West Coast Camps

The two big West Coast camps kicked off yesterday and we were at both events. Blake Wallace, Steffan Johnson and Lawrence Hill were among the players who looked good yesterday...

The West Coast All-Star Camp II and Fullcourt Press All-West Camp both started yesterday and we spent time at each camps. Here are some observations from the first day.

Blake Wallace, 6-7 JR SF Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, put on a show in his first game, as he dominated the action. A very versatile forward, Wallace was draining threes and passing the ball extremely well. Wallace has some point forward qualities, but he'll also rebound in traffic and block shots. He will be among the elite forwards in the west for 2006.

Steffan Johnson, 6-1 SR PG Kent (Wash.) Kent-Meridien. We've liked Johnson since last summer and we were reminded why yesterday. He's got a very nice frame, good quickness and a solid stroke. He also controlled the action in the game we saw yesterday, doing just about anything he wanted. We questioned his feel a little bit in the spring, but he made great decisions yesterday. He hasn't received the publicity of fellow Washington PG Mitch Johnson – and Mitch is probably a "purer" PG at this time – but Steffan may have the bigger upside.

Lawrence Hill, 6-7 SR PF Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley. Hill was all over the court last night, dominating prep schooler Maurice Shaw. Hill is another forward who isn't a pure three or four, but he can help a team in a number of ways. His outside shot makes him a tough matchup for four men, but he's got the size to take a small forward inside.

Gerard Anderson, 6-4 SR SF Carson (Calif.) High. The knock on Anderson has been an inconsistent stroke, but he had one very good-looking three last night, to go with the usual number of big-time athletic plays he typically produces. Academics are a major concern, but Anderson has high-major talent.

Alex Okafor, 6-4 SR SG San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty. It seems like every time we see Okafor, his body looks better. Great frame and length, to go with a good-looking stroke. Okafor was playing very well last night, until he suffered a nasty fall and hit his head. Paramedics were called to take him away, but we were told that he should be fine and could possibly even return to play.

Kellen Hasquet, 6-6 SR PF Missoula (Mont.) Sentinel. Hasquet's brother Jordan signed with Montana and Kellen has a chance to be a player himself. Fairly good frame, has some length, moves well and a nice stroke. He was intriguing yesterday.

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