College Basketball Recruiting: The Top 11 HS Power Forwards and Where They'll Go

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College Basketball Recruiting: The Top 11 HS Power Forwards and Where They'll Go
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Like presidential elections and Academy Award campaigns, college basketball recruiting has grown from occupying a relatively short period of time to filling the calendar year round.  The normal recruiting carnival is currently at its peak, with coaches zooming around the country trying to get verbal commitments from young men, while young men try to determine the best road for their future amongst the battery of information being lobbed their way. Meanwhile, fans of the schools closely monitor the Twitter pages of the young recruits, hoping to find nuggets of information in the tea leaves that are the athletes' tweets.

It can be difficult for recruiters to assess talent in high school kids playing against less-than-stellar competition, thus they are often drawn to big men, keeping in mind the aphorism "you can't teach size."  This year's recruiting class offers a number of intriguing prospects at the power forward position, from a couple of kids from the controversial recruiting factory Findlay College Prep to a 6'8" part-time wide-receiver who runs the 40 in 4.6. 

23 of ESPN's Top 100 recruits are power forwards, and even the lowest ranked of these are receiving strong interest from storied programs like Kansas and Stanford.  Here we take a look at the top 11 power forwards in the 2012 recruiting class, and where they are likely to play college ball.

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