Crisscrossing Las Vegas, we took in a total of 34 west coast teams in the first day of the Big Time Tournament. Even so, we of course didn't see every west coast kid play, so this list represents just a few of the west coast players who stood out during the tournament's first day.
Antione Wright, 6-6 SR SF, Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy. In his opening game, hit for twenty-three points and five threes…in the first half. Yes, he's one of the top small forwards in the country.
Lodrick Stewart, 6-3 JR SG, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach. Put on a show, with spectacular dunks, several nifty passes and a few jumpers from downtown.
Ryan Appleby, 6-2 JR PG, Stanwood (Wash.) High. Terrific feel, nice bounce and a good stroke. Slender, and needs to add strength, but one of the top three points guards in his class on the west coast.
Mike Chavez, 6-6 SR PF, Butte (Mont.) Heart Butte. An undersized four man, but he's very active and has good hops, so he plays bigger. College coaches were talking about him.
Matt Haryasz, 6-9 SR C, Page (Ariz.) High. Emerging as one of the best few big men in the west. He's very skinny, but he runs very well, has nice athleticism and skills.
Justin Holt, 6-6 SR PF, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln. Very skillled four man (actually might play some three), who will bang, board and step out to hit the three at times. Very active and aggressive. Will get high major looks.
Marcellus Kemp, 6-3 SR SG, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield. More of a scorer than pure shooter, good athlete and nice handle.
Marvin Williams, 6-6 SO SF, Bremerton (Wash.) High. High major prospect who is long and athletic. Will be one of the elite players in his class.
Brandon Lincoln, 6-3 SR SG, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson. Showed a much improved handle and knocked down shots.
Thomas Gardner, 6-4 JR SG, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson. Looks like the next in a line of terrific players from Jefferson. Athletic and can shoot it.
Bobby Jones, 6-6 SR SF, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. Since the Nike camp, Jones has been playing well, and is continuing to do so here. He's an animal taking the ball to the hoop.
Marquis Kately, 6-6 SR SF, San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan. One of the clearly high-major players on the west coast, with an NBA body and hops. He hit some threes Wednesday, which makes him scary.
Cody Horning, 6-7 SR SF, Longmont (Colo.) High. He probably only weights 150 pounds, but he has nice skills, is a good passer, and is aggressive around the basket.
Chris Ayer, 6-10 SR C, Tucson (Ariz.) Flowing Wells. A big, space eater with good skills that are probably the furthest along for just about any center in the west.
Steve Cotton, 6-2 SR SG, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian. Flat out one of the best shooters in the west. The guy is money from just about anywhere on the court.