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December 27, 2010

Top 10 passers in 2011 class

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Looking from top to bottom, the class of 2011 isn't the strongest we've ever seen when it comes to passers. However, there are still plenty of guys who have made waves with their ability to pass the ball and this week we take a closer look at the top 10 passers in the 2011 Rivals150.

1. Tony Wroten
Wroten highlights
School: Seattle (Wash.) Garfield
The Buzz: A lefty with outstanding size for the point guard position, Wroten can be an electrifying passer when he chooses to be. His court vision and ability to whip passes through traffic is impressive.

2. Shannon Scott
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School: Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton
The Buzz: The Ohio State-bound Scott is having a terrific senior season. There isn't much flashy about what he does, but he's perhaps been a bit undervalued and always seems to get the ball where it needs to go.

3. Myck Kabongo
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School: Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
The Buzz:There have been times in the past that he's forced the issues a bit, but nobody can deny that he gets others the ball. A speedy floor general, the future Texas Longhorn can torch presses with his passing.

4. Josiah Turner
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School: Sacramento (Calif.) High
The Buzz: Arizona is getting a guy who can score or set the table for others. Actually, he scores so well that his innate playmaking skills have probably never gotten enough attention. Sean Miller will love working with him.

5. Kedren Johnson
School: Lewisburg (Tenn.) Marshall County
The Buzz: He's a big and strong kid who is equally effective dissecting zones, picking apart man defenses and involving others in transition. His strength allows him to make some passes that others can't.

6. Sam Thompson
School: Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young
The Buzz: As he's shown this winter, Thompson is a unique playmaker with size and athleticism. He's not necessarily Evan Turner or Andre Igoudala, but much like them he's a lengthy, ball-handling wing who is dangerous when creating for others.

7. Marquis Teague
Teague highlights
School: Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike
The Buzz: Plain and simple, Teague's strength is using his superior speed and quickness to break defenders down off of the dribble. While he's been more of a scorer to date, he does have excellent vision and top-notch playmaking skills for others.

8. Tyrone Johnson
School: Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian
The Buzz: Before giving up the sport in favor of basketball, Johnson was a legitimate Division I quarterback prospect at Plainfield (N.J.) High. Now committed to Villanova for hoops and finishing his career at Montrose, he's used those quarterbacking skills to his advantage on the basketball court.

9. Naadir Tharpe
School: Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Prep
The Buzz: A native of Worcester, Mass., the Kansas-bound point guard is a pass-first and pass-accurately guy. His ability to keep teammates happy with his distribution of the ball is impressive.

10. Mike Gilchrist
Gilchrist highlights
School: Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick
The Buzz: The strong, hard-playing Kentucky-bound wing does a little bit of everything inside the three-point line. Notably, he's an outstanding passer off of the dribble who keeps his head up and whips passes to open teammates cutting to the hoop.



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