SoCalHoops Recruiting News
Class of 2002 Top Small
Forwards In SoCal--(Oct. 24, 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 third group we're going to focus on is the class of 2002's small forwards, and we've selected the players we believe are the top 35 in the class at this position. We've arranged them generally by category (Top 15, Next 20). We have not used numerical rankings. Maybe we should, and maybe someday we will, but for now we haven't done so.
Why not use numerical rankings? Because 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 in a position to actually recruit them, i.e., the college coaches. Most fans, club coaches, high school coaches, and other players already know about the guys listed here, as do a lot of the colleges already, but on the off-chance that there's someone out there who doesn't know them, that's reason enough to do the lists. But other than create two loosely defined "Best" and "Next Best" groups, we've not ranked individual players. 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. The bottom line is that it's too early to tell what will happen to these players. And that's also one of their real plusses too: They're young, have got more of their high school careers in front of them than they have behind them, and if they work hard and are lucky enough to avoid injury, they'll continue to improve, get bigger, stronger, and eventually make it to the next level.
We obviously have not seen every player in SoCal in the sophomore class. 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 SoCal (Dave Benezra and Mark Mayemura), Fullcourt Press, Clark HoopScoop, PrepStars Recruiting, and others). Some are "ranked" elsewhere by the other guys, and many have appeared on regional and/or national "top player" lists.
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 sophomore small forwards. What we mean
by "small forward", or sometimes a "shooting forward" is one of the
larger players on the floor, but a guy who is generally a face-up player, often out on the
wings, a slasher to the hole, but sometimes a post player; also often a slasher to the
hole, who can also spot up from either in close or three-point range, and who may also be
an excellent catch-and-shoot player but is
generally bigger than a guard (either point or shooting) but not generally as big or as strong as the inside a power forward/center players, and typically not a post player.
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 35 Small Forwards/Wings in SoCal:
|Top 15 SoCal Sophomore Small
Evan Burns (6'-6"
So. SF) Fairfax
|Next Top 20 SoCal Small Forward/Wings
Marlon Brisco (6'-3" So. SF/SG) Antelope Valley
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