Big Time: First Day West Coast Standouts

We thought we'd spend the first day of the Las Vegas Big Time writing about players we haven't seen that much, so here's a quick rundown on some relatively new-names on the west coast scene, or those under-publicized. There are a few underclass of note, including soph center Ray Hall...

With over 400 teams at the BigTime, it's impossible to really cover the whole thing. But for a first day, we saw close to 40 teams play yesterday. Here's a quick look at some of the west coast players we saw who stood out on Tuesday. This, again, isn't saying others didn't play well, but these were the guys who stood out to us among those we watched.

Quentin Thomas, 6-3 SR PG Oakland (Calif.) Oakland Tech. With Kansas in attendance, among others, Thomas showed why he might still be the #1 PG prospect in the west. Combines quickness with great vision, decision-making and a pro body in the making. Doesn't always knock down jump shots, but the stroke is fine. It's hard to believe when you watch him, but he's still one of the more underrated prospects in the country.

Ray Hall, 6-10 SO C Denver (Col.) Mullen. A big-bodied young post, Hall is thick all over, but surprisingly nimble and agile for his size. It's clear he's been coached – very good feel for the game. Posts up strong, holds position well and can find people out of the low post. Excellent hands and very skilled – he'll likely be among the top centers in his class.

Kevin Love, 6-7 FR C Lake Oswego (Ore.) High. The 2007 class on the West Coast is already shaping up to be exceptional. Love is the son of former NBA player Stan Love and it's clear Kevin has spent some time learning the game from his dad. A wide body with great hands, footwork and skills, Love is extremely precocious. Another young big man who will be among the best in his class.

Terrence Williams, 6-5 JR SG Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach. Great body, very athletic and a very nice upside. Gets a little out of control at times, and his skills still need polishing, but a high major upside.

Marcus Williams, 6-5 JR SG, Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt. He's got a great body, at a legit 6-5 and maybe taller, but looking like he's still just a baby and could continue to grow. He has a great feel for the game, enough so he could give you back-up minutes at the point, combined with good skills, particularly a pretty outside stroke. He's among the best guards in the west in the 2005 class.

Jessie Byrd, 6-8 JR C, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. He has a long way to go, but he has the makings of what it takes to get there. He's pretty thin, but very long and moves really well for his size. He has a good instinct for the ball, in shot blocking and rebounding, and it looks like it's just a matter of time when his body grows up, fills out and he get complete control of it before he can impact a game more. He does show a soft outside stroke, and can knock down a jumper when facing the basket. He's a mid-major prospect at this point.


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