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For those who put believe in recruiting rankings, today updated its list of 150 top basketball prospects and there are plenty of local players on the list, starting with No. 1.

Forward Mike Beasley, a first-team All-Met in 2004-05 while playing at Riverdale Baptist, is the new No. 1 player on the list, jumping ahead of Cincinnati forward O.J. Mayo. Beasley played at Oak Hill Academy this season, but will transfer to another school for the upcoming school year. Though nothing has been decided, Beasley probably will go to Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., according to Curtis Malone, Beasley's travel-team coach.

Beasley expects to visit Hargrave later this week, Malone said, and other options include Patterson (N.C.) Prep and New Hampton (N.H.) School.

While Beasley's high school plans are up in the air, his college plans are more firm, having accepted a scholarship offer to play for Kansas State.

After Beasley, other Washington-area players include:
No. 9 DeMatha guard Austin Freeman (Georgetown)
No. 43 National Christian center Anthony McClain
No. 51 Oak Hill (and former Riverdale Baptist) guard Nolan Smith (Duke)
No. 67 Oak Hill (and former South Lakes) forward Julian Vaughn (Florida State)
No. 68 St. John's All-Met guard Chris Wright
No. 88 Hargrave (and former DeMatha) forward Jeff Allen (Virginia Tech)
No. 110 Progressive Christian (and former Friendly) forward Gus Gilchrist (Virginia Tech)
No. 134 St. Mary's Ryken forward John Flowers (West Virginia)

A few other players with Mid-Atlantic ties:
No. 13 Towson Catholic forward Donte Green (Syracuse)
No. 23 one-time Montrose Christian forward Herb Pope
No. 89 Towson Catholic guard Malcolm Delaney
No. 128 Calvert Hall center Braxton Dupree, who has committed to Maryland

By Josh Barr  | August 8, 2006; 6:05 PM ET
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Chris Wright is considered a five-star- player, and a sure McDonald All-American according to several sources, including SI. And with him, and Austin Freeman in the lineup, Georgetown University, which is already loaded with talent, will win at least one NCAA title. Chris Wright will thrive under John Thompson III, who is unquestionably one of the best coaches in the land. Given the fact that he has a unique combination of assets (i.e. intelligence, Xs and Os, a first class recruiter, and youth), I will not exchange him with any of the so-called high profile coaches. None whatsoever!

Posted by: tr2004a | August 9, 2006 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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