Torrey Pines: Day One

ENCINITAS, Calif. - The Torrey Pines Holiday Classic had numerous prospects in attendance, including 2013 wing Dakarai Allen, who showed his all-around game in a loss. Here's a rundown of day one from San Diego.

Anthony January, SF, Taft -- New Taft head coach Jason Hart has done a good job working with January, whose approach to the game has improved under his guidance. The long small forward had 17 points by knocking down jumpers and attacking the basket. When January takes good shots and plays hard, he's a very good player at this level.

Victor Robbins, SF, Compton -- While inconsistency often plagues Robbins, he came to play on Tuesday. Robbins has the ability to score from all three levels and scored 21 points against Archbishop Mitty doing just that. His size for the wing position, athleticism and scoring ability have always made him an intriguing prospect, and if he can continue to make progress academically and become more consistent, he will have some respectable offers in the spring.

Grant Jerrett, C, La Verne Lutheran -- It was a tough game for La Verne Lutheran, which scored just 30 points in a loss, 9 of which came from Jerrett. The Arizona-bound center got off to a quick start by using his footwork and athleticism to convert around the basket, while also rebounding and blocking shots on the other end. However, Jerrett's teammates weren't able to find him in the post and it led to a very modest second half for the five-star prospect.

Joe Rahon, PG, Torrey Pines -- In a 22-point effort, Rahon showed plenty of his two biggest strengths – his shooting and basketball IQ. The guard has a very good shot but doesn't rely on it, instead using his vision to create for his teammates. Rahon will have to defend some very athletic guards in the ACC, and the more he can do to improve his quickness the better.

BeeJay Anya, C, DeMatha -- Anya was simply dominant against Lincoln, scoring 21 points to go with 14 rebounds. His offensive rebounding ability was on fill display, as it was one board on that end after the other, which usually led to an easy bucket. His motor, size and athleticism make him a terrific player at this level and no doubt a guy whose stock is on the rise. He easily had one of the top few performances of the day.

Dakarai Allen, SG, Sheldon -- Allen's stat line of 13 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and two blocks does a good job of summarizing his performance on Tuesday. He struggled with his jumper, but Allen did almost everything else very well. He has very good handles and is terrific in the open court, where he either slashes to the basket or uses his impressive vision to find an open teammate. He plays hard defensively and is very strong on the glass. His shooting will scare some schools off, but he impacts the game in too many other areas to ignore him as a player.

Aaron Gordon, PF, Archbishop Mitty -- When you have Gordon's size and athleticism, effort alone will make you a very good player. Add his improving skill level and you have a kid who has a lot of dominant moments on the court. Gordon's handles have always made him a serious weapon in the open court, but he's also using them better in the half court, taking defenders off the dribble to get to the hoop. He scored 25 points on Tuesday, using his athleticism to convert off the offensive glass and also scoring from midrange and in.

Tyree Robinson, SG, Lincoln -- Robinson was flat out drilling from three against Archbishop Mitty, knocking down six in the first half, which amounted to a good amount of his 22 total points for the night. Robinson's strength and athleticism makes him very good going to the basket, but his shooting ability helps round out his game and on Tuesday he kept his squad around thanks to his outside shot.

Isaiah Bailey, SF, Compton -- Normally a player whose strength is slashing and pulling up from midrange, Bailey wasn't able to focus on those aspects of his game on Tuesday and struggled a bit. He nailed his first three-pointer but couldn't keep the momentum from outside going and was stripped a few times on shot attempts. A very good wing prospect, Bailey will learn that when one aspect of his game isn't working to focus on what he can always do well, and that's attacking the rim.

Mason Shepherd, PF, Windward -- Shepherd came to play on Tuesday, putting together a 19-point, 13-rebound effort in the victory. The freshman gave good effort and showed impressive footwork and hands. He's strong for his class and a little undersized so you'd like to see him grow, but as of now he's one of the more productive freshmen in Southern California.

* Torrey Pines 2012 guard Garrett Galvin has showed an impressive skill level combined with very good effort in two games. He's a player worthy of low major attention.

* Sekou Wiggs is an athletic guard who can get to the basket, but struggled with foul trouble on Tuesday so it was tough to get a feel for how his skill level has improved.

* Dominguez point guard E.J. Johnson usually is good for some outside shots and that was definitely the case on Tuesday, as the 2013 prospect knocked down five in a loss.

* Jerami Grant took a backseat to BeeJay Anya's dominating offensive performance, but the future Syracuse forward is an impressive athlete who showed his burst with some plays at the rim. He scored 12 points in the win.

* Tyrell Robinson ultimately fouled out against DeMatha, but he hit a big midrange jumper and three-pointer in the second half. Robinson plays point guard for his team so he doesn't score like his twin brother, but has improved offensively in recent months.

* Stanford guard signee Christian Sanders' shot wasn't falling in the first half, but he looked much better in the second period. He likes to drive left and shoot, but is an unselfish player who looks to get his teammates involved. He scored 21 in the loss.

Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Utah, Virginia Tech and Washington are some of the several programs who were in attendance for a bulk of the action on Tuesday.

Dakarai Allen claimed offers from the entire Pac-12 except Arizona and Oregon. He's wide open but said that Colorado is recruiting him the hardest.

Aaron Gordon says that Washington and Arizona still lead for him, although Kentucky has been more involved recently.

Anthony January is still committed to UTEP but is considering others, including San Diego State and UNLV.

Mason Shepherd says he's not yet receiving any recruiting attention.

Virginia transfer James Johnson was in attendance as a fan and said he spent the past two days visiting San Diego State and hopes to also check out Washington State and New Mexico.


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