Scout On The Road

Russell Westbrook, Alex Jacobson, Tayor King and Kamyron Brown are among the players we've seen recently at various Southern California events...

We've spent the last couple weeks at various Southern California events. Here are some evaluations on the players we've seen.

Russell Westbrook, 6-2 SR SG Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger. Westbrook continues to impress us just about every time we see him. More than just a shooter, he can score in a variety of ways. Very good mid-range floater that he can shoot on the way up and get over size. Better rebounder than you think. Good athlete and may not be done growing yet. A high major prospect.

Landry Fields, 6-3 SR SG Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. Fields looks like he could be a freshman. Not yet mature physically, but has a chance to be an outstanding player in a few years. Very good shooter/scorer, with a quick release and deep range. Ability to get his own shot has improved. Good feel for the game. Lack of strength is an issue now, but probably won't be in a few years. Probably needs a redshirt year, but a high major prospect.

Jon Gunderson, 6-4 SR SG Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita. Gunderson has really come on strong in the last year. He's always been a very good shooter, with deep range, but his ball handling has gotten a lot better. Where he really shines, though, is as a defender. He can guard a two or three equally well. Good lateral quickness and has some toughness. A mid to possibly high major prospect.

Dan Campbell, 6-2 SR SG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. On a team loaded with elite talent, it can be easy for Campbell to get lost in the shuffle. But he's really caught our attention the last couple times out. Very good shooter with deep range. Handles the ball better than we realized and a deceptive athlete. Very good feel for the game, makes solid decisions. A mid major prospect.

Kamyron Brown, 6-2 JR PG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Great body, good legs and shoulders, with good quickness. Potentially a great defender – long and quick laterally. Good vision and passing ability. Capable shooter – better off the dribble. Decisions and handle need to improve, but there is a very big upside here. Currently the best 2007 PG prospect on our list.

Alex Jacobson, 6-11 JR C Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Jacobson has shown major strides in the last year and he's just now coming into his own. He's got great size and his body is starting to fill out nicely. Excellent shot blocker and a good rebounder. Developing a nice little hook shot. Can face-up out to about fifteen feet. Nice feel for the game – can pass out of the post. After Kevin Love, Jacobson is our #2 center prospect in the west for 2007. He'll be an elite, nationally recruited prospect.

Taylor King, 6-6 JR PF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. We haven't seen the entire country, but it would be difficult to envision a better shooting four man. His range is even deeper than it was a year ago and he's improved his ability to shoot off the dribble. He's got a good frame, with long arms, and a pretty good back-to-the-basket game. Very good rebounder, particularly at the offensive end. An elite, high major prospect.

Austin Daye, 6-6 JR SG Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge. Daye looks like a baby, with a long body that he's still growing into. We don't like to project height, but he's one kid that you would assume might get bigger. He just doesn't look done yet. He's got very good ball skills, with deep, effortless range on his shot. He's not yet strong enough to dominate, but when he gets older and fills out – watch out. He's got a chance to be an elite, national prospect.

Jonathan Phillips, 6-6 SO PF/C Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei. Good-looking young post with a young face and nice touch around the basket. Nice frame and moves well. Not real polished yet – looks somewhat inexperienced – but has some upside.

Travis Wear, 6-6 FR SF/PF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. A lanky forward with a very high skill level, Travis has a twin brother named David (currently out with a broken wrist). Both twins have been talked about for awhile now in Southern California basketball circles and you can see why there has been a buzz about them. Travis has a very nice stroke to beyond the stripe. He moves well and has a nice understanding of the game. Very poised for a young player – he shows no fear going up against players 3-4 years older than him. With development, a potential high major prospect.

Andy Brown, 6-6 FR SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Another outstanding young prospect at Mater Dei. Quick for his size and very skilled. Good actions for a young forward and good body control. If he continues to improve, another potential high major prospect


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