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April 23, 2008

Big finish: Risers in the Rivals150

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Rivals.com recruiting analysts Jerry Meyer and Justin Young take a closer look at some of the big movers in the final Rivals150 for the 2008 class.

SF Wesley Witherspoon
COLLEGE: Will announce May 1
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 33/56
BUZZ: One of the most versatile wings in the nation. Can play multiple positions and is a true matchup problem.
PF Rashanti Harris
COLLEGE: Undecided
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 42/112
BUZZ: Dominated the top competition at the City of Palms this season and has tremendous size.
PF Markieff Morris
COLLEGE: Kansas
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 51/72
BUZZ: Aggressive forward could have a similar impact to Darnell Jackson at KU during his career.
C Ralph Sampson III
COLLEGE: Minnesota
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 58/74
BUZZ: Recorded several triple-doubles this season and is a fine shot-blocker. Upside is still very high.
SG Devoe Joseph
COLLEGE: Minnesota
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 60/82
BUZZ: The Canadian just gets better and better. Big time shooter and emerging as a point guard.
SG Jason Clark
COLLEGE: Georgetown
COLLEGE: 63/87
BUZZ: Versatile guard should fit in nicely at Georgetown because of high IQ and passing/scoring ability.
SF Lance Goulbourne
COLLEGE: Vanderbilt
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 70/88
BUZZ: An athletic combo forward with a high energy and versatile game.
PG Demarquis Bost
COLLEGE: Mississippi State
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 83/127
BUZZ: Electric scorer should make a big impact right away for Mississippi State next year.
SF Ray Shipman
COLLEGE: Florida
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 137/96
BUZZ: Big time athlete embodies the role as a slasher incredibly well. Improved his perimeter shot this season, too.
SG Klay Thompson
COLLEGE: Washington State
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 52/UR
BUZZ: Late bloomer found his groove in senior season. Was outstanding at the Tournament of Champions in December.
SF Jeff Taylor
COLLEGE: Vanderbilt
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 53/UR
BUZZ: An ultra-athletic forward who has a great feel for the game.
SF Jason Henry
COLLEGE: Arkansas
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 77/UR
BUZZ: Took a while to get his academics right but his talent was always intriguing.
PF Roscoe Davis
COLLEGE: West Virginia
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 107/UR
BUZZ: Uses his length effectively around the basket.
SF Ray Willis
COLLEGE: Oklahoma
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 109/UR
BUZZ: Really emerged as a senior and shined as a slashing combo guard.
SG Kim English
COLLEGE: Missouri
RANK/PREVIOUS RANK: 112/UR
BUZZ: A natural scorer with a college ready body.



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