Marcus Lee: The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley had a very impressive first half against the Mac Irvin Fire. It was difficult for him to cover the bigger player in Jahlil Okafor, but he held his own against Jabari Parker and even had a clean block on a dunk attempt. Defensively, there should be no questions about how strong Lee is, as he will only improve in that area and is the type of player that will improve the players around him because of his ability to block shots.
Offensively, Lee is still a work in progress, but not in a bad way at all. He is athletic and runs the floor well, scoring most of his points in transition and around the basket. If Lee can develop an offensive move that he can go to consistently, he is going to be even more dangerous. Still, Lee has enough raw potential to eventually become a more successful offensive player.
Rondae Jefferson: Arizona has started to recruit the 6-foot-6, 185-pound Chester (Penn.) forward and it makes perfect sense after watching him on Friday. Jefferson is a small forward, but ran the point for his AAU squad and did it just as effectively as a legitimate point guard was. Afterwards, he told us that he sees himself as a point forward and it is difficult to argue because he is so skilled. Often times, Jefferson beat his defender and was able to find the open man once the defense rotated.
Jefferson missed a few jumpers, but got to the basket with such consistency that it is difficult for us to say he needs to improve his jumper because he did not take many. Jefferson has a great motor and plays hard on defense as well. He is the complete player and would be the perfect answer for Arizona at the small forward spot.
Brian Bridgewater: Bridgewater is the perfect example of a player that needs to find the right fit for him in order to succeed. The wrong choice could lead to a lack of success at the next level, so he needs to be careful to find a system that will allow him to play to his strengths.
Bridgewater is about 6-foot-4 and does not have the skill set to play small forward. However, he is a matchup problem for the opposition because he is extremely strong, which makes sense considering his football background. In addition, Bridgewater is strong on the glass and has a decent jumper. The biggest issue with him is a lack of position, but there is going to be a school that takes the risk on him because of his strength and the potential there.
Jahlil Okafor: Every time we see Okafor he impresses us and Friday night was no different. Marcus Lee could not guard him and Torren Jones did not do much better. Okafor has absolutely fantastic touch around the basket and gets himself in position to succeed. It is extremely difficult to push him around and he is continuing to develop a game facing the basket.
Defensively, Okafor admits he needs to get better, but he is still effective. We would like to see him use his size to block shots, but he is still a complete package and no-brainer. If Okafor is the second best prospect in the nation for his class, it certainly is not by much.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright: Honestly, there is not much to write here because it was just a difficult game for Jackson-Cartwright. Mac Irvin was physical with him and he did not seem to mesh well with Nigel Williams-Goss. This was probably one of the worst games we have ever seen Jackson-Cartwright play and we will just assume that he will have a better day on Saturday, thus not taking much from Friday's performance.
Justise Winslow: Winslow was not as active as we would have liked to see him, but he was effective at times. The Oakland Soldiers did a good job of stopping him from getting to the basket consistently, but he was extremely difficult to stop in isolation situations. Winslow has nice range offensively, but can continue to develop his mid-range game.
The key here is that Winslow played three different positions on Friday and did so effectively. He can handle the point at times and is big enough to play the three as well. Winslow is still raw and developing as a player, which makes him a fantastic prospect.
Stanley Johnson: Johnson had an inconsistent night on Friday, as he showed flashed of a nice mid-range game, but struggled when he got further than that. In fact, it seemed that he matched every good play with a bad one, although he had plenty of good plays on Friday. Johnson's issues have been talked about at length and it is the fact that he is likely physically maxed out while the others around him mature.
That may or may not be an issue, as we will not know the true answer until years from now. Still, Johnson remains an intriguing player at the small forward position and one that, at the very least, is physically strong and can impact the game close to the basket.
Shaqquan Aaron: The box score may not show that Aaron did a lot, but it is all about potential with him. Aaron has the body type to get stronger, which he absolutely needs to do. Often times, physical contact got Aaron off the mark, but that is something that will change as time goes by and he will be a much better player when it does.
Offensively, Aaron has very good vision and a nice touch from all areas of the court. He has improved as a shooter and all-around player, which is a good sign for his continued development at the next level. Basically, Aaron has the potential to be a very highly regarded prospect if he is not there already.
Ivan Raab: Rabb is a 6-foot-6, 180-pound forward from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd that is going to be a good one. He is definitely still growing, but he is coordinated and moves well for a player his size. He did not do a ton on Friday night, but was aggressive at the basket and displayed nice skills at finishing. It is early, but we would expect him to be a national type of recruit for his class.