There are 50 to 60 west coast players in the camp, but overall the talent is a bit watered down – what happens when you have three shoe camps diluting the talent pool.
Here are a few west coast player observations from the first night:
James Keefe, the 6-8 senior power forward from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita, had a good evening, hitting a three and a pull-up jumper, while also using his lateral quickness to take defenders (if you want to call them that, in this environment) off the dribble. He took one ball the length of the court himself to score. He's also working hard inside for rebounds.
Quincy Pondexter, 6-6 senior small forward, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial. Pondexter showed off his superior athleticism on Tuesday, which enabled him to be very active and around the ball, getting plenty of rebounds and garbage points, while taking the ball to the basket aggressively.
Daniel Deane, 6-8 senior power forward, Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge Memorial. Deane tends to float outside in environments like this, and he did it here in the first evening session, looking to shoot threes.
Robert Sacre, 6-9 junior center, Vancouver (Canada) Handsworth School, is a big kid, possibly 6-10 and about 240 pounds, with a great body. He's physical inside, but a bit lumbering, and has yet to show some post skills.
Larry Drew, 5-11 sophomore point guard, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, showed his quickness and playmaking ability, trying to pass the ball in an environment of gunners. We hope he sticks with the it and doesn't resort to jacking it like so many others before him.
Derrick Jasper, 6-4 SR CG, Paso Robles (Calif.) High. Coming off a disappointing spring, Jasper looked fairly good in his first day here, looking for more aggressive and physical and giving up the ball when it's appropriate.
Matt Bouldin, 6-4 SR SG, Highlands Ranch (Col.) Thunderridge. He looked like one of the best pure shooters in the first night of the camp.
Youngsters getting their feet wet: Jeff Withey, the 6-10 sophomore center from San Diego (Calif.) Horizon, was a bit tentative in his first day, but again showed signs of his potential. 6-5 junior swingman Drew Viney from Villa Park (Calif.) High, also looked like he needed to get used to the speed and athleticism, as did Luke Babbit, the 6-6 sophomore power forward from Reno (Nev.) Galena.