Juniors getting to the point

Updated: December 17, 2004, 3:21 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
The cream of the high school class of 2001 has already been skimmed off. Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Andre Iguodala are already in the NBA and look like they'll be all-stars for years to come.

However, the rest of the junior class remains surprisingly intact. Four defections this late in the game is rare. Of course, there's a reason.

"That class was pretty top heavy," one NBA scout said. "With the exception of Bosh and Stoudemire, there just weren't a lot of big men. Most of the really talented players left in the class are guards. That's a little disappointing, but there are some talented kids left."

How talented? Only the top three or four kids on the chart project as potential lottery picks, however there's plenty of first-round and second-round talent in this group.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer