Fullcourt Press Frosh/Soph Camp recap
CORONA, Calif. -- The wealth of talent at Dinos Trigonis' Fullcourt Press All-Frosh/Soph Camp continues to support the notion that the West is indeed on its way back to national prominence. There were a plethora of Division I prospects from the Class of 2014 who exhibited an array of skills and athleticism, while the Class of 2015 has an abundance of elite bigs and point guards who are sure to catch the eye of college coaches and scouts.
Marcus LoVett Jr. (Burbank, Calif./Providence)
2015, PG, 5-10, 150 pounds
LoVett clearly demonstrated that he should be mentioned among the upper-echelon of nationally rated point guards for his class. The slick left-hander has length and a highly-coveted second gear to blow by would-be defenders. His pull-up jump shot at the elbow is lethal and he is a highly-gifted passer. To put it in perspective, he does have some Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks) in his game, but hopefully he will continue to be more facilitator rather than scorer in the future.
Stanley Johnson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei)
2014, WF, 6-5, 190 pounds
A few weeks ago at the Fullcourt Press Fall Hoops Showcase, Johnson forced the issue and never got into any offensive rhythm. However, he was simply dominant at this event and was named the Most Valuable Player in the camp. His game resembles that of former NBA standout Nick Anderson (Orlando Magic). He is a bull in transition where he can power his way to the rim or he can knock down the jump shot with relative ease. He is a top-notch competitor and can affect the game on the offensive end in multiple ways. When he is on balance and allowing the game to come to him, he is simply a beast.
Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2015, C, 6-10, 200 pounds
Zimmerman is arguably the No. 1 prospect out west in a deep and loaded Class of 2015. The left-handed 4-man can stroke the 3-point shot, handle it in the open court, finish in transition and get numerous put-backs in the paint area due to his quickness. He has a terrific touch out to 20 feet and his passing prowess is high-level. With added strength it will be intriguing to see how his post game evolves as well as his ability to finish through contact. Overall though, we haven't seen many bigs this skilled and talented in quite some time out west.
Shaquile Carr (Las Vegas/Canyon Springs)
2014, PG, 6-0, 155 pounds
The Class of 2014 has a number of high-level point guards already and Carr should be mentioned amongst the best. He has great size, athleticism, and savvy for the position. He plays with an even keel at all times and rarely turns it over. He can burst off the dribble (has a tight crossover) and he utilizes his frame and hang time to finish over the bigs. Due to his vision, feel for the game, and athletic prowess, he projects to the high-major level.
Elston Jones (Goodyear, Ariz./Millenium)
2014, 6-8, 220 pounds
The combination of Jones' size, length, and soft hands reminds us of current NBA player Jason Collins (Atlanta Hawks). He doesn't have great lift or quickness, but he makes up for it with skills and basketball instinct. He can score over either shoulder due to his soft touch and the big lefty can drain the midrange jump shot as well. He uses his length and positioning to snag rebounds and block shots and his demeanor is terrific. Look for Jones to be one of the upper-tier prospects out west for his class.
The next tier
Christopher Sandifer (Los Angeles/Price)
2014, WF, 6-4, 175 pounds
The rangy forward can hurt the defense in a variety of ways. He can knock down the 3-point shot with regularity and he has become more affective off the bounce. Although he is predominantly left handed when handling the ball, he has an excellent touch with his right hand while driving to the basket. As his ball skills improve, so will his stock.
Gerad Davis (Las Vegas/Canyon Springs)
2014, 6-3, 175 pounds
Davis, who is also a high-level football prospect, is quite the basketball player as well. The chiseled lefty is relentless in the open court as he sliced and diced the defense with regularity. He possesses a rather potent midrange game as witnessed by his ability to get to the rim off the bounce and he is quite bouncy. Will he be able to hone his overall offensive game while playing football? Time will tell.
Kwinton Henson (Las Vegas/Durango)
2015, SG, 6-2, 165 pounds
Henson is yet another prospect from the Las Vegas area who could potentially be tagged with that high-major label. The long lefty is a tremendous slasher in the open court where he can get to the rim, usually finishing with a smooth looking finger roll. However, when his driving lane was cut off, he was one of the more innate passers in the event as he dropped off a number of nifty assists. He needs to continue to smooth out his jump shot and not pound the ball as much, but his talent is undeniable.
Rolando Rhymes (Phoenix/St. Mary's)
2014, PG, 6-0, 150 pounds
Rhymes is a consistent jump shot away from being a legitimate Division I prospect. He plays with a blue-collar mentality and does a great job of putting pressure on the defense and finding open teammates. He competed at both ends and got his hands on numerous possessions due to his effort and instincts. His strength, savviness and intensity are his greatest attributes, but his pull-up game must improve to take his game to another level.
Jack Williams (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade)
2014, PF, 6-7, 190 pounds
Williams has face-up 4-man written all over him at the Division I level. He has a somewhat-narrow frame, but he does have long arms and he is quite bouncy. His quick feet (great first step) and relentless energy make him a valuable commodity on the offensive end -- not too mention he can knock down the 3-point shot as well. With added strength and continued skill development, Williams will no longer be an unknown prospect out west.
Nicholas Pete (Hemet, Calif./Tahquitz)
2015, 6-6, 185 pounds
Pete is simply a diamond in the rough. His upside is immense due to his pterodactyl-type length and persistent energy. He has the physical attributes to guard 2s, 3s, and 4s and he was one of the few prospects in camp who sprinted from end to end creating deflections, altering shots, and getting numerous put-backs. Due to his approach to the game, he will always be productive, but once his skills and fundamentals catch up, he'll be a "no-brainer" for the next level.
Trevor Dunbar Jr. (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius)
2014, PG, 5-10, 155 pounds
Dunbar may have been the best passer in camp due to his savvy and vision. The slick lefty has quite a burst off the dribble and his ability to make passes in tight situations is uncanny. He does a tremendous job of leading the fast break and he will either make the high IQ pass or stop on a dime and nail the midrange, pull-up jump shot. After his showing at this event, he is in the discussion for top five point guards out west for his class.
Fetai Eke (Bakersfield, Calif./East)
2014, C, 6-7, 195 pounds
The long and lean Eke is one of the more improved bigs out west. The shot-blocking machine is quick off the floor and he possesses great length. He has a stoic demeanor, but an assassin-like approach in the paint area. He is quite mature and it will be interesting to monitor how much more he'll develop physically. However, if he continues to evolve on the offensive end (footwork and skill development), he projects well at the Division I level.
Nick Blair (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2015, 6-4, 175 pounds
Blair is raw and is just realizing his potential, but he may have been the most explosive athlete in the event. He can handle the ball in the open court and he can slash his way to the rim with the best. He needs to work on his ball skills and jump shot, but with his catapult-like bounce, his ceiling projects quite high.
• Rashad Jackson, 6-foot-3 sophomore out of Bakersfield, Calif./Garces, is a terrific looking scoring guard prospect for the next level. He has a prototypical frame, ideal athleticism, and he possesses a scorer's mentality. He needs to allow the game to come to him at a more efficient rate (hunts shots), but the upside is there.
• There were a couple of 2015 prospects who played with savvy and skill beyond their years in 6-0 Sedrick Barefield (Temecula, Calif./Chapparal) and 6-foot-7 Nick Pallas (Las Flores, Calif./Tesoro). Barefield can play both guard positions with equal aplomb, but he projects as a PG, while the wide-bodied Pallas has advanced footwork and feel in the paint area along with soft hands.
• There weren't too many players more athletic than 6-foot-2 sophomore Luis Medearis (Downey, Calif./Warren). His overall offensive game is raw and he needs to work on his fundamentals (jump stop), but he plays with great energy and explosiveness.
• Two of the more unheralded point guards in camp were 5-11 sophomore Ian Fox (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) and 5-10 sophomore Victor Joseph (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.). Both play with great pace, have that highly coveted second gear, and are gifted passers.
• The term "motor" has become commonplace when evaluating prospects, but it definitely describes the play of 6-4 sophomore Fritz Eibel (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon). He is undersized, but he plays at a Tyler Hansbrough-like pace.
• There were a few high-level defenders in camp, but the lock-down" award should go to 6-2 sophomore Darryl Gaynor (Las Vegas/Palo Verde). His lethal combination of length, quick hands, and exceptional lateral quickness should translate into a suffocating defender at the next level.
• Idrissa Diallo, a 6-9 sophomore out of Los Angeles/Ribet Academy, has a high-major frame and bounce, but he needs to polish his footwork, post skills, and become a more assertive rebounder at both ends.
• As the camp wore on there wasn't a point guard playing any better than 5-10 freshmen Ke'Jhan Feagin (Long Beach, Calif./Poly). He put pressure on the defense on all three levels and he handed out some clever passes as well.
Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.
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