W Mount Pleasant (MI) High
8. Jereme Richmond 66 SF Waukegan (IL) High ILLINOIS
9. KC Ross-Miller 61 PG Irving (TX) Gods Academy KENTUCKY
10. Josh Smith 69 C Kent (WA) Kentwood
11. Jayvaughn Pinkston 66 PF Brooklyn (NY) Bishop Loughlin
12. Tristan Thompson 68 PF Newark (NJ) St. Benedict Prep
13. Joe Jackson 511 PG Memphis (TN) White Station
14. CJ Leslie 68 SF Holly Springs (NC) High NC STATE
15. Ralston Turner 64 SG Muscle Shoals (AL) High
16. Jarrell Eddie 66 PF Concord (NC) Cannon School
17. Jay Canty 64 SG Jamestown (NC) Ragsdale
18. Dwayne Pollee 67 F Los Angeles (CA) Westchester USC
19. Josh Selby 61 PG Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha
20. Dion Waiters 62 G Philadelphia (PA) Southern SYRACUSE
21. Tony Chenault 62 SG Philadelphia (PA) Neumann-Goretti
22. Doron Lamb 63 G New York (NY) Bishop Loughlin
23. Gary Franklin 62 PG Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei
24. Fuquan Edwin 65 SF Paterson (NJ) Catholic
25. Nick Kellogg 62 SG Columbus (OH) DeSales
26. Matthew Brabham 59 PG Macon (GA) Central
27. Trevor Clemmings 66 C Paterson (NJ) Catholic
28. Noah Cottrell 62 PG Poca (WV) High WEST VIRGINIA
29. Myron Respress 66 PF Niagara Falls (NY) High
30. Darryl Trayham 59 PG Washington (DC) Archbishop Carroll
31. Dakota Euton 68 PF Ashland (KY) Rose Hill Academy KENTUCKY
32. Tyler Lamb 63 SG Chino (CA) Colony
33. Ray McCollum 61 PG Bloomington (IN) North
34. Julian Washburn 66 SF Dallas (TX) Kimball
35. Phil Pressey 57 PG Waltham (CT) Cushing Academy
36. PeShon Howard 62 PG Lakewood (OH) St. Edwards
37. Evan Anderson 611 C Stanley (WI) EAU Claire North
38. Kony Ealy 65 PF Portageville (MO) High
39. Tyler Thornton 61 SG Washington (DC) Gonzaga
40. Travis Robinson 63 SF Philadelphia (PA) Penn Charter
41. Levonte Dority 510 PG Chicago (IL) Foreman
42. Stacey Poole 63 SG Jacksonville (FL) Raines
43. Neiko Hunter 64 SF Greene County (AL) Eutaw
44. Jackson Jeffcoat 65 PF Plano (TX) West
45. Melvin Tabb 68 PF Raleigh (NC) Enloe
46. Reggie Bullock 65 SG Kinston (NC) High
47. Anthony Johnson 62 CG Chicago (IL) Whitney Young
48. James Bell 64 SG Jacksonville (FL) Arlington Country Day
49. Jonathan Frye 62 PG Jamestown, NC
50. AJ Derby 64 SF Iowa City (IA) High
51. James Terrell 64 SG Cummings (NC) High
52. Shane Southwell 65 SF New York (NY) All Hallows
53. Brandon Peters 61 PG Houston (TX) Yates
54. Jordan Dykstra 68 PF Rock Valley (IA) High IOWA STATE
55. DeAndre McCamey 61 PG Chicago (IL) St. Josephs
56. Dondrecous Nelson 511 PG Jackson (MS) Siwell
57. George Harper 66 PF Aston (PA) American Christian
58. Jamison Sterns 511 PG Dallas (TX) Waxahachie BAYLOR
59. Chad Jackson 63 SG Ashland (KY) Rose Hill
60. Perry Jones 68 PF Dallas (TX) Woodrow Wilson BAYLOR
61. Jan Maehlen 610 C Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence North
62. Andre Dawkins 64 SG Chesapeake (VA) Atlantic Shores
63. Jelani Hewitt 62 SG Miramar (FL) High
64. Deonte Burton 60 PG Long Beach (CA) Cabrillo
65. Byron Allen 64 SG Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic
66. Zaahir Allen 62 SG Philadelphia (PA) Cardinal Dougherty
67. Flavien Davis 65 SF Milwaukee (WI) Lutheran
68. Jason Morris 65 SG Lakeville (CT) Hotchkiss School
69. Nate Lubick 66 SF Southborough (MA) St. Marks
70. Josh Hairston 67 PF Fredericksburg (VA) Courtland
71. Trevor Releford 58 PG Overland Park (KS) Shawnee Park
72. Charles Hankerson 63 SF Miami (FL) Plamer-Trinity
73. Eric Smith 511 PG Mullins (SC) High
74. Dominique Ferguson 68 PF Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence North
75. Jalen Courtney 68 C Jackson (MS) Provine
76. Brian Holmes 61 PG Winter Springs (FL) High
77. Julian Johnson 64 SF St. Louis (MO) Whitfield Academy
78. Mohammed Lee 61 PG Bronx (NY) All Hallows
79. Sam Ryan 610 C Woodlands (TX) High
80. Cody Larson 67 SF Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt
81. Adam Jones 66 PF West Orange (FL) Winter Garden
82. Storm Sanders 60 PG Canton (OH) Glen Oak
83. Taran Buie 62 G Albany (NY) Bishop Maginn
84. Tayshawn Mabry 65 SF Rocky Mount (NC) High
85. Robert Crisp 68 C Chapel Hill (NC) High
86. Kyle Kelm 68 PF Milwaukee (WI) Randolph
87. Travis McKie 65 SF Richmond (VA) Community
88. Kendall Williams 62 PG Rancho Cucamonga (CA) Los Osos
89. Randy Collins 65 C La Porte (TX High
90. DeCarlos Frank 61 PG Beaumont (TX) Ozen
91. Phil Taylor 57 PG Marietta (GA) Wheeler
92. TJ Kadima 65 SF Milwaukee (WI) Lutheran
93. Stephen Baird 67 SF San Antonio (TX) Feast
94. Mike Poole 64 SF Blairstown (NJ) Blair Academy
95. Lenzelle Smith, Jr. 63 SG Zion (IL) Benton
96. Kevin Gray 60 SG Reynoldsburg (OH) High
97. Reggie Smith 60 PG Harvey (IL) Thornton Township
98. Malcolm Gilbert 68 PF Wilmington (DE) St. Elizabeth
99. Jordan Harmon 68 PF Prosperity (SC) Mid-Carolina
100. Eric Swoope 64 SF North Hollywood (CA) Westlake
Special thanks to Sean McGinley, Jordan Sorensen, and all the AAU coaches that helped with the rankings! \
Updated rankings for the classes of 2008 and 2009 are coming soon. Also, stay tuned for our first ever class of 2011 rankings!
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