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April 23, 2008

New five-star faces in the Rivals150

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There are five new five-star prospects in the latest rankings release of the Rivals150.

All five made significant improvements during their senior seasons and proved that they were good enough to be counted among the top 25 players in the country.

New Five-Star Faces in the Rivals150
Chris Singleton, SF, Dunwoody, Ga.
Georgia forward Chris Singleton always has had the potential to be counted in this category.

He came full circle this season at Dunwoody High School and capped off his prep career with a stellar week of work at the McDonald's All-American game. The Florida State-bound big man is one of the top inside-out threats in the class.

Ater Majok, PF, Martinsville, Va.
Born in Sudan, raised in Australia and now in America, Ater Majok brings a rare combination of skills to the table. He is, for the most part, still a mystery on the national level.

He's a versatile and skilled 6-foot-10 forward who proved his mettle at the adidas Derby Classic. Majok makes his debut in the Rivals.com rankings as a five-star prospect and is one of the most coveted prospects in the class of 2008.

Kemba Walker, PG, New York Rice
There never really was any question about what kind of player Kemba Walker can be at the next level. Connecticut locked up one of the top point guards in the nation.

After further evaluation, Walker clearly is one of the elite players in the class regardless of position. Look for the New York City native to have a D.J. Augustin-like impact in college.

Dequan Jones, SF, Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler
Dequan Jones is as athletic as any player in the class. He is cut in the mold of former Michigan State star Jason Richardson. After a stellar senior season and a big-time performance at the Beach Ball Classic, Jones makes his five-star debut.

The 6-foot-6 wing from Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler should shine from the outset at Miami. He is athletic and should continue to improve his perimeter game under Frank Haith and his staff in Coral Gables.

Yancy Gates, PF, Cincinnati Withrow
Cincinnati commitment Yancy Gates always has had great size and natural strength. But his on-again, off-again approach to the game kept him from being ranked higher.

The 6-foot-8 post player had a big senior season and capped it off with a dominating performance in the adidas Derby Classic, which helped push him into five-star range.

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