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February 19, 2009

Basketball’s Future Stars

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anthony Macri @ 11:30 pm

In the midst of all the trade deadline action in the NBA and the conference play homestretch in college hoops, the next wave of basketball stars were announced on Wednesday evening.  The 2009 McDonald’s All American Teams (men’s and women’s) will take the floor in Miami, Florida on April 1.

Much like this year’s upcoming NBA Draft class, the 2009 senior high school class is a little thin in pure star power.  For everything it lacks in raw talent, however, it does possess some depth.  The ACC will be the biggest beneficiary of that depth, as nine of this year’s group will play in that conference next year.  The Big East grabbed five players, and the Big 12 has received commitments from four.

The rich get richer in Tar Heel country, as North Carolina has four new All-Americans to add to its stable next year.

The real depth of this class is in its crop of forwards.  The Class of 2009 has great length (next year, the Class of 2010 sports tremendous talent in its guards), and viewers of this year’s McDonald’s game will see plenty of action above the rim.

While this class has no real stand-out can’t-miss prospects, there are a few intriguing talents for college and pro basketball fans to keep an eye on.  Among them:

Xavier Henry – a 6’6 guard/forward, Henry has shown the propensity to get better every single year.  He is also tough as nails and super-competitive.  Memphis got a good one with him.

DeMarcus Cousins – a 6’10 forward/center, Cousins is a bit of a throwback in that he is willing and able to bang near the rim, and has great touch at the basket.  He can be an elite low-post scorer.  Undecided on a college.

Wally Judge – a 6’8 swingman, Judge may not have a ‘pure’ position.  In the end, he will be a three man in the Rudy Gay mold – and that is great news for Kansas State fans.  Could be a hidden gem and the eventual standout of the class.

Dante Taylor – a 6’8 power forward, Taylor is a rebounding machine who finishes well above the rim.  He is ferocious around the tin and will be a great fill-in for the players leaving Pittsburgh this year.  Runs the floor well.

Abdul Gaddy – a 6’3 point guard, Gaddy plays the game the right way.  He attacks with balance and makes great decisions, the consummate modern point guard.  Not yet a great scorer, he will want to add strength when he gets to Washington.  Could be fun to watch with the right seasoning down the line.

The game will be played on April 1st, 2009 and is televised live on ESPN at 8:00pm.

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