West Coast players to watch in July

For almost every basketball recruit trying to get a scholarship, the month of July is extremely important. Out west, there are several prospects who can significantly help their stock with college coaches should they play well over the two evaluation periods over the next month. Here's a rundown of West Coast players in the 2012 and 2013 classes with the most to gain this July.

Point Guard:

In what's generally been considered a pretty weak 2012 point guard class out west, the title of the best point guard prospect had long belonged to Tyrone Wallace. However, Dominic Artis' big spring and summer has elevated his stock as the new top 2012 West Coast point guard prospect.

Artis and Wallace both have very good scholarship offers, but it will be interesting to see if one of them can completely separate themselves from the pack.

In 2013, coaches are going to have to make some early decisions on who they think their top point guard targets should be.

With Zach Lavine, Brandon Randolph, Ikenna Iroegbu, Nigel Williams-Goss, Jahmel Taylor, Jordan Mathews and Rashad Muhammad all available, there will be a big list of players that schools needing point guards will have to see.

By the end of July, it wouldn't be a surprise if a few of those players are highly coveted recruits. Regardless, it's going to be an important July for each and every one of them.

With so limited options at the point guard spot out west in 2012, some schools may try and wait to get a good one in 2013 and coaches will want to head into August knowing who their top targets are.

Shooting Guard:

With Gabe York's recruitment seemingly winding down, the two top available West Coast shooting guard prospects could be Katin Reinhardt and Calaen Robinson. Reinhardt is already getting significant college attention, while schools have taken more of a wait and see approach with Robinson.

A combo guard, Robinson could pick up some high level offers with a good spring, as there aren't too many options behind him and he does have plenty of upside.

In 2013, there's a laundry list of two-guard prospects and coaches will need to make decisions on who they're going to prioritize. With names like Chris Thomas, Jabari Bird, Isaac Hamilton, Tyree Robinson, Tyrel Robinson and Anrio Adams on that list, there are some highly touted uncommitted prospects.

How the aforementioned prospects play this July will be important for all of them.

Small Forward:

Shabazz Muhammad could miss every shot he takes in July and his recruitment wouldn't change. However, after Muhammad are two 2012 prospects who need a big July.

Xavier Johnson has a good list of schools and he has improved his game over the last year, but the consistency still isn't there. If he can put it all together consistently, he will expand an already very good offer list.

Demarquise Johnson has more to gain. Johnson has some nice offers, but isn't as well known nationally. He has the upside to be a very good college player, but he'll have to compete every possession to show coaches what he's capable of.

In 2013, Dakarai Allen is the biggest name to watch. Allen has plenty of upside and coaches will be watching him closely in July. If he plays as he's capable of, look for his offer list to significantly expand.

Power Forward:

The 2012 power forward position out west is definitely convoluted. Available prospects include Brandon Ashley, Anthony Bennett, Winston Shepard, Zena Edosomwan, Ben Carter and Rosco Allen.

Ashley, Bennett, Shepard and Allen are already very highly recruited, but Edosomwan and Carter could pick up significantly more interest when they play in front of coaches in July. Beyond those two, keep an eye on Taj Adams, as the skilled face-up four has no offers yet, but that should change very shortly.

In 2013, the biggest name to watch is Jordan Bell. The shot blocking machine is all defense right now, but his athleticism makes him an impossible prospect to ignore. His defensive ability will land him some offers in July, but it will be interesting to see what level of schools are ready to make him a serious target now.


Two 2012 centers to watch here are Demetris Morant and Skylar Spencer. Both prospects are raw offensively but have athleticism and builds that coaches are going to be intrigued by. There aren't too many West Coast 2012 centers available so Morant and Spencer could really help themselves with a good month.

In 2013, that position is completely up for the taking. To date, no one on the west has established themselves as a surefire high major prospect. Coaches and scouts are eagerly awaiting someone to emerge.

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