14 > DEFENSEMAN > Dallas
The son of former NBA power forward Popeye Jones, Seth scored 33 points in 31 games last season for the Dallas Stars Bantam Major team. The Everett Silvertips took him 11th in the WHL's Bantam draft in April, though he most likely would have gone higher had he ruled out playing NCAA hockey. He was among the youngest invitees to the IIHF Development Camp in Finland this month.
Nicklas Lidstrom. "He always makes the smart play," says the 6'2", 170-pound Jones of the six-time Norris Trophy winner, "and I'm not overly physical. I hit when I need to."
"He's got incredible hockey sense, and his hands and skating ability are far above players his own age," says Kent Murphy, who coached Seth for three years. "He's just a great leader, too."
This season he'll join the U-18 Dallas Stars junior team. Because of his October birthday he can't be drafted by the NHL until 2013.
15 > FORWARD > Somerdale, N.J.
A consensus top three player in his class, the 6'8", 218-pound sophomore averaged 14.9 points and 8.3 rebounds and led St. Patrick to the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in March, scoring 16 points despite coming off a badly bruised ankle. Last month he was named Most Promising Player at the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp.
Kevin Garnett. Michael may not grow to be as tall as the 6'11" Celtics forward, but he's displayed similar versatility. "[Michael's] a good rebounder, he really competes, and he's a good shooter," says St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle. "And he's really good defensively. He can guard just about any position."
"In traffic he comes up with balls," Boyle says. "He always has three or four steals, two or three blocks, several assists; he's at the foul line. His stat sheet is always full."
When recruiting season opened this summer, Michael got calls from 10 schools in the first two days. A couple of years ago Memphis might have been his pick; now, he says, "I'm open to everything."