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
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
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