Early Returns from Nike

Here's an early look at how the west coast kids are doing at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis. The obvious standouts are Evan Burns and Chris Rodgers, both of whom should be listed among the best players in the country...

West Coasters at the Nike Camp:

Mike Strawberry, 6-4 SF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Brandon Lincoln, 6-4 SG, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson

Richard Chaney, 6-4 SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei

Jordan Kent, 6-4 SG, Eugene (Ore.) Winston Churchill

Brandon Heath, 6-2 SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester

Hassan Adams, 6-4 SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester

Brandon Bowman, 6-6 SF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester

Brandon Roy, 6-5 SF, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield – Out. Has left camp due to injury.

Chris Rodgers, 6-4 PG/SG, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson

Sean Mallon, 6-8 PF, Spokane (Wash.) Ferris

Adam Zahn, 6-7 PF, Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union

Devon Evertsen, 6-5 JR SF, Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley

Moulaye Niang, 6-9 PF/C, Cajon (Calif.) Christian

David Paris, 6-8 PF, Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian

Sean Phaler, 6-8 JR PF, Villa Park (Calif.) High

Bobby Jones, 6-6 SF, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez

Wendell White, 6-4 JR SF, Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep

Evan Burns, 6-7 SF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax

Brian Hutt, 6-8 PF/C, Wheat Ridge (Col.) High

Harrison Schaen, 6-8 JR PF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Kevin Field, 6-10 C, Tacoma (Wash.) Wilson

Among these prospects, the standouts after the first couple of days of controlled scrimmages and one day of games have been Evan Burns and Chris Rodgers. Burns, if he continues to play how he is throughout the camp, will cement his status as a top 10 national player. Rodgers is probably the best, all-around guard at the camp and will more than likely deserve top 20 national status.

Brandon Lincoln has played particularly well and is improving his stock. Hassan Adams had a couple of very good days in the controlled scrimmages and in the morning during the 3-on-3 but got out of the flow in Sunday's games. Brandon Bowman was quiet – until he blew Sunday night and hit on a number of threes. David Paris is probably the best post passer at the camp, and is showing some ability to hold his own with national big men. Brian Hutt has displayed nice mobility, the ability to the run the floor, desire to mix it up inside and a nice shooting touch. Jordan Kent is probably the fastest guy for his size in the camp (being an excellent track prospect), but has also shown very nice skills and has probably surprised more onlookers than anyone from the west coast. Richard Chaney is playing very well, hitting his jumper, blocking shots, and had one of the biggest put-back slams of Sunday night. Wendell White is probably one of the best underclassmen at the camp, and probably the best from the west coast.


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