Easter Classic evaluations

WildcatAuthority.com was in attendance on Friday at the Easter Classic. Read on for full evaluations of the Arizona prospects in attendance.

WildcatAuthority.com was in attendance at the Easter Classic in Phoenix and was able to see a handful of talent on Friday night.

Paul Watson: There may be other targets a bit higher on Arizona's priority list right now, but Watson is definitely one to keep an eye on and a player that the coaching staff has seen numerous times already.

Watson has plenty of raw talent and displayed a decent mid-range jumper and athleticism. Although he believes he is a shooting guard, Watson's natural position is likely at small forward. The biggest issue he has right now is his motor.

Often times, a player with a ton of talent can get away with taking some plays off because that talent is so high, he still overmatches the opposition. However, Watson did not seem to go full effort on Friday, or at least did not display a great motor, and it cost him. When Watson had the ball, he was effective and had a lot of energy. When he did not, he sometimes took himself out of the game.

This is not to say that Watson is not a good player or that Arizona will stop recruiting him, but rather that he needs to make sure he is able to consistently work hard.

Jaron Hopkins: Hopkins is an intriguing player because, while he is listed as a point guard and plays the majority of his time there, we are not so sure that it is best position. Instead, it would be interesting to see Hopkins at the small forward position.

He has good handles, but made more poor decisions than good ones on Friday. There were numerous instances in which he got deep into the lane, but then did not really know what to do with it. Hopkins did a good job of taking his man off the dribble and was easily his team's best play-maker.

We are not sure how well Hopkins would necessarily fit in with Arizona, but he is definitely an intriguing prospect. Hopkins has improved a lot since we last saw him and it will be interesting to see how he does over the next few months.

Elston Jones: Jones is one of the best prospects in the state regardless of class and an argument could be made that he is the best. The 2014 post definitely needs to improve his touch around the basket, but he has great hands and is a strong rebounder.

Jones visited Arizona earlier this season and it definitely makes sense that the coaching staff is recruiting him. He has the type of body that will allow him to comfortably grow and the potential is there.

While he may not be good enough to get the high-major offers right now, there is plenty of time and we would be surprised if they do not come.

Sedrick Barefield: The 6-foot-0, 155-pound 2015 guard is an intriguing prospect. This was our first time seeing him and he was able to handle both the one and two effectively. While at the point, Barefield was less aggressive offensively and chose to get his teammates involved.

While at the two, Barefield got into the lane with relative ease and showed a nice little floater. In addition, he was still able to get his teammates involved and get into the lane.

Barefield is likely going to be one of the top prospects in the west for his class, but it will be interesting to see how he physically develops, because he looks to be a little more mature than other prospects his age.


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