Posted: Wednesday November 16, 2005 1:52PM; Updated: Thursday November 17, 2005 12:32PM
T-12. Boston (9) Top College Players: Torin Francis (Notre Dame), Antonio Anderson (Memphis), Courtney Sims (Michigan) and Mike Jones (Maryland).
Top Recent Products: None.
Pipelines: Michigan (2) and Maryland (2).
T-14. Indianapolis (8) Top College Players: Rodney Carney (Memphis), Josh McRoberts (Duke), Justin Cage (Xavier), A.J. Ratliff (Indiana) and Robert Vaden (Indiana).
Top Recent Products: Chris Hill (Michigan State), Chris Thomas (Notre Dame) and Jason Gardner (Arizona).
Pipelines: Ohio State (2), Indiana (2).
T-14. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale (8) Top College Players: Guillermo Diaz (Miami), Abdul Herrera (Miami), Alonzo Gee (Alabama), Brian Asbury (Miami), Denis Clemente (Miami) and Ryan Reid (Florida State).
Top Recent Products: Steve Blake (Maryland) and Udonis Haslem (Florida).
Pipelines: Miami (5) and Florida State (2).
T-14. Raleigh-Durham (8) Top College Players: Vincent Grier (Minnesota), P.J. Tucker (Texas) and Eric Williams (Wake Forest).
Top Recent Products: David West (Xavier) and Shavlik Randolph (Duke).
T-17. Bay Area (7) Top College Players: Leon Powe (Cal), Ayinde Ubaka (Cal), DeVon Hardin (Cal), Marquis Kately (Cal) and Quentin Thomas (North Carolina).
Top Recent Products: Drew Gooden (Kansas) and Chuck Hayes (Kentucky).
Pipeline: Cal (4).
T-17. Memphis (7) Top College Players: Shawne Williams (Memphis), Anthony Mason (St. John's) and J.P. Prince (Arizona).
Top Recent Products: Qyntel Woods (Portland Trail Blazers) and Jeremy Hunt.
Pipelines: Memphis (2).
T-19. Milwaukee (6) Top College Players: Dan Grunfeld (Stanford), Steve Novak (Marquette) and Marcus Landry (Wisconsin).
Top Recent Products: Caron Butler (UConn) and Devin Harris (Wisconsin).
Pipeline: Wisconsin (3).
T-19. Orlando (6) Top College Players: Darius Washington (Memphis) and Keith Brumbaugh (Oklahoma State).
Top Recent Products: Amare Stoudamire (Phoenix).
Pipelines: Memphis (2).
T-19. Portland, Ore. (6) Top College Players: Chris Rodgers (Arizona) and Thomas Gardner (Missouri).
Top Recent Products: Mike Dunleavy (Duke), Dan Dickau (Gonzaga), Salim Stoudamire (Arizona) and Freddie Jones (Oregon).
Pipelines: Arizona (2).
So there you have it. Some additional observations from our research:
Some big hotbeds have had very little impact on the college game of late. Atlanta, in particular, has had 16 top 100 high school players in the past four years but only one Wooden nominee (Jarvis Hayes). North Jersey has had 12 top 100's but only two Wooden nominees (Brandin Knight and Sean Banks), and Boston has had nine top 100's but only one Wooden nominee (Torin Francis).
Meanwhile, other cities have consistently produced almost as many Wooden nominees as top 100's, such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Indianapolis. Any chance the high school talent in those cities might be underrated?
The most impressive high school class from a single hotbed over the past five years almost surely has to be the Dallas Class of 2002: Chris Bosh (Georgia Tech), Ike Diogu (Arizona State), Deron Williams (Illinois), Bracey Wright (Indiana) and Daniel Horton (Michigan). That's three NBA first-round picks (Bosh, Diogu, Williams), one second-round pick (Wright) and a current Wooden Award nominee (Horton). None of them, strangely enough, went to schools in Texas.
I didn't include the high school class of 2006 above, but if we run the top 100's for the high school classes of 2005 and 2006 together to get an idea of "Emerging Hotbeds" you get some interesting results. Keep an eye on Miami-Ft. Lauderdale (7), Central California/Fresno (5), Jackson, Tenn. (4) and Indianapolis (3), including the No. 1-rated players in both 2005 and 2006, Josh McRoberts and Greg Oden.
Several million-plus metro areas have produced surprisingly few blue-chippers out of the 500-plus players accounted for in our survey: Pittsburgh (1), Phoenix (2), Cleveland (2), Denver (1), Sacramento (1), San Antonio (0), Salt Lake City (2), Providence (1) and Buffalo (1).
Baltimore produced two straight Final Four Most Outstanding Players in Juan Dixon (2002) and Carmelo Anthony (2003). Are Baltimoreans Josh Boone or Rudy Gay next?
Seattle, New York City and Dallas tied for producing the most first-round picks in the 2005 NBA Draft (three each).
Out of the top-10 hotbeds, Detroit has gone the longest without producing a first-round NBA draft pick. The Motor City's last first-rounder was Shane Battier in 2001. Over the past four NBA Drafts, the hotbed supplying the most first-rounders has been Los Angeles (6).