West Coast Evaluations: First Session

Jordan McLaughlin, Malik Pope and Marcus Allen were among the top performers in the first period of July...

Marcus Allen, 6-2 PG/SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. An explosive athlete, Allen spends a lot of time off the ball on his high school team because his brother Malcolm plays the point. But Marcus has played point guard in the past and we think he can play the one at the next level. He's a very good scorer, with three-point range, and he elevates really well on his jump shot. He's a good defender when he puts his mind to it and he has a chance to defend either guard spot in college. He's not a true one, but he's the best point guard prospect in the west for 2013.

Nick Hornsby, 6-5 SF Tustin (Calif.) High. Hornsby has a very good frame, with excellent ball skills and vision. He can handle and pass like a guard, but he's got the size to play the three at the next level. Shot is playable, but he's got a very good feel. He's a sleeper in the 2013 class and will no doubt get more attention as coaches get a good look at him.

Malcolm Allen, 6-1 PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. He's not the scorer that his brother is, but Malcolm is also a terrific athlete and a solid point guard. Jump shot is just fair at the time, but he can really defend when he puts his mind to it.

Darryl Gaynor, 6-1 PG/SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde. A strong and aggressive guard with a chance to play either guard spot at the next level, Gaynor loves to attack the basket. He's got a very playable shot out to the stripe and he plays with toughness. He's got a chance to be a very good defender. Decisions need work, and he can get a bit wild at times, but he's coming on as a prospect.

Keonta Vernon, 6-5 PF Tulare (Calif.) Union. Although he's a bit undersized at the four, Vernon is strong and athletic. He's just a fair shooter, but he plays with toughness and he's a terrific finisher when attacking the rim. Decisions can be a bit shaky at times, but he's a nice prospect at the mid major level.

Desmond Billingsley, 6-3 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Eldorado. In a limited viewing, Billingsley looked interesting. Very good body, good athlete, plays hard, shoots it well enough and attacks the basket.

Stevenaire Young, 6-3 SG Hayward (Calif.) Mt. Eden. Young has a solid basketball body with above average athleticism and nice ball skills. He's a good passer and his jump shot is playable at this time. He hasn't been on the travel circuit, but he will be playing with the Oakland Rebels in Las Vegas later this month. Worth a look at the low to mid major level.

Jordan McLaughlin, 5-11 PG Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda. He doesn't look the part, but McLaughlin is a big-time athlete with serious hops and very good quickness. He's also extremely skilled with deep range on his shot and the ability to score in a variety of ways. His step-back makes him very hard to defend and he can knock it down consistently to the stripe. Unlike some scoring lead guards, McLaughlin also has the ability to create shots for his teammates. He has good vision and passing ability. He's one of the elite prospects in the country for 2014.

Malik Pope, 6-7 SF Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian. A long and slender forward with terrific ball skills, Pope can handle and pass like a guard. He's got excellent vision and he plays unselfishly. A very good athlete, Pope is just scratching the surface of his potential. He's got a nice stroke and the ability to create his own shot. He lacks strength at this time and that's the main deficiency in his game. Once he fills out and gets stronger, his game will likely go to a different level. He's one of the elite prospects out west in 2014.

Andre Adams, 6-8 PF Avondale (Ariz.) Westview. A terrific looking young post, Adams has a very good body, he moves extremely well and he's got a nice face up game to 15-17 feet. He can play inside or on the perimeter, with a developing low post game. He's one of the elite big men in the west for 2014.

Khalid Washington, 6-3 SG Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. A very long wing with a nice frame, Washington showed a good stroke in a limited viewing. One to check out in the future.

Robert Cartwright, 6-0 PG La Canada (Calif.) Flintridge Prep. Cartwright has just an average body, but he's young-looking and may still be maturing. However, he's surprisingly quick on defense and he can really move well laterally. He locked up opposing point guards in a couple different viewings. He's got a terrific feel, with very good vision and he showed good leadership skills. He doesn't appear to have a huge upside physically, but he's a coach on the court and a terrific competitor.

Chimezie Metu, 6-8 C Lawndale (Calif.) High. Baby-faced young post with long arms, very good feet and a big upside. Like most young big men, his skills still have a ways to go. But he's got terrific tools and he was very impressive in our first viewing of him. He looks like another terrific big man prospect in a very good crop of 2015 West Coast posts.

Cameron High, 5-11 PG Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard. A good-looking kid with long arms and a solid frame, High is a very promising young prospect. He's got a terrific burst in the open court, a solid jump shot, good body control and a nice feel for the game. He's got a chance to be one of the top guards out west in 2015.

Roman Davis, 6-5 SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward. A long and slender lefty with above average ball skills, Davis is a very intriguing young prospect. He's still growing into his body, and his shot is just fair at this time, but he's got some nice tools. One to follow in 2015.

Jonathan Ross, 6-7 PF Long Beach (Calif.) St. Anthony. A long and young-looking forward with decent ball skills, Ross showed some upside in limited viewings this past week. Good-looking kid with upside.


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