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Posted on: Tue, 05/04/2010 - 9:17am #15254
The final verdict on the Class of 2010 is in.
Harrison Barnes began his senior season as Scout.com’s No. 1 player and he’ll end on top. The Ames (Iowa) High product got his second state championship, collected a ton of post-season hardware and helped Team USA defeat its international counterparts in the Hoop Summit. All in a year’s work for one of the most dedicated workers in his class.
Kyrie Irving did high school the right way. Each year he got better and by the time he was a senior, it was his show. He finished as Scout.com’s No. 2 overall player and the top point guard in a floor general class that will boost the college game.
Enes Kanter, our No. 3 prospect, is the mystery man of the entire group. A whirlwind jaunt from Turkey to the United States finally culminated with time at Stoneridge Prep. However, Kanter will be most lauded for his record-setting performance in the Hoop Summit where he toed the line with his 2010 counterparts and scored 34 points to break Dirk Nowitzki’s Hoop Summit record.
No. 4’s thru No. 7 are a tough call. Jared Sullinger bullied this class for probably more combined high school and AAU wins than any other player. He’ll have a Kevin Love-like college and NBA career and he’ll be a name synonymous with Big Ten post play for as long as he’s in the league.
Josh Selby or Brandon Knight? Take your pick. This was the toughest call of the Top 5. Both can score with Selby being the better finisher and Knight the sterner defender. Tobias Harris (No. 7) is a strong Top 10 pick. He worked in the weight room on his conditioning and body and the results are undisputed.
A trio of bigs round out the Top 10 beginning with Terrence Jones. The two-time state champion and player of the year in his state defined his position over the course of his career and took numbers along the way.
Perry Jones (No. 9) and Tristan Thompson (10) can settle their ranking battle on the court next season in the Big 12.
BREAKDOWN: 24 shooting guards, 21 small forward, 19 point guards, 15 centers0
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