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Centers switch spots in 2012 list

Shabazz Muhammad is still the No. 1 player in the 2012 class, but there is a new big man on his heels.

Andre Drummond moved ahead of Isaiah Austin in the lastest 247Sports/PrepStars.com rankings.

247Sports and our partners at PrepStars.com are proud to unveil our updated top 100 players in the 2012 class.

Center Andre Drummond moved up to No. 2, switching places with fellow center Isaiah Austin. Rob Harrington of PrepStars.com saw them in action at the recent Pangos camp.

“Drummond outplayed Austin head-to-head and generally had a better performance,” Harrington said. “It’s always been close between those two, but for me – for now – Drummond holds the edge.”

Rounding out the top five are center Kaleb Tarczewski and wing guard Ricardo Ledo. Each manintained their spot from the previous ranking.

The player making the biggest move up the charts was 6-11 center Adam Woodbury of Sioux City (Iowa) East. Woodbury went from outside the top 100 to No. 28. “His play against his elite peers at several events demonstrated his ability to compete despite not having the athleticism possessed by some others,” Harrington said.

Two other players who helped themselves recently were Mitch McGary (No. 6) and Anthony Bennett (No. 9). McGary, a 6-10 center, has impressed on the travel circuit. “McGary’s stellar play began in Pittsburgh in April, continued into May in Kansas, and he solidified his spot at the NBAPA camp a couple weeks ago,” Harrington said. “Bennett has been a terror on the Nike circuit, and was a dominant force at both Pangos and NBAPA.”

Harrington said Tony Parker, T.J. Warren, Katin Reinhardt, Jordan Price and Danuel House also made big jumps with recent strong play.

When some players rise in the rankings, it’s only logical that a few must fall as well. Gabe York, Jeremy Hollowell, Matt Costello, Kenny Kaminski and Wanaah Bail were five prospects whose stock dropped in the latest update.

Gabe York was sensational in the spring, but didn’t perform well at the past couple events – due in part because he hasn’t been healthy,” Harrington said. “I’m hoping and expecting he’ll bounce back in July.”

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