Quick Returns from ABCD

With a bigger, more in-depth story coming, here's a quick rundown of the adidas ABCD camp from a west coast perspective. DeAngelo Collins and Leon Powe were among the top ten at the camp, and Armando Surratt and Trevor Ariza got discovered...

West Coast ABCD Attendees:

Trevor Ariza, 6-7 JR SF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester

Nate Carter, 6-5 SR SF, San Diego (Calif.) Christian

Richard Cobbs, 6-5 JR SF, Mereno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs

DeAngelo Collins, 6-9 PF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester

Ashanti Cook, 6-1 SR PG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester

Tim Drisdom, 6-2 SR PG, Downey (Calif.) Calvary Chapel

Khalif Ford, 6-0 JR PG, Diamond Bar (Calif.) High

David Gale, 6-0 PG, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Buckley

John Haywood, 6-4 SR SG/SF, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat

Ekene Ibekwe, 6-9 JR PF, Carson (Calif.) High

Keion Kindred, 6-3 SR PG, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez

Jason McKinney, 6-10 SR PG, Inglewood (Calif.) High

Donovan Morris, 6-3 SR SG, Cajon (Calif.) High

Leon Powe, 6-7 JR PF, Oakland (Calif.) Tech

Rayshawn Reed, 6-0 SR PG, Inglewood (Calif.) High

Brandon Rohe, 6-3 SR SG, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita

Lance Soderberg, 6-8 SR PF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Derek Stockalper, 6-4 SR SG, Carlsbad (Calif.) High

Armando Surratt, 5-9 SR PG, Oakland (Calif.) Tech

Omar Wilkes, 6-2 JR SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola

Dwain Williams, 6-11 FR PG, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Marcus Williams, 6-1 SR PG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw

Donald Wilson, 6-3 SR SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey

John Winston, 6-3 JR PG, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian

Bobby Nash, 6-5 JR SF, Honolulu (Haw.) Iolani

David Padgett, 6-10 JR C, Reno (Nev.) High

C.J. Watson, 6-1 SR PG, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Curtis Lincoln, 5-11 SR PG, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson

Kelly Orchard, 6-9 SR C, Bountiful (Utah) High. *Didn't participate due to injury.

Aaron Brooks, 5-10 JR PG, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin

Marcellus Kemp, 6-4 SR SF, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield

Lodrick Stewart, 6-3 JR SG, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach

Rodrick Stewart, 6-3 JR SG, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach

DeAngelo Collins was named the all-star game co-MVP and played exceptionally well all tournament, probably the best we've ever seen him play. He played hard and showed a variety of post moves around the basket, with his great athleticism. He easily was among the top ten players at the camp and probably more accurately one of the top five. Leon Powe was the #1 junior at the camp who will go to college (that excludes LeBron James). He led the camp in scoring and rebounds and was physically dominating.

Armando Surratt, the point guard from Oakland who blew up this spring and was a late-addition to the camp, proved he was worthy. He was easily among the best point guards at the camp and would have to be considered among the ten best in the country now. C.J. Watson had a very nice camp, proving that he belongs among the national point guards as well. One of the most under-rated players at the camp, and nationally, is Ashanti Cook, who looked very good against the national competition. He also should make some top 100 national lists as a result. Marcellus Kemp, the wing from Washington, turned in a good performance, which got him noticed by many scouts and coaches. Lodrick Stewart had a strong camp, displaying his athleticism while also shooting the ball fairly well. Omar Wilkes was named to the underclass all-star game and showed that his basketball knowledge is superior not only to just about everyone on the west coast but everyone nationally. Trevor Ariza was probably the biggest west coast surprise of the camp. He's grown two inches in the last six months and is beginning to blossom. He goes inside/outside, beating many bigger frontcourt players with his quickness and being too big for smaller wing players to guard. He could be the best rising junior in Southern California.

Side note: Antione Wright, 6-6 SR SF, Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy isn't included here since he attends high school in Massachusetss. But being originally from San Bernardino, we've adopted him. Wright was named to the senior all-star game, played well, and his stock skyrocketed as a result of the week.

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