Hoop Fest: Day One

Robert Cartwright, Jordan McLaughlin and Kyron Cartwright were among the standouts at the first night of the Double Pump Hoop Fest...

Jordan McLaughlin, 6-0 PG Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda. In a terrific match-up with Robert Cartwright, McLaughlin didn't have one of his best games. Part of that was due to Cartwright's defense, but it was also partly because McLaughlin spent a considerable amount of time playing off the ball. McLaughlin, however, made huge plays down the stretch to help his team get a comeback win. He buried a three with less than a minute remaining to tie the game and then made a remarkable full-court drive to tie it up again and send the game into overtime.

Robert Cartwright, 6-1 PG La Canada (Calif.) Flintridge Prep. Although his team didn't get the win, Cartwright actually outplayed McLaughlin in this particular game. He's improved as a shooter and he was burying threes off the dribble to start the game and taking defenders to the rim when they started playing him for the jumper. While he's not super quick with the ball, he's extremely crafty and knows how to use his body and angles to good effect. He's one of the best on-ball defenders in the west and he did a good job of slowing down McLaughlin.

Kyron Cartwright, 5-11 PG Compton (Calif.) High. In a loaded 2014 West Coast class of point guards, Cartwright has been overlooked by many to date. That figures to change after this weekend. He was dazzling in his opening game, showing everything you want from a point guard. He's got very good quickness, excellent ball skills, vision, the ability to get his own shot and defensive potential. He's another high major point guard in a loaded West Coast class.

Sam Jones, 6-6 PF/SF Gilbert (Ariz.) High. Jones is still pretty slender, and there's a question about his position, but he can really shoot the ball. He's got a feathery stroke with deep range and he played well in his opening game.

Chance Comanche, 6-10 C Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park. Comanche is still very slender and growing into his body, so strength is an issue for him at times. However, he's got a really good frame with very long arms and his ball skills are pretty good for a young big. He's comfortable playing in the post, but also has the ability to knock down shots out to 15 feet or so. He's got a nice feel for the game and he made several very good passes out of the post. He still has a ways to go, but there is considerable upside here.

Lonzo Ball, 6-3 SG/PG Chino Hills (Calif.) High. Ball's team plays a style that's very hard to watch, with very little defense and a ton of horrible shots. However, he was easily the best player on that team and he showed flashes of a terrific offensive game. He's got really deep range and above average ball skills. He may end playing the point down the road, but regardless of position he's a likely high major prospect.

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