Five More To Watch

December 05, 2005

Good big men abound in the high school ranks this season, which is why SI's list of the five best players other than O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker includes no one shorter than 6'8". --Seth Davis

KEVIN DURANT (left), 6'10", 215, Sr., SF, Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)
Wiry slasher will take his three-point touch, court vision and superior finishing ability to Texas, where he's the top signee in school history.

KEVIN LOVE, 6'9", 260, Jr., PF, Lake Oswego (Ore.) High
Highly skilled post player does not shy from contact. Considering Duke, North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas and Ohio State.

GREG ODEN, 7 feet, 245, Sr., C, Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
Will take quiet demeanor and dominating presence around the basket to Ohio State, where he heads a top three recruiting class.

BRANDAN WRIGHT, 6'9", 200, Sr., PF, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy
North Carolina signee is best player in nation's best recruiting class, which also includes country's top point guard and shooting guard.

THADDEUS YOUNG, 6'8", 200, Sr., SF, Mitchell (Memphis)
Georgia Tech won bitter recruiting battle for versatile forward, who is called most talented Memphis product since Penny Hardaway.

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