By Brett Manny
1. Solomon Hill, SF, Sr. (Fairfax Lions, Los Angeles, CA): This 6-6, 210 lbs. wing forward has improved every year at Fairfax. With his wide frame and athletic makeup, he likes to attack the basket and can leap out of the building. His ability to improve his game is why Fairfax should shine in '09.
2. Brendan Lane, PF, Sr. (Rocklin Thunder, Rocklin, CA): This lean 6-9, 205 lbs. power forward possesses great hustle and unselfishness. He is more comfortable away from the basketball and tends to get many points on transition. The UCLA recruit will likely have to improve his strength to excel at the next level.
3. Jamal Franklin, SF, Sr. (Serrano Diamondbacks, Phelan, CA): Franklin is a great wing player who loves to run in transition. His jumper is shaky but scouts drool over his athleticism. He will need to bulk up to develop at the next level but should be making opposing teams dizzy all year with his quickness and raw scoring ability.
4. Demetrius Walker, SG, Sr. (St. Marys Knights, Phoenix, AZ): At 6-3, 190 lbs., Walker has the ideal body for a shooting guard and will stay in state next year as he has committed to Arizona State. Walker is great in transition and can make a tough pass look simple. Known as hard worker, he constantly is a step ahead of his defenders and looks to finish plays at the rim.
5. Mike Moser, SF, Sr. (Grant Generals, Portland, OR): The best player in the state of Oregon will be heading south to play for UCLA next year. Moser’s game is still developing, but his overall athleticism makes him a terrific defender with great wingspan. He likes to penetrate and finish near the basket where he collects most of his points. His potential is sky-high.
6. Jeronne Maymon, SF, Sr. (James Madison Memorial Spartans, Madison, WI): Maymon is an athletic wing player who relies on his quick first step to get into the lane and finish in traffic. He can best be described as a slasher as he doesn't rely on his outside shooting ability, yet his broad build allows him to get many rebounds. The Marquette recruit should be penetrating defenses all season in Wisconsin.
7. Adbul Gaddy, PG, Sr. (Bellarmine Prep Lions, Tacoma, WA): One of the nation's best point guards will try to improve upon his 25 ppg average from a year ago. The Washington recruit, who originally committed to Arizona, is heralded as the best player in the state. His smooth ball handling skills combined with great vision makes him an ideal point guard. Look for Gaddy to defend his Gatorade Player of the Year honors in Washington.
8. Renardo Sidney, PF, Sr. (Fairfax Lions, Los Angeles, CA): There aren't many negatives in Sidney's game as the senior might be the best overall player on the West Coast. At 6-9, he can play 20 feet away from the basket and loves to penetrate. Additionally, he has great timing on his blocks which makes him an intimidating defender. He joins teammate Solomon Hill on the list to form one of the nation's best frontcourts.
9. Tyler Haws, SG, Sr. (Lone Peak Knights, Highland, UT): Not many folks outside of Utah have heard about Haws, but they should in due time He's been a major factor for Lone Peak since his freshman year and is a BYU recruit. What he lacks in athleticism he makes up with his basketball IQ and his shooting ability. Haws once again will be considered as one of the best players in the state in ‘09.
10. C.J. Wilcox, SG, Sr. (Pleasant Grove Vikings, Pleasant Grove, UT): The long and athletic guard will be a force to be reckoned with this year in Utah. Wilcox has a tremendous wingspan which allows him to create opportunities on the defensive end via steals. The Washington recruit joins Abdul Gaddy on the list to provide the Huskies with a formidable backcourt for the years ahead. Wilcox averaged 23 points a game last year -- leading Class 5A in Utah -- and posseses a dangerous outside jumper.
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