California camps recaps
Zena Edosomwan, Hunter Myers highlight Fullcourt Press and Double Pump camps
The talent level was down on the West Coast this past week as many of the elite prospects were exhibiting their skill sets back east. However, that didn't stop some prospects from displaying their talents at the Fullcourt Press and Double Pump All-West camps.
(North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake)
2012, PF, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds
Edosomwan had a dominant camp and there weren't many prospects on hand to challenge his talent. His post game has evolved as evidenced by his improved turnaround jump shot as well as his footwork. He needs to continue to hone his post skills (jump hook) and finish through contact, but he is progressing nicely. Most of the Pac-12 and Gonzaga have offered and he is waiting on Stanford and UCLA.
Matt Shrigley (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon)
2012, SG, 6-5, 190 pounds
College: San Diego State
The San Diego State commitment is playing with great confidence and has become much more aggressive attacking the rim. He had a monster throw down in camp that was simply wicked. He can also step out and hit the jump shot or go in the post and shoot over smaller defenders.
Jaron Hopkins (Chandler, Ariz./Basha)
2012, WF, 6-4, 180 pounds
Hopkins is very explosive and his all-around game is intriguing. He needs to continue to smooth out his jump shot, but he does have ball skills and is a terrific interior passer off the dribble. With continued skill development and improved shot selection, he is a versatile Division I prospect.
Kenny Martin (Glendale, Ariz./Kellis)
2012, PF, 6-9, 200 pounds
The virtual unknown coming into July has now attracted the attention from, Syracuse, Pac-12, WCC, and Mountain West. Arizona State recently came through with an offer and it appears that this will be the beginning of an interesting recruiting story. The lanky prospect with ball skills and a solid jump shot out to the 3-point line will have coaches navigating his trail until the end of July.
Shawn Smith (Sacramento/ Bridgeton Academy)
2012, PF, 6-6, 215 pounds
Smith is going the prep school route due to academics, but he is a beast. He plays with reckless abandon and never appears to tire out. He attacks the rim with a vengeance and is a terrific interior scorer. He needs to improve his overall decision making (plays too fast), but every program at the mid-major level could use a junk yard dog like Smith.
Ikenna Iroegbu (Mouth of Wilson, Calif./Oak Hill Academy)
2013, PG, 6-1, 170 pounds
Iroegbu has all the physical intangibles to be one of the elite point guards in the country. He is a blur in the open court and he has multiple gears. He can attack the rim with the best, but his decision making (too many turnovers) needs to improve. By slowing down and getting his teammates involved (game management), his game will go to another level.
Javion Watson (San Diego/San Ysidro)
2012, PG, 6-3, 180 pounds
College: Long Beach State
Long Beach State snuck into Orange County last season and snagged a good one in 2011 signee Shaquille Hunter (Villa Park). Now the 49ers have done it again -- heading into San Diego this time -- and getting a commitment form combo-guard Watson. HE has an impressive physique and can play both guard positions, although he is more scorer than facilitator. He knocked down a number of 3s throughout the camp as well and it appears the game comes easy to him (plays at a nice pace).
Deng Deng (Cottonwood, Utah)
2012, SG, 6-5, 175 pounds
Deng has that prototypical frame for the 2-guard position. Long and oozing with upside, he has a chance to be very good with continued development. He can slash to the rim, attacks the offensive glass with aggressiveness, and his shooting stroke is fairly smooth. What makes him even more attractive is his energy level and potential at the defensive end. He has all the physical traits to be a lock down defender at the next level.
Hunter Myers (Minden, Nev./Douglas)
2012, WF, 6-6, 200 pounds
Each year it appears Reno puts out a sleeper or two for the Division I level and Myers is no exception. The rising junior has very long arms and a feathery shooting touch out to 22-feet. He'll need to improve his quickness, particularly at the defensive end, but he's a solid looking prospect for the Division I level. Nevada is his first offer with more to come.
Sandro Alberto (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft)
2013, PG, 6-3, 175 pounds
Alberto has great size for the lead guard position with the skills and savvy to match. His handle is tight and smooth and there might not be a better point guard out west at changing speeds. He is equally effective at finishing with either hand around the rim and he runs the high screen and roll with aplomb. He needs to improve his jump shot (pull-up game), but his ceiling is impressive.
Brandon Taylor (Los Angeles/Pacific Hills)
2012, PG, 5-8, 150 pounds
Taylor has slowly but assuredly become one of the fastest rising point guards in Southern California and a definite Division I prospect. The quick and strong Taylor is a tough-minded player with a will to win. He can break down the defense, explode to the rim and he has the savvy to set up his teammates for easy scores. The Big Sky and Big West should be monitoring his progress.
John Azzinaro (Phoenix/Brennan)
2013, PG, 5-10, 155 pounds
Azzinaro, who is a recent transplant from San Antonio, unveiled his overall skill package at the Fullcourt Press camp. He has very long arms and a definite second gear in transition. In addition, he gets great lift on his pull-up jump shot and he is quite potent shooting off the dribble. With improved game management (getting teammates involved), he is definitely one of the up-and-coming point guards out west.
Paul Watson (Phoenix/Paradise Valley)
2013, WF, 6-6, 180 pounds
At this stage, Watson is more of a stretch 4-man, but if he continues to hone his ballhandling and jump shot (low release), the upside is there for the wing position down the road. He is quite effective when getting into the triple-threat position where he either shoots the jump shot or utilizes the up-fake to get around his opponent for the strong finish at the rim. Watson has Arizona State, Arizona, Iowa, San Diego State, NIU, Penn, Colorado, and Boise State tracking his progress.
• Sekou Wiggs Jr., a 6-2 shooting guard out of Seattle, has a terrific frame and he possesses a skill set and feel that may translate to him being able to play both guard spots at the next level. Wiggs Jr. has been offered by Cal Poly SLO, Portland State, USF and UC Irvine.
• Tyler Dorsey, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Los Angeles, has an innate ability to score in a variety of ways. The 2015 prospect has a solid burst off the dribble and he has the ability to either pull up for the jump shot or deliver the nifty pass.
• Another 2011 prospect who emerged at the Fullcourt Press camp was 6-0 post grad Shakir Smith (Tucson, Ariz./ Tucson). The 2011 Division I prospect can stroke the 3-point shot and he's got a burst in transition.
• Johnnie Vasser, a 2014 point guard out of Chicago, was a definite standout at the Fullcourt Press camp. The chiseled lefty has an explosive burst off the dribble and a solid pull-up game.
• Augustus Simmers, a 6-3 junior out of Anchorage, Alaska, is a definite sleeper on the West Coast. The scoring guard has a nice frame, can nail the 3-point jump shot, and can use either hand while finishing at the rim.
• Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) has two gifted 2015 prospects in 6-6 John Ross and 6-5 Kendall Lauderdale. Ross is a lengthy wing-type who has an evolving perimeter game while the left-handed Lauderdale can score from the block with power and touch.
• David Andoh, the versatile 6-7 forward out of Berkeley, Calif., can score in bunches. He needs to work on shot selection and playing more on balance, but he is an intriguing talent. The 2012 prospect is hearing from Colorado, Arizona State, Santa Clara, Drake, Detroit, UTEP, and Penn.
Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.
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