Vegas, West Coast: Day Two

A couple of relatively unknown 2012 prospects from Washington stand out on the second day in Vegas, along with some promising younger players in the class of 2014...

Las Vegas, Nev. Day two in Las Vegas gave us an opportunity to look at a few players we hadn't seen in a while, along with some of the elite players in the west…

Tyrone Wallace, 6-4 PG/SG Bakersfield (Calif.) High. Wallace is playing mainly off the ball on his Pump team (big mistake, as he's clearly the best PG on the team), but he still manages to show his considerable potential even with limited touches. Size, length, athleticism, great feel, versatility, very good ball skills, an improving jump shot…there's a lot to like with Wallace. As a friend of mine says, the only reason to take him is if you want to win.

Ty Egbert, 6-8 C Coulee Dam (Wash.) Lake Roosevelt. A legit 6-8, with a young face and good frame, Egbert is a very nice prospect. He's a good athlete, with some bounce, good feet and hands, solid feel and above average shot-blocking ability. He plays hard and he's got some decent low-post moves. He's a high major prospect and one of the better sleepers in the west.

Brett Boese, 6-6 PF Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park. Boese plays with Egbert on the Eastern Washington Elite, which is easily one of the most fun teams to watch on the club circuit. They play hard and play the right way, sharing the ball and making good decisions. Boese is a terrific shooter, with a quick release and deep range. He's got the offensive game of a three, but he likely will have to ultimately defend the four at the next level. He's a terrific prospect at the mid major level, but his ability to score will likely get him higher looks. He's just an average athlete, but he moves well without the ball and he knows how to play.

Winston Shepard, 6-6 SF Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. Shepard has made great strides in the last year in terms of his temperament on the court. He used to be something of a loose cannon, but he's been very good during the first two days in Vegas. He's got excellent lateral quickness and he's among the elite defenders in the class. His shot is just fair at this time, but he can make energy plays all over the court and his defensive versatility – he can guard one through four – make him a very intriguing prospect.

Christian Wood, 6-7 PF Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. The long and slender Wood has a terrific stroke and he showed it off a few times on Saturday. He's got very good ball skills overall for a kid his size. He needs to work on staying consistently engaged – has a tendency to drift at times – but his skill level and size make him a very promising prospect.

Darin Johnson, 6-3 PG/SG Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin. Johnson is one of the more promising guards in the west for 2013. He's got a solid body, with length and good athleticism. His ball skills overall are above average and it's possible he ends up playing the one down the road. His shot is playable at this time and should improve in the next couple years.

Shaqquan Aaron, 6-5 SG/SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Aaron recently returned from Dream Vision back to Southern California All-Stars and it's clear that he's regaining his confidence after playing limited minutes with Dream Vision. Aaron is a terrific scorer, with a sweet touch to the stripe, and the ability to score from multiple spots. He's also a very good passer. His shot selection still needs to get better, but he's one of the elite prospects in the country for 2014.

Namon Wright, 6-2 SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Pacific Hills. Wright is a very talented young player, but he lets the game come to him, which is somewhat unusual for a young kid with his ability. He's got a very good body, strong and explosive, and his ball skills overall are quite good. His feel for the game is above average and he projects as a high major player down the road.


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