SoCal Tournaments: Friday

LOS ANGELES - The Best of Summer and GBOA Challenge of Champions both had some standouts on Friday. Here's a rundown of the day, including an impressive performance by Nick Emery.

Shakir Smith, PG, Compton Magic Elite: In his last AAU game, Smith came to play. The shooting guard nailed six three-pointers mostly on catch-and-shoot situations, and just missed a couple others. A relative unknown coming into the summer, Smith is leaving July with over 10 scholarships and could have a school by the end of the month. The way he's shot the ball in July, he's no doubt deserving of the scholarship.

Tyrone Wallace, PG, Pump N'Run Elite: One of the biggest questions about Wallace has always been his outside shot. As recently as April he was pretty inconsistent with his outside shooting and it was definitely used against him by some evaluating him. However, Wallace has improved his consistency from three and showed that throughout the course of the month. In his last AAU game on Friday, Wallace was hitting effortlessly from downtown and it was a great metaphor for the improvement he's made over the past couple of years. Wallace ended his AAU career overcoming - or at least making significant strides of overcoming - what was once considered his biggest weakness.

Gabe York, SG, Compton Magic Elite: A seemingly tired York had a tough last AAU game. His three-point shot was significantly off - he air-balled a couple of them - but did have a couple nice one-handed dunks from off the backboard passes.

Anthony January, SF, Pump N'Run Elite: In May, January was criticized here for taking too many forced shots. To his credit, on his Pump N'Run team, January did a good job of playing within a team concept, looking pass-first and giving a good effort defensively. If January is going to make it on the next level it will be because of his commitment to playing the right way and he deserves credit for showing he's willing to do it.

Jordan Tebbutt, SF, Pump N'Run Elite: Tebbutt did a nice job playing hard and scoring around the basket. He's improved his shooting since last year and from midrange and in and is a touch matchup at the high school level due to his work ethic on the court, shooting and strength.

Jordan Bell, PF, Compton Magic Elite: Bell ended the summer the way he ended it - by blocking everything in sight. Seven blocked shots in the first half says it all, as you have to wonder why anyone even attempts to go for lay-ups when Bell is in the paint. First attempts, second attempts and sometimes even third attempts all get sent back by Bell. Most of his scoring was off dunks and that will be the area to watch for Bell moving forward.

Nick Emery, PG, The Factory: Emery was drilling from three and midrange on Friday, showing a smooth stroke and extremely quick release which he can use off the dribble or catching and shooting. Emery showed good handles and when he focused on passing towards the end of the game he showed some nice vision. If he's going to play point guard at the next level he'll have to work on his shot selection some, but it's hard to blame someone with his shooting ability to shoot as much as he does, especially when it's going in.

Dave Rose and an assistant, Arizona State, Utah State, St. Mary's and Richmond watched Nick Emery.

Colorado and San Diego State watched Isaiah Bailey.

Steve Fisher and an assistant, UCLA, Washington State, Colorado, Oklahoma, California and Oregon State watched Tyrone Wallace, Nigel Williams-Goss and Jordan Tebbutt.

Arizona watched Gabe York and Jordan Bell.

Larry Shyatt and two assistants watched Shakir Smith.

Shakir Smith will officially visit Wyoming starting Saturday. If he likes it he says he'll commit and says he's 85% certain that's where he's headed.

Nick Emery has offers from BYU, Utah and Oklahoma State. He's wide open at this stage.

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