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What scouts thought of them as Soph. where are they now???

It’s really early when you are talking about rising sophomore prospects, but Scout.com is excited to release our post-summer Top 15 in the Class of 2008. Maybe more than any top list we produce this year, this one in particular will change a lot.

However, someone’s got to kick things off and sit atop the rankings and during our tour of the country, Tyreke Evans (left) looks to be the best young player in the class right now.

Evans, who comes from the Philly area, is a high-scoring guard who is very strong and has played a lot of basketball on the national scene already. There’s a lot of pressure being No. 1 but we’ve tabbed him to carry the torch into the season.

Samardo Samuels (right) was the most dominant big man we saw during spring and summer action. A terrific low post player, Samuels is a load to deal with. In terms of young guys getting it done inside, watch him and see if he doesn’t remind you of a young Eddy Curry!

Checking in at No. 3 on the list is Xavier Gibson. Now, Gibson is much more of a prospect than huge producer right now but he’s got size, length and is cultivating a face-up game on the perimeter. We like his long term potential and the sky is the limit, especially once he begins filling out his frame.

Travis Releford (left) checks in at No. 4 and deservedly so. He made his reputation in his first high school season as a scorer. Then, almost without warning, he displayed all kinds of point guard skills in the summer prompting a quick re-evaluation of what his future position might be. The bottom line is no matter what guard spot he ends up getting comfortable at, he’s a legitimate big time guard who has already gone for 43 in a high school game.

The state of Ohio is loaded and one of the gems is No. 5 Yancey Gates, The power forward is huge at 6-foot-9 and at least 235 pounds. He’s got great hands and the tools to be elite at the end of his high school career.

The point guard rankings will get interesting in a hurry. Pay close attention to Brandon Jennings (best summer), Korie Lucious (top shooter) and Larry Drew (most upside?) as they have distinguished themselves early as the top guns at their


Brandon Jennings
(Oak Hill Academy)
Mouth Of Wilson, VA

6-1/170/35.4
Committed to Arizona

PF
2

Samardo Samuels
(St. Benedict Prep)
Newark, NJ

6-8/240/24.2
Committed to Louisville

C
3

B.J. Mullens
(Canal Winchester HS)
Canal Winchester, OH

7-0/255/26.0
Committed to Ohio State

SG
4

Jrue Holiday
(Campbell Hall)
N Hollywood, CA

6-3/180/24.2
Committed to UCLA

SG
5

Tyreke Evans
(American Christian School)
Aston, PA

6-6/190/34.1
Committed to Memphis

SF
6

Demar DeRozan
(Compton HS)
Compton, CA

6-6/180/30.6
Committed to USC

SF
7

Scotty Hopson
(University Heights Academy)
Hopkinsville, KY

6-5/180/24.2
Committed to Tennessee

PF
8

Greg Monroe
(Cox, Helen, Junior HS)
Harvey, LA

6-10/220/21.7
Committed to Georgetown

SF
9

Devin Ebanks
(St. Thomas More School)
Oakdale, CT

6-8/185
Committed to West Virginia

PF
10

Ed Davis
(Benedictine HS)
Richmond, VA

6-8/215/21.6
Committed to North Carolina

PF
11

Delvon Roe
(St. Edward HS)
Lakewood, OH

6-8/220/26.0
Committed to Michigan State

PG
12

Kemba Walker
(Rice HS)
New York, NY

6-1/172/19.0
Committed to Connecticut

SF
13

Al-Farouq Aminu
(Norcross HS)
Norcross, GA

6-8/195/22.1
Committed to Wake Forest

SG
14

William Buford
(Libbey HS)
Toledo, OH

6-5/190/23.0
Committed to Ohio State

PF
15

Chris Singleton
(Dunwoody HS)
Dunwoody, GA


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its always entertaining to review whut scout said about kids

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My favorite part is that

My favorite part is that Samuels was compared to Eddy Curry like it was a good thing.

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Young* Eddy Curry Yes, Eddy

Young* Eddy Curry

Yes, Eddy Curry was at some point of his career a young 19.5ppg center.

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I remember

I remember this site had Byron Mullens challenging Griffin for the #1 spot.

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