By Ryan Rohde
1. John Wall, PG, Sr. (Word of God Academy, Raleigh, NC): With tremendous size and speed, Wall immediately draws comparisons to Dwayne Wade out on the court. His first step is second to none and the senior can take over a game either offensively or defensively. Wall is a once-in-a-generation athlete for a high school to have, as evidenced by his last season stats of 18 ppg, 10 assists and 7 rebounds and has received offers from Memphis, Baylor, Miami and N.C. State.
2. Derrick Favors, PF, Sr. (South Atlanta Hornets, Atlanta, GA): A tough post player with soft hands, Favors plays center for South Atlanta, but at 6-9, 220 lbs. and with a pension for scoring, Favors will move to power forward in college. Few have the ability to finish like Favors. And his businesslike attitude has landed offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Memphis.
3. John Henson, PF, Sr. (Sickles Gryphons, Tampa, FL): Henson has a tremendous ability to run the floor for a player of his size. An extremely athletic player who averages 24 ppg, the North Carolina commit is also an excellent shot blocker. At 6-10, 200 lbs., Henson will be a dominant force at the next level when he fills out his body frame.
4. DeMarcus Cousins, PF, Sr. (Leflore Tigers, Itta Bena, AL): A very strong power forward who is tough in the low blocks. Cousins averaged 17 ppg and 8 rebounds per as a junior. Cousins stands 6-9 and 245 lbs. and has an excellent feel for the basket and is not afraid to get physical. The Alabama native -- who will attend UAB next season -- is very tough to stop when he gets into a rhythm.
5. Mason Plumlee, PF, Sr. (Christ School Greenies, Arden, NC): At 6-11 and 210 lbs., the power forward has a great ability to use his size to his advantage. The senior possesses outstanding rebounding skills and plays facing the basket. Plumlee's game is well rounded, as he produced 14 ppg, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 assists per game last year. The Duke commit has a great mid-range jumper and should fit very well in Coach Krzyzewski's system.
6. Ryan Kelly, PF, Sr. (Ravenscroft Ravens, Raleigh, NC): Another recruit going to play for the Blue Devils next season, Kelly has great perimeter shooting ability but is also not afraid to attack the basket. He averaged 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks per contest last season. Kelly also participated on the USA U-18 team this summer and also plays on the same AAU team as fellow state standout John Wall.
7. Kenny Boynton, SG, Jr. (American Heritage Patriots, Plantation, FL): Boynton is widely considered one of the top scoring threats of his class. Think Allen Iverson when you hear Boynton’s name. The senior has averaged 30-plus points per game over the past two seasons. Boynton is a playmaker who demands the ball when the game is on the line. His pull-up jumper is tops in the state and his clutch shooting makes him a special package. Boynton will play for the Florida Gators next season.
8. Milton Jennings, F, Sr. (Pinewood Prep Panthers, Summerville, SC): The Clemson-bound product might be the best Tiger recruit in the past decade. The 6-9, 210 lbs. forward has tremendous ability from the outside. He has a lot of upside too, but must improve his low post game to succeed at the next level. Lucky for Clemson, this kid has good values and work ethic.
9. Leslie McDonald, SG, Sr. (Briarcrest Christian, Eads, TN): McDonald is one of the most versatile guards in the country. He has great ability to attack the rim and either dish it off or take it himself. He also plays well in a system and is good at hitting jumpers when coming off screens. His ability to play either shooting or point guard will give Roy Williams and the Tar Heels many options next season.
10. Brandon Knight, G, Jr. (Pine Crest Panthers, Fort Lauderdale, FL): Knight possesses one the quickest first steps in the country. The junior guard has an innate ability to switch gears and blow by defenders. Knight can burn you either on penetration in the paint or via the pull-up jumper from the outside. Knight is an all-around great player and has outstanding vision. Knight is considering Florida, Miami, and UConn for college.
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