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Article on UNC Freshmen 2006

UNC’s recruiting class of ’06 best in nation



Thad Mumau

Led by North Carolina’s sensational six signees, the Atlantic Coast Conference boasts two of the nation’s top five recruiting classes for 2006 and three of the top 10.

Carolina and Ohio State put together two of the strongest classes in recent history. The two teams clash in Chapel Hill on Nov. 29.

The Tar Heels landed three of the top 10 high school seniors in the country as rated by prepstars.com. All three are ranked as the No. 1 prospect at their position, including wing guard Wayne Ellington, point guard Tywon Lawson and power forward Brandan Wright. Ellington is ranked No. 3 overall, while Lawson is No. 5 and Wright, who is 6-foot-9, is No. 7.

The Buckeyes’ five-man group is headed by the No. 1 prospect in the nation, 7-footer Greg Oden. Three others ranked in the top 35 will join him in the fall, along with a highly regarded junior college transfer.

Texas has signed seven players, five of whom are ranked in the top 100. Texas made a strong haul even stronger by signing 6-8 Damion James in the spring. Connecticut did likewise by recently landing 7-3 Hasheem Thabeet.

Duke’s class isn’t far behind UNC as the Blue Devils are adding four players ranked in the top 30 in the country.

Georgia Tech, led by No. 6 Thaddeus Young, is among the top 10 groups of newcomers, while Wake Forest gives the ACC four teams in the top 15.

Following are our top 15 basketball recruiting classes in the nation:

1. NORTH CAROLINA (6) – Wayne Ellington (3), 6-4 wing guard, Merion (Pa.) Episcopal; Tywon Lawson (5), 5-11 point guard, Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy; Brandan Wright (7), 6-9 power forward, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy; Alex Stepheson (29), 6-9 power forward, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake; Deon Thompson (43), 6-8 center, Torrance (Calif.) High School; William Graves (67), 6-6 small forward, Greensboro Dudley.

2. OHIO STATE (5) – Greg Oden (1), 7-0 center, Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North; Daequan Cook (17), 6-4 wing guard, Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar; Mike Conley (27), 6-1 point guard, Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North; David Lighty (35), 6-5 small forward, Cleveland (Ohio) St. Joseph; Othello Hunter, 6-9 power forward, Hillsborough (Fla.) Junior College.

3. TEXAS (7) – Kevin Durant (2), 6-9 small forward, Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian; Damion James (21), 6-8 power forward, Nacogdoches (Texas) High; D.J. Augustin (24), 5-11 point guard, Sugar Land (Texas) Hightower; Dexter Pittman (81), 6-9 center, Rosenberg (Texas) Terry; Matt Hill (91), 6-10 center, Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast; Harrison Smith (107), 6-3 wing guard, Houston (Texas) Jones; Justin Mason (292), 6-2 wing guard, Amarillo (Texas) Palo Duro.

4. DUKE (4) – Gerald Henderson (9), 6-5 small forward/wing guard, Merion (Pa.) Episcopal; Brian Zoubek (23), 7-0 center, Cherry Hill (N.J.) Haddonfield Memorial; Lance Thomas (26), 6-8 small forward/power forward, Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s; Jonathan Scheyer (28), 6-5 wing guard, Northbrook (Ill.) Glenbrook North.

5. CONNECTICUT (7) – Stanley Robinson (25), 6-7 small forward, Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman; Curtis Kelly (34), 6-9 power forward, Manhattan (N.Y.) Rice; Jerome Dyson (42), 6-3 wing guard, Andover (N.H.) Proctor; Hasheem Thabeet (59), 7-3 Houston (Texas) Cypress Christian; Doug Wiggins (61), Hartford (Conn.) East; Jonathan Mandeldove (96), 6-11 center, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military; Ben Eaves, 6-6 small forward, Worcester (Mass.) Academy.

6. LOUISVILLE (5) – Derrick Caracter (14), 6-9 power forward, Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame; Earl Clark (18), 6-9 wing guard, Rahway (N.J.) High; Jerry Smith (45), 6-2 wing guard, Wauwatosa (Wis.) East; Edgar Sosa (71), 6-2 wing guard, Manhattan (N.Y.) Rice; Josh Chichester (112), 6-7 small forward, Westchester (Ohio) Lakota West (signed football letter of intent).

7. GEORGIA TECH (4) — Thaddeus Young (6), 6-8 small forward, Memphis (Tenn.) Mitchell; Javaris Crittenton (20), 6-4 point guard, Atlanta (Ga.) Southwest Christian School; Zach Peacock (156), 6-7 power forward, Miami (Fla.) Norland; Brad Sheehan (171), 6-10 center, Latham (N.Y.) Shaker.

8. KANSAS (3) – Sherron Collins (13), 5-11 point guard, Chicago Crane; Darrell Arthur (16), 6-9 power forward, Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff; Brady Morningstar (140), 6-3 point guard, New Hampton (N.H.) School.

9. WASHINGTON (4) – Spencer Hawes (8), 6-11 center, Seattle (Wash.) Prep; Quincy Pondexter (31), 6-5 wing guard, Fresno (Cal.) Memorial; Phil Nelson (63), 6-7 small forward, Keizer (Ore.) McNary; Adrian Oliver (141), 6-4 wing guard, Modesto (Calif.) Christian.

10. TENNESSEE (5) – Duke Crews (22), 6-7 power forward, Hampton (Va.) Bethel; Ramar Smith (33), 6-3 wing guard, Detroit (Mich.) King; Marques Johnson (80), 6-5 wing guard, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Snider; Wayne Chism (86), 6-9 center, Bolivar (Tenn.) Central; Josh Tabb (234), 6-4 wing guard, Cincinnati (Ohio) Harmony Christian.

11. STANFORD (5) – Brook Lopez (10), 7-0 center, Fresno (Calif.) Memorial; Robin Lopez (19), 7-0 center, Fresno (Calif.) Memorial; Will Paul (274), 6-9 power forward, Corpus Christi (Texas) Calallen; Da’Veed Dildy, 6-5 point guard, Chicago (Ill.) King; Landry Fields, 6-3 wing guard, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High.

12. GEORGETOWN (3) – Vernon Macklin (12), 6-10 power forward, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military; DuJuan Summers (44), 6-8 power forward, Owings Mills (Md.) McDonough; Jeremiah Rivers (146), 6-4 point guard, Winter Park (Fla.) High.

13. WAKE FOREST (6) – Anthony Gurley (38), 6-2 wing guard, Newtonville (Mass.) Newton High; Jamie Skeen (39), 6-7 power forward, Huntersville North Mecklenburg; Ishmael Smith (89), 6-0 point guard, Concord Central Cabarrus; L.D. Williams (90), 6-4 small forward, Montverde (Fla.) Academy; Casey Crawford (124), 6-9 power forward, Overland Park (Kan.) Blue Valley North; Chas McFarland (224), 7-0 center, Worcester (Mass.) Academy.

14. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (6) – Davon Jefferson (15), 6-8 power forward, home student; Taj Gibson (40), 6-8 power forward, LaVerne (Calif.) Calvary Baptist; Dwight Lewis (137), 6-5 wing guard, Katy (Texas) Taylor; Kevin Galloway (263), 6-5 wing guard, Sacramento (Calif.) High; Derek Glasser (264), 6-1 point guard, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia; Kasey Cunningham (300), 6-6 power forward, Albuquerque (N.M.) Cibola.

15. SYRACUSE (3) – Paul Harris (11), 6-4 small forward, Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame; Mike Jones (49), 6-7 power forward, Hopkins (S.C.) Lower Richland; Devin Brennan-McBride (226), 6-9 power forward, London (Canada) Aquinas.

Thad Mumau covers college basketball recruiting for The Observer.
























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