Double Pump Evaluations, Part One

Tyrone Wallace, Xavier Johnson, Katin Reinhardt and Ikenna Iroegbu are among the players we profile in the first part of our evaluations from the Pump event in Denver...

Denver, Col.The Pump Spring Tournament in Denver wasn't loaded with elite talent, but there were some intriguing prospects in the various classes. Here's our take on some of the prospects in Part One of our report…

Tyrone Wallace, 6-3 PG/SG Bakersfield (Calif.) High. Wallace is our top rated prospect among the point guards in the west for 2012 and he didn't disappoint at this event. A long, lean lefty with a very good feel for the game, Wallace isn't outstanding at any one aspect of the game. However, he's good to very good in many areas. He's not a great shooter, but he makes enough threes to keep a defense honest and his stroke isn't broken. With coaching, and repetition, he figures to be a more than adequate shooter at the next level. He's an above average rebounder and passer, with excellent vision, and the ability to finish inside against size. He also has a terrific off-hand and prefers to finish inside with his right hand. He's a good athlete, with upside to his body, and the potential to defend multiple positions at the next level. He's one of the elite prospects in the west for 2012.

Zena Edosomwan, 6-8 PF North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake. Edosomwan doesn't get a lot of scoring opportunities on a Double Pump team that has other options, but he showed why he's developed into a high major prospect. He's a terrific rebounder, good defender and excellent competitor. With good feet, solid hands and a nice feel in the paint, he figures to ultimately be a nice low post scorer as well. A lot of kids might have trouble staying focused, and working hard on defense, when they don't get to score a lot. But Edosomwan continued to run the court, and play solid help defense, in each game.

Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF/PF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Johnson has really worked on his stroke in the past year and he's become a solid shooter with three-point range as a result. When he's squared up, and on balance, he's a pretty accurate shooter. Even most of his misses were right there. When he misses badly now, it's because he's off balance, fading away, or rushing his shot. Johnson is clearly making an effort to become more of a perimeter player and there's no question that his ball skills have improved recently. However, he needs to be careful not to become too perimeter oriented at the expense of his terrific inside game. One of Johnson's best attributes has always been his versatility. The fact that he can legitimately play inside against size, at both ends of the court, while being a good passer and solid jump shooter, is what makes him such an attractive prospect.

Rosco Allen, 6-9 PF Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Allen has grown a couple inches in the past year and he's moved out of the small forward slot as a result. There's simply no way at his size that he's going to defend small forwards at the next level. Allen has always had a nice stroke with range to the stripe and he's improved his ability to put the ball on the floor and finish with strength. Now he needs to adjust to his new body and learn how to play more as an inside player at both ends. He's still fairly slender and it will be awhile before he adds the weight he needs. But he's got a very nice feel for the game and his perimeter ball skills will serve him well in matchups with big men that have to defend him away from the basket.

Katin Reinhardt, 6-4 SG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Reinhardt didn't have a great weekend, as he over-handled the ball and took way too many questionable shots. However, he remains an extremely talented player with offensive gifts that few West Coast guards can match in 2012. He's a deceptive athlete, with the ability to finish inside against size, as well as step out and knocked down five or six threes in a game. Where he gets in trouble is when he tries to handle the ball for too long, and either makes a high risk pass or take a bad shot. He needs to simplify his game quite a bit. If he will just catch and shoot the ball, or take at most two dribbles to create a shot, and learn to make the simple play, he can be one of the elite players in his class.

Ryan Wright, 6-5 SF/PF Palmdale (Calif.) High. Wright is a very good athlete, with an excellent ability to finish inside against bigger players. He's a good defender, above average offensive rebounder and he competes well. His outside shot has a long way to go, though, and he probably would be a terrific player at the mid major level. However, he's does have quite a bit of upside. If his skill development comes, he could easily end up playing higher.

Brendyn Taylor, 6-2 SG/PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax. Taylor had to sit out this past season when he transferred high schools and it's a real shame, because he's a very nice prospect and he missed out on a ton of development time. However, we still like him quite a bit as a prospect. He's got a very nice stroke, he's bouncy and he's got ball skills that make you think he might play the one down the road. He's got some catching up to do, but he's still a very intriguing player.

Jordan Tebbutt, 6-4 SF/PF Tualatin (Ore.) Oak Hill Academy. Tebbutt has clearly worked on his shot and he's now a solid shooter with range to 17-19 feet. He's effective when he either takes an open shot or uses his strength to get a little separation for a mid-range shot. Where he struggles is with his decision-making and desire to create off the dribble to get to the rim. He's like a bull in a china shop with his massive shoulders and he needs to learn that he won't be able to over-power good players at the next level. He's a charge waiting to happen against a defense where players rotate. One of the questions on Tebbutt at the next level will be defense. He's not quick enough to defend high level perimeter players, but also lacks the height to go against legitimate interior players. He can be an effective player at the right level with improved decisions and schools in the WCC or Mountain West should be all over him.

Ikenna Iroegbu, 6-0 PG Elk Grove (Calif.) Elk Grove. Iroegbu was one of the major revelations for us at this tournament. A true point with very good vision and passing ability, Iroegbu can also create his own shot and knock down jumpers to the stripe. He's got a strong body, with good quickness, and he showed signs of being a potentially very good defender. He struggled just a bit with shot selection in his final game, but we saw enough over the weekend to believe that he's in the running for top PG in the west for 2013. He's got a chance to be one of the elite players in the west for his class.

Chance Murray, 6-2 SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Price. We only watched Murray play one game at this event and he was solid in that game. However, we've seen him on many other occasions and there's no question he's among the top guards in the west for 2013. He's got a sweet stroke with very good range, a good feel for the game and good ball skills overall. There's a chance he could ultimately play a little point guard but, for now, he's a shooting guard.

Isaac Hamilton, 6-4 SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. Like his older brother Jordan Hamilton, Isaac can score from multiple spots on the court. He's not as physically mature as his brother was at the same age, but he's got a superior feel for the game. He's a willing, and pretty good, passer with nice vision and instincts. He's a solid, not great, athlete. As he continues to mature, Hamilton figures to be among the better scorers in the west for 2013 and a high major prospect.

Brandon Randolph, 6-1 PG, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard's. Randolph was impressive in the one game we saw, showing off very good quickness and scoring ability. He's more of a scoring lead guard than true one, but he's an explosive player with a considerable upside. He's another very impressive prospect in the 2013 class.

Nigel Williams-Goss, 6-2 PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Findlay Prep. Williams-Goss struggled a bit in the games we saw in Denver, with shaky shot selection and a questionable feel. He's a decent passer when so inclined and he needs to make sure that he's getting his more talented teammates the ball when (and where) they need it.

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