SoCal: Day Three

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Pangos Summer Sweet 16 tipped off on Friday afternoon and there were some very good younger prospects in attendance. Here's a rundown from the third day of the July Evaluation Period out west.

Malik Pope, SF, Team Superstar: In a couple viewings in April, it was pretty clear that Pope was a terrific prospect with a very high upside. A few months later and that might be understating things; he may be the top 2014 prospect on the West Coast when it's all said and done. His offensive arsenal is really coming around. Pope was taking players off the dribble and pulling up from both midrange and three, bursting to the basket and throwing down one-handed dunks, making perfect passes to teammates in transition and skied for at least five one-handed rebounds. His recruitment is mostly West Coast right now but it's about to go national. Oh yeah, he's only 15 years old and is a year young for his class.

Dorian Pickens, SG, Arizona Stars: Not necessarily a very good athlete nor someone with a terrific basketball body, Pickens makes up for it with his shooting ability and basketball IQ. He has a very quick release and is lethal from three, while also very confident hitting shots from midrange. Pickens has a nice feel for the game and made numerous smart passes to teammates to put them in better position to score.

Jordan McLaughlin, PG, Prodigy Elite Red: Admittedly, it was a very quick viewing of McLaughlin, but walking into the gym, his opponent had a sizeable lead. With about a minute to go, McLaughlin's squad was down five. He knocked down a pull-up jumper, stole the in-bounds plays and scored, got the ball back again and took it to the basket for a winning lay-up. Before that, he had a few explosive dunks. The kid is a big time athlete with a skill set that keeps improving.

Andre Adams, C, Arizona Magic: In a viewing of Adams in April, it was pretty clear that the kid was a pretty good prospect. Since then, he's grown at least an inch and doesn't look to be finished yet. Adams is a terrific shot blocker, with long arms, nice bounce and very good anticipation on defense. He plays hard and while he doesn't seem to have a go-to move in the post, he's a solid finisher. There's no question that this kid is going in the right direction as a prospect.

Austin Armstead, PG, Team Superstar: He's coming around. Armstead is a tall point guard at 6-foot-3, who made some terrific passes to teammates for assists and also looked comfortable nailing a midrange jumper. His confidence and game has expanded since his last viewing in April.

* The Arizona Stars had a 2013 shooting guard in Richaud Gittens who appeared to be a very good athlete, consistently slashing to the basket for easy buckets. Add in a couple three-pointers, and this is definitely an impressive sleeper prospect that needs more viewings.

* UNLV commit Christian Wood played very well for the Las Vegas Prospects, aggressively attacking the rim whenever he got the ball around the basket. The long armed, athletic big man had some big time dunks in traffic.

* Team Superstar's 2014 wing Murshid Randle is a player to keep an eye on. The athlete plays hard, has a good frame and knocked down both a three-pointer and a floater.

* Prodigy Elite 16 has a very good young prospect in 2016 point guard Tyler Peters, who is headed to St. John Bosco. Peters had an attacking mentality and was aggressive looking to score, making some nice drives to the basket and showing an impressive pull-up jumper.

Tad Boyle, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, USC, Gonzaga, UNLV and San Diego State all watched Malik Pope.

USC, Washington and Arizona watched Jordan McLaughlin.

Arizona State was watching Dorian Pickens.

Two from Rice and two from Northern Arizona watched Marcus Allen and Malcolm Allen.

Andre Adams said he's wide open and didn't mention any schools; he said the recruiting process is going through his mother.

Fatai Eke listed offers from Washington State, San Jose State, Cal State Northridge and Cal State Bakersfield with offers from Colorado and San Francisco.

Dorian Pickens listed offers from Arizona State, NAU, Rice, Weber State and New Mexico with interest from Stanford, Georgetown, Louisville, Syracuse, Oklahoma, Indiana and Arizona.

Jordan McLaughlin mentioned USC, UCLA and San Francisco.

Malik Pope listed UNLV, Washington, California, USC, Gonzaga, Baylor, Boise State and UCLA.

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