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College Basketball Recruiting: Power Ranking the Top 15 States for Prep Talent

Eric HampfordContributor IIIOctober 19, 2011

College Basketball Recruiting: Power Ranking the Top 15 States for Prep Talent

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    Yesterday, I introduced readers to the 15 states that have been producing the most prep basketball talent in the past decade or so. Today, let the arguments begin with the power rankings of these states and you can see exactly what state is home to the most elite basketball talent in this day and age.

    The rankings will include each state's top city for high school basketball, the state's most recent NBA star, and one rising potential NBA draft pick.

15. Louisiana

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    Best City for High School Basketball: New Orleans

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons

     

    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate: Langston Galloway, St. Joe's

14. Alabama

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Montgomery

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

     

    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate: JaMychal Green, Alabama

13. Tennessee

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Memphis

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Adonis Thomas, Memphis

12. Washington

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Seattle

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Brandon Roy, Portland Trailblazers



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Tony Wroten Jr., Washington


11. Pennsylvania

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Philadelphia

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Maalik Wayns, Villanova


10. Georgia

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Atlanta

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Derrick Favors, New Jersey Nets



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut


9. Florida

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Orlando

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Austin Rivers, Duke


8. Indiana

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Indianapolis

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Eric Gordon, Los Angeles Clippers



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Tyler Zeller, North Carolina


7. North Carolina

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Raleigh

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: John Wall, Washington Wizards



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Quincy Miller, Baylor


6. Illinois

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Chicago

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Anthony Davis, Kentucky


5. Maryland

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Baltimore

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Michael Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Will Barton, Memphis


4. New Jersey

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    Best City for High School Basketball: New York Metro

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky


3. New York

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    Best City for High School Basketball: New York City

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Kevin Parrom, Arizona


2. Texas

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Houston

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    John Henson, North Carolina


1. California

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    Best City for High School Basketball: Los Angeles

     

    Most Recent NBA Star: James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder



    Upcoming NBA Draft Candidate:
    Josiah Turner, Arizona


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