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August 19, 2009

Point guard talent headlines updated Rivals150

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The "Big Three" of Brandon Knight, Harrison Barnes and Jared Sullinger hold fast at the top of the Rivals.com 2010 post-summer rankings.

Knight is a powerful guard who can penetrate, shoot with deep range and defend at an elite level. He was having an outstanding summer - outplaying all his competition - until he was derailed by a foot injury at the Nike Peach Jam in early July.

A smooth wing athlete, Barnes impressed scouts at the beginning of the travel season with his improved ballhandling and outside shooting. He kept up his high level of play throughout the summer, finishing with a scoring and rebounding flurry at the Nike Global Games.

Sullinger anchored All Ohio Red, the premier team on the travel circuit. With a build and game very similar to Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sullinger has been a pillar of consistency this summer.

After the top three prospects, point guard stands out as the strongest position in the 2010 class. Josh Selby, the No. 4-ranked prospect, is a dynamic athlete who specializes in making tough shots.

Cory Joseph, a pure point guard with a pure shooting touch and surprising athleticism, takes the No. 7 spot.

Kyrie Irving, the No. 9-ranked prospect, is a scoring point guard similar to Selby.

Joe Jackson, the fifth elite point guard in the class, has as quick a first step as any player in the country and is a fearless competitor. He holds down the No. 12 spot in the rankings.

Making the largest jump into the top 10 is power forward Tobias Harris, who lands at No. 5. Harris impressed more and more during the travel season and established himself as the top-scoring four man in the class.

Right behind Harris at No. 6 is perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the 2010 class, Perry Jones. The 6-foot-10, ultra-athletic Jones might not have as refined or as mature a game as some of the other big men in 2010, but he has as much upside as any prospect in the class.

No. 8-ranked prospect Jelan Kendrick is the most versatile of all the wings in the 2010 class. Kendrick is capable of playing multiple positions, including the point.

The top two shooting guards in the class, Reggie Bullock and Will Barton, sit at No. 10 and No. 11, respectively.

Besides Harris, five other prospects jumped into the five-star ranks. C.J. Leslie's improved focus and competitiveness over the summer pushed him to No. 14 in the rankings. His athleticism and motor give him a chance to be special.

Athletic forward Tony Mitchell burst onto the national scene this summer and checks in at No. 15. Still raw around the edges, Mitchell has the physique and athleticism to end up as one of the best players in the class.

Vander Blue remains a bit of a mystery prospect, but after dominating performances in the few events he played, the physical point guard takes the No. 22 spot.

One of the more pleasant surprises of the summer was the ascension of post player Dwight Powell, who now holds the No. 23 spot. Always a high-energy athlete, Powell has grown to 6-10 and is getting stronger and more skilled.

And the last five-star spot belongs to do-everything guard Keala King at No. 25 overall. Not only is King a fantastic passer with budding point guard capabilities, but he's also a dangerous wing scorer and rebounder.



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