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July 5, 2007

Ten to watch in 2010

Guys like DeShaun Thomas, Jeremy Tyler and Brandon Knight still have three years to go before they graduate from high school.

However, all three are part of a talented 2010 class of basketball prospects. With 11 players in the class already committed, it's fair to say college coaches are watching these young players. Coaches are beginning to offer scholarships to younger players, so we'll be watching younger prospects more closely.

Here are 10 players to watch and 10 that we'll be watching during the July evaluation period (listed alphabetically).

2010 Ten to Watch
Joe Jackson
6-0, 145, SG, Memphis (Tenn.) White Station

QUOTE: "He's going to be terrific. He's an electric, scoring point guard that has a unique feel for the game. Joe has a gear that you dont see on most kids his age. He is a Sebastian Telfair, Isiah Thomas kind of talent." - SEC assistant coach on Joe Jackson
Brandon Knight
6-2, 170, PG, Coral Springs (Fla.) Pine Crest

QUOTE: "I don't want to be a one-dimensional player. I want to be a scorer and do what it takes to score. But if the shot's not falling, you have to do other stuff or you're not capable of helping your team." - Brandon Knight on himself
C.J. Leslie
6-8, 190, SF, Holly Springs (N.C.)

QUOTE: "He has the size, but what separates him from other big kids his age is his ability to handle the ball." Jordan said. "He is a great athlete. He can jump out of the gym, and people can see his athletic ability." - Holly Springs coach Thurman Jordan on C.J. Leslie
Kendall Marshall
6-1, 160, PG, Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell

QUOTE: "Marshall is a special 2010 point-guard prospect. He has poise and court savvy well beyond his years. He excels at threading the needle with passes, and he also has a dangerous 3-point shot to go with a crafty dribble game." - Jerry Meyer on Kendall Marshall
Jereme Richmond
6-5, 185, SG, Waukegan (Ill.)

QUOTE: "I coached him for three years when he was younger, but I can't take credit for his sense on the court. He just has that natural ability you can't teach. Honestly, I don't know where he got it. He does so many things well on the court." - Jereme Richmond's father and former coach Bill Richmond on his son
Jared Sullinger
6-7, PF, Columbus (Ohio) Northland

QUOTE: "Jared can handle, shoot 3-pointers, and he takes it up strong under the basket. He's a heck of a rebounder." - Jared Sullinger's father and coach Satch Sullinger on his son's resemblance to Al Horford
DeShaun Thomas
6-7, 210, SF, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers

QUOTE: "He is an all-around player. When we need some baskets he can go into the post and get them. He is an excellent passer, and knows which shots other guys like. He can step out and play the two, and that's what he plays in high school." - Fort Wayne Flame travel team coach LeRoy Nard on DeShaun Thomas
Ralston Turner
6-4, 190, SG, Muscle Shoals (Ala.)

QUOTE: "Turner is an efficient prospect who stays under control and plays with purpose. He is a Ray Allen-type shooting guard. He has a quick release on his jumper, and is accurate from long range. He can also make midrange shots off the dribble. Turner handles the ball well enough to spend some time at the point, but has the strength to move to small forward. - Jerry Meyer on Ralston Turner
Jeremy Tyler
6-10, 240, PF, San Diego (Calif.)

QUOTE: "Tyler is a special talent. You don't see many young post players who can block shots and rebound like Tyler. With his inside and outside scoring capabilities, the sky is the limit for him." - Jerry Meyer on Jeremy Tyler
Trey Zeigler
6-3, SF, Mount Pleasant (Mich.)

QUOTE: "Zeigler was a constant matchup problem all camp long. The 6-foot-3 prospect possesses point-guard skills, but he looked more comfortable playing on the wing. He is a slasher, and makes things happen with his size and strength. - Justin Young on Trey Zeigler's performance at last summer's adidas Phenom150 Camp

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