Grant Verhoeven, PF, Organized Chaos: Verhoeven was at it again on Friday, outworking his opponents for rebounds and muscling his way to easy baskets. His physical presence and motor make scoring around the basket so easy for him that he doesn't need to show much away from the paint, but even if he has some skill work to improve on, he's not so raw in any area that coaching can't fix it. His motor is fun to watch as he gets everything out of his current talent level each time out.
Skylar Spencer, C, Team Jennings Black: It was a productive day for Spencer. He's showing more promise on the offensive end, in one game hitting two right-handed hook shots. Considering his 7-foot wingspan, he'll get that shot off anytime he wants to. The defense and rebounding are always there, but Spencer has been more aggressive and confident offensively. There are a lot of tools to work with and while it's going to take coaching, Spencer's ceiling is definitely high.
Donovan Johnson, PG, Double Pump Elite 2012: In one viewing of Johnson, he had a tough outing, really struggling to finish after cutting to the basket. He hit a couple set threes and even though he wasn't converting around the rim, did do a good job of getting by his defender to put himself into position to score. Although he wasn't at his best on Friday, Johnson is a bouncy guard whose athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect at the one or two.
Ryan Wright, PF, Double Pump Elite 2012: Wright was impressive Friday, doing a good job rebounding and converting around the basket. Wright is a tough player to find a true level for because he's a big time tweener, but he impacts the game in so many ways that a good coach will find a way to just get him on the court on the next level.
Isaac Hamilton, SG, Team Jennings Black: It was a tough performance for Hamilton in an eliminating loss. Hamilton, who had been the event's best player in the first couple of days, was struggling with his jumper and really couldn't get anything dropping in the first half. In the second half he just started going straight to the basket and had success, but it was too late for his squad. Still, it was a great event all in all for the talented scorer.
Brandon Randolph, PG, Team Jennings Black: It was a tale of two halves for Randolph, who did a good job in the first half by hitting a couple threes and nailing a midrange jumper, but he didn't have much success in the second half. Normally a ball dominant scorer, credit should be given to Randolph for trying to concentrate on trying to find his teammates all game long. In the long run, the more he can mix that in with his scoring ability, the better off he'll be.
Devin Burleson, C, SoCal All-Stars Red: A big kid with a thick frame already, Burleson is going to have to keep working hard over the next couple years to keep developing his skill level. He did a good job on Friday with his energy and it allowed him to get some points off rebounds and also be in good position to score down low. The size is already there so he's definitely a player to keep a close eye on to see how his body and skill develops.
St. Mary's, USC, Stanford and Fresno State all watched Grant Verhoeven's first game, with St. Mary's and Stanford the only coaches at his second game.
Arizona, USC and St. Mary's all watched Isaac Hamilton, Skylar Spencer and Brandon Randolph.
USC was the only school watching Namon Wright and Devin Burleson.
Arizona and St. Mary's watched Jordan Bell and Parker Cartwright.
He's not tremendously skilled, but there is a recent precedent in college basketball for players Grant Verhoeven's size and build to have very successful careers based on almost motor alone, so it's a surprise to see his recruiting list isn't bigger. Beyond that, he's a good kid and hard worker so there's no reason to believe the skill level can't be expanded. Even if he's not a star in college, most schools can use extra depth in the post so the worst case - albeit pretty surprising - scenario of Verhoeven being a four-year high quality role player at the high major level still isn't so bad. Anyway you put it, he's one of the most under-recruited prospects out west. Credit to St. Mary's, Arizona State, California and Stanford for locking in official visits early.
Ryan Wright claims offers from Colorado, U.C. Riverside, U.C. Irvine, UCSB, Penn, Cal Poly and is hearing from Washington, UCLA, USC and Washington State.
Devin Burleson has an offer from USC and is hearing from New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon and Texas.