Rivals.com has released their final 2006 top 150 rankings. Here's how the Georgia Tech recruits fell:
#5.... Thaddeus Young (#4 forward, 5-star)
#7.... Javaris Crittenton (#1 Point Guard, 5-star)
#134.. Zach Peacock (3-star)
UR.... Brad Sheehan (3-star)
The No. 4 and No. 5 spots were a tough call between versatile small forwards Chase Budinger and Thaddeus Young. Young is a better defender and better at creating his shot off the dribble, but Budinger's automatic stroke from deep and his ability to handle the ball and create for his teammates give him a slight edge over Young.
Although Tywon Lawson pushes the tempo like no one else, is a proven winner and is a perfect fit for the North Carolina system, Javaris Crittenton gets a slight edge because we see him as a better NBA prospect, with the impact of his size on the defensive end, on the boards and in his ability to create his own shot.
To give you an idea of how the "down ACC" cleaned up in this class, look at the numbers. 35 of the top 150 are headed to the ACC, 5 of the top 10. The Big East had 27 of the top 150, but of course there are 45 teams in that conference, so on a per-team basis, it's not so high.
Congrats to all!!!