Commentary

Three ESPNU 100 SFs still available

Originally Published: November 4, 2010
By Mike LaPlante | ESPN Recruiting

With the early signing period set to start in less than a week, here's a look at the top five uncommitted small forwards.

Daniels

DeAndre Daniels (Woodland Hills, Calif./IMG Academy)

Player rank: 35 | Position rank: 11 | Grade: 95 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 191 pounds | Evaluation
Considering:
UNLV Kentucky USC UCLA NC State Florida Tennessee Texas Kansas Memphis
Why they want him: As one of the elite scoring wings in the 2011 class, Daniels, who has the potential to be a point producing impact player, possesses an offensive arsenal that is more developed than most of his peers and has great size and length (7-2 wingspan) for his position. He is a solid rebounder who is developing into a better defender and teammate.
Recruiting update: Daniels, who originally committed to Texas, looked hard at potentially coming out with the 2010 class, but decided to work on his game at IMG Academy and reclassify to the 2011 class. He intends to wait until the spring to make a final college decision and should be an extra-hot commodity because he is one of the top remaining players left on the board. He has too many schools interested in his services to list them and many more sure to jump in.


McLemore

Ben McLemore (St. Louis, Mo./Oak Hill)

Player rank: 38 | Position rank: 12 | Grade: 95 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 185 pounds | Evaluation
Considering:
Kansas Missouri
Why they want him: McLemore burst onto the scene this summer and up the ranks of the ESPNU 100. The athletic wing is a big-time finisher in transition and shows flashes of elite-level potential. In the right system he will be a very difficult matchup because of his explosive quickness and has the potential to be a shutdown defender.
Recruiting update: A host of schools have thrown their hat in the ring for McLemore's services, but, as most people predicted, it looks to be coming down to a decision between Big XII powers Missouri and Kansas. McLemore is tentatively scheduled to make his final decision in the closing days of the early signing period (Nov. 15-17) and will be a huge get for either program. Stay tuned.


Garrett

Amir Garrett (Las Vegas, Nev./Findlay Prep)

Player rank: 62 | Position rank: 16 | Grade: 94 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 190 pounds | Evaluation
Considering:
Oregon St. John's UNLV California Kansas
Why they want him: Garrett is a high-flying, high-energy wing who will excel in an up-tempo system. His combination of length and lateral quickness are his big attributes as well as the attitude and toughness to be a great defender. If he continues to improve his shooting and ballhandling skills, he has a good chance to rise up the rankings.
Recruiting update: Garrett, who says Oregon and St John's are the leaders, is leaning toward signing in the late period. He had a great official visit to Oregon, but is being patient as he sorts through the recruiting process. Coach Steve Lavin is tough to beat on the recruiting trail and the fact that Garrett has West Coast ties could make it interesting.


Jarion Henry (Dallas, Texas/Kimball)

Player rank: NR | Position rank: 34 | Grade: 91 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 195 pounds | Evaluation
Considering:
Marquette Oregon UTEP Arkansas Fresno State
Why they want him: Henry, who's Dad (Skeeter Henry) played at Oklahoma, is a highly-skilled wing who is versatile enough to play 3 or 4 positions. He reminds us a little of a Tayshaun Prince-type player who understands the game. Offensively, he thrives in transition as both a finisher or a playmaker and he has improved his 3-point shooting in half-court situations.
Recruiting update: Marquette and Oregon seem to be making the hardest run at Henry, but his list could change drastically after the early signing period because he is giving strong indications of signing late. In the late period he could see his stock continue to rise as programs re-evaluate their recruiting lists and try to jump into the mix.


Kevin Thomas (Brampton, Can./Christian Faith Center Academy)

Player rank: NR | Position rank: 38 | Grade: 90 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 205 pounds | Evaluation
Considering:
Wake Forest Marquette Arkansas Texas Seton Hall NC State
Why they want him: The Canadian invasion on college basketball continues. Thomas has developed and evolved his game from more of a power forward into an athletic wing who has a college-ready body. He has a good motor and can score both inside and out. He is a quick jumper on the offensive glass and does a great job of getting his team extra possessions.
Recruiting update: Unless a school separates themselves from the pack, Thomas is going to wait until the late signing period to decide on a school. He has taken a couple unofficial visits (Wake Forest and NC State), but is taking his time with the recruiting process in hopes to find the right fit.

Mike LaPlante, a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting, has over 20 years of coaching and recruiting experience.