Commentary

Cream of the Crop, Three Stripes recaps

Originally Published: July 18, 2011
By Joel Francisco | ESPN Recruiting

At the Fullcourt Press Cream of the Crop it was 6-foot-1 senior Gabe York (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran) who rose to the top with a 37-point effort against a well-rounded Play Hard Play Smart squad. At the Double Pump Three Stripes it was more of a team theme as Arizona Magic Pump 'N Run 2012 claimed the tournament championship behind the efforts of 6-7 prep Cameron Forte (Tempe, Ariz./Westwind Prep), 6-4 SF Tim Derksen (Tucson, Ariz./Amphitheatre), 6-10 PF Eric Jacobsen (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and 6-3 SG Larry Lewis (Scottsdale, Ariz./Arcadia).

Standout players

Gabe York
2012, SG, 6-1, 170 pounds
College: Arizona
York is one of the most prolific scorers in the country. His jump shot is feathery and he has range to 23 feet. When his feet are set and he's in rhythm, his shot is potent. He is comfortable shooting in transition, especially on two-dribble pull-up jumpers. In addition, his ball skills have improved and he has the bounce to finish in the paint area. He has expanded his game, but he needs to do a better job of not leaving his feet while passing, which usually ends up in a turnover. With Nick Johnson and Jordin Mayes already on campus, it will be interesting to see how the minutes will be spread out for the Wildcats.

Rosco Allen (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2012, PF/SF, 6-9, 210 pounds
Allen continues to elevate his overall game after the regular season. He isn't settling for 3-pointers as much and has become much more aggressive attacking the rim. He needs to add strength and he'll probably end up guarding a 4 at the next level, but his offensive skills (shooting, passing) and athleticism are impressive and he'll be hard to deal with at the next level. North Carolina and Stanford appear to be out in front of the rest.

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Courtesy Joel FranciscoCalaen Robinson is the No. 17-ranked point guard in the 2012 class.

Calaen Robinson
(Chandler, Ariz./Corona Del Sol)
2012, PG, 6-2, 170 pounds
Robinson may be the best prospect in Arizona. The left-hander can score in a variety of ways, but he also does a nice job of setting up his teammates after dissecting the defense. He is quite effective at drawing the defense and is very quick and crafty with his dribble. He is more scorer than facilitator at this stage, but he is definitely a high-major prospect. Robinson has offers from Arizona State, Saint Mary's and BYU, while Virginia, Washington State, Clemson, UNLV and Colorado are showing interest.

Ben Carter (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2012, PF, 6-7, 220 pounds
Carter is one of the more efficient prospects out west. He operates from the high post very well and can either drain the jump shot at the elbow or take it hard to the rim. He is a gifted passer and does a nice job of cleaning up the glass. It's early, but UNLV appears to be in the lead, but he has a host of schools from the Pac-12, Mountain West and WCC monitoring his games.

Zena Edosomwan (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake)
2012, PF, 6-7, 215 pounds
It's amazing how far he has come in a year. Last year he was a Division I prospect and a year later he is evolving to a high-major recruit. He isn't overly bouncy, but he is a quick jumper and he's relentless at both ends. He has a habit of bringing the ball down before finishing and that will need to change at the next level, but overall his offensive game has grown leaps and bounds since the regular season.

London Perrantes (Encino, Calif./Crespi)
2013, PG, 6-0, 155 pounds
Perrantes continues to run the Double Pump offense with aplomb. He changes speeds very well and knows how to get into the seams of the defense. His jump shot has improved and he's a tough competitor. He is not a burner, but his basketball IQ is high-level.

Sheldon Blackwell (Etiwanda, Calif./Etiwanda)
2013, PG, 6-6, 175 pounds
Blackwell is a consistent jump shot away from being a high-major recruit. He manages the game with aplomb and he is quite gifted getting to the rim off the bounce. His passing is efficient and he plays the game at an excellent pace. His jump shot is a bit mechanical, but the rest of his skill set and physical intangibles are ideal for the Division I level.

Surprise players

Isaac Allen (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa)
2014, C, 6-10, 200 pounds
Allen has improved considerably since the springtime. He has high-major length and athleticism and his shot-blocking ability is impressive. His offensive skills are raw, but he does have a nice touch out to the elbow. With continued development, he should be an elite center in the Class of 2014.

Leland King (Los Angeles/Brentwood Academy)
2013, PF, 6-5, 215 pounds
King has dropped some weight, and his game has escalated in the process. He is much more mobile while operating inside and he is now drawing comparisons to former UC Irvine standout and current USC redshirt Eric Wise. Although he is an undersized 4-man, King's footwork and knack for scoring are impressive.

Jalen Young (Riverside, Calif./Roosevelt)
2012, 6-4, 180 pounds
Young was a 5-foot-8 point guard in ninth grade -- now he's a 6-4 wing heading into his senior season. The left-hander has slowly but assuredly improved in many facets of the game. He isn't overly aggressive, but he has a soft shooting touch and he rarely forces the action. If he can improve his face-up skills and ability to get to the rim with more ferocity, his stock will continue to rise.

Davion Draper (Los Angeles/Locke)
2012, WF, 6-5, 190 pounds
Draper can dominate the game through his scoring prowess. The physical wing can score in a variety of ways because of his frame, skill and shooting touch. He is always in attack mode and can either nail the 3-point shot or slash his way to the rim.

Aamahd Walker (Culver City, Calif./Culver City)
2012, WF, 6-4, 190 pounds
Walker has received interest from UC Riverside, Texas State, and Eastern Washington. He is a definite sleeper in the Southern California region due to his ability to put points on the board and his overall approach to the game. His jump shot is solid out to the stripe and he gets good lift on it. In addition, the strength of his game appears to be in the midrange area, in which he is quite good getting his shot off in the paint area after curling off of a screen. He'll be definitely one to monitor at the Las Vegas Fab 48.

Breakout players

Dakari Allen (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon)
2013, SF, 6-5, 175 pounds
Allen continues to demonstrate why he is considered one of the elite prospects out west for his class. The lengthy wing type is an excellent defender and his offense is beginning to blossom. He did an admirable job on York, as Allen's length altered many of York's attempts. Offensively, Allen's triple-threat game and first step to the basket have evolved tremendously since the spring.

Mike Bryson (Sacramento, Calif./Foothill)
2012, SG/SF, 6-5, 180 pounds
Bryson is somewhat of a diamond in the rough at this stage. He has ideal size for the 3 at the next level and he has one of the smoothest strokes. Whether it's launching a 3 in transition or knocking down a midrange shot coming off of a screen, he is pretty potent. In addition, he has become more than just a shooter, as his defensive presence has picked up since the spring and he's playing with much more of an edge to him than ever before.

Sam Beeler (San Diego/Poway)
2012, PF/C, 6-10, 215 pounds
Beeler has improved physically since the regular season. He is a fluid runner and he possesses a soft shooting touch out to 17 feet. He has always played with good energy, but now -- due to his added strength -- he isn't getting pushed around as often in the paint area. At this stage, he projects well to the WCC and Mountain West and possibly the Pac-12 by the time July ends.

Eric Jacobsen
2012, C/PF, 6-10, 220 pounds
College: Arizona State
Jacobsen is one of the better bigs out west and a solid get for Sun Devils. He has that prototypical basketball frame with broad shoulders and long arms, and his mobility is solid. He needs to get stronger finishing through contact, but rebounds well in traffic and his post skills are improving. In addition, he has a nice feel for the game as demonstrated by his passing.

Notes

• Derksen is as well-rounded a guard as you're going to find at the high school level. He can pass with the best and handle it, and his outside shot is solid. He has USD and USF in the lead, with Northern Colorado, Boise State and Weber State trailing.

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Joel FranciscoDayton Boddie has already committed to the UC Riverside Highlanders.

Dayton Boddie, a 6-2 senior out of El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., committed to UC Riverside on Thursday. The strong 2-guard can score at all three levels and he affects the game in multiple ways.

David Andoh, a 6-6 SF/PF out of St. Mary's High School in Berkeley, Calif., put together a solid effort at the Fullcourt Press Cream of the Crop. He has a potent midrange jump shot and a very quick first step. He has a tendency to force the issue, but he always plays hard at both ends. Colorado, Arizona State, UTEP, Drake and Detroit have shown the most interest.

Arik Armstead, a 6-8 senior out of Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif., will be one of the best football/basketball prospect in California this year.

D'Erryl Williams, a 6-3 junior out of Sheldon High School in Sacramento, is starting to look more comfortable running his team than he did in the spring. The chiseled lefty has very long arms and has a strong burst at the rim. In addition, he is one of the better on-ball defenders we've seen this spring and summer.

Justin Snavely, a 6-5 junior out of Citrus Valley High School in Highland, Calif., has a feathery stroke and grabs rebounds as well, but he needs to become more aggressive as a midrange scorer.

• Gor Plavchyan, a 6-7 senior out of Grant High School in North Hollywood, Calif., plays with great energy at both ends and has very long arms. His post skills are raw, but there is upside.

• Team Superstar 15s have a number of solid-looking 2014 prospects in 5-8 PG Taelin Webb (Riverside, Calif./John W. North), 6-3 SG Rashad Jackson (Bakersfield, Calif./Garces), 6-2 SG Murshid Randle (Fresno, Calif./Central) and 6-6 Fetai Eke (Bakersfield, Calif./East Bakersfield).

• The Class of 2015 looks promising out west, and 6-0 Aaron Holiday (North Hollywood, Calif./Campbell Hall) is near the top of the list. His ball skills are quite good and his jump shot is playable. It will be interesting to see how his game evolves in the coming seasons.

Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.