Battle at the Beach Recap

The Battle at the Beach featuring stirring play by Robert Cartwright, Myles Turner and others.

Myles Stewart, SG, California Supreme – We noted him last night and he ramped up his play just a day later on a different team. The 6-foot-4 guard got hot from deep and pumped in a half dozen three-pointers in the first half. He hit a couple more in the second and played with confidence. He didn't hit any mid-level shots, but certainly made his presence felt and kept Cal Supreme in the game early on.

Robert Cartwright, PG, LA Rockfish – A true competitor, Cartwright was in attack mode on Thursday. Although he played sparingly because his team was looking to get other player looks, Cartwright kept the opposition on their toes. He found ways to get in the paint, showed off his vision and showed he was comfortable pulling up for mid-range jump shots.

Thomas Welsh, C, L.A. Rockfish - The Rockfish were subbing in their bench players a lot so Welsh didn't get a ton of playing time, but in the night game he saw a little more action and played very well. Welsh's hands were terrific as always and he was finishing with both hands in the paint, above and below the paint.

Justin Simon, PG, Gampoint 16's Red – Simon is one of the more interesting guard prospects I've evaluated this July. Simon, who stands 6-foot-4, has wide shoulders, a lengthy set of arms and is a pretty good athlete. His ball skills stand out, as does his vision and ability to put passes on the money. He played on the ball for Gamepoint and effectively got to the rim, dished out assists and found his way to the free throw line.

Aaron Holiday, SG/PG, California Supreme – There aren't many players that can slice their way to the rim and score like Holiday. The 6-foot combination guard finds ways to get to the paint and is a terrific scorer through contact. He has great body control, can adjusts his shots at the rim and always has a handful of plus one finishes.

Rex Pflueger, SG, Compton Magic Select - It's been a strong spring and summer for Pflueger, who took another step in the right direction on Thursday. Pflueger was nailing three-pointers off the catch, made some very good passes in transition, where he also got to the basket, finishing with contact in the process. Over the last several months he's made the transition from prospect to player.

T.J. Leaf, PF/SF, Compton Magic 16's – There's a lot to like about this 6-foot-8 power forward out of Foothills Christian just outside of San Diego. He has a lengthy frame, runs the floor well and has a variety of skills that make him productive. Leaf likes to face the rim and either shooter jumpers or attack from the high post. He also has great hands and touch around the basket. Defensively he was active and contests shots in the paint. He's tracking as a high major prospect.

Jonah Matthews, SG, California Supreme 15's Red – The brother of Jordan Matthews, who will be a freshman at California this coming year, Jonah had a heck of a showing in front of a host of high major coaches. The 6-foot-2 wiry guard is an aggressive scorer. He has a good-looking jump shot, can get to the mid-range area and make shots and flashed good ball skills. He's one of the better scorers I've seen in the 2016 class.

Dikembe Martin, PG, Compton Magic – A scoring point, Martin pumped in bucket after bucket in the Magic's double-digit blow out win over California Supreme. Although Martin doesn't appear overly quick, he was able to get by defenders and create shot opportunities for himself. He connected on mid-range jumpers, floaters and worked in threes. He went for 25 plus points in the win.

Leland Green, SG/PG, Pangos Elite 16's – There's a lot to like Green, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Redondo (Calif.) Union. Blessed with a wiry frame and impressive athleticism, Green has terrific long term potential. At this stage he's a combination guard. He attacks the rim, adjusts his shots well at the rim and is a good finisher. He also worked in a mid-range jump shot in the loss to Compton Magic 16's.

*6-foot-2 wiry guard James Washington can fill it up. He hit a half dozen three-pointers for Compton Magic Black and also dropped in a couple of floaters. Physically he has a slight frame, but he's a talented scorer that can heat up in a hurry.

*Roman Davis, a 2015 wing prospect on Pangos Elite 16's, has received quite a bit of buzz this July. He struggled to get shots to go down Thursday, but it's easy to see why he's coveted. At 6-foot-6, he's long, athletic and looks to make plays going towards the rim.

*Payton Dastrup, a 6-foot-9 post player, has good hands and touch around the basket. He's capable of stepping out and hitting jump shot (he hit a 18-footer against the Compton Magic). He also scored by running the floor and finished with both hands at the rim.

* Arizona Power 16U's 2017 point guard Markus Howard is small but can really shoot it off the pull. His speed in the open court makes him fun to watch and he used his quickness on defense to come up with steals and take them the other way for buckets.

* Terrence Johnson from Arizona Power 16U is a strong shooting guard that hit three-pointers off the catch and pull. He played hard on defense.

* Gamepoint 2016 Black has two 2015 shooters in Dalton Soffer and Jack Langborg who were absolutely drilling from distance. Most of Soffer's three-s came off the pull, while Langborg was singing them in off the ball.

* Pangos Elite 16's point guard Tommy McCarthy is a tough player who plays really hard and can shoot the ball. His approach to the game is fun to watch.

The head coaches that took in the Compton Magic 15's versus California Supreme 15's Red were Mike Montgomery, Reggie Theus and Dedrique Taylor. Colorado, LMU, Stanford, New Mexico, Vanderbilt, UCLA, San Jose State and Kansas also had representatives at the game.

Robert Cartwright and Thomas Welsh drew Andy Enfield, John Montgomery, Herb Sendek and Tommy Amaker. Utah, Stanford, UCLA, Colorado, Arizona and Oregon State had assistants at the game as well.

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