ABCD: Rest of the West

The west definitely made its mark at ABCD, with 9 of the 30 players in the Senior All-Star game from California. After giving you a look at the some of the west coasters yesterday, here's a look at the rest, including juniors Mario Chalmers and Marcus Williams, and frosh phenom Taylor King...

It was a bit different turnout for west coast players at the Adidas ABCD Camp than it was at the Nike All-American Camp.

While Nike had 19 west coast players participating, ABCD had 32.  Plus, there were seven west coast kids in addition to that participating in the camp that are prep schoolers. 

The west coast was truly well-represented, particularly the state of California.  In the senior all-star game, 9 players of the 30 total were from California. The writer for the Long Beach Press Telegram, Louis Johnson, called ABCD "Camp California."

We wrote yesterday about the west coasters that stood out.  Those assessments of their games still stand, so we'll supplement that report with one here that provides a rundown of the rest of the west coast players at ABCD.

But first, there are some addendums to those players we mentioned in the first report from Friday:

Arron Afflalo ended his effort by leading the entire camp in scoring, with an average of 17.8 points a game.  It was slightly skewed since a few players who were ahead of him in scoring average - DeMarcus Nelson and Andre McGee among them - decided not to participate in their last competitive game, which lowered their scoring average.  It's safe to say, though, that those three west coast players, Afflalo, Nelson and McGee, would have been three of the top four scorers in the camp for the week. In fact, six of the top ten scorers in the camp were from the west, including preppers Jared Dudley and Richard Roby, and Robert Swift.

The west coast seniors that participated in the all-star game were: Afflalo, Nelson, Swift, Gabe Pruitt, Tim Pierce, Bryce Taylor, and preppers Dudley and Robey.  The west coasters that played in the underclass all-star game were:  McGee, Mario Chalmers, Dior Lowhorn, and Taylor King.

So, here's a look at the remainder of the west coast players at ABCD that we didn't mention in yesterday's article:

Bryce Taylor, 6-4 SR SG, Studio City (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake.  He averaged 10.6 points a game for the week, which was very good. In a year when there weren't great shooters at the camp, Taylor had to be among the best pure shooters in attendance.   In the senior all-star game, where he scored 8 points, 4 rebounds and made two of three threes.

Tim Pierce, Oakland (Calif.) Hercules. In the senior all-star game where he had 14 points, 4 rebounds and was 2 of 7 from three. For the week he had 9.6 points a game.  He showed off his hops quite often; in fact, in one game, he threw down three alley-oop dunks. 

Curtis Allen, 6-4 SR SG, Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.) Rolling Hills Prep. He had a good week, shooting the ball well, and averaging 11.3 points a game. He's continuing to refine his game, utilize a mid-range shot and play under control, which has increased his effectiveness.  Pac-10ers are interested and a recruiting update is forthcoming.

Dwight O'Neil, 6-2 SR SG, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union. O'Neil looked solid here, scoring with his athleticism, which is the thing to do at this camp.  But he played hard, and was active, leading him to score 12.4 a game.  He's solidified as a mid-major. 

Matt Sargeant, 6-3 SR SG, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View.  Among the better athletes here he sometimes got lost, but he had stretches in games that were impressive. On the last day he must have hit four or five threes in a row and score close to 20 points in a game. He was running the point here quite a bit, but is better as a catch and shoot guy.  He'll probably continue to get low- to mid-major looks. 

Lyndale Burleson, 6-2 SR PG, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin.  Burleson still has the look physically of a player, but is caught between positions. He's trying to make a go of being a point guard, but doesn't yet have the mentality, and he can't score well enough to be a shooting guard. He, though, is improving in running an offense from the point, and tried to do it in this camp environment, which is an accomplishment in itself.  He's a low-major at this point.

Hector Hernandez, 6-8 SR SF/PF, Denver (Col.) Lincoln.  Hernandez was limited here by his lack of athleticism, being overwhelmed sometimes by the better athletes he was facing. But his skill level is still impressive, as is his energy.  He's probably a mid-major at this point.

Quentin Thomas, 6-2 SR PG, Oakland (Calif.) Tech.  He had scouts shaking their collective heads for the week. He showed flashes of greatness at the point here, but then looked very raw and out of sorts. Again, it's hard to determine much from this loose of a camp environment, but it's pretty clear that he'll have to step up his level of play this July for the high-majors that have been recruiting him to move on him.

Marcus Lewis, 6-7 SR PF, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Lewis looked good here, among the top 10-15 rebounders in the camp, averaging 6.3 a game, while also scoring 8.6 a game. He was shut down at times in the post, but when he stepped out and opened it up a bit, taking defenders with a short dribble, he showed good quickness and was effective. He certainly helped his stock as a solid mid-major with a tinge of high-major.

Vince Oliver, 6-2 SR PG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Oliver struggled some, going up against guards as big as he was but quicker.  At this camp, though, there's also the issue of whether you have a good fit in the team you're on, and Oliver didn't. He's more of a heady type of point guard, and there is no place for headiness here.  He'll probably look much better the rest of the summer playing in AAU ball, which is a reflection on the camp play in itself.

Lamar Roberson, 6-7 SR SF, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez.  Okay, we have a long-running policy of not writing about any player who is supposed to be transferring to a west coast school. But Roberson is currently enrolled in classes at Dominguez, so I guess that qualifies.  He looked much this spring with Dominguez than he did here. At first, he had to play as a four on his camp team, and struggled, but in the last couple of games he went back to the three and looked better and more comfortable. He's certainly long, has a good body and athleticism. With all that, it's just a matter of how he can develop his skills. Right now he's between a mid-major and the lower end of the high-majors.

Marcel Jones, 6-6 SR SF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. In a camp where everyone shoots just about every time they touch the ball, Jones was a Roman in Rome.  He shot the ball quite a bit, and didn't shoot at a high percentage, so he didn't come off well. Jones will have to show college coaches he can give up the ball and play within a team concept this July to improve his stock.

Seniors who didn't participate:

Sean Ogirri, 6-1 SR PG, Denver (Col.) East
Ty Morrison, 6-6 SR PF/SF, Phoenix (Ariz.) Trevor Browne
DeVon Hardin, 6-9 SR PF, Newark (Calif.) Memorial

Underclassmen:

Mario Chalmers, 6-2 SR PG/SG, Anchorage (Alas.) Bartlett. While it was plain that the level of talent here affected him, Chalmers did prove, though, that he's one of the best junior guards on the west coast with his performance here. His combination of scoring and passing ability all week was good enough to get him on the underclassmen all-star game, where he easily held his own. As he gets bigger and stronger, and more comfortable with this level of competion, Chalmers has some serious upside.  Definite high-major. 
Dior Lowhorn, 6-5 JR PF, San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan. You have to give props to Lowhorn, who recognized a niche and took advantage of it. In this camp style, not many players want to do the dirty work inside, but Lowhorn dedicated himself to it, and came away as the sixth best rebounder in the camp, averaging 6.8 per game, and a spot on the underclass all-star game. He's gotten in quite a bit better shape than when we saw him on Memorial Day, which has improved his energy.  He has some good athleticism, and he uses it well to make up for his lack of height as a post.  But he did his thing in the all-star game and grabbed rebounds and scored on putbacks and looked good. A mid-major as of now.

Ed White, 6-3 JR SG, Studio City (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake. White is a limited athlete with a nice shooting touch and a good feel for the game - not a great combination to succeed at a camp like this. Also, with so many athletes flying at him, he didn't shoot the ball really well. 

Lamar Falley, 6-3 JR SG/PG, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango.  A bit overwhelmed at times playing against this level of competition, Falley, though, as the week went on, gained confidence, ending up scoring 7.3 points a game, which was decent.  He's at the higher end of the mid-majors at this point.

Marcus Williams, 6-5 JR SG, Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt. As we've stated before, Williams is a very intriguing player. He has very good size, but still looks like a baby and could have some growing to do.  He has some nice skills, which sometimes make him look like anything from a point guard to a small forward.  His physical development might end up determining what position he ultimately fills on the college level, but with his ability to shoot, pass and handle the ball, combined with his size, he's got a chance to be special. He also rebounded well here, which makes you believe he might end up a small forward as he gets physically bigger.  A high-major.

Trevon Willis, 6-2 SO PG, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union.  Willis played a lot of point at the camp, and he pulled it off fairly well.  His ballhandling was strong enough to hold up, while his decision-making broke down sometimes.  He wasn't afraid to put the ball up, either. His body, though, is what's so promising. As a sophomore, at 6-2ish with a good, wide-shouldered frame but good quickness, he's very intriguing.  He's at least a mid-major and with development, potentially quite a bit more.

Taylor King, 6-6 FR PF/SF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. King became a favorite here at the camp among onlookers, especially scouts.  It just wasn't his amazing soft outside shooting touch, but his craftiness and persistence around the basket. He was only one of two freshman to make the underclass all-star game, and despite having a disapointing game where he was pretty fatigued, he definitely used the camp to make a name for himself on a national scale. And again, he's only going to be a freshman at Mater Dei this year.

Didn't participate:  Titus Shelton, 6-6 JR PF, Bakersfield (Calif.) High

West Coast Kids Going to Prep School Who Participated:

Sylvester Seay, San Bernardino
Jermaine Johnson, Anaheim
Dorell Wright, Los Angeles
Jared Dudley, Leucadia
Richard Roby, San Bernardino
Lorenzo Wade, Las Vegas
Joel Smith, Lompoc


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