Pacific Shores Tournament: Day One

The Redondo Union Pacific Shores Basketball Tournament features several of the top high schools and prospects in the Southern California area and tipped off on Monday night. Here's a recap of day one's action.

Zena Edosomwan, PF, Harvard-Westlake: Even though Edosomwan wasn't finishing like he usually does, he looks like he's improved over the past few months. He showed better footwork, made some quick moves to the basket and played tough, fundamentally sound defense. Edosomwan's combination of strength, height, athleticism, skill and work ethic on and off the court should ultimately lead to him having a successful career at the next level.

Taj Adams, PF, Fairfax: Adams has a unique skill set at the four position with his passing and ball handling ability. He also made some nice moves around the basket to score. Getting stronger is going to be a necessity at the next level and the more consistent of a shooter he can become the better, but Adams is a good signee for LMU.

Keywhon Powns, PG, Westchester: Out of the point guards still available in 2012 out west, Powns may be at the top of the list. He's a strong, athletic, pass-first guard who is more of a distributor than a scorer but is adept from midrange and in. The three-point shot wasn't falling, but Powns made some nice dishes to open teammates and had some quick moves to the basket.

Marcus Jackson, SG, Pacific Hills: Jackson had a very impressive debut to the 2011-12 season with 26 points on seven three-pointers, five of which came in the third quarter. The long, slender wing plays hard and had some good drives to the basket, but there's no question that his strength is his perimeter shooting, where he was lights out on Monday.

Roschon Prince, SF, Long Beach Poly: In a battle with Pacific Hills, Prince ended up putting Poly on his back in the fourth quarter, finishing with 33 points, many of which came late in the game. Prince struggled from the perimeter earlier in the game but at this level he's very difficult to contain in the paint, where his height, strength and effort help him on the glass and around the basket.

Jordan Bell, PF, Long Beach Poly: Bell didn't get a ton of touches on offense, but did use his athleticism to his advantage on some blocks and rebounds. On one play, he made an athletic rebound, started the break and made a great alley-oop pass to a teammate. Bell's passing is one area he's shown more comfort on offense, and the more he can expand his shooting and post moves, the better.

Lamond Murray, Jr., PF, Bishop Montgomery: Murray has shown some advancement in his game and while being undersized hurts him as a prospect, he does have a good skill level and used it to his advantage on Monday. He did a good job facing up his defender and either knocking down the jumper or faking out the opponent and getting to the hoop for easy baskets.

Isaiah Bailey, SG, Compton: Bailey showed signs of being a very good prospect over the spring and summer, and did nothing to dispute that belief on Monday. His body control is terrific and is a very good scorer from midrange and in, as he can knock down the open jumper or glide to the rim. Bailey's athletic frame and quickness would make him impressive by themselves, but his skill level at his age is very good as well. He needs to keep working on his outside shot, but Bailey continues to go in a good direction as a prospect.

* With his outside shot not falling, you'd like to see 2012 Compton small forward Victor Robbins do more to impact the game closer to the basket, but it wasn't his night. Still, with Robbins' height, athleticism and scoring, if he qualifies he'll have some good offers in the spring.

* 2014 Compton guard Iziahiah Sweeney didn't get a ton of offensive attempts but showed a good looking midrange jumper. He's not the scorer his teammate Bailey is but his athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect.

* Utah signee Josh Hearlihy made some nice plays in the loss. The Harvard-Westlake small forward showed some savvy by drawing a foul on a three-attempt with his team down three with a few seconds left, but missed all three free throws. Still, he played hard, knocked down some threes and had a few good finishes around the basket.

* 2014 Bishop Montgomery point guard Justin Bibbins is small but his quickness and passing makes him intriguing.

* Mayfair small forward Dion Wright has had better games scoring, something the 2012 prospect specializes in. There will be a director correlation between how hard he plays and how much he scores. He has the talent to sign at the D-I level in the spring.

* 2013 Santa Monica combo guard Jordan Mathews gets to the basket in a hurry, but he wasn't finishing well on Monday. His competitive nature and work ethic on the court will impress colleges, but the more he improves as a shooter and distributor, the better.

* Fairfax has a sleeper in 2014 wing Sage Woodruff, who has a good frame and a very nice looking shot.

* 2013 Bishop Montgomery guard Leon Jacobs is a strong guard with terrific athleticism. He'll have to add to his skill level but he'll get recruited based on his athletic ability alone.

Santa Clara head coach Kerry Keating and assistants from UCLA, USC, Oklahoma Gonzaga, San Diego State, San Diego, Cal State Fullerton, San Francisco and U.C. Irvine were in attendance for the bulk of Monday's action.

Marcus Jackson is hearing from U.C. Davis, San Diego and U.C. Irvine.

Zena Edosomwan says his school list of Harvard, USC, Texas, Washington and California remains the same and he won't make any cuts until he makes a decision.

Isaiah Bailey is getting attention from Arizona, USC, Alabama, Auburn and Arizona State. He says Arizona is his favorite.

Keywhon Powns has offers from LMU and Cal State Northridge. He's hearing from San Diego State, Marquette and Florida State. Right now LMU is his favorite.


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