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All The Sophs: Hoop Scoop Ranks
Top California Players--(Oct. 5, 1999)

HoopScoop Player Rankings For California

Seniors Point Guards Shooting Guards Wing Forwards Power Forwards Centers
Juniors Point Guards Shooting Guards Wing Forwards Power Forwards Centers
Sophomores Point Guards Shooting Guards Wing Forwards Power Forwards Centers

This next to last category of players features all of the top sophomores in California who have been ranked by the Hoop Scoop.  We want to caution readers that the Hoop Scoop list does not purport to identify or rank every soph in California (any more than it purported to rank every junior or senior either).   It is, however a list of the top sophomores that Hoop Scoop has chosen to rate as the best in California within this class.

Also, it's critical to note that this is not our list, it's the Hoop Scoop's.   We do things a bit differently than this list:   Each spring and fall we publish our own SoCalHoops lists of the "Best of the Best. . . ", in which we identify those players (grouped by position and graduating class), whom we believe are among the best college prospects coming out of SoCal; we also include other players, i.e., the "Next Best. . . " and the "Rest of the Best. . . " and so on. 

Our own lists differ from the ones below in that we intentionally avoid using numerical rankings, because by and large, we cling (foolishly perhaps) to the belief that it's awfully difficult to distinguish between, for example, the "No. 2 player" and the "No. 10 player", and it might even be hard to tell No. 1 from No. 32.  As you get farther into the underclassmen, especially the freshman and sophomores, using numbers is even more difficult, since so many of these guys will either get much bigger, taller, stronger, and better; the rate at which that occurs will, in large part, determine at what level they will eventually be recruited.   For our own lists, we've found it more useful to simply note that there are groups of players who really stand out above the rest and who in our view are likely to become D-I-capable players. 

Still, lots of people prefer the numerical rankings, and so guys like Bob Gibbons, Mike Sullivan, and Clark Francis nationally, Greg Swaim in the Midwest, PacWest Hoops here on the West Coast, and others, put out lists like these.  

The California player rankings that you'll find at the HoopScoop's subscription site are a continuous, single list broken down only by class (they do take up at least seven pages though) and they list each player in order of the HoopScoop's preference;  we've reorganized all the players, listing them by position instead, so that we can see who HoopScoop likes at each position. 

If you want to see the full, unexpurgated and unrefined list (which includes players in all the classes and all positions), you'll have to get a subscription to the HoopScoop.  The price is small and you'll get a ton of information daily, much of it the kind you can't get anywhere else. Like it or not, Clark has been writing about basketball recruiting for more than 20 years and it's what he does for a living, so he must be doing something right.

What remains are the sophomores and the freshman (the latter is a really small group and will be posted separately).

Here's the Class of 2002:

Top 11 Sophomore Point Guards--HoopScoop Rankings--Class of 2002

Overall
California
Rank By
Position
Overall
HoopScoop
Ranking
Player Height Position Hometown School
1 9 Franklin Matos 6'4 PG Lakewood Artesia
2 10 Jason McKinney 5'9 PG Los Angeles Westchester
3 12 Brandon Worthy 6'0 PG San Jose Mitty
4 15 Timothy Drisdom 6'1 PG Downey Calvary Chapel
5 16 Patrick Haddan 6'1 PG Santa Ana Mater Dei
6 22 Carlos Rivers 5'8 PG Long Beach Poly
7 24 Travis Smith 6'1 PG Santa Margarita Santa Margarita
8 26 Armando Surrait 5'11 PG Oakland Vocational Tech
9 29 David Gale 6'0 PG Sherman Oaks Buckley
10 34 Keith Ellison 5'11 PG Redondo Union Redondo Beach
11 41 Brandon Behan 5'7 PG Redondo Beach Redondo Union

Top 11 Sophomore Shooting Guards--HoopScoop Rankings--Class of 2002

Overall
California
Rank By
Position
Overall
HoopScoop
Ranking
Player Height Position Hometown School
1 6 Brandon Heath 6'1 2G Los Angeles Westchester
2 7 John Steffanson 6'3 2G Lakewood Artesia
3 14 Keion Kindred 6'1 2G Compton Dominguez
4 21 Brandon Rohe 6'1 2G Santa Margarita Santa Margarita
5 23 Reggie Butler 6'3 2G Long Beach Poly
6 36 Donald Wilson 6'2 2G Los Angeles Dorsey
7 38 Alex Nieto 6'1 2G La Jolla Bishop
8 39 Mike Nicholson 5'11 2G Gardena Serra
9 40 Kevin Stacey 6'3 2G Santa Margarita Santa Margarita
10 46 Leon Rosborough 6'1 2G Moreno Valley Canyon Springs
11 47 Hayden Socci 6'1 2G Santa Margarita Santa Margarita

Top 10 Sophomore Wing Forwards--HoopScoop Rankings--Class of 2002

Overall
California
Rank By
Position
Overall
HoopScoop
Ranking
Player Height Position Hometown School
1 2 Evan Burns 6'7 SF/SG Los Angeles Fairfax
2 4 Bobby Jones 6'6 SG/SF Compton Dominguez
3 8 Mikey Strawberry 6'4 SG/SF Santa Ana Mater Dei
4 11 Adam Zahn 6'6 SF/SG Redondo Beach Redondo Union
5 13 Tye-Juan Hatter 6'5 SG/SF Upland Upland
6 19 Jordan Rush 6'5 SF/SG Santa Monica Crossroads
7 27 Sterling Burns 6'4 SG/SF Compton Centennial
8 31 Cory McJimson 6'5 SF/SG Fontana Fontana
9 43 Ryan Love 6'3 SG/SF Long Beach Poly
10 44 Marlon Brisco 6'3 SG/SF Antelope Valley Antelope Valley

Top 11 Sophomore Power Forwards--HoopScoop Rankings--Class of 2002

Overall
California
Rank By
Position
Overall
HoopScoop
Ranking
Player Height Position Hometown School
1 1 DeAngelo Collins 6'9 PF Inglewood Inglewood
2 3 Charlie Rodriguez 6'6 PF Fresno Clovis West
3 5 Darius Sanders 6'5 PF Compton Dominguez
4 17 Josh Rhodes 6'6 PF Santa Cruz Santa Cruz
5 18 Keith Everage 6'4 PF Los Angeles Westchester
6 25 Mercedes Lewis 6'6 PF Long Beach Poly
7 27 James Webster 6'4 PF Santa Ana Mater Dei
8 28 Michael Roche 6'5 PF Long Beach Poly
9 35 Paul Fraley 6'4 PF La Jolla Bishop
10 37 Samir Hernandez 6'6 PF Compton Dominguez
11 45 Wayne Chamberlain 6'4 PF Los Angeles Washington

Top 4 Sophomore Centers--HoopScoop Rankings--Class of 2002

Overall
California
Rank By
Position
Overall
HoopScoop
Ranking
Player Height Position Hometown School
1 20 Jamal Walls 6'6 C Los Angeles Crenshaw
2 26 Chad Carter 6'7 C Riverside Arlington
3 33 Kevin Hill 6'5 C Long Beach Poly
4 42 Paul Meynan 6'9 C Redondo Beach Redondo Union

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