MaxPreps continues to look ahead to the 2011-12 high school basketball season this week with a glance at the nation's top small forwards and wings.
For the first time, a non-senior owns the top spot in the Reebok Breakout Power Rankings. That honor goes to junior Jabari Parker
of Simeon (Chicago)
– already a two-time state champion and arguably the sport's most promising rising star.
Sophomore Andrew Wiggins
continues the underclassmen dominance by grabbing the No. 2 spot – and he hasn't even played a high school game in the United States yet. The Ontario, Canada native is bringing his game stateside this winter after a promising campaign on the summer circuit.
Next week our preseason power rankings continue with a look at the small forwards. Rankings are based on team success, statistics and projected impact on the 2011-12 high school basketball season.Reebok Breakout Power Rankings
1. Jabari Parker, 6-8, 225, Jr., Simeon (Chicago)What to expect in 2011-12:
After back-to-back state titles and a gold medal with USA Basketball's developmental national team over the summer, can Parker add another impressive line to his resume by lifting a junior-dominated Simeon team to a national championship?2. Andrew Wiggins, 6-7, 200, So., Huntington Prep (W.Va.)What to expect in 2011-12:
The Canadian import may be the center of attention at Huntington Prep from the get-go, which is saying a lot considering the program has at least 10 surefire future Division I players.3. Xavier Johnson, 6-6, 190, Sr., Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)Committed to ColoradoWhat to expect in 2011-12:
This might be a bit of a surprise for those who watched Johnson play second fiddle to No. 1 overall prospect Shabazz Muhammad on the summer circuit with Dream Vision. Not that he was bad, but the Colorado commitment was on another level as a junior for the Monarchs, California's Division I state champs and a Top 10 team nationally.4. Winston Shepard, 6-8, 205, Sr., Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)What to expect in 2011-12:
Shepard showed his versatility over the summer with the aforementioned Dream Vision club. He should thrive in a similar role with Findlay Prep as Brandon Ashley and Anthony Bennett will allow him to play the wing.5. Justin Anderson, 6-6, 225, Sr., Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)Committed to VirginiaWhat to expect in 2011-12:
Anderson is a physical marvel and can play just about anywhere he wants at the high school level. Expect the future Cavalier to pile up lots of double-doubles and help Montrose Christian grind opponents into submission.