A Look At The Top States For Producing High School Talent

Draft : : General
Perfect Game Staff        
Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Here's a very unscientific view of the 50 states and this year's draft class. The 1st Column (Column A) is a rough order of how many draft picks the different states have produced over the past 5 years. The 2nd column is an estimate of how states rank by estimating number of "1st day" draft picks this coming June. It is followed by the differential in ranking from (Column A). The 3rd Column is a state ranking based on an estimate of projected early (top 5 round) picks, followed again with the difference from (Column A). Looking at these numbers, one can tell that we believe states like Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, etc. will have a greater than normal class. What it doesn't show is that this is one of the best classes ever in Georgia. That is because Georgia, though closing the gap, is still behind the top 3. This graph is for entertainment value only. The truth will surface this coming June.

Column A Column B Column C
Last 5 Years Projected "04" Draft Projected "04" Draft
RK Most Recent Draft Picks RK Most 1st day Draft Picks  + or - col A RK Most Early Draft Picks  + or - col. A
1 California 1 California Same 1 Texas +3
2 Florida 2 Florida Same 2 Florida Same
3 Texas 3 Texas Same 3 California -3
4 Georgia 4 Georgia Same 4 Georgia Same
5 North Carolina 5 Tennessee +10 5 Tennessee +10
6 Washington 6 Washington Same 6 Washington Same
7 New York 7 Pennsylvania +6 7 Wisconsin +24
8 Arizona 8 Arizona Same 8 Missouri +13
9 Ohio 9 Missouri +12 9 South Carolina +16
10 Virginia 10 Wisconsin +21 10 Ohio -1
11 Louisiana 11 Virginia -1 11 Louisiana Same
12 Pennsylvania 12 South Carolina +13 12 Nevada +12
13 New Jersey 13 Alabama +4 13 Colorado +19
14 Massachusetts 14 North Carolina -8 14 Michigan +8
15 Tennessee 15 New Jersey -1 15 New York -7
16 Illinois 16 Ohio -7 16 North Carolina -10
17 Alabama 17 Louisiana -5 17 Illinois -1
18 Oklahoma 18 New York -10 18 Oregon +11
19 Indiana 19 Massachusetts -4 19 Arizona -11
20 Missouri 20 Illinois -4 20 Pennsylvania -7
21 Michigan 21 Oklahoma -2 21 Virginia -10
22 Mississippi 22 Indiana -2 22 New Jersey -8
23 Nevada 23 Nevada Same 23 Maryland +10
24 Iowa 24 Colorado +8 24 Oklahoma -5
25 South Carolina 25 Oregon +4 25 Massachusetts -10
26 Kansas 26 Michigan -4 26 Alabama -9
27 Arkansas 27 Mississippi -4 27 Indiana -7
28 Oregon 28 Maryland +5 28 New Mexico +8
29 Minnesota 29 Arkansas -1 29 Kansas -4
30 Wisconsin 30 New Mexico +6 30 Rhode Island +10
31 Colorado 31 Connecticut +3 31 Maine +10
32 Maryland 32 Minnesota -2 32 New Hampshire +10
33 Kentucky 33 Nebraska +1 33 Utah -4
34 Connecticut 34 Kansas -9 34 Mississippi -11
35 Nebraska 35 Kentucky -2 35 Connecticut -2
36 New Mexico 36 Utah Same 36 Arkansas -8
37 Utah 37 Hawaii Same 37 Minnesota -7
38 Hawaii 38 New Hampshire +3 38 Hawaii -1
39 Rhode Island 39 Rhode Island Same 39 Nebraska -4
40 Maine 40 Iowa -16 40 Kentucky -7
41 New Hampshire 41 Maine -1 41 West Virginia +1
42 West Virginia 42 West Virginia Same 42 Iowa -18
43 Idaho 43 Idaho Same 43 Alaska +7
44 Delaware 44 Delaware Same 44 North Dakota +1
45 North Dakota 45 North Dakota Same 45 Idaho -2
46 Vermont 46 Vermont Same 46 Delaware -2
47 South Dakota 47 South Dakota Same 47 Vermont -1
48 Wyoming 48 Wyoming Same 48 Montana +1
49 Montana 49 Montana Same 49 South Dakota -2
50 Alaska 50 Alaska Same 50 Wyoming -2
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