West Coast look at Final Top 100
Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 18, 2012


In the final release of the Scout.com Top 100, numerous West Coast players received rankings boosts. We break down the Top 100 from a West Coast perspective.

Wednesday's final release of the Scout.com 2012 Top 100 saw several West Coast kids make moves up the rankings.

After spending the better part of the last year as the #1 prospect in the country, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman small forward Shabazz Muhammad finishes at #2 due to Nerlens Noel reclassifying from 2013 to 2012.

Still, Muhammad ends his high school career with a very respectable ranking.

"Shabazz is the ultimate competitor and his work ethic is second to none," says Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "He's a tough, hardnosed wing prospect that has really improved his ability to score from all three levels. He will make a major impact at UCLA from the jump."

Coming in at #8 is Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep power forward Anthony Bennett, who remains uncommitted.

"This year was a good one for Bennett before he suffered a major injury that limited his time on the court," says Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow. "Still, he showed fairly well at the Nike Hoops Summit, and was solid during the McDonald’s week.

"A power forward all the way, physically Bennett can compete with anybody, and now he has to continue to refine his ball handling and feel for the game as he moves on to the college level."

La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran center Grant Jerrett finished his career with his first top 10 ranking, moving up from 15th to a final ranking of 9th.

"Over the past year Jerrett has improved," Daniels said. "He seems to be moving more fluid and may be more athletic. He's going to be a threat for Sean Miller because of his ability to score both with his back to the basket and facing it."

Another Findlay Prep power forward made the Top 10, as Brandon Ashley ends his high school career ranked 10th in the country.

"Brandon Ashley is one of the highest ceiling guys in the entire country," says Snow. "He put on display just how good he can be at the NPSI in the championship where he willed Findlay Prep to a win.

"The talent is undeniable, he is a legitimate NBA type of player, however now the question will be how he brings it on a day in and day out basis. If indeed the light bulb comes on full time, his stay in college will be short and he will be cashing some mighty large checks."

Findlay Prep small forward Winston Shepard landed at 32nd, moving up from 38th and finishing with his highest ranking yet. Shepard has one of the best all-around games in the country and should make a very big impact at San Diego State.

Also finishing with his highest ranking is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei shooting guard Katin Reinhardt. The pure shooter had a very good season for the state champion Monarchs and should see playing time early into his UNLV career.

Monument (Colo.) Lewis-Palmer center Josh Scott has consistently climbed the rankings since his August 2011 debut and finishes ranked 46th in the country. Scott's strength and skill level could make him a big time scoring threat in the post for Colorado.

Fresh off his commitment to Fresno State, San Joaquin Memorial center Robert Upshaw comes out ranked 53rd. Upshaw had originally committed to Kansas State but never signed a Letter of Intent. He should be a very good player for the Bulldogs.

Findlay Prep's point guard, Dominic Artis, holds steady at 55th, which equals his highest Scout.com ranking. The Oregon signee is the West Coast's top point guard prospect in 2012 and his significant and consistent progress as a player is a very good sign for the Ducks.

Another West Coast prospect ending with his highest ranking yet is Mater Dei small forward Xavier Johnson, who finishes at 57th. Johnson had a tremendous season for Mater Dei, willing the Monarchs to several huge wins, and will be a key player for Tad Boyle at Colorado.

Ending up at 80th is Bishop Gorman's hybrid forward Rosco Allen. The Stanford signee has a unique combination of size and skill and should be a good offensive player for the Cardinal.

Finishing right after Allen is another future Cardinal in Grant Verhoeven, who is ranked 81st. The center is a dominant low post scorer and rebounder, and it shouldn't take long for Verhoeven to make his presence felt in Palo Alto.

Coming in at 82nd is Orange (Calif.) Lutheran shooting guard Gabe York, a born scorer who is signed with Arizona.

California signee Tyrone Wallace makes the slight jump from 92nd to 90th, and the point guard's versatility and basketball IQ should come in handy to Mike Montgomery.

Rounding out the list of West Coast prospects in the final Top 100 is Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany shooting guard Marqueze Coleman, who deserves to make this list after a dominant senior season that saw the much improved prospect lead his squad to league, city and state titles.




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