Phoenix/Findlay Prep Rundown

Over the past month has observed several prospects in Phoenix (Ariz.) as well as viewed a couple games at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. Included are evaluations and school lists from many of the prospects in attendance.

Brandon Ashley, PF, Findlay Prep: Ashley continues to make considerable progress on the court and played very well in two straight games for Findlay. He relentlessly attacked the rim whenever receiving a pass, using his continuously improved footwork and athleticism to evade the defense and glide to the hoop. On defense Ashley played hard and picked up several blocked shots and rebounds in the process. His added strength and skill level have increased his already previously high likelihood of him coming in and making a big impact right away in college.

Matt Willms, C, Findlay Prep: A mobile center, you can tell Willms works hard on his game as he improved from July to September and from September to December. Willms is left-handed and prefers to finish left but has a developing hook and is becoming more confident with his footwork. He battled on the offensive glass, scoring several points on putbacks. He'll need to gain strength and continue adding to his skill set, but he's moving in the right direction as a prospect.

Amedeo Della Valle, SG/PG, Findlay Prep: Della Valle is a very unique offensive player. He's best in the open court, as his handles and vision allow him to almost always make the right play. Although Della Valle's shot wasn't falling in two viewings, he is known as a knockdown three-point shooter and has hit at a very high rate this season. Della Valle is less comfortable playing off the ball and although he isn't a true point, he does have some point guard skills and can contribute at the position in college, while likely guarding the opposing team's two or three.

Winston Shepard, SF, Findlay Prep: Shepard is always fun to watch as he takes pride in impacting the game in almost every area. He's an underrated passer and really made the Findlay offense click with the amount of perfect passes to teammates. Shepard knocked down a three and fadeaway baseline jumper but he's best scoring when slashing to the basket. The defense and rebounding are always there for Shepard, who has one of the best all-around games in the 2012 class.

Calaen Robinson, SG/PG, Corona Del Sol: A true combo guard, Robinson has one of the better pull-up jumpers out west in 2012, but is also a talented ball handler and passer. Robinson will have to get stronger but it will be interesting to see if Herb Sendek opts to develop him as a distributor or a scorer, if not both. With added strength and continued development he has the chance to make a nice impact at the Pac-12 level.

Dewayne Russell, PG, Peoria: A slight scoring point guard, Russell is an adequate three-point shooter with a quick release. He prefers to go right when driving and is definitely a shoot-first guard. Russell is much more comfortable in the open court than the half court. He'll need to gain strength and improve his handles and in-between game for the next level.

Christian Wood, PF, Findlay Prep: A long and athletic power forward, Wood is best shooting the basketball and his specialty is his three-point shot. He is growing more confident around the basket, and he'll need to continue to work on his skill set in the post. Wood's long arms and athleticism help him block shots. Overall, he's a very good prospect and is a terrific commitment for UNLV.

Nigel Williams-Goss, PG, Findlay Prep: Williams-Goss is much better on Findlay than AAU, as his biggest strength as a player is his vision and he does a better job of focusing on helping his teammates. He is better at hitting the open three-pointer than he was a year ago, and his success as a college player could depend on what kind of shooter he ultimately becomes, from both three and midrange.

Paul Watson, SF, Paradise Valley: Watson could be the best 2013 prospect in the state of Arizona. He has the right size for the position at 6-foot-6, has three-point range on his jumper, can slash to the basket, is a solid rebounder and athlete. He'll need to work on playing harder and could do a better job of backing in smaller defenders, but he's a player with favorable physical upside and is deserving of the high major scholarship offers he's accumulated.

Torren Jones, PF, Basha: Jones has added strength to an already very good frame and played hard against Cesar Chavez. There's a big post player shortage out west in 2013 which will help Jones get high major offers, and the more he can add to his skill set and footwork will help his odds of being successful at that level, should he choose to play there.

Maurice Kirby, C, Basha: Credit Kirby for losing weight in the off-season, as he's significantly improved his body over the past few months. Kirby's skill set is still developing, but he does have a long frame and adequate height for a center. Kirby has gotten better but his ultimate success will depend on how much he can add to his skill level.

Jaron Hopkins, PG/SG, Basha: Hopkins' athleticism, frame and size for a guard are all very good. He's best at scoring from midrange and in, and did show the willingness to back in smaller defenders. Against Cesar Chavez, Hopkins could have done a better job protecting the ball while slashing and also using his handles and athleticism to create more often for his teammates. Hopkins played very good defense in that game and came away some key steals for baskets, helping lead his team to the win. He's definitely a high major athlete with nice size, but his ultimate position at the next level is still to be determined. That said, he has all the physical tools necessary to be successful at the high major level.

Kodi Justice, SG, Dobson: Arizona State landed a good young prospect in Justice, who has a nice looking stroke and made several quality passes in a win over Mesa. Justice's handles allow him to create his own shot, and right now he's best at shooting from midrange. A crafty player, Justice can take his defender off the dribble and get to the basket. He has a nice frame and it will be interesting to see how his body and athleticism develop over the next couple years.

* 2014 Corona Del Sol point guard Casey Benson is a player to keep a close eye on with his high basketball IQ and ability to knock down the open three. He plays hard and is one of the increasingly rare point guards who look pass first.

* Mesa's 2014 center Isaac Allen has improved his mobility but is still developing his skill level in the post. With his 6-foot-10 height, he'll need to be a better rebounder and shot blocker, but he's an intriguing prospect and definitely one to track his development.

* 2015 Mesa guard Jalen Jenkins' strength is his athleticism and his best form of offense is attacking the basket. He's one of the best underclass prospects in the state.

* Mesa has an unsigned 2012 point guard in Desmond Medder who is a very good athlete that can get to the basket whenever he wants. He'll need to improve his outside shot but his athleticism gives him the chance at earning a scholarship.

* Findlay's 2013 power forward Nick Madray's strength is his shooting and hit a high percentage of three-pointers over a two-day stretch.

Paul Watson has offers from Fresno State, Colorado, Boise State, Texas Tech, Arizona State and Oregon State.

Casey Benson listed Arizona State, St. Mary's, Gonzaga, U.C. Irvine and USC.

Issac Allen is receiving interest from Arizona State, Arizona, UNLV, Oregon State and Texas.

Jalen Jenkins has heard from Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Washington State, Washington, Oregon State, St. Mary's and U.C. Irvine.

Desmond Medder is receiving interest from Drake, Pepperdine, Boise State, Portland and Portland State.

Torren Jones has offers from Colorado and San Francisco, and is hearing from Iowa, Marquette and Notre Dame.

Jaron Hopkins says Washington State, San Francisco, Pennsylvania and Stanford are recruiting him the hardest.

Maurice Kirby has an offer from Penn State and interest from Stanford, St. Mary's, Pepperdine and Providence.

Amedeo Della Valle has offers from Connecticut, UCLA, Georgetown, Arizona, Gonzaga, St. Mary's, California, Utah, Portland, Creighton, Fairfield, USC and Boston College.

Nigel Williams-Goss says he's being recruited the hardest by Washington, Harvard, Oklahoma, UNLV, Oregon and Washington State.

Matt Willms now has offers from UCLA, USC, UNLV, Marquette, San Diego State, Connecticut, Kansas, Providence, Minnesota, LMU, Oakland, Cleveland State, Texas A&M and St. Joseph's.

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