February 21, 2011

Top 10: Perimeter defenders

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Each week, Rivals.com recruiting analysts Jerry Meyer and Eric Bossi break down the top 10 in a different category. This week's top 10: perimeter defenders.

1. Dai-Jon Parker
School: Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton
The Buzz: One of the most athletic players in the 2011 class, Parker has the makings of being a top defensive stopper at Vanderbilt.

2. Jamal Branch
School: Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep
The Buzz: Branch, who is headed to Texas A&M, has held down some of the top point guards in the country.

3. Mike Gilchrist
Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick
The Buzz: Athletic, physical and determined, Gilchrist is a multi-positional stopper.

4. Brad Beal
Saint Louis (Mo.) Chaminade Prep
The Buzz: It is extremely rare to find a prolific offensive player who defends as Beal does.

5. Nick Johnson
Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
The Buzz: An Arizona signee, Johnson has proven his worthiness against a number of top offensive players.

6. Sir'Dominic Pointer
Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education
The Buzz: Pointer is taking a lethal combination of athleticism and competitiveness to St. John's next year.

7. Dorian Finney-Smith
Newport News (Va.) I.C. Norcom
The Buzz: Virginia Tech will welcome Finney-Smith's length, athleticism and basketball savvy next year.

8. Adonis Thomas
Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose
The Buzz: Thomas, who is staying home at Memphis, is comfortable defending anywhere on the court.

9. Josiah Turner
Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy
The Buzz: A physical and quick athlete, Turner has the ability to defend any type of point guard.

10. Myck Kabongo
Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
The Buzz: His fierce edge and high-level quickness make Kabongo a nightmare to play against.


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