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Class of 2002: Rising Senior
Top Wing Players--(July 2, 2001)

We wanted to get our summer lists posted before the July NCAA recruiting period and the commencement of the camps, and we managed to do that by feverishly working through our notes, rosters, scouting stuff, and prior lists of players we've posted.  The NCAA July recruiting period this summer is split into two sessions, from July 8-14 and from July 25-31.   Hopefully these lists will identify the players we believe should be watched.  Some of these players will be at some of the national elite-level camps such as ABCD and Nike Camp, and some have also participated in other camps such as the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, the NBA Players Development Camp in Washington, DC, and other camps.  Many will play at the adidas Double Pump West Coast All Star Camps or at Dinos Trigonis' Fullcourt All West Camp (some will be at both), and most everyone will be playing at the adidas Big Time which this year will feature a record 334 teams.  A few, those on the Nike circuit, will be at the Augusta Peach Jam, or the Nike Supershowcase in Orlando.  Finally, just about all the top players will be at either the Pump's "Best of Summer", which will feature 128 teams, or at the Slam N Jam Elite 8x2 up in Berkeley. . . it will be a busy summer.    This time, we'll post the lists first, and then the narrative explanation and rationale will follow.  Here are the lists:

SoCalHoops Top 15 Wing Players (Class of 2002)

Brandon Bowman   6’-6"  SG/SF   LA Westchester
Richard Chaney   6'-6" SG/SF   Verbum Dei
Lenny Collins   6'-4"  SG/SF   Santa Margarita
Pablo Dresie   6'-5" SG/SF    Santa Monica
Odell Howard   6'-4" G/F   Pomona
Onye  Ibekwe   6'-5"  SG/SF   Manual Arts
Bobby Jones   6'-7"  SF/SG   Compton Dominguez
Bryant Markson   6'-7"  SG/SF   Monrovia
Cory McJimson   6’-5"  SG/SF   Fontana
Donovan Morris   6’-5" SG/SF   Cajon
Ryan O’Hara   6’-7"  SG/SF   Muir
Kenny Penn   6’-5" So SG/SF   Claremont
Joel Smith   6'-5"  SG/SF  Lompoc
Mike Strawberry   6'-4  SG/SF   Mater Dei
Donald Wilson   6’-3"  SG/SF   Dorsey

SoCalHoops Next Top 15 Wing Players (Class of 2002)

Shaddean Aaron   6’-5"  SG/SF   Claremont
Jasha Blunt   6'-4" F/G   Fairfax
Darrin Brown   6'-7" G/F   Fremont
McKenzie Clark   6'-7" F/G   Pasadena
Louis Darby   6'-4" SG   Sylmar
Seth Davis   6'-5"  SG/SF   Pasadena Muir
Pete DeCasas   6'-6"  SG/SF   Capistrano Valley
Tye-Juan Hatter   6’-5"  SG/SF   Upland
Jeramie Hopson   6'-2"  SG/SF   El Segundo
Delanta Lewis   6'-2"  SG/SF   Bellflower
Seamus McKiernan   6'-5" G/F   San Marcos
Chris Parrish   6’-4"  SG/SF   El Toro
Danny Quijano   6'-3"  SG/SF   Santa Margarita
Marcellous Robinson   6'-7" G/F   La Habra
Ike Williams   6’-3"  SG/SF   La Jolla Country Day

SoCalHoops Best of the Rest Wing Players (Class of 2002)

Randy Adams   6'-6"  F/G   Canyon Springs
Travis Bean   6'-3"  G/F   Pasadena
Marco Bojovic   6'-7" G/F   Montclair Prep
Rummel Clark   6’-3"  G/F   Cajon
Chris Fairbanks   6'-4" G/F   El Toro
James Finley   6'-3"  G/F   Manual Arts
Kenneth Frazier   6’-4"  G/F   Rubidoux
Mike Mooney   6'-4" G/F   Dana Hills
Tony Moore   6'-5" G/F   Dorsey
Jeff Morris   6'-7" F/G   Sylmar
Terron Redmond   6'-3"  G/F   Pasadena
Daniel Robinson   6'-5" G/F   Barstow
Jordan Rush   6'-5"  G/F   Crossroads
Terrell Ward   6'-3"  F/G   Long Beach Wilson
Eric Yarger   6'-4"  G/F   Los Alamitos
Mike Thompson   6'-4" G/F   Victor Valley
Steve Thompson   6'-4" G/F   Victor Valley

Now here's the long explanatory note:

Classifying guards and forwards in high school can be a bit tricky,  and really, it's just mostly a matter of personal preference.  This position is viewed by many as one of those "non-existant" positions:  Players are usually categorized as guards, forwards or posts, at least in high school where there are really very few centers, and even fewer who don't in some way also handle the ball.  Some recruiting guys use the designation "BF" for "Big Forward" or WF for "Wing Forward."    We have something similar in mind with this kind of hybrid designation, and in short, there's probably not a lot that separates these guys from the players we have listed as "small forwards" and admittedly, some of those guys too could also be thought of  as "wings".  What we mean by "wing" is a player who usually plays facing up on the basket, who has excellent guard skills and can put the ball on the floor, is usually slightly smaller than a small forward, but bigger than a two or off guard,  and is usually thought of as more of a slasher than a pure shooter.... Ok, we'll admit it, this is a cop-out, and just an excuse for us to list more guys as among the top players....But you can't really blame us for trying to be more inclusive. . . . . 

Caveat 1: We are not ranking or rating players based purely on their "potential" as college players, nor are we doing so based entirely on whether they are finished products, i.e., accomplished high school players who have no room for improvement. We are simply listing the top players in SoCal who we believe have talent, potential and have demonstrated that they are not only excellent high school players, among the best in SoCal, but also have shown skills which we think will make them good college prospects.

Caveat 2: This will sound like a broken record, but we haven't used numerical rankings for individual players. Maybe we should and maybe someday we will, but for now we won't.  Others who rank players use such a system, but we're just not sold on the value of that concept.  Most of the recruiting gurus on the internet use strict numerical rankings.  We've had many conversations over the years about why feel a need to rank in this fashion, and while we've heard a lot of good reasons  we're still not sold.   In our opinion, there are just too many subtleties to each player's game, too many variables, whether opponents, game situations, level of play, coaching,  injuries, etc, which can influence how a player might look on any given day, and there are admittedly far too few opportunities to see a player.  In short, it's kind of like art:  We know what we like and what we don't.  Which is basically what all of this comes down to.  Keep in mind that we like everyone on these lists, just some a bit more than others.   But there isn't anyone listed whose game we don't think is excellent, among the top in Southern California.  Remember, we're listing in the aggregate something like 200 players total, out of more than 10,000 or so who play high school and club basketball in SoCal.   Which ought to tell you that we really like each of the players listed.    So, just keep these lists in the proper perspective. i 

Caveat 3: We have not seen every player in SoCal, and we would venture that no one has either.  in the current sophomore class.  Most of what we know about a player comes from seeing a player several times, either with his high school team, or with a club team at a tournament or camp.  But we can't be everywhere, and we can't see everyone. 

We've tried to list those players who played particularly well this past season and spring, who are among the more promising players.   The list include players from Fresno in the north, to San Diego in the south, i.e., the entire SoCal region.  Many of the players listed have already drawn the attention of some of the traditional recruiting gurus (e.g., Recruiting USA, Fullcourt Press, Clark Francis'  HoopScoop,  PrepStars Recruiting,  PacWestHoops,  and others).  Some are still undiscovered.   But in our view, all of them are excellent players. 

Lastly, not to be too repetitive about this, but if we've left a player off the list, it may or may not be an oversight, but if you think someone deserves to be on the list who isn't, let us know via e-mail.

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