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Friday, August 19, 2011
Sizing up the Class of 2012

By ESPNBoston.com

All week long, ESPN's basketball recruiting analysts have been breaking down the top prospect by position in the Class of 2012. Some familiar names populate the lists of superlatives, copied below:

CENTERS


Andre Drummond (Middletown, Conn./Wilbraham & Monson)
6-foot-10, 275 pounds

He has all the physical tools for greatness. Drummond is long and athletic but he needs to improve his skills (which are solid but not great) and increase the consistency of his effort. He is the most unstoppable force in the 2012 class when he is motivated to dominate. He plays with power and finesse and has the strength and length to be a great rebounder and defensive force. If there were a draft of the players in the 2012 class, there is not much doubt he would be taken any lower than second.

Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's)
7-0, 220 pounds

Tarczewski is another skilled big man with loads of potential. He has a solid body and can beat you with power or skill. He is a solid shooter to 17 feet and can play on the low block or the high post. Tarczewski is a good athlete for a center and has improved a great deal every year of his high school career. We won't see the best of Tarczewski for a couple of years, but when he puts it all together, watch out!

Steven Adams (New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep)
6-10, 235 pounds
College: Pittsburgh

Adams is a newcomer from New Zealand who has yet to play an organized game in the United States. He is very talented and could easily be ranked in the ESPNU 100 (probably good enough to be top 20 overall). Adams is good now, has a very nice upside and is a great get for Pitt.
POWER FORWARDS


Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy)
6-foot-10, 225 pounds

McGary is a throwback-type who puts the power in the power forward title. He's built in the mold of Tyler Hansbrough, and his physical strength is exceeded only by his relentless motor. He plays tremendously hard on both ends of the floor, gives constant energy and motivates his teammates to do the same. But the southpaw also has a deceptive skill set that allows him to make open jumpers out to the arc, put the ball on the floor to start the break after grabbing a defensive rebound or intrigue you with his passing instincts from the post.
SMALL FORWARDS


T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy)
6-7, 215-pounds

Warren may have decided to take his talents to a Northeast prep school, but that won't stop the talented small forward from being a major target for teams along tobacco road. The big-bodied wing is a deceptive athlete with a high basketball IQ who understands how to move without the ball and utilize screens to free himself. Once he catches the ball, he becomes a handful for opponents because he is effective in all three phases of the game. When attacking the rim, he is not only a great finisher through contact, but makes you pay at the free throw line, as well.

Jake Layman, King Philip: "High-major programs are in strong pursuit of Jake Layman (Wrentham, Mass./King Phillip Regional), as he proved to be one of the most efficient players in the country. Plus, he's a winner."
SHOOTING GUARDS


Ricardo Ledo
(Providence/Notre Dame Prep)
6-6, 180 pounds

Ledo has tremendous upside because of his long frame and feathery jump shot. He can stop on a dime and nail the 3-point shot or slash his way to the rim for the finish -- he is a prototypical pure scorer. He makes the game more difficult because poor shot selection and he needs to clean up his academics, but he is immensely talented.
POINT GUARDS


Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./Wilbraham & Monson)
6-3, 180 pounds

Dunn has a nice combination of size, speed and quickness. He knocks down jumpers off the catch or dribble and gets to the rim on the break or in the half-court set and can create for teammates. Dunn is an aggressive playmaker who can excel off the ball because of his size and ability to go get buckets. He is also capable of defending both guard positions. He is considering Connecticut, Boston College, Rhode Island, Marquette and Providence at this time.