August 22, 2007

Best of the rest: Small forwards






As college basketball recruits prepare to take official visits to campuses, Rivals.com takes a deeper look at each of the positions in the class of 2008.


Who is left at the small forward spot? We break down and update the best of what's left.



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Best of the Rest: Small Forwards


Terrelle Pryor, Jeannette (Pa.) High School

Rank: No. 3 overall small forward

Schools in the mix: Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia

Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: Pryor is the No. 1 football prospect in the nation according to Rivals.com, and his long-term future appears to be on the gridiron. Pryor still maintains that he wants to play basketball in college, and he is a good hoops prospect. Pryor's focus is clearly on football right now because his season begins shortly. Basketball is playing second fiddle at this point.



Chris Singleton, Dunwoody (Ga.) High School

Rank: No. 4 overall small forward

Schools in the mix: Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgetown, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: With Pryor focusing on football, Singleton will be the most sought-after small forward in the nation. Singleton was outstanding in July, and clearly tapped into his natural ability. Florida State, LSU and Tennessee are likely to get visits, according to sources close to the situation. However, no specific dates have been established yet. This one could get interesting.


Singleton highlights


Mookie Jones, Peekskill (N.Y.) High School

Rank: No. 6 overall small forward

Schools in the mix: DePaul, Louisville, Miami, Rutgers, St. John's, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Villanova and West Virginia

Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: Perhaps the fastest-rising wing in the country, Jones is trying to gauge his recruitment after a wave of interest in August. The top-40 prospect has a host of programs in the ACC and Big East hot on his trail.


Anthony Jones, Houston (Texas) Yates

Rank: No. 7 overall small forward

Schools in the mix: Baylor and Texas A&M


Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: Not much has changed with the slender 6-foot-10 prospect on the recruiting front. He is still considering his options going into the fall. Jones, according to sources, will likely sign in November.



Jones highlights



Wesley Witherspoon, Lilburn (Ga.) Berkmar

Rank: No. 9 overall small forward

Schools in the mix: Bradley, Clemson, Fresno State, Georgetown, George Washington, Illinois, LSU, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Syracuse

Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: The ever-improving wing told Rivals.com recently that he is likely a spring signee. That's good news for teams that might miss out on their top target in the fall. That's bad news for the likes of George Washington and Kansas State, who are clearly in deep with the versatile wing. Both programs will wait as long as necessary to land Witherspoon.


Witherspoon highlights










Ranked SFs still on the board

We know four of the top uncommitted players will be busy this fall. California native Renaldo Woolridge, the No. 10 small forward in the nation, has visits set up with Georgetown and Tennessee. USC has hosted the 6-7 prospect, while Illinois and Marquette round out his top five.

Louisiana native Terrence Henry (No. 12 SF) will visit Arkansas on Sept. 29 and make his way to Kansas on Oct. 12. Kentucky, LSU, Miami and Ole Miss are also in the picture.

Lance Goulbourne has a trio of visits set up in the near future. He'll trip to Marquette, Virginia and Vanderbilt in September. The Hun School (N.J.) product checks in at No. 13 on the small forward rankings.

After a great run on the grassroots circuit, Georgia forward Delwan Graham (No. 14 SF) is considering his options. He has four official visits set. Ole Miss, South Carolina, Auburn and LSU will play host the four-star prospect.

The Peach State is loaded at small forward. Dequan Jones (No. 11 SF), Justin Brownlee (No. 15 SF) and Travis Leslie (No. 18 SF) all call the state home. All three have yet to set up official visits.

The Southeast yields North Carolina native Kenny Gabriel (No. 19 SF), Murphy Holloway (No. 21 SF), Dago Pena (No. 24 SF) and Jared Swopshire (No. 25 SF). None of them have any visits set up to our knowledge. But chances are they will in the near future.






Sleeper central

There are plenty of prospects outside of the position rankings that are quality players. Here are a handful of uncommitted small forwards that stand out going into the fall:

California native Colin Chiverton is a major target for a number of mid-major teams. He's long, has good range and plays for one of the top teams in the San Francisco Bay Area - Archbishop Mitty High School.

National Christian Academy (Md.) wing David Diakite is one of the most athletic players on the East Coast. The 6-foot-4 wing has enjoyed a productive summer and has caught the eye of several mid-majors. Diakite could potentially move into the high-major realm with a strong senior campaign.

Prep school wing Erick Frederick had a productive summer with the Texas Blue Chips. The 6-foot-7 prospect is on the radar for a number of high-majors.

California wing J.P. Olukemi could be a name that people will talk about - especially if he decides to wait until the spring to sign. The 6-foot-5 prospect is athletic, strong and has shown an ability to knock down jumpers.




News & Notes

Only eight of the 25 ranked small forwards are committed to colleges. Of the eight, two are headed to the Pac-10, two are Big East-bound, two are going to the SEC and the ACC and Big Ten landed one each.

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