Rumble In The Bay

The Rumble In The Bay tournament this past weekend featured players such as Larry Gurganious, Daniel Deane, Chris Wilson and Ian O'Leary, among others...

We spent a few days this past weekend at the Rumble In The Bay tournament held in San Jose. Here are some thoughts on players who caught our attention.

Larry Gurganious, 6-4 JR SF Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's. A great athlete, Gurganious is very effective at slashing to the hole and grabbing offensive boards. His ball-handling has improved in the last year, but his shot still has a ways to go. With a more consistent jumpshot, Gurganious could play anywhere in the country. But he's a high major prospect even with the suspect shot.

Chris Wilson, 6-1 JR SG Sacramento (Calif.) Franklin. Wilson has very good size, good quicks, a solid outside shot and a nice feel for the game. His ball skills are good, but not great. With some polishing, a potential high major prospect.

Daniel Deane, 6-8 SO PF Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge Memorial. Deane has a good frame – great shoulders – and moves well for a young big. Not a great leaper, but willing to bang and has good hands. Fairly advanced offensive game for a sophomore, able to play inside and away from the basket. A potential elite, high major prospect.

Ike Okoye, 6-8 JR C Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek. A raw, but promising young big man, Okoye has a very good body and decent skills. He's got a fair touch to fifteen feet or so, with a somewhat low release. Nice feet, decent hands and fairly athletic. Worth a look at the lower end of the high majors.

Ian O'Leary, 6-6 JR SF Woodland (Calif.) Woodland Christian. A very versatile forward, O'Leary was impressive in this tournament. He can shoot the three, handles well for his size, has some bounce and he'll rebound. Good feel for the game, very active and competes well. A good prospect at the mid major to possibly high major level.

Alex Okafor, 6-4 JR SG San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty. A good-looking young wing, Okafor has a very good body and a nice touch from three-point range. He showed the ability to shoot off the dribble as well as off the catch. Average athleticism probably keeps him at the mid major level.

Caleb Forrest, 6-7 JR PF Pagosa Springs (Col.) High. We only saw Forrest play one game, but we liked what we saw in that viewing. He's a little slender, but with long arms and good feet, and he's very active. Runs and jumps well, effective around the basket. A likely mid major prospect.

Deandre Denan, 6-1 SO PG/SG Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia. A long and lean guard who may end up at the one or two, Denan shot the ball very well in the game we saw. Good quickness and a very nice frame.


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