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SoCalHoops Class Of 2001:
Top Power Fwds & Posts--(Oct. 25, 1999)

It's time for SoCalHoops' own annual post-summer, pre-season fall list of  "Top Players in SoCal" at each position in each class. The first group we're going to focus on in the class of 2001 is the power forwards and post players, and we've selected all the top players that we know about. If there are more out there, well, we have yet to find them, but we doubt we've missed any of the really talented players.  After all these guys are pretty hard to miss. We've arranged them into two groups, the post players, and the power forwards.  Like the rest of the groups we have listed, we have not used numerical rankings. Maybe we should, and maybe someday we will, but for now we haven't.

Why not use numerical rankings?  Well, college coaches make their own evaluations, and the point of our lists is not to "rank" players, but to get the word out about players to those who are in a position to actually recruit these players, i.e., the college coaches.  Most club coaches, high school coaches, recruiting services, and other players already know about the guys listed here, and likewise, everyone's got an opinion of who is "best" or "better" than the next guy.  Some of these players will be good enough eventually and lucky enough to get recruited at the D-I level, while others will get recruited at various other levels, whether D-II, D-III or NAIA.  Some will wind up at JUCO's because they may not qualify.  All of them have the chance to, but they'll need to get it done in the classroom first. But by and large, this is probably the most talented collection of big men in any class in SoCal in the last 20 years. It's loaded.  

We obviously have not seen every player in SoCal in the junior class, but we've seen most of the top players.  We've listed those players we believe are among the best who have played particularly well this past summer and fall,  especially at some of the higher profile events.  We've reviewed all of our prior lists, all the rosters from tournaments we viewed this summer, re-read articles we've written since last June, and reviewed our notes and tapes of players.  The list include players from Fresno in the North, to San Diego in the South, i.e., the entire SoCal region.  Most of the players listed have already drawn the attention of other recruiting services (such as Recruiting USA (Benezra and Mayemura), Fullcourt Press, Clark Francis at the HoopScoop,  Dave Telep of PrepStars Recruiting, and others).  Some are "ranked" elsewhere by the other guys, some are not.  No matter, we believe they are worthy of note.

Each player is listed at his primary position. If you don't see a player on a list where you'd expect, look at another position because he may be listed elsewhere. The list which follows is of the junior power forwards and post players.  Some really big time prospects here, no doubt about it. 

Lastly, 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 shown, just let us know.  Here are the Top Power Forwards and Post Players in SoCal in the Junior Class:

SoCalHoops Top 10 Jr. Centers In SoCal
(Class of 2001)

Chad Bell (7'-0" Jr. C) Westchester
Tyson Chandler (7'-0" Jr. C) Compton Dominguez
Jeff Day (6'-9" Jr. C/PF) University of San Diego HS
Alex Graham (6'-11" Jr. C) Redlands
Phillip Johnson (6'-11" Jr. C) Arroyo Grande
Jacob Padgett (6'-8" Jr. C/PF) Hemet
Jamal Sampson (6'-10" Jr. C) Mater Dei
Erik Soderberg (6'-10" Jr. C) Mater Dei
Adam Tancredi (6'-10" Jr. C) Santa Margarita
Jason Zimmer (6'-10" Jr. C)  Perris High

SoCalHoops Top 15 Jr. Power Forwards In SoCal
(Class of 2001)

Scott Borchart (6'-8" Jr.  PF) Chaminade
Nick Curtis (6'-7" Jr.  PF) Oxnard
Kyle Egkan (6'-7" Jr. PF) Villa Park
Amaury Fernandez (6'-9" Jr. PF) Artesia
Isaiah Fox (6'-9" Jr. C) Crossroads
Dillon Hayes (6'-7" Jr. PF) Tustin
Jack Martinez (6'-9" Jr. PF/SF) Artesia
Rory O'Neil (6'-11" Jr. PF) Ridgecrest Burroughs
Keith Sconiers (6'-7" Jr. PF/C) Fresno Washington Union
Craig Smith (6'-6" Jr. PF) Fairfax
Douglas Thomas (6'-8" Jr. PF) Pasadena
Dustin Villepigue (6'-9" Jr. PF) Simi Valley
Jamaal Williams (6'-7" Jr. PF) Centennial Corona

SoCalHoops Next Top 25 Jr. Power Forwards In SoCal
(Class of 2001)

Tyler Adamczyk (6'-6" Jr. PF) Westlake HS
Isaiah Bryant (6'-7" Jr. PF) JW North
Thomas Brossard (6'-5" Jr.  PF) Hawthorne
Shaun Cody (6'-5" Jr. PF/SF) Damien
Sean Cole (6'-7" Jr. PF/SF) St. Monica
Shaun Crosner (6'-7" Jr. PF/SF) Loyola
Lionel Davis (6'-6" Jr.  PF) Upland
J.P. Elliot (6'-8" Jr. PF) Loyola
Earl Felix (6'-5" Jr. PF) Manual Arts
David Harris (6'-6" Jr. PF/SF) Torrance West HS
Otis Hawkins (6'-6" Jr. PF) Inglewood
Albert Hill (6'-7" Jr. PF) Garey
James Jenkins (6'-7" Jr. PF/SF) Crescenta Valley
Brandon Jones (6'-8" Jr. PF) Canyon Springs
Greg Jones (6'-8" Jr. PF/C) Sierra Vista
Matt Mosebar (6'-8" Jr. PF) Santa Ynez
George O'Garra (6'-6" Jr. PF/C) Sylmar
Jacob Padgett (6'-8" Jr. PF/C) Hemet
Domonic Prince (6'-9" Jr. PF) Westchester
Antoine Russ (6'-7" Jr. PF/SF) Pomona
Billy Sewell (6'-5" Jr. PF/SF) Manual Arts
Neal Smith (6'-6" Jr.. PF) Ocean View
Spencer Smith (6'-5" Jr.. PF) Pomona
Kirk Snyder (6'-5" Jr. PF/SF) Upland
Justin Thompson (6'-5" Jr. PF) Dorsey

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