October 6, 2006

Elite Team: Third team

Over the past week you've been introduced to the third-team roster of Rivals.com's first-ever Elite Team the nation's top high school players heading into the 2006-07 season. Here's a quick recap of the third team. Over the next two weeks, we'll name the second and first teams.
6-5, 185, Winter Park (Fla.) Lake Howell
Capable of controlling games with his heady ball handling from the point guard position, Calathes finds the open man early and rarely over dribbles. As a scorer, Calathes can hit from deep and he is very effective in the mid-range with his floater. Not an overwhelming presence on defense, Calathes gets the job done with his understanding of spacing and angles and with his length.
6-3, 193, Phoenix St. Mary's
A premier athlete and talent, Bayless can score from the perimeter as well as any player. Always able to create a shot with his high, elevating pull-up jumper, Bayless is particularly dangerous coming off the high ball screen and is a threat to score off the dribble anywhere inside 23-feet. He has the potential to be an outstanding defender, but does not always give defending and rebounding top priority.
7-0, 252, Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak
With a NBA center's body, Koufos has outstanding skills with the ball. He can shoot it from behind the arc, pass it out of the double team or feed from the high post and catch the difficult pass. Not an explosive athlete, he needs to work on his footspeed on the defensive side of the ball. Koufos is committed to Ohio State and will fit well in coach Thad Matta's offensive system.
6-9, 217, Baltimore Towson Catholic
More of a finesse player than a power player, Green handles the ball very well and has a quick slashing drive to the basket going either direction. He also passes very well off the dribble. With a nice shooting stroke out to the 3-point line, Green who is committed to Syracuse must develop his strength and develop a more aggressive attitude to reach his NBA caliber potential.
6-8, 220, Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler
Hickson is a powerful low-post scorer and rebounder with a competitive spirit. He sits low in the post and can react to the worst of post feeds. When Hickson catches the ball with his back to the basket, he loves to attack to his left shoulder and then spin back to his right shoulder. Quick off the floor, Hickson contests shots in high numbers, but he needs to improve as a position defender. He also needs to improve his perimeter skills.
PG Derrick Rose
Chicago Simeon
6-4, 185
SG Eric Gordon
Indianapolis North Central
6-4, 205
C Kevin Love
Lake Oswego, Ore.
6-9, 240
SF Kyle Singler
Medford (Ore.) South Medford
6-8, 210
PF Michael Beasley
Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep
6-9, 235
PG O.J. Mayo
Huntington, W.Va.
6-5, 215
SG Austin Freeman
Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha
6-3, 185
C DeAndre Jordan
Houston Christian Life Center
7-0, 240
SF Bill Walker
Cincinnati North College Hill
6-6, 220
PF Patrick Patterson
Huntington, W.Va.
6-8, 228


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