Prospects on display at CIF Finals

There were plenty of prospects on hand at the CIF Finals Saturday. There were a number of UCLA prospects on hand, which is a testament to what the Bruins have done in the state, but there were also some key players the Wildcats are considering.

Alex Stepheson, 6-8 JR C North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake. Stepheson faced an over-matched Oak Park team and, as a result, Harvard-Westlake didn't need to go to their big man as much as we anticipated. Harvard-Westlake shot the lights out from the three-point line early and the game was never in doubt. Stepheson did make a couple very good plays going to the basket with strong, assertive moves. Stepheson is a very good shot-blocker and a fairly good rebounder, although he needs to learn to go after the ball with two hands instead of one. As his footwork improves, and he learns to finish plays more consistently, we think he'll become much more of an offensive weapon in the low-post. Stepheson is a high major prospect.

Kamyron Brown, 6-1 SO PG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Brown didn't get many opportunities to shoot the ball in a blowout win Saturday, but he was still very impressive. He's got excellent size and length, with very good quickness – he could end up a great defender. He plays the passing lanes well and his length helps him get steals on the ball. He has a good, but not exceptional, handle at this point. His outside shot will need to get better, but it's certainly acceptable for a 10th grader. With an older brother who is 4-5 inches taller, you could see Brown getting bigger. He's grown a couple inches in the last year or so. If he continues to improve, Brown is a potential elite, high major prospect and would have a chance at being the #1 ranked point guard in the west for 2007.

Quinton Watkins, 6-4 SO SG Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. Watkins was a big reason that Dominguez was able to pull off a win against Pasadena, as he hit a couple big threes early in the game and played well throughout the contest. Watkins has grown in the last year and you can see him developing into a big, strong wing who will be tough to handle around the basket. His outside shot is still just adequate and something he'll need to work on in the next couple years. He's all left hand at this point, with no ability to go right. However, he's a very explosive athlete and he's turning into an outstanding defender. At this point, Watkins is a potential high major prospect.

Brandon Jennings, 6-0 FR PG Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. Jennings had a rather quiet game Saturday, with only occasional flashes on his considerable talent. The Pasadena zone defense did a good job of slowing down Dominguez. Jennings is extremely quick with the ball and has outstanding vision. His outside shot is adequate at this point and should get better as he gets stronger. With continued development, Jennings has a chance to be an elite, high major prospect.

Alex Jacobson, 6-11 SO C Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Jacobson didn't get a lot of touches Saturday, but you can see he's improved a lot in the last year. He moves a lot better now and he's involved in more of the action. He's got decent hands and he's improved as a rebounder. We thought he had a pretty good feel for the game the first time we saw him – looks opposite to pass the ball – and he continues to improve in that area. He has a chance to be an effective player merely as a rebounder and shot blocker. He's got a nice touch facing the basket and now needs to improve his back to the basket game. With more work, a potential high major prospect.


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