Fall Hoops Classic recap
Arizona commit Grant Jerrett, Shabazz Muhammad stand out at the West Coast event
HARBOR CITY, Calif. -- The Fullcourt Press Fall Hoops Classic ended on Sunday with a rugged championship game between two defensive-oriented squads in California Supreme and Long Beach Poly. California Supreme defeated the Jackrabbits 53-46 behind a relentless 20-point performance from its 6-foot-5 left-hander Daddy Ugbede (Gardena, Calif./Serra). Both teams didn't shoot particularly well, but they demonstrated that suffocating defense can make up for a cold shooting night. Roschon Prince, a 6-foot-5 junior wing-type, led the Jackrabbits with 18 points.
(La Verne, Calif./Lutheran)
2012, PF, 6-foot-8, 210 pounds
College : Arizona
Jerrett was scintillating throughout the event, especially his dominating all-around performance against nationally-acclaimed Bishop Gorman. He was as assertive as we had ever seen him and he played with a confidence that should put fear into future opponents. His advanced footwork, length and overall savvy in the post are as potent as any prospect in the country. If his performance at this event becomes more of the norm (which we believe it will), he will definitely be in the discussion for No. 1 prospect out west.
(Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2012, SF, 6-5, 215 pounds
Muhammad is an absolute beast on this level and his relentless nature is a contagious trait his teammates can always count on. The chiseled left-hander is quite strong going left and he nailed a number of midrange jump shots, including some impressive turnaround fade-away jumpers. If his jump shot or midrange game is not flowing, he will venture in the post and punish defenders with his size and power. Despite his impressive arsenal, Muhammad needs to continue to polish his ball skills (going right) because at the next level defenses will adjust to his strengths (power drives going left). On the recruiting front, Muhammad claims he will not sign in November, which will only bring more questions than answers in terms of where he'll end up.
Rosco Allen (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2012, PF/WF, 6-9, 200 pounds
Allen may be the most unique prospect out west. Offensively, his perimeter skills (at his size) are as solid as any prospect in the country. He can break defenders down off the dribble with a nifty crossover and he possesses a tremendous knack to score inside and out. Defensively, on the other hand, will definitely be a challenge for him and he will need to do a much better job of bending his knees and sliding his feet to guard 4s at the next level. Overall, look for Allen to make a decision fairly soon as North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins make their final pitches early in the week.
2013, WF, 6-5, 200 pounds
There may not be a more scrutinized prospect out west than Prince, but he has continued to improve at both ends. Prince is not one of those prospects who immediately catches your eye with elite-level ball skills and shooting ability. However, he impacts the game at both ends as well as any prospect out west for his class. He is a power wing who is a tenacious slasher to the rim and his passing prowess is impressive. Defensively, he can guard all three perimeter positions and he is a terrific rebounder. His ball skills need to get better (left hand) as does his jump shot, but at worst he can be a high-major glue-type at the next level.
2012, 6-5, 210 pounds
Ugbede, who is originally from Nigeria, had to sit out last season at Serra due to a transfer rule, and there is still speculation that he may not be eligible this season. However, the face-up 4-man produces each and every game. He has a quick first step to the basket and he utilizes his strong physique to power through and around defenders. In addition, he has a terrific touch out to the elbow. Depending on his eligibility, he could be a very productive player at the mid-major level.
Taking that next step
Alex Fertig (Fresno, Calif./Buchanan)
2012, SG, 6-3, 180 pounds
At this stage, Air Force is the only school showing serious interest to Fertig. However, if he continues to produce at the level that was exhibited at this event, he should land somewhere in the Big West, WAC, or Big Sky. Fertig affects the game with his leadership, savvy and ability to score in a variety of ways. He doesn't possess great quickness or bounce, but he changes speeds very well and he always has his head up, monitoring the defense to look for an advantage.
Kendall Small (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View)
2015, PG, 5-9, 155 pounds
Although Small is a freshmen, he is ready to take the point guard reigns at the varsity level and is a potential Division I recruit in the future. He has a nice burst in transition and he can break his defender down off the dribble, but what stands out the most is his vision. He advances the ball well to get the break started and he can thread the needle with his array of passes to get his teammates easy looks. If the passing window is not available, he is a capable pull-up jump shooter to keep defenses honest.
Elliott Pitts (Concord, Calif./De La Salle)
2013, WF, 6-4, 185 pounds
The more you watch Pitts, the more you appreciate the all-around player he is potentially evolving into. The lengthy wing has a solid skill set that puts pressure on the defense in a variety of ways. He has a tight, low crossover to get by his defender and he is a gifted passer who sees the whole floor. He moves well without the ball and he rarely forces the issue. He finds holes in the defense to score in the paint area and he has a good looking pull-up jump shot. Look for Pitts to be a Pac-12 priority sooner rather than later.
Sean Morgan (Marietta, Ga./Walton)
2012, PF, 6-5, 225 pounds
Morgan fits that Eric Wise (USC) mold with his body type and playing style. The beefy specimen is uniquely gifted due to his potent face-up game and deceptive burst. He can nail the 3-point shot which sets up his drive nicely, but first and foremost he loves to attack the rim with his terrific body control and feet. Despite being undersized at the 4-spot, he avoids getting his shot blocked by getting his thick frame into defenders while finishing.
Teyvon Myers (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft)
2013, SG, 6-1, 155 pounds
Myers is currently enrolled at Taft High School after transferring from Boys and Girls in Brooklyn, N.Y. Before Myers landed in California, he built quite the résumé with his impressive play through two seasons in New York. The rangy scoring guard with impressive quickness and bounce put together some stunning stretches during California Supreme's championship run. He has a terrific burst off the dribble and he has no problem maneuvering to the rim. Not to mention he gets great lift on his pull-up jump shot.
• Dreon Barlett, a 6-2 senior out of Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison, is a definite sleeper for the Division I level. He needs to smooth out his jump shot and handle, but he has a tremendous burst off the dribble and he is very bouncy.
• UNLV-bound Katin Reinhardt (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) was terrific on the first day of action shooting the ball well from all three levels and dropping off some nifty assists. However, he still has a tendency to pound the ball too much which leads to forced shots and errant passes.
• San Diego All Stars have a Division I sleeper backcourt in 6-3 junior Xavier Williams (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) and 6-2 Brynton Lamar (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine). The chiseled Williams is very explosive in the open court and he affects the game at both ends due to his assertiveness. Lamar is a combo-guard who can score off the dribble or drop off the assist.
• Scouts and coaches alike are not going to find a steadier prospect than 6-3, 185 pound senior Eli Stalzer (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei). His jump shot is consistently on the mark and he has become more affective off the dribble.
• Cali Rebels put together a phenomenal showing behind the much-improved play of 6-6 John Benson (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr) and 6-6 Kyle Benton (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr). Benson is very lengthy with a deceptive, slashing-style perimeter game while Benton impressed with his soft hands, solid shooting touch and much-improved footwork.
Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.
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