June 5, 2010

Stanford talent tops the Pac-10

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Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Stanford (16)
2. UCLA (18)
3. California (21)
4. Arizona State
5. Washington
6. Arizona
7. USC
8. Oregon State
9. Washington State
10. Oregon
Best by category
Best perimeter scorer: Daniel Bejarano, Arizona
Best low post scorer: Josh Smith, UCLA
Best passer: Keala King, Arizona State
Best shooter: Gary Franklin, California
Best rebounder: Dwight Powell, Stanford
Best shot blocker: Dwight Powell, Stanford
Best defender: Tyler Lamb, UCLA
Most versatile: Keala King, Arizona State
Best basketball IQ: Aaron Bright, Stanford
Best pro prospect: Josh Smith, UCLA
Best speed: Ahmad Starks, Oregon State
Best motor: Garrett Jackson, USC
Impact player: Keala King, Arizona State
Biggest sleeper: Josh Huestis, Stanford
Best at each position (top overall player in bold)
PG: Keala King, Arizona State
SG: Tyler Lamb, UCLA
SF: Garrett Jackson, USC
PF: Dwight Powell, Stanford
C: Josh Smith, UCLA
Inside the Numbers
3- Teams ranked in the top 25
13- Rivals150 prospects coming to the Pac-10
3- Five-star prospects coming to the Pac-10
7- Four-star prospects coming to the Pac-10
3- Ranked three-star prospects coming to the Pac-10
8- Ranked recruits from California coming to the Pac-10, the most of any state
6- Number of states represented by Pac-10 recruits in the Rivals150
The Pac-10 only has three nationally ranked recruiting classes. At No. 16 nationally, Stanford has the top class in the Pac-10. Five-star big man Dwight Powell, who is loaded with potential, highlights the six-man class. Four-star shooting guard Anthony Brown is the other ranked Stanford recruit. UCLA, the No. 2 team in the Pac-10, also has two ranked recruits, but Josh Smith and Tyler Lamb are two of the top West Coast players in the 2010 class. California is the third ranked Pac-10 team; the Golden Bears have a quality five-man class with three prospects who are ranked in the Rivals150. Arizona State landed five-star prospect Keala King, and Arizona secured four-star shooting guard Daniel Bejarano just before the early signing period. In the spring signing period, Washington suffered a major setback when five-star forward Terrence Jones, a Huskies commitment, signed with Kentucky. But the Huskies did snag Jones' teammate, Terrence Ross, a four-star wing player.

Points from the perimeter

A high percentage of the ranked prospects entering the Pac-10 are high-scoring perimeter players. The highest-ranked perimeter player is Arizona State's Keala King, a versatile playmaker on both ends of the court who is an exception to that "rule." But six of the seven four-star prospects headed to the Pac-10 are offense-minded perimeter players, and two of the three ranked three-star prospects are offense-minded perimeter players as well.

Five-star breakdown

The three highest-ranked prospects entering the Pac-10 next year are Josh Smith (No. 23), Dwight Powell (No. 25) and Keala King (No. 26). Smith is a huge inside presence at 6 feet 10 and 270 pounds. He has good feet and soft hands, and the key to his college success will be determined by his conditioning and intensity. Powell is an athletic 6-9, 215-pound power forward whose stock is on the rise. He had a strong summer on the travel circuit, and his upside is quite intriguing. At 6-5 and 200 pounds, King is a do-everything guard. The lefty is a great open-court passer and a strong defender and rebounder; he also is a crafty scorer around the rim.

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