Taking a look at the crop of the top-25 centers in the 2013 requires a bit of an imagination. That is to say that none of the prospects on the list are a finished prospect, by any means, at this point. Also, there is no obvious double-digit scorer as a college freshman among this group, with more defensive and shot blocking impacts likely.
At the top of the list is slender, yet athletic and agile Marcus Lee, a superb riser from Northern California that made his name in the spring and continues to shoot up the charts. He’s among the hottest names in the class nationally, though he has yet to fill out his frame and develop his skills to score consistently in the post against competent defenders.
With an unreal wingspan and substantial size, Beejay Anya is already a force, with physical gifts that indicate he won’t be going away any time soon. Likewise, Kennedy Meeks is a skilled post player that can really pass. Were Meeks to improve his conditioning and forge his frame, he’s as good as any big man in the class.
Karviar Shepherd sat out his junior season of high school due to Texas transfer regulations, but more than made an impact as a skilled interior player that isn’t overwhelming athletically, but gets the job done as as well as anyone.
Future Huntington Prep (WV) teammates Moses Kingsley and Dominic Woodson are a force inside. Kingsley is a good rebounder and defender, while Woodson possess a large body and frame, and represents a presence.
Fast-riser Kentan Facey, a native of Jamaica, is unrefined and slender, but has tons of potential. A college strength and conditioning program and focusing his motor are top priorities. Facey and Minnesota-native Kyle Washington both came on like gangbusters at times in July, and do have the potential to overtake several players ahead of them with development.
The first two verbal commitments, Eric Mika (BYU) and Luke Fischer (Indiana Hoosiers) fill out the back end of the top-10 post prospects. Mika’s combination of strength and skill served him well, and Fischer demonstrated he can be effective in the paint, and has solid ball knowledge.
|1||Marcus Lee||6'-9"||220||Deer Valley (CA)||California Supreme|
|2||Beejay Anya||6'-8"||255||DeMatha Catholic (MD)||Team Takeover|
|3||Kennedy Meeks||6'-8"||290||West Charlotte (NC)||Team United|
|4||Karviar Shepherd||6'-9"||205||Grace Prep (TX)||Urban DFW|
|5||Moses Kingsley||6'-9"||225||Huntington Prep (WV)||Arkansas Wings|
|6||Dominic Woodson||6'-9"||270||Huntington Prep (WV)||Texas PRO|
|7||Kentan Facey||6'-9"||200||Long Island Lutheran (NY)||NY Rens|
|8||Kyle Washington||6'-9"||200||Brewster Academy (NH)||Howard Pulley|
|9||Eric Mika||6'-8"||220||Lone Peak (UT)||Utah Reign||BYU|
|10||Luke Fischer||6'-10"||205||Germantown (WI)||Wisconsin Swing||Indiana|
|11||Damonte Dodd||6'-10"||240||Massanutten Military (VA)||DC Assault||Maryland|
|12||John Egbunu||6'-10"||225||Eagle's Landing (GA)||Douglas Brothers||South Florida|
|13||Goodluck Okonoboh||6'-9"||205||Tilton School (NH)||Mass Rivals|
|14||Mark Donnal||6'-9"||225||Wayne (OH)||Indiana Elite South||Michigan|
|15||Damian Jones||6'-9"||210||Scotlandville (LA)||Texas Titans|
|16||Jimmie Taylor||6'-10"||205||Greensboro (AL)||Alabama Challenge||Alabama|
|17||Mamadou Ndiaye||7'-4"||320||Brethren Christian (CA)||Double Pump|
|18||Chris Perry||6'-8"||220||Bartow (FL)||E1T1|
|19||Patson Siame||7'-0"||235||Impact Academy (NV)||Belmont Shore||Loyola Marymount|
|20||Brandon Watkins||6'-10"||210||Grady (GA)||Georgia Stars||West Virginia|
|21||Tommy Hamilton||6'-9"||270||Whitney Young (IL)||Mac Irvin Fire|
|22||Dwight Coleby||6'-9"||220||Piney Woods (MS)||Arkansas Wings|
|23||Antravious Simmons||6'-9"||225||South Miami (FL)||Team Breakdown|
|24||Joel Embid||7'-0"||230||Montverde Academy (FL)||Florida Elite|
|25||Torren Jones||6'-8"||220||Basha (AZ)||California Supreme|