With members of the Class of 2008 partaking in all-star games and indulging in the rubber-chicken circuit, it is time to consider which players will be filling their sneakers on the AAU scene and the summer circuit.
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Here is a brief introduction to some of the players who will be highlighting the camp and AAU circuit this year, and what some scouts say they need to work on to become elite players.
No current junior has the overall skill set of Stephenson, who scout
Strickland (6-3, 175) is a well-rounded, versatile guard who has transitioned from being a defensive specialist as a sophomore to being an elite scorer his junior year. Last season, with
Sidney is a bit of an enigma. At 6-9, 230 pounds, he seems ideally suited to play in the post, but he has the skill set of a guard. His skill is unquestioned, and he will be one of the biggest recruiting prizes on the West Coast.
Favors (6-9, 220) is as close to a finished product as there is in this class. He's solid in the post offensively, and has great touch from 15 feet. Most importantly, he seems to enjoy playing up to his size. He has a variety of post moves that make him difficult to stop in the half court, and he seems to realize how good of a player he can be and works toward that goal.
Boynton may be the class's most explosive pure scorer. A bit undersized at only 6-2, 170, Boynton makes up for it with his fantastic quickness and athleticism. He gets to the basket at will and knows how to finish.
Henry (6-6, 210) is the best pure shooter in the class. He possesses what Konchalski calls "intergalactic range" on his jumper. He has a pro build and can get to the basket, creating his own shots off the dribble or catch.
Here's a list of some of the other top prospects, and what they need to work on this summer: