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
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.