Three of the four Cardinal commitments from the 2011 class ranked in the top 50 of ESPNU’s updated top 100 players for the class of 2011.
– Wayne Blackhear ranked in at 17 overall and is considered a 5-star recruit.
ESPN’s evaluation of Blackshear:
Blackshear is a physical presence on the perimeter that is at his best in transition. He can get to the rim by running the floor or rebounding and pushing the ball. Blackshear gets to the rim with ease and finishes through contact with his powerful jumping ability. Blackshear is an excellent rebounder on both ends in his area and can rebound in a crowd because of his strength. Blackshear can hit the open mid range jumper or power drives his defender to the basket. He is a good ball handler and is capable of defending both wing positions. Blackshear competes and plays with toughness as well.
Blackshear must work to be a better three point shooter. At this stage of his game he is streaky at best. He must pay attention to his shot preparation because his form is pretty good. He also could rebound out of his area better because his strength would make him extremely difficult to box out especially coming to from the perimeter on the run. He also could add a post up game in order to take advantage of his size and work on adding scoring moves off the dribble from the wing. Also at times Blackshear gambles for steals on defense which allows him to pick up silly fouls at times.
Blackshear is a strong and physical small forward that can get to the rim and score pretty well inside the arc in addition to being excellent in transition. He is a very good athlete and as his jumper improves his scoring will as well. His body is college ready and his toughness and competitiveness is very evident.
– Chane Behanan ranked in at 27 overall and is considered a 4-star recruit.
ESPN’s evaluation of Behanan.
Behanan has that thick frame that can take contact and finish in traffic. Despite his size he is deceptively bouncy and has good feet. He is quite good at facing up his defender and blowing by him to get to the rim. He can use a spin move as well to separate from the defense while getting to the basket. He is a terrific passer and demonstrates a nice feel for the game. His jump shot is solid out to 15-feet and he has generally a soft touch.
Behanan has gotten thicker each and every season and as a result has lost some of his bounce. He also has a tendency to force the action. There are times in the game when he tries to make a play when the space isn’t available and he’ll either force up a bad shot or charge into his opponent. Despite having a solid face-up game, he needs to work on scoring with his back to the basket to keep defenses honest.
Behanan is an agile power forward out of the Glen Davis (Boston Celtics) mold. His size, athleticism, and unique skill set should garner early playing time at the next level. If he can keep in shape and continue to hone his skills (shooting range and back to the basket game) he should a tough match-up at the next level.
– Zach Price ranked in at 50 overall and is also considered a 4-star recruit.
ESPN’s Evaluation of Price
Zach is a big bodied and long post player. This true center is a solid athlete especially for his size. He is a lefty and is effective scoring on the left block with drop steps, jump hooks with either hands or short jumpers with needed time and space.. Price is fundamentally sound as far as in chinning the ball, seeing the middle of the floor, and keeping the ball high in the post on his scoring moves. Price is also very good shot blocker. He has the art of keeping the ball in play when he blocks shots. He doesn’t just throw shots out of bounds.
Offensively Price is still a work in progress in understanding positioning and taking advantage of mismatches on the low blocks. He goes silent too often in games he should dominate. He needs to improve his rebounding productivity especially out of his area and on the offensive glass. As Price continues to gain confidence and a develop mean streak on both ends of the floor is productivity could as much as double because he is very capable.
This lefty center has great size and good mobility. He can score over both shoulders at times and finishes drop off above the rim in addition to knocking down short open jumpers. He is a good area two handed rebounder but could be better given his size and length. he passes out of the post pretty well. When motivated he can open your eyes with flashes of post greatness. Price has great upside but it is up to him on how good he will become.
-With a solid season, Angel Nunez could also find himself in the top 100 before the final rankings for the class are released.