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Amare Stoudemire

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Notes: Amare Stoudemire has done most of his best work in "all-star" settings, dominating the Nike All-Star Camp last summer and then showing off as McDonald's All-Star after his senior season at Cypress Creek (Orlando, Fla.). Cypress Creek, however, was his sixth high school and while he has unquestionable talent, questions remain about the road he's taken to the NBA.

Averaged 30 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks a game for Cypress Creek. He was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida and was a finalist for the Naismith Award. There are few players at the high school level who were able to match up with him on both ends of the floor. His scoring touch, interior moves and passing ability gives him a variety of options each time the ball lands in his hands.

College, however, was never in the cards, not after his mother received cash from Nike's George Raveling. Still, Stoudemire should be the first high school player selected this year, most likely in the lottery by one of several NBA teams who covet his "potential" and size.

Positives: Stoudemire is a big-time athlete, who has a knack for rebounding. He can get out and run better than most players his size and already has a typical NBA body. He's a raw athlete who scouts have fallen in love with since he started talking about skipping high school and going straight to the League.

Negatives: The question remains, will Stoudemire pick up the nuances of the game and handle the intricacies of the NBA. Was he ruined by the system and will he be committed to become an NBA player and put the time in and work at his game. The Outside the Lines and HBO stories on Stoudemire didnt help his image.

Summary: Stoudemire has the upside that scouts covet and he's a lock for the lottery. Everyone is always afraid they'll miss out on a potential Tracy McGrady or Kevin Garnett

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