Best of Summer: Day One

ANAHEIM, Calif. - There were several top West Coast prospects in attendance on Wednesday on the first day of the Best of Summer Tournament. Rising sophomore guard Colin Slater is one of several standouts.

Jeremy Lieberman, PG, Pump N Run Elite - A skilled guard out of Calabasas (Calif.) High, Lieberman took over the second half against QZJ Elite. The 6-foot-1 guard pushed the tempo, made jump shots from three and picked his spots to attack the rim. His calling card is his ability to shoot, as he has range and a quick trigger. He also showed good vision, a solid handle and good poise in a frantic up and down game.

Kyron Cartwright, PG, Pump N Run Elite – Playing alongside Lieberman, Cartwright had a good showing as well. In the first half, Cartwright showed his speed, vision and passing ability. He made good decisions with the ball and was able to slice his way into the paint when he needed to get here. To go with running his team, Cartwright also had a nice transition finish and the lefty hit a mid-range pull-up from 15-feet.

Nate Grimes, SF/PF, Las Vegas Knicks – A host of college coaches lined the baseline looking to get a good feel for Grimes' game during the first game of the Best of Summer on Wednesday. A lengthy 6-foot-6 forward, Grimes is a good athlete that plays hard and is active in the paint. He finished well inside, rebounded his area and recorded a number of blocked shots.

Stephen Thompson, SG, Superior Athletes Black: It was one of the best performances Thompson has had in front of Scout.com. The 6-foot-3 slight shooting guard had it rolling from the beginning of the game to the end. He was drilling three-pointers, nailing floaters and scoring in transition. Also a very good defender, Thompson keeps growing and while he's on pace to end up a high major caliber player regardless, if he adds another inch or two, he becomes a no-brainer at that level.

Lonzo Ball, PG/SG, QJZ Elite – There's been a lot of talk surrounding this 6-foot-4 combination guard out of Chino Hills (Calif.) lately. Off one viewing he certainly appears talented. He spent time on and off the ball and showed good speed, athleticism and skill in the process. He was forced to look for his own shot, but he has the ball skills, vision and passing ability to develop into a lead guard at the next level. Ball is one of the better 2016 guard prospects I've seen on the West Coast.

Colin Slater, PG, Nor Cal Wildcats Elite – Slater, a 5-foot-10 lead guard, played well for the Nor Cal bunch. A quick, speedy guard, Slater looked to get his team into transition, attacked the basket looking to dish out assists and showed off a floater and mid-range jump shot. Slater was a struggle for Idaho Select to defend, as they couldn't keep him in front, and he showed good vision and passing ability.

Christian Terrell, SG, Nor Cal Wildcats Elite – One of the more impressive underclassman prospects of the day was this 6-foot-3 lengthy guard prospect. He impressed with his ball skills, as he handled well and dished it out to teammates. He's able to get his own shot, made a mid-range jump shot and also flashed his sneaky athleticism when he tried to dunk on a defender in traffic. He's certainly a 2016 recruit to keep an eye on.

*2016 guard Colin Slater said he has a scholarship offer from Fresno State. He also cited interest from Stanford, Washington, Washington State, VCU , Memphis, Iowa State and Iowa.

*Myles Stewart, a 6-foot-4 lengthy, guard is a skilled prospect out of Los Angeles Westchester to keep an eye on. He hit a three, attacked the basket and flashed good vision Wednesday night.

*6-foot-6 wing Chandler Hutchinson has an impressive long term ceiling. He has a long set of arms, is a solid athlete and has some skill from the wing position. He made some plays on Wednesday, most at the rim and in transition.

*2014 power forward Evan Fitzner is a solid prospect. At 6-foot-9, Fitzner moves up and down the floor well, has a good set of hands, plays hard and is capable of moving away from the paint and hitting jump shots.

*Fitnzer's teammate on Pump N Run Elite, Max Hoetzel is intriguing because of his ability to make shots. He stands 6-foot-7, but his primary strength on the court is his ability to rip the nets from three-point range. The combo forward hit a handful of threes in a game against QZJ Elite.

*Li Angelo Ball, a 6-foot-3 guard, certainly has an interesting looking shot. He shoots it from his shoulder and will fire it at the rim from just about anywhere on the court. He dialed up a ton of threes and shot more than a half dozen from the 28-foot range.

*Idaho Select Black is a fun bunch of players to watch. They took down the Nor Cal Wildcats on a game winning shot. Their 6-foot-6 Mogga Lado is a hard playing power forward with athleticism. They surround him with a handful of guards that are quick and can make long-range shots. Hunter Dennis, Alex Meyerhoeffer and Connor Meyerhoeffer made plays for the Idaho team.

*Jonathan Galloway, a 6-foot-8 big man out of Salesian (Calif.) High, appeared to be a high mid-level recruit. He played with energy, hit the glass and completed plays in the paint.

*2016 power forward Solomon Young had a solid game for the Nor Cal Wildcats. He was aggressive in the paint, dunked everything he could get his hands and was physical in the paint.

* His shot wasn't quite falling the way it was last week, but you could tell 2015 Superior Athletes shooting guard Jeremy Hemsley's high level body control and ability to make plays in transition, where he was at his best on Wednesday.

* A 2014 forward from Superior Athletes, Dillon Reise played well on Wednesday. He hit a three off the catch, got to the basket from the half court and used a strong defensive effort to get steals and take them the other way.

* It wasn't 2014 I-5 Elite wing Ar'Mond Davis' best game finishing, but the long and slender wing hit some shots from the perimeter and got to the basket. The young-looking wing has upside.

*Among the schools watching Nate Grimes Wednesday evening were head coaches from New Mexico, Washington, Fresno State, San Jose State and Cal State Northridge.

*Chance Comance drew Lorenzo Romar and Rodney Terry. Among the host of the schools with assistants watching him were Arizona and California.

*The Nor Cal Wildcats drew Lorenzo Romar, Herb Sendek, Rodney Terry and Craig Neal. Arizona, Oregon State, California, Vanderbilt and assistants from a host of other schools watched as well.

* Superior Athletes were watched by Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry, New Mexico head coach Craig Neal, as well as assistants from USC, Arizona, Colorado, UNLV, Utah, Washington State, California, Utah State, Arizona State, Saint Mary's and Memphis.

* Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon contributed to this report.


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