With nearly every player in the Class of 2009 having finished his high school career, it's never too early to look forward -- college coaches always do.
Although members of the Class of 2012 have only one year of high school experience under their belts, some players have distinguished themselves as elite prospects. These players have hardly tapped into their potential; they'll only get better with more run on the summer circuit. Here are 15 fantastic freshmen who are worth watching in the coming years. (All of these players have yet to commit to a college.)
1. DaJuan Coleman, F/C, Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt
Coleman is a strong post player who is very capable of scoring on the block. He is also a very good rebounder and moves well laterally on the defensive end. Coleman played up two age groups last summer and more than held his own. He's a tremendous prospect because of his great hands and great feet inside.
2. Perry Ellis, F, Wichita, Kan. (Wichita Heights)
Ellis is a skilled combo forward who led his team to a state championship as a freshman. The long and athletic Ellis is the best player in Kansas right now. He will need to either grow or get more skilled to complete the package. Still, he can shoot to 17 feet and score on the block. He has drawn some comparisons to Shane Battier.
3. Obij Abet , C, Birmingham, Ala./Central Park Christian
Abet is a skilled African import. He could have enough basketball ability to play on the wing. Unlike most players who come to the U.S. at a young age, he has a lot of coordination and knows the game.
4. Tony Parker, F/C, Lithonia, Ga./Miller Grove Parker is a big-bodied post player with plenty of offensive skill. He has solid hands and feet and the ability to score inside already. He needs to get more bouncy but is solid and a load inside right now.
5. J-Mychal Reese, G, Bryan, Texas
Reese is the only true guard in the top five. He's smooth and skilled and can play either guard spot effectively. He is best with the ball in his hands. The lefty has been at the top of his class since the fifth grade. He's a solid athlete with a good basketball IQ. The only question is his motor; he takes too many plays off
Best of the rest
6. Brandon Ashley, PF, Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd
7. Justin Anderson, F, Richmond, Va./Montrose Christian
8. Savon Goodman F/G Bryn Athyn, Pa./New Church School
9. L.J. Rose, G, Houston/Second Baptist
12. Kyle Anderson G/F Paterson, N.J./Patterson Catholic
13. Shabazz Muhammad, G, Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman
14. Ladarius White, G, McComb, Miss.
15. Nkeruwem Okoro, SG, New York/St. Raymond
John Stovall contributed to this report.