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Posted: Friday December 22, 2006 11:40AM; Updated: Friday December 22, 2006 1:01PM
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By Jon Mahoney, Special to SI.com, RISE

Keep an eye on these underclassmen next year.

Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans flies so far above the competition, he has earned the nickname 'Too Easy.
Tyreke Evans flies so far above the competition, he has earned the nickname 'Too Easy."
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Boys' Basketball
American Christian (Aston, Pa.)
Class of 2008

Evans is rated the nation's No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2008 by RISE. The 6-foot-5, 199-pound combo guard has showcased his sick game since and shows why his nickname is "Too Easy" with how easily he puts up big numbers. As a freshman, he averaged 24.7 points, seven assists and six rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he averaged 25.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

A.J. Green

Football
Summerville (Summerville, S.C.)
Class of 2008

Green, who's rated the nation's No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2008 by RISE, has schooled opponents for the last three seasons. This year, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound wide receiver and Georgia commit caught 60 passes for 1,203 yards and 14 touchdowns, ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries and intercepted two passes, returning one for a score.

Elena Delle Donne

Girls Basketball
Ursuline Academy (Wilmington, Del.)
Class of 2008

To get idea of Delle Donne's talent, consider that she's been called the LeBron James of girls' basketball. But this isn't just hype as the 6-5 guard and consensus top recruit in the Class of 2008 can back it up with a nasty all-around game. The two-time Gatorade state Player of the Year averaged 28 points and 11 rebounds as a sophomore to lead Ursuline to its third consecutive state title.

Courtney Jones

Girls' Soccer
Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)
Class of 2008

Jones' father is former San Francisco 49ers tight end Brent Jones and she shows that athletic prowess doesn't fall far from the tree. As a sophomore, she led the East Bay Athletic League in scoring during the regular season with nine goals and eight assists and finished with 14 goals and 13 assists overall. Jones has already to committed to the nation's top soccer program, North Carolina.

Jaff Decker

Baseball
Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, Ariz.)
Class of 2008

The junior outfielder/left-handed pitcher was named the best hitter for the USA Youth National Team after he batted .571 with 16 runs scored, a homer, 13 RBIs and 11 walks to lead the squad to the gold medal at last summer's Pan-Am Games in Venezuela. As a sophomore, Decker was the only sophomore to earn All-State honors after he hit .557 with six homers and 30 RBIs and had a 2.00 ERA on the mound. He added 72 strikeouts as a pitcher and finished the year with 25 consecutive scoreless innings.

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