We continue with our series on the Best of Summer tournament. Here are more seniors who impressed us with their play and/or potential.
Glen Turner, 6-8 C San Jose (Calif.) W.C. Overfelt. Turner has a terrific frame, with big shoulders and huge feet. He's a pretty good athlete, with decent footwork in the post. Fairly good hands. Skills are a bit raw, but you have to like the upside.
Bryson Krueger, 6-5 SG Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe. Krueger is an interesting prospect. He has a reputation as a shooter, but we've never seen him make a lot of shots. However, he does have a very sweet stroke, so maybe we've just caught him on off days. He has a better handle than we remembered. Fairly good athlete, but not particularly explosive. Also has a somewhat narrow frame and needs to get stronger. He has received attention from Arizona, but we believe he might end up playing in the Mountain West or WCC.
John Haywood, 6-5 SF La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat. John didn't get a lot of time with the Rockfish squad, but we continue to believe he's something of an overlooked prospect. Great body, very strong and a good finisher. Shoots it fairly well out to 15-18 feet or so. Potential to be very solid at the mid-major level.
Marcellus Kemp, 6-3 SG Seattle (Wash.) Garfield. Every year, there are a few players who make guys like us look bad. Players who seem to have a very wide range of performance. If you tell a coach you like the kid, the coach goes out and sees him on a bad day. If you say you don't like the kid, the coach catches him when he goes for thirty. Marcellus is one of those players. He had a up-and-down summer, but we saw enough good things to be sold on his abilities. Not a pure shooter, but a scorer who can get it done in a variety of ways. Much better off the dribble than catching and shooting, and very effective in the mid-range game.
C.J. Watson, 6-0 PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. C.J. actually played better at the Big Time, but his performance here did nothing to change our minds about him being one of the top point guards in the west. Very quick with the ball, good shooter out to the stripe and able to penetrate for his own shot or setting up teammates. A high major player who can play anywhere in the country.
Travis Smith, 6-3 PG Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) High. A strong, tough kid who is more athletic than you think. Good shooter, capable ballhandler and a solid defender. Travis has committed to Brad Holland and San Diego, where we expect him to have an outstanding career.
Nate Robinson, 5-10 PG Seattle (Wash.) Ranier Beach. Very quick and strong, with big hops. Built like a fire hydrant, but he can fly. Able to break defenders down off the dribble pretty much at will. Outside shot is shaky. He's got some bad habits (reaches a lot on defense), and his game needs to be cleaned up, but he's one of those rare small point guards who might be able to succeed at a high level.
Nick Porter, 6-2 PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines. This was the first time we've seen Nick (or noticed him, anyway), but he showed us some things. He's pretty quick with the ball and has a decent handle. Long arms and fairly strong. His stroke looked ok and he played with a lot of energy in the games we saw.
Sean Mallon, 6-7 PF Spokane(Wash.) Ferris. Very skilled four man who can shoot it and pass as well. Just average as an athlete, and needs to get stronger, but will no doubt be a major contributor at Gonzaga.
Cody Horning, 6-7 SF Longmont (Col.) High. Long and slender three man with a nice stroke. Moves very well and can put it on the floor a little. Quick feet and plays hard.
Jon Hildebrandt, 5-10 PG Dayton (Ore.) High. Strong, well put together and clever with the ball. Decent shot and a tough competitor.