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Post-McDonald's Game Player Rankings
After watching 24 of the top players in the country all week at the McDonald's All American events, we have reworked our top-20 player rankings in the class of 2007. OJ Mayo defended his no.1 spot, while JJ Hickson and Nick Calathes (pictured) made the biggest climb in the rankings.
1. OJ Mayo 64 PG Huntington (WV) High USC Franchise Pro
Has everything: size, handle, court vision, toughness, poise, shooting ability. Loves to take the big shot and plays with tremendous confidence. Will be a talented NBA guard.
2. Eric Gordon 64 SG Indianapolis (IN) North Central INDIANA Franchise Pro
The premiere scorer in this class. Cannot be stopped at this level. Deep range and uses strength and athleticism to get to the hole and finish. 20ppg+ scorer at Indiana next season.
3. Derrick Rose 63 PG Chicago (IL) Simeon MEMPHIS Franchise Pro
Most explosive point guard in years. Excellent handle and court vision. Blows by defenders with quick first step and uses his Jordan-like hang time to finish.
4. Michael Beasley 69 PF Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame KANSAS STATE Franchise Pro
Skilled enough to play away from the basket and tough enough to bang inside. Top level athlete gives the fans their moneys worth. Immediate impact player in Big 12.
5. Jerryd Bayless 64 CG Phoenix (AZ) St. Marys ARIZONA Franchise Pro
Blessed with an NBA-ready body. Big time scorer has high elevation on his jumper. Skilled enough to run the point, but excels as a scorer. Crowd pleasing dunker. Star at Arizona.
6. Kosta Koufos 70 C Canton (OH) Glen Oak OHIO STATE Pro
Euro-style big man with game out to the 3-point line. Sweet stroke and nice post moves. Good body and solid shot blocker and rebounder. Skill level is most impressive. 7-feet but not awkward at all.
7. Kyle Singler 68 SF Medford (OR) South Medford DUKE Pro
He is a talented scorer inside and outside and he rebounds, handles, and passes well. The most skilled 68 player in the class. Draws comparisons to Adam Morrison, but has a better all-around game.
8. JJ Hickson 69 PF Marrietta (GA) Wheeler NC STATE Pro
Strong build, good athlete, long arms and ability to create own shot. Tough inside and dangerous from perimeter.
9. Kevin Love 69 PF Lake Oswego (OR) High UCLA Franchise Pro
Son of former NBA player Stan Love. Very skilled big man with a good body. Dominates the boards and scores in a variety of ways. The best outlet passer in years.
10. Austin Freeman 64 SG Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic GEORGETOWN Pro
Big time scorer can fill it up from outside and is hard to stop going at the hoop. Excellent midrange game. Solid frame and good athlete. The top player at the 2006 Nike All-America Camp.
11. Anthony Randolph 610 PF Dallas (TX) Woodrow Wilson LSU Pro
Skinny and long, and runs the court like a guard. Handles the ball well in transition for a player his size. Has perimeter game and finishes close to the hoop. Tremendous upside.
12. Patrick Patterson 68 PF Huntington (WV) High UK, UF, DUKE, WVU, UV, WFU Pro
College ready body, long arms, blessed athleticism, and a nice touch. Excellent shot blocker and rebounder and efficient scorer that will shoot 60%+ from the field.
13. Nick Calathes 65 CG Winter Park (FL) Lake Howell FLORIDA
Hoops IQ is through the roof. Handles the rock, passes like Steve Nash, and has excellent size at point guard. Loves to take the big shot. Can play the wing when needed.
14. Durrell Summers 65 SG Redford (MI) Covenant MICHIGAN STATE Pro
Excellent vertical athlete with good first step. Knows how to finish and excels in transition. Streaky but capable outside shooter. Potential big time scorer.
15. Blake Griffin 69 PF Edmond (OK) Oklahoma Christian OKLAHOMA Pro
Beast down low and solid midrange game. Tough rebounder and defender. Strong frame and runs the court well. Tallied 41 points, 28 boards, and 9 assists in a game this season.
16. Donte Greene 68 SF Towson (MD) Catholic SYRACUSE Pro
Scouts love his ability to handle and shoot from outside. Still plays in spurts. Many thought he was the best player at the 2006 Nike All-American Camp.
17. Nolan Smith 63 SG Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy DUKE Pro
Consistent performer is skilled enough to run the point, but is most comfortable at the 2. Good athlete thrives in transition and finishes everything. Streaky shooter but scores points in a hurry.
18. Chris Wright 60 PG Washington (DC) St. Johns GEORGETOWN Pro
High scoring guard that also knows how to dish the rock. Solid handle and heady playmaker. Dominated the 2006 Boo Williams Invitational.
19. DeAndre Jordan 70 C Houston (TX) Christian Life TEXAS Pro
Blessed with an excellent basketball body and natural skill. Long and athletic and very coordinated for size.
20. James Harden 65 SG Lakewood (CA) Artesia ARIZONA STATE Pro
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Southpaw with deep range is a dangerous scorer. Long athlete with a good feel for the game. Plays for winning teams.