SoCal Tournaments Recap

Over the past couple of weeks, has observed games in tournaments at Santa Monica, Pasadena and Westchester high schools. Here's a rundown of the prospects in attendance.

Skylar Spencer, C, Price: Spencer's biggest impact comes on the defensive end at this point, as he's a good rebounder and shot blocker at this level and has the opportunity to do both very well in college. Spencer needs to continue to work on his offensive skill set, as many of his points come off his size and athleticism. He has been more productive on offense and is as confident on that end as ever. His physical gifts give him a lot of potential, but his ultimate success will depend on how his skill level develops.

Grant Jerrett, C, La Verne Lutheran: Jerrett continues to make progress on his offensive game, as he's becoming a better shooter from both midrange and three, giving him additional weapons on that side of the court. His footwork and effort are always impressive and when he gets the ball in the post, he's tough to stop. On defense he's become a better shot blocker and rebounder, both of which will only improve as he keeps gaining strength.

Gabe York, SG, Orange Lutheran: York was dominant in a matchup with Providence, scoring the game's first 13 points, blowing it open from the start. York's scoring output all came from three-pointers and dunks, most of which were in the first half. He did make some good passes to teammates for assists, and he'll be asked to bypass bad shots he settles for in high school at the next level and instead take that opportunity to either create for himself or a teammate.

Chance Murray, SG, Price: Murray is usually one of the most talented players on the court with his smooth shooting stroke and ability to get to the basket, two tools he can always show off more of. He does a better job playing hard than he did in AAU, but it's still an area where he can strive for more consistency at. There have been games where he's put his team on his back and that drive and competitiveness are important signs to watch for with him. His talent is obvious, which has led to a handful of Pac-12 schools already fighting for him.

Brandon Randolph, PG, St. Bernard: Randolph has made a concentrated effort to become less of a score-first point guard and is doing a better job of looking pass-first than he has in the past. As a scorer he has one of the better floaters at his position out west and can score at all three levels. Randolph is at his best when he's the aggressor, and using his driving to draw in defenders and find open teammates would be a good addition to his game.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG, Loyola: Jackson-Cartwright helped lead his squad to its second straight tournament championship, winning last week's Santa Monica event. Late in games, Jackson-Cartwright makes Loyola very difficult to beat, as he has a terrific command of the position and has handles and passing that don't lead to many turnovers. While Jackson-Cartwright is a very good shooter, his knack for getting to the basket and finishing with both hands has also been impressive.

Chris Sandifer, SG, Price: Sandifer looks as if he's grown but is still physically immature, appearing that he still has a couple of inches of growing left in him. Right now he's a terrific shooter who can get to the basket, although the fact that he's still not grown into his body makes that tougher right now for him than it will be in the future. He does need to improve his shot selection, but he's a born scorer and one of the top 2014 wing prospects out west at this stage. The word is that Sandifer has left Price and is looking to transfer elsewhere.

Jack Williams, PF, Chaminade: There's a lot to like about Williams at this point in his development. He plays hard, is mobile, compete for rebounds, passes very well out of the post, can step out to shoot a three and has a go-to move in the post with a right hook. He'll need to get stronger and continue to develop his post moves, but his skill level for his age is good. How his body fills out and how much taller he gets will be question marks moving forward, but as of now he's one of the better 2014 post prospects out west.

Jordan McLaughlin, PG, Etiwanda: 2014 is shaping up to be a loaded point guard class in the west and McLaughlin is near the top of the list. McLaughlin has very good quickness, can get to the basket, plays hard and has a good looking jumper. He does a good job using his speed to create for his teammates and gives good effort on the defensive end. He'll need to get stronger in time but was very impressive in two viewings.

Marcus LoVett, PG, Providence: An extremely gifted player, LoVett's position is point guard but he focuses on scoring, which may ultimately make him a shooting guard. His quickness, shiftiness, handles and ability to create his own shot are terrific for his age. LoVett has shown good vision in previous viewings but against Orange Lutheran mostly looked for his own shot. LoVett is a terrific talent and will end up very highly recruited based on that talent alone but in order for him to hit his ultimate upside as a player he'll have to have better shot selection and do his best to make his teammates better. Regardless, he's an elite talent at this stage and with any kind of normal progression will be one of the best point guards in his class.

Brodricks Jones, PF, St. Bernard: Another high level talent, Jones is still coming into his own as a player due to the fact that he's still a bit away from being completely grown into his body and looks as if he's still growing in general. His slight frame makes rebounding in traffic difficult, but he is good on the offensive glass, and many of his points right now come off of putbacks. Jones has a good looking jumper, which he makes out to about 15-feet. Jones' agility is already impressive and you can tell he's eventually going to be a very mobile and athletic forward.

Chance Comanche, C, St. Bernard: Comanche has made steady progress over the last six months and is becoming better at finishing, which he does with both hands. He's clearly grown over the past year and is expected to near 7-feet. His mobility has improved in recent months and he already moves well for a young kid his size who is still growing. He plays hard and is constantly battling for position, but his lack of strength makes finishing and rebounding difficult against older players. Regardless, Comanche is a very good prospect who is consistently improving.

* Eisenhower's Marvelle Harris' shooting and scoring ability at the wing position has been very impressive and he's clearly one of the top unsigned guys out west. He's a strong guard that can flat out shoot it.

* Another impressive unsigned wing is Pasadena's Blake Hamilton, a cousin of Jordan, Isaac and Daniel. He's a long athlete who can attack the basket and knock down the outside shot.

* Nevada signee Marqueze Coleman is one of the better defenders out west and his strength and athleticism make slashing to the basket easy for him. He's helped make Alemany one of the best teams in California. His senior teammate, Max Guercy, is small but strong and has put up some big numbers with his shooting ability.

* Alemany has a couple young prospects to watch in 2014 wing Bear Henderson and 2015 center Malik Anderson. Henderson is strong for his class and his recruitment will ultimately be dictated by how his skill set develops over the next couple of years, but he's very good around the basket right now. Nick Anderson's son, Malik is a long and athletic center with good physical upside.

* Price has a good group of unsigned seniors in guards Trey Dickerson and Jaquan Green, along with forward Kahlil Johnson. Dickerson is a scoring point guard, while Green can slash to the basket his best attribute is his defense. Johnson is a very good three-point shooter who plays hard and rebounds.

* Windward has two 2015 posts to watch in Roy Hemsley and Mason Shepard, along with a lanky wing in Roman Davis. Hemsley is a big body with good hands, while Shepard is a strong forward. Davis doesn't play as much but is an intriguing prospect. While those are players to watch in the future, LMU signee Nick Stover always puts up points for his squad.

* One of the more under the radar but talent 2013 guards in the west is Corona Centennial's Sam Finley, whose best attribute is his shooting but also has good quickness.

* Loyola wing Julian Harrell took home MVP of the Santa Monica tournament with his consistently productive play on both offense and defense. Justin Childress, Jacob Hazzard, Max Hazzard, Khaliq Bedart-Ghani and Thomas Welch also made key contributions for Loyola, which has proven its status as one of the top teams in California.

* El Camino Real forward Michael Thomas, a transfer from Taft, is a face-up four who can shoot it, but is also a good athlete who has given consistent effort. He's definitely a sleeper at his position in the class.

* El Camino Real also has a couple 2014 prospects to watch in Julian Richardson and Maleke Haynes. The top prospect on the team may be lanky sophomore wing Evan Wardlow.

* La Verne Lutheran has received a big contribution from 2014 point guard Brian Beard, who in one viewing played hard on defense and did a good job creating for Grant Jerrett.

* Santa Monica 2013 guard Jordan Mathews always plays hard and you can tell how important winning is to him. He can knock down the open three or take the ball to the basket.

* Taft has a nice backcourt of 2013 guard Kris Yanku and 2012 guard Steven Jones. The duo will soon receive help when Anthony January becomes eligible. Taft is still waiting on the CIF to rule on 2014 small forward Shaqquan Aaron's status.

* 2013 Fairfax forward Reggie Theus Jr. showed an improved shooting stroke this summer, and that shot helped his squad send the semifinals of the Santa Monica tournament against Loyola into overtime, with a long two and three-pointer in the closing moments.

* St. John's head coach Steve Lavin, Colorado, UCLA and USC have watched Parker Jackson-Cartwright.

* UCLA, Oregon and California have been in the gym for Chance Murray.

* Colorado was in the gym for St. Bernard's 2015 duo of Brodricks Jones and Chance Comanche.

* Colorado watched Chaminade's 2014 forward Jack Williams.

Brodricks Jones' first two offers came from Arizona and Colorado.

Jack Williams is receiving interest from Colorado and Pepperdine.

Jordan McLaughlin is hearing from USC and San Francisco.

Chance Murray is being recruited by Arizona State, California, Washington, Colorado, Stanford, Oklahoma and UCLA.

Brian Beard lists Oregon State, USC, Arizona and Marquette.

Blake Hamilton has heard from Sacramento State, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge, Portland and San Francisco.

Sam Finley has heard from San Francisco, Pacific, U.C. Irvine and USC.

Bear Henderson has heard from UCLA and USC.

Malik Anderson has heard from Illinois and USC.

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