October 20, 2006

Elite Team: First Team

Over the past two weeks, you've been introduced to the third-and second-team rosters of Rivals.com's first-ever Elite Team - the nation's top high school lineups heading into the 2006-07 season. Here's a recap of the first team.
6-4, 185, Chicago Simeon
Rose's ability to create scoring opportunities, his willingness to share the ball and his capability of taking over a game with his scoring make it clear that the top priority for Rose is winning. Skill wise, he has lightning speed and power with the ball, he gets into the lane with ease and he is a very good rebounder. His outside shot, although reliable, is the weaker part of his game, but expect it to become more consistent over time.
6-4, 205, Indianapolis North Central
Powerfully built and highly skilled, Gordon is a true combo guard with a refined all around game. He can shoot from deep either off the catch or the dribble, attack the basket from any direction and score in the midrange. He has a dangerous post up game and can distribute the ball as well as score. Defensively he has the quickness and strength to guard any perimeter player.
6-9, 240, Lake Oswego, Ore.
With a hard edged competitive spirit and fundamentally solid game, Love is a bruiser around the basket. He has advanced footwork and can finish with either hand. He is a strong position rebounder, and his outlet passing is off the charts. With a pure shooting stroke, Love also possesses three-point shooting range. His footspeed on defense, however, is limited as well as his overall athleticism.
6-8, 210, Medford (Ore.) South Medford
Perhaps the most complete player in the class of 2007 as a true three position player, Singler shoots the three with a feathery touch and can also score off posting up and off the dribble. He also passes and rebounds at a high level. Also a great horizontal athlete, Singler can defend a guard as well as guard a post player.
6-9, 235, Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep
The hallmark of Beasley's game is versatility. The future of the NBA calls for forwards who can run, defend multiple positions and stretch the defense on the offensive end. Beasley fits this mold to a tee. He is effective in transition both as a finisher and handler. He is capable of switching on the high ball screen and guarding a perimeter player while also capable of banging down low against the big boys.
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
PG Nick Calathes
Winter Park (Fla.) Lake Howell
6-5, 185
SG Jerryd Bayless
Phoenix St. Mary's
6-3, 193
C Kosta Koufos
Canton (Ohio) GlenOak
7-0, 252
SF Donte Green
Baltimore Towson Catholic
6-9, 217
PF J.J. Hickson
Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler
6-8, 220


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