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Updated: February 22, 6:10 PM ET
Class of 2002: Top 25 small forwards

By Mark Mayemura
Special to

After the early signing period and heading into the fall signing period, here's a rankings of top high school senior small forwards and the colleges they have signed to play for next fall:

Rankings as of Feb. 22:

Top 25 Small Forwards
Player Ht. School/City College
1. Carmelo Anthony 6-7 Oak Hill Academy/
Mouth of Wilson, Va.
2. Lenny Cooke 6-7 North Valley Regional H.S./
Old Tappan, N.J.
3. Evan Burns 6-7 Fairfax H.S./Los Angeles, Calif. UCLA
4. Rashad Anderson 6-5 Kathleen H.S./Lakeland, Fla. Connecticut
5. Kennedy Winston 6-6 Blount H.S./Prichard, Ala. California
6. Keleena Azubuike 6-5 Victory Christian H.S./Tulsa, Okla. Undecided
7. Francisco Garcia 6-5 Winchendon Academy/
Winchendon, Mass.
8. Bryant Markson 6-6 Monrovia H.S./Monrovia, Calif. Utah
9. Derrick Byars 6-7 Ridgeway H.S./Memphis, Tenn. Virginia
10. Brandon Roy 6-6 Garfield H.S./Seattle, Wash. Washington
11. J.R. Morris 6-4 Christian Faith Center/
Creedmoor, N.C.
Seton Hall
12. Curtis Sumpter 6-5 Bishop Loughlin H.S./Brooklyn, N.Y. Villanova
13. Steve Novak 6-9 Brown Deer H.S./Brown Deer, Wis. Marquette
14. Lester Abram 6-5 Northern H.S./Pontiac, Mich. Michigan
15. Marquis Kately 6-5 Riodan H.S./San Francisco, Calif. California
16. Omar Williams 6-9 Celestrial Prep/Philadelphia, Pa. George Washington
17. Andre Iguodala 6-6 Lanphier H.S./Springfield, Ill. Arkansas
18. Nik Caner-Medley 6-7 Deering H.S./Portland, Maine Maryland
19. Matt Walsh 6-6 Germantown Academy/
Fort Washington, Pa.
20. Eric Hicks 6-5 Dudley H.S./Greensboro, N.C. Cincinnati
21. Ray Nixon 6-6 Dominican H.S./Whitefish Bay, Wis. Wisconsin
22. Melvin Buckley 6-6 Thornwood H.S./South Holland, Ill. Purdue
23. Armein Kirkland 6-6 Tyler H.S./Tyler, Texas Cincinnati
24. Matt McKinney 6-7 Santa Ynez H.S./Santa Ynez, Calif. UCLA
25. Lee Melchionni 6-7 Germantown Academy/
Fort Washington, Pa.

Mark Mayemura and David Benezra are the editors of the Recruiting USA website ( To subscribe to their website and get daily recruiting information, call (818) 783-2244 or e-mail them at

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