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April 29, 2010
Selby takes No. 1 spot in final Rivals150
MORE: Final 2010 Rivals150 | Rivals.com's Jerry Meyer answers your questions about the ranking
There is a changing of the guard at the top of the Rivals150 for the 2010 class.
Brandon Knight has been supplanted by dynamic combo guard Josh Selby. The toughest player to defend in the class, Selby can make all the plays at either point guard or shooting guard.
A Kansas signee, Selby originally was known for his unique ability to make the difficult shot. Now, he has also demonstrated the ability to be a big-time playmaker as a primary ball handler who can create for his teammates. Combine these abilities with his high-level athleticism and steely competitiveness, and you have the top player in the class.
Right behind Selby is the dominant wing prospect in the class, Harrison Barnes. He developed an all-around game during his prep career, and Barnes also has NBA size and athleticism for his position. The North Carolina signee is also developing into a dangerous long-range shooter.
Jumping into the Rivals150 at the lofty No. 3 spot is Turkish sensation and Kentucky commitment Enes Kanter. Coming off a record-setting performance in the Nike World Summit Game, Kanter projects as the top post player entering the college ranks.
That's lofty praise for Kanter, who is ranked two spots ahead of the always-reliable Jared Sullinger (No. 5). Sullinger, who is headed to Ohio State, has proved himself to be the most consistent and productive big man on the travel team circuit.
At No. 4 is Duke-bound standout Kyrie Irving. Also a player who is continually improving, Irving is elusive with the basketball and has exceptional body control as a finisher on the move.
Future Kentucky Wildcat Brandon Knight slid down the rankings to No. 6, but he still has a power driving game and dangerous outside shot that makes him a constant scoring threat. His defensive prowess and ability to penetrate and pitch are also impressive.
Tennessee will welcome the No. 7-ranked prospect, Tobias Harris, to the court next year. Harris is the top scoring power forward in the class.
Cory Joseph, who checks in at No. 8, will likely take over the point guard position at Texas. Along with being a high-level defender and shooter, Joseph has as good a feel for the game as any point guard in the class.
Baylor's marquee recruit, Perry Jones, is the No. 9 prospect in the class. Jones has impressive NBA potential, but he must rev up his motor and improve his production level.
Rounding out the top 15 of the final Rivals150 for the 2010 class are Reggie Bullock (North Carolina), Will Barton (Memphis), Tony Mitchell (Missouri), Terrence Jones (Undecided), C.J. Leslie (North Carolina State) and Jelan Kendrick (Memphis).
Along with Kanter, Florida-bound post prospect Patric Young joins the five-star ranks. A strong athlete and energetic player, Young projects as a high level rebounder at the college and NBA level.
FOUR-STARS ON THE RISE
Villanova-bound James Bell has had his ups and downs as a prospect since he came onto the national scene as a freshman. Right now, however, his stock has never been higher. Bell has streamlined his game, become a reliable long-range shooter and has the potential to be a multi-positional lockdown defender at the next level.
Louisville has had some recent recruiting disappointments, but securing post prospect Gorgui Dieng was a huge victory. A great shot blocker with a developing offensive game, Dieng should be an impact player early in his career at Louisville.
Perhaps the best shooter in the 2010 class, Javarez Willis could put up big numbers right off the bat in Texas Tech's motion offense.
And California signee Allen Crabbe continues to develop and had a tremendous senior season. He is a high-level shooter with length for his position.