Pacific Shores Tournament: Day Three

The third day of the Redondo Union Pacific Shores Tournament saw some impressive performances from a few of the better prospects out west in the next couple classes.

Taj Adams, PF, Fairfax: In an ugly game, Adams stood out with his unique skill set at his position. He grabbed several athletic rebounds and used his athleticism and body control to his advantage on some impressive spin moves to the basket from the high post. Adams will need to gain strength but LMU was smart to nab him as he has the upside to be a good player at the next level.

Tyrone Wallace, PG, Bakersfield: The majority of Wallace's baskets came on drives, but he did step out and hit a three and also contributed to his team with his usual array of very good passes to teammates for assists. On one sequence, Wallace drove the lane and threw a one-handed dunk on the defense and on the next possession stepped out and hit a three. Wallace did struggle from the free throw line again, which is a key area of improvement for him.

Keywhon Powns, PG, Westchester: Powns did a good job leading his squad, making a handful of good passes for assists and also making some nice drives to the basket. Powns has to continue to work on his outside shot but is a capable scorer from midrange and in. He's one of - if not the - top point guards still available out west in 2012.

Roschon Prince, SF, Long Beach Poly: While Prince was mostly doing his damage around the basket on Monday, he was much better from the perimeter on Wednesday. An improved outside shooter, Prince had his three-point shot going in the second half after a quiet first half. Prince's strength and athleticism makes him productive down low, and the more he can do to prove himself on the perimeter, the more he'll be coveted by coaches.

Jordan Bell, PF, Long Beach Poly: Bell had a good first half, showing some improved skills offensively, including a jump hook that his coach says they've been working on. As usual, Bell used his athleticism to his advantage for blocks and rebounds. After a big summer in the up and down style of play that you usually see in AAU, this will be a big season for Bell getting comfortable in the halfcourt structure of high school ball, which is much closer to what he'll experience at the next level than AAU.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG, Loyola: Jackson-Cartwright had a terrific performance on Wednesday, dominating the game on both ends. On defense he used his catlike quickness and timing to intercept several passes and take the ball to the other end for baskets. Jackson-Cartwright also did a terrific job maneuvering around the defense taking the ball to the basket or creating for his teammates. Also of note is the intensity Jackson-Cartwright played with on both ends, never leaving a question of how important winning was to him.

Thomas Welch, C, Loyola: Welch had another solid game for Loyola. The big guy plays hard, is constantly fighting for position and uses his effort and soft hands to pick up offensive rebounds and score on putbacks. You can tell he soaks in coaching and his teammates say he has a great work ethic, which has shown.

* 2012 Compton small forward Victor Robbins made some athletic moves to the basket but he still struggled to convert. His size and athleticism are big weapons that he's still learning to use to his advantage.

* Justin Childress, a 2012 guard from Loyola, had a very good night. Childress is confident from midrange as he did a good job of taking his defender off the dribble and pulling up from about 12-feet out. He also was comfortable going to the basket, where he had a couple nice finishes.

* Penn signee Julian Harrell of Loyola never takes a night off and even though his game was cut short due to a knee injury, he played tough defense and had some good takes to the basket.

* Loyola 2012 guard Jacob Hazzard is one of the better pure shooters in the Los Angeles area and knocked down a handful of outside shots. His shooting ability should earn him a scholarship somewhere.

* Bakersfield forward Derrick Brown is one of the better 3/4 types still unsigned in the west. Brown is a very good shooter who plays hard and has good touch around the basket. At about 6-foot-5 he's undersized but the kid is productive and should play college basketball somewhere.

* Dominguez 2013 point guard Estavan Johnson uses his speed to his advantage and had some good moments and isn't afraid to score from all three levels. His speed and effort help make him a quality point guard.

* Westchester's 2013 forward Nick Reese stepped out to knock down a couple jumpers and also scored a couple baskets in the paint. At 6-foot-7, he's a player to keep an eye on.

Josh Childress of the Phoenix Suns was in attendance to see his former high school, Mayfair, while Demar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors checked out his former high school, Compton.

Arizona State and Oregon watched Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Isaiah Bailey, Jordan Bell and Roschon Prince.

UCLA assistant Phil Mathews watched his son, 2013 guard Jordan Mathews, of Santa Monica.

LMU watched its signee, Taj Adams.

Jordan Bell says he's received new interest from Virginia Tech and Alabama.


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