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September 18, 2012

Top 10: Seniors outside the Rivals150

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As we've mentioned over and over, the strength of the class of 2013 is in the depth. There are going to be plenty of players this year who don't make it into the Rivals150 that have impactful careers. But, as we inch closer and closer to the season, here's ten seniors that are on the watch list for the final rankings.

Top 10 unranked seniors to watch

1. Joel Embiid
The Buzz: A seven-footer who burst onto the scene late in the summer, Embiid has been building up steam lately. Florida is making a move and the likes of Louisville, Kansas, UCLA and many others have been taking a look at the raw but developing big man from Gainesville (Fla.) Rock.

2. Wesley Iwundu
The Buzz: The 6-foot-6 wing from Houston just ended his recruitment with a verbal commitment to Kansas State on Monday night. He has length, is an excellent slasher/transition finisher and he can handle the ball adequately. If he can become more consistent with his jumper and add some strength, the Rivals150 is within his reach.

3. Tre'Shaun Lexing
The Buzz: The wing from Tacoma just missed the post-summer rankings and he'll be one to watch throughout the winter. He's a good athlete who gets to the basket and rebounds well for his position. If he can become a little more dependable with his jumper then he'll make a major push.

4. Graham Woodward
The Buzz: It was actually one of our camera guys (Nick Krueger) who first spotted the three-star point guard from Minnesota and brought him to our attention. It's hard not to like the way this guy operates. He's one of the more verbal communicators, makes good decisions, knocks down shots and has plenty of confidence out on the basketball court.

5. Steve Vasturia
The Buzz: A shooter from Philadelphia, Vasturia has good 6-foot-5 size and should be a fit for Notre Dame. Some of our most trusted sources for talent evaluation in the City of Brotherly Love have been extremely high on his all-around game. He's one player that we'll be sure to track during his senior season.

6. Hallice Cooke
The Buzz: It could be at the one, it could be at the two. Wherever it is that the Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony product lines up at Oregon State, our bet is that he turns into a valuable contributor. He plays good defense, handles the ball well, creates his own shots and seems like he's right on the edge of really taking a step forward with his game.

7. Quinton Stephens
The Buzz: Another player who recently committed, the 6-foot-7 wing was once a member of the Rivals150 and he will make a case to get back there as a senior. The future Georgia Tech player from Atlanta (Ga.) Marist is a good shooter, moves well and can handle the ball. If he adds some strength, plays with more physicality and gets a bit stronger, he's got a very high ceiling.

8. Jamel Artis
The Buzz: At the end of the day, the Baltimore native is probably a combo forward who can play at either the three or the four depending on the matchup you want to go with. When the motor is running high, Artis is a good rebounder, makes things happen off the dribble and can play against physical/athletic competition.

9. Schuyler Rimmer
The Buzz:A big man from Florida, the sunshine state product just backed out of his verbal commitment to play for Billy Donovan and the Gators. He can eat some space, plays hard and is a high level student. He was the recipient of significant high major attention before choosing the Gators and we would expect that programs like Virginia, Penn State, Kansas State and others will take another look.

10. Brandon Randolph
The Buzz: A former verbal commitment to Pepperdine, the 6-foot-2 combo guard from California can go out and get to the bucket. He plays aggressive, he's in your face off the dribble and if he can improve his decision making just a little bit, he could be an impact type recruit for many WCC and Mountain West type programs.



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