EYBL West Coast: Day One

Brandon Ashley was the best player from the West on the first day of the Nike EYBL, while Dominic Artis and Aaron Gordon were also very impressive...

Harbor City, Calif.There are only a few West Coast teams in the EYBL league, but there were some standout players on the first day…

Brandon Ashley, 6-8 PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. He's always had a huge upside due to his length and athleticism, but his skills are much improved from a few months ago. He put on a show in the last game Saturday night. He made shots from the perimeter and in the paint, while playing excellent defense.

Richard Longrus, 6-6 PF/SF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Longrus has a very good body, he's an above average defender and a good passer, with a very nice feel for the game. As one West Coast scout noted, the only reason to take him is if you want to win.

Dominic Artis, 5-11 PG Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. Artis has grown a couple inches in the last year and he's definitely in the running for top point guard in the west. He's got a nice feel, good vision, a solid stroke to the stripe and surprising athleticism.

Caleb Dressler, 6-8 C Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen. Dressler is a big, strong kid with good hands and a decent low-post game. He's just a fair athlete, but played with good energy and toughness on Saturday.

Aaron Gordon, 6-7 PF San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty. A much better prospect at the same stage than his older brother Drew, Aaron plays with great energy and attacks the basket. He's got pretty good ball skills for a power forward, but does need to be careful with his decisions as he does over-handle at times. You have to love his aggressiveness, though, and his great motor.

Jabari Bird, 6-4 SG Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. One of the best athletes in the class, but he was somewhat disengaged in both games Saturday. He does, however, have a very high upside.

Stanley Johnson, 6-5 SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. He didn't get a ton of time, or touches, with the Oakland Soldiers. But he's got a unique combination of strength, athleticism and ball skills. If he can stay on the wing, he's got a chance to be very good.

Kameron Chatman, 6-4 SF Portland (0re.) Jefferson. A baby-faced young prospect with long legs and a nice lefty stroke. Still growing into his body and may get bigger still.

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