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June 27, 2006

Phenom150 offers first look at 2010

Evaluating the class of 2010 is a little different than most other classes. For starters, this class has yet to play a year at the high school level. The speed of the game is a bit slower and the super freak athletes are still finding their legs. With a number of players having strong performances at the adidas Phenom150 camp, Justin Young of Rivals.com identified the top five prospects from the weekend.

Jarell Eddie, Concord (N.C.) Cannon School
Position: Power forward
Height: 6-foot-6
The 6-foot-6 forward was the clear cut top big man in his class at the camp. He toyed with teams as he went to work, playing above the rim at will but also maintained a strong sense of control in his game.

Eddie bounced between both forward positions and because of the lack of size at the camp, he shined the most inside the paint where he was a force on the offensive glass. As soon as he controlled the loose ball, Eddie was quick to go right back to the rim and thundered home dunk after dunk.

Like all young players, Eddie needs to get stronger and fine tune his overall skill set, particularly his face up mid range game and ability to put the ball on the floor. Pound for pound, Eddie was the best performer and best long range prospect that we saw in camp.

Tony Chenault, Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann-Goretti
Position: Point guard
Height: 6-foot-1
Chenault makes up for his average athleticism with good, crisp passing and controlled the game when the ball was in his hands. He's unselfish and spread the ball around the offense. His vision was the best in the camp.

Like most Philly guards, Chenault didn't shy away from getting right into his man on defense. He matched opponents step for step and frustrated other guards with his physical play.

Offensively, he created his offense by powering into the lane and challenged players at the basket. Chenault knows how to work the baselines, too. His strong frame was the reason why no one really challenged him inside the paint. He can absorb the contact and knew what to do when he was bumped.

Pencil his name down as the next point guard to watch from the City of Brotherly Love.

Trey Zeigler, Los Angeles
Position: Small forward
Height: 6-foot-3
Zeigler was a constant match-up problem all camp long. The 6-foot-3 prospect possesses point guard skills but he looked more comfortable playing on the wing as a slasher and someone that makes things happen with his size and strength. His rebounding skills make him more effective around the basket than on the wing.

Zeigler's feel for the game can certainly be attributed to his father, Ernie, an assistant coach at UCLA. The younger Zeigler's experience watching one of the best teams in the country up close and personal is showing in his game.

The younger Zeigler just made plays. And lots of them.

Josh Turner, Waterbury (Conn.)
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-foot-4
When it comes to upside and room to grow into a big time wing, Turner was the best at the camp. At 6-foot-4, Turner didn't play like a player that was forced to play inside throughout his young career. Instead, Turner played like a guy that has been battle tested by older and stronger guys.

Turner is a good athlete and a hard-working wing with plenty of room to improve, particularly his offensive skills on the perimeter.

The talent is there and Turner is playing like a youngster that knows what he has and what can serve him well in his basketball career over the next four years in high school.

Josh Selby, Baltimore
Position: Point guard
Height: 6-foot-1
There weren't a lot of big point guards in the 2010 class. Most stood under 5-feet-10 and most looked every bit the 14-year-old that they were. Not Selby. The 6-foot-1 point guard is physically mature for his age group and oftentimes intimidated other players with his aggressive and athletic play.

Selby attacked the rim time and time again and even tried to sky above the defense for some almost impossible dunks. He is fearless with the ball in his hand.

He was quick to back off the dribble drive and shot up a couple of good looking rainbow three-pointers. Certainly not short on confidence, Selby could be a guy to really emerge in the 2010 class over the next couple years.



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