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December 4, 2007

Beasley claims top spot in power rankings

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: PG | SG | SF | PF | C | Head Coach

Seven games. Seven double-doubles.

That's how the college career of Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley has begun, and that steady production has moved Beasley to No. 1 among power forwards in Rivals.com's Power Rankings.

Beasley put together his seventh consecutive double-double last week in the Wildcats' 80-77 overtime loss to Oregon, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

That performance was actually below the lofty standards that Beasley, Rivals.com's No. 1 prospect in the 2007 class, has set for himself. He is averaging 26.7 points and 15.0 rebounds and shooting 60.8 percent from the field.

None of the other top spots among the players changed, but Georgetown's John Thompson III rose to the top of the coaching rankings. The fifth-ranked Hoyas are off to a 5-0 start after victories over Old Dominion (66-48) and Fairfield (61-49) last week.

UCLA coach Ben Howland fell from the top spot after the Bruins lost 63-61 at home to Texas Sunday night.

Several players are making their debuts in the power rankings this week, as each position was expanded to include 25 players.

The ratings can fluctuate each week during the season, and the power rankings take into account career performance as well as recent results. By the end of the season, our power rankings should provide an accurate indicator of which players and coaches are the best at their respective positions.

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: PG | SG | SF | PF | C | Head Coach

Andrew Skwara is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at askwara@rivals.com.

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