Fullcourt Press Fall Showcase recap
COMPTON, Calif. -- The Fullcourt Press Fall Showcase is always one of the better stops on the recruiting trail and this year was no different. The quality of play deteriorated with each and every game as the day wore on (too much one-on-one), but that still didn't stop the Class of 2015 from leaving a lasting impression on the future of Southern California basketball.
Isaac Hamilton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco)
2013, SG, 6-foot-5, 175 pounds
Hamilton may be the most skilled scoring guard in Southern California. His jump shot can get streaky, but his ball skills are impressive and he has a nice feel for the game. He can weave his way to the rim or pull up and nail the midrange jump shot. He is more crafty than explosive, but his overall game has continued to improve each and every season.
Isaiah Bailey (Compton, Calif./Compton)
2014, SG, 6-4, 180 pounds
Bailey has as much upside as any perimeter prospect in the Class of 2014 out west. He has that prototypical wing-type frame with extraordinarily long arms. His overall skill set and fundamentals are still quite raw, but his explosiveness and knack for scoring are impressive. He needs to continue to smooth out his jump shot and play more on balance, but the talent is evident.
Jordan Bell (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
2013, PF, 6-7, 180 pounds
There may not be a player who has exploded onto the scene in one year like Bell in quite some time. Regardless of class, he was one of the best prospects in the West and he is just realizing his immense potential. Defensively, he is best shot-blocker in the West and he can fill the lane in transition as well as any player in the West -- usually resulting in a highlight reel throw down. His half-court offensive skill set is far behind his defense, but he is in a great program that will polish those skills.
Anthony January (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft)
2012, PF, 6-7, 215 pounds
January is an immense talent with an evolving skill set. The face-up 4-man can score in a variety of ways inside and out. His jump shot has improved out to the stripe and he is a load to handle in the paint area. His hands are outstanding and he literally snatches everything in his area. His future is bright if he can continue to mature on and off the court.
The future is now
Thomas Jordan-McLaughlin (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Etiwanda)
2014, PG, 6-0, 155 pounds
McLaughlin comes from an outstanding program and it shows with how he approaches the game. He plays with an even keel and rarely forces the issue. He makes the game simpler for his teammates and his demeanor is terrific. He is a definite Division I point guard prospect who is deceptively explosive (changes speeds) and his head is always up. His jump shot should continue to get better with added strength and as a result he should evolve into one of the elite prospects in his class.
(Play Del Rey, Calif./St. Bernard)
2015, PF, 6-8, 175 pounds
Jones is an awe-inspiring prospect with pterodactyl-type length and catapult-like bounce. He grabs rebounds in his area and he is usually well above the rim. He runs like a deer in transition and he showed signs of one day becoming a wing-type due to his ability to get to the rim. He is still very raw at both ends, but with good coaching and hard work, his ceiling is quite high.
(Play Del Rey, Calif./St. Bernard)
2015, SG, 6-0, 145 pounds
Head coach Reggie Morris Jr. has quite the collection of talent at his disposal at St. Bernard. Most pundits knew about the aforementioned Jones, but High has quite the future himself. He is an electrifying scorer who has a tremendous burst off the dribble. He can slash his way to the rim and finish or drop off the nifty assist. Overall, his upside is impressive and he projects to being one of the better looking prospects in his class.
Isaac Deese (Long Beach, Calif.,/Millikan)
2014, PG, 5-9, 145 pounds
In showcase events like this one, players have a tendency to over handle the ball and force the issue. However, that was not the case with Deese. He played at a good pace and got his teammates involved, both in transition and in the half-court set. He has solid vision and a good overall feel for the game, but his jump shot needs to be more consistent.
• Despite not playing his sophomore season, 6-5 junior Roschon Prince (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) is testing the football waters again at both safety and wide receiver. In terms of his basketball evolution, he still needs to polish his perimeter skills (jump shot, going left), but he is a terror in the open court due to his assertiveness and athleticism.
• The Class of 2014 has a couple of innate scorers in 6-5 Stanley Johnson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) and 6-5 Daniel Hamilton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco). Both prospects can score in a variety of ways, however, they need to work on shot selection and do a better job of getting others involved.
• Long Beach Poly has an impressive 2015 point guard prospect in 5-9 Ke'Jean Feagin. His vision and overall feel for the game is impressive for someone of his youth.
• Tyler Dorsey (Los Angeles/Ribet Academy) is a gifted scorer, but he forced the issue far too many times at the offensive end. Like most players, he has a tendency to pound the ball too much, which led to some turnovers and forced shots. By developing a triple threat game (squaring up, quick first step, jab step, pump fake, etc.) the game should slow down for him.
• Sedrick Barefield, a 6-0 freshman at Chaparral High School in Temecula, Calif., has a mature game at both ends of the floor. He's a combo-guard who can get his own shot and he's a fairly-polished defender.
• Mason Shepard, a 6-5 power forward out of Windward High School in Los Angeles was a beast in the paint area in the 2015 game. He had a number of strong finishes in traffic, where he was well above the rim.
• Jeremy Hemsley, a 6-0 freshman out of Damien High School in La Verne, Calif., has a bright future due to his quickness and knack for scoring in a variety of ways. In addition, he did a nice job of defending Dorsey in their matchup.
• One of the better looking sleepers in Southern California may be 6-0 senior Steven Jones (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft). The chiseled point guard prospect has a tremendous burst to the rim and advances the ball well in transition. His jump shot has improved, but it still needs to get smoother for the next level.
Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.
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