Sean Williams, 6-11 JR C Villa Park (Calif.) High. Williams has been slow to develop – he had just a so-so season at Villa Park this year – but he's the kind of player that college coaches will take a chance on. He's filled out some in the last year and he'll be much stronger and bigger a couple years from now. He has very long arms and he'll shock you with his ability to dunk the ball when he's nowhere close to the basket. One minute he's ten feet from the rim and the next minute he's reaching out and throwing down a dunk. His offensive skills are still in the rudimentary stage, but he is getting better. His biggest issue is a lack of experience and a shaky feel for the game. He's sometimes a step late on a play because he doesn't anticipate the action well. But Williams has a considerable upside, which is the reason Syracuse just took a commitment from him. That upside may never be realized, but you have to roll the dice on a big man with Williams' potential.
Justin Holiday, 6-6 JR SF North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. Holiday had a very impressive weekend, as he consistently knocked down shots and played with his usual great energy. Holiday excels in an up-tempo game where his athleticism can be put to good use. He's got very long arms and gets his hands on a lot of balls. His stroke looked a little better than what we remembered and he showed range beyond the three-point line. His body still needs to fill out, but he's a very good athlete and he will likely play at the high major level.
Kenton Walker, 6-7 JR PF Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High. Walker has always been a very intriguing prospect due to his body. He's got a great frame, with long arms and good shoulders. He's not super bouncy, but he moves pretty well and he gets his share of blocked shots. Walker shoots it pretty well to about 15-17 feet and he has an adequate low-post game. The biggest issue with Walker in the past has been consistency – both in terms of his focus and his production. But he did a good job at the Spring Classic at both ends of the court. When we first saw Walker two years ago, we felt he had the potential to be an elite prospect. He might not reach that level, but we think he has a chance to play at the high major level.
Kamyron Brown, 6-2 JR PG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Brown might be the biggest wildcard in the class of 2007. He's been our top-ranked point guard for some time now and that's due primarily to his size and his athleticism (as well as a very weak crop of 2007 point guards). Brown has a college-ready body and he shows flashes of having a high major game. He can penetrate very well – it's after he gets in the lane that sometimes things break down. Brown is often out of control and he makes very questionable decisions. He doesn't value the ball – he had 12 turnovers in one game we saw – and he seemingly has blinders on at times as he's only looking to get to the rim. Brown's shot isn't good, but it isn't broken and he might end up a fair perimeter threat with more work on his shot. We've always felt he had a chance of being a great defender and we still believe that to be the case. Brown's game needs a lot of polishing, but he's got the best physical tools of any one in the west. With work, he's a high major prospect.
Gerald McLemore, 6-2 JR SG Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High. McLemore had a couple of nice games in Las Vegas last weekend. He doesn't do any one thing exceptionally well, but he's solid in just about every aspect of the game. He'll knock down open shots to about 20 feet. He makes good decisions and doesn't force the action. He's a fairly good athlete, with decent quickness. He's got good size and he can defend well. We like him quite a bit at the mid major level and he might have a chance to go higher.
Harrison Gaines, 6-1 JR PG Phelan (Calif.) Serrano. Gaines has a solid body and good quickness, with the potential to be a very good defender. His overall balls skills, though, need to improve if he is to play at a high level. He's just a fair passer and shooter at this time. He looks to penetrate often, but didn't show good vision in the game we saw last Sunday. Gaines has some tools to work with, but he needs to play more like a true one if he's to be a successful college guard.
Tyrese Breshers, 6-6 SO PF Los Angeles (Calif.) Price. Breshers has a big body, good feet and soft hands. He gets up a little better than you'd think when looking at him and he had one very impressive block in the game we watched. He's very nimble for a kid his size and he has a chance to be a high major prospect if he gets any bigger.
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