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Few Top Senior Wing Forwards Remain

Monday, October 7, 2013 12:56pm
  • Caleb Martin (ACCSports.com/Arianna Hoffmann)
     Caleb Martin (ACCSports.com/Arianna Hoffmann)

At the wing forward position, the high school senior class (2014) offers lots of depth, and good but not really great talent at the top. We’re particularly impressed by uncommitted 6-6 Californian Stanley Johnson, a strong, extremely versatile and highly skilled performer who emerged this summer as our choice as the nation’s number one wing forward prospect in the current senior class.

Slightly behind Johnson are four others, Texans Justin Jackson (6-8 and verbally committed to North Carolina) and 6-6 Justise Winslow, plus 6-6 Californian Daniel Hamilton (committed to Connecticut) and 6-6 Kelly Oubre, a Lone Star State product now prepping in suburban Las Vegas.

Jackson is terrifically skilled and intelligent but only weighs 185 pounds and badly needs more physical strength. In time, he should become an outstanding player for the Tar Heels. Winslow and Oubre joined Jackson on the Houston Hoops 17-Under team and proved to be scrappy and highly effective within the team concept. We especially admire the effort all three exert on defense. Hamilton, meanwhile, is a one-on-one scorer who handles the ball like a skillful guard.

Interestingly, while many of the best current seniors still have not yet made their college decisions, 13 of our top 20 wing forwards have already announced verbal commitments. Besides Jackson, four others (N.C. State-bound twins Caleb and Cody Martin, Louisville recruit Shaqquan Aaron and Notre Dame commitment Bonzie Colson Jr. ) have declared for present or future ACC schools. Of course, it’s also possible that others from our list below will wind up opting for ACC members as well.

RankNameHt.High SchoolCollege(s)
No. 1Stanley Johnson6-6Santa Ana (CA) Mater DeiUCLA, Ariz, USC, Ore, Ky
No. 2Justin Jackson6-8Houston (TX) HYCAUNC VERBAL
No. 3Justise Winslow6-6Houston (TX) St. John'sAriz, Kans, UCLA, Duke, Fla, Ky
No. 4Daniel Hamilton6-6Bellflower (CA) St. John BoscoUCONN VERBAL
No. 5Kelly Oubre6-6Henderson (NV) Findlay PrepKans, Ky, Fla, G'town, Lville, Ore, Conn, UNLV
No. 6Malik Pope6-8Elk Grove (CA) Laguna CreekStan, Cal, UCLA, Wash
No. 7Dwayne Morgan6-7Baltimore (MD) St. FrancesUNLV VERBAL
No. 8Jalen Lindsey6-6Huntington (WV) PrepPROVIDENCE VERBAL
No. 9L.J. Peak6-5Gaffney (SC) HighGEORGETOWN VERBAL
No. 10Terry Larrier6-7Malvern (VA) The Phelps SchoolVCU VERBAL
No. 11Shaqquan Aaron6-6Seattle (WA) Rainier BeachLOUISVILLE VERBAL
No. 12Devin Robinson6-8Christchurch (VA) HighVT, Duke, VCU, G'town
No. 13Trevon Blueitt6-6Indianapolis (IN) Park TudorMichigan, Ind, Purdue, Xavier
No. 14Caleb Martin6-6Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak HillN.C. STATE VERBAL
No. 15Keita Bate-Diop6-6Normal (IL) University HighOHIO STATE VERBAL
No. 16Bonzie Colson Jr.6-5St. Andrew's (RI) SchoolNOTRE DAME VERBAl
No. 17Marial Shayok6-6Blairstown (NJ) Blair AcademyMarq, Cincy, BC, Seton Hall, Rutg, Nova
No. 18Cody Martin6-6Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak HillN.C. STATE VERBAL
No. 19Riley Norris6-7Albertville (AL) HighALABAMA VERBAL
No. 20Jae'Sean Tate6-5Pickerington (OH) CentralOHIO STATE VERBAL