Las Vegas: West Coast Top Prospects

Stephen Zimmerman, Malik Pope, Dakarai Allen and Jaron Hopkins are among the top west coast prospects playing in Las Vegas this weekend...

Dakarai Allen, 6-4 SF Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon. Allen is one of the more versatile prospects in the west, with the ability to impact a game even when he's not scoring. He's an adequate shooter, and will no doubt improve over time, but he does just about everything else at a high level. He's among the best defenders I've seen in the last several years, a very good passer, an above-average rebounder and an excellent finisher. The bucket-counters and stat scouts are going to miss on him, but he's among the elite prospects in the west.

Jaron Hopkins, 6-3 SG/PG Chandler (Ariz.) Basha. One of the best athletes in the west, Hopkins has a chance to play multiple spots at the next level. His decision-making needs to improve if he's to play the one, but he's got the size and athleticism to defend possibly one through three at the next level. He's only a fair shooter at this time, but he's terrific at getting to the rim. He needs some coaching and polishing, but there's a big upside here.

Elliott Pitts, 6-4 SG Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. Pitts is a solid athlete with a high skill level and he's an above-average shooter. He's got an excellent feel for the game and he's obviously been very well coached. He may not have the upside of some of the better athletes in the class, but he knows how to play and he makes shots from all over the court. He's among the top two guards in the west for 2013.

Malik Pope, 6-6 SF Sacramento (Calif.) Capitol Christian. A long, slender and baby-faced young wing, Pope has a very high ceiling. He's an exceptional passer, with outstanding vision, and he plays the game the right way. He moves very well for his size and it's quite possible he's still growing. He handles the ball like a guard and, while he didn't shoot a lot of jump shots, his stroke looked fine. He's got a chance to be among the top prospects in the west for 2014.

Namon Wright, 6-4 Los Angeles (Calif.) Pacific Hills. A prototype two guard, Wright has the size, athleticism, skills and feel to play at a very high level. He's a good shooter to the stripe and he can finish strong at the rim over size. He's one of the younger players on his travel team, and doesn't always get a ton of shots/minutes as a result, but he's one of the elite prospects in the west for 2014.

Stephen Zimmerman, 6-10 C Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Perhaps the best prospect in the west regardless of class, Zimmerman is extremely long, agile and skilled for his age. He handles the ball very well for a young big and he runs like a deer. He plays hard consistently and shows a very nice feel for the game. With huge feet and extremely long arms, it's quite possible he's still growing. He's got a chance to be one of the elite prospects in the country for 2015.

Nick Pete, 6-7 PF/C Hemet (Calif.) Tahquitz. A long and young-looking prospect, Pete moves very well for a young big. He's got a terrific frame, with good feet and hands. He's not real skilled at this time, but he's one to watch in 2015.


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