SoCal Hoop Review Recap

The SoCal Hoop Review featured several top prospects on the West Coast. Several of those players, including Double Pump Elite's Joshua Conley, used the weekend to boost their stock.

Justin Simon, PG, Gamepoint: When the most talented player on the court is also the most unselfish, it has a way of making most of that prospect's teammates play the right way as well. Simon's size, length, handle and elite body control make him a threat to slash to the basket whenever he wants, but his vision makes him equally adept at creating for others. He also can keep defenses honest with his pull-up midrange jumper. This time last year you hoped he would be this good by now in a best case scenario; if he keeps improving at the same rate – and he's just scratching the surface of his potential – he's going to be in very good shape.

Aaron Holiday, PG, Cal Supreme: Holiday has an awesome combination of toughness and athleticism and you see it on almost play. He's a tough matchup for most high school guards because of his physical brand of basketball; he's absolutely relentless on defense guarding the ball, yet his body control, quick first step and strength help him get to the rim when he chooses. Holiday has the passing ability to ultimately play point guard – he can definitely defend the position – and if he can consistently use his physical tools to make others better, he'll take his game to the next level.

Joshua Conley, SF, Double Pump Elite: Conley was way more prospect than player in the fall and he still has a ways to go, but he's made a notable jump already. At about 6-foot-5, he's always looked the part with his size, length and athleticism, but he's starting to figure it out. It starts for him on defense, where he was frustrating opening players, while also blocking shots and rebounding, and on offense he showed a nice feel for the game with his passing, while also finishing. When a teammate passes him the ball, if another player on his team is open, he'll make a pass in a split second to the open man, showing really impressive instincts. Classic late bloomer that should have a strong offer list by the end of July.

Bennie Boatwright, PF, Cal Supreme: One of the nation's elite shooters, Boatwright is a threat to knock downs shots whenever he touches the ball. He's starting to get stronger which has helped his ability to finish inside, while he's rebounding better than he did a year ago. This will be a big spring and summer for him to prove he's not just a shooter – after a productive season making that claim - but you can tell the focus is there; he's more committed to impacting the game in more ways than his shot than he was a year ago.

Terrell Gomez, PG, Double Pump 2016: He's only 5-foot-5 – and size for position is extremely important so that's nothing to dismiss – but the criticisms don't go too much further. The Inglewood point guard is extremely tough, very fast, a blur with the ball in his hands and a strong on the ball defender due to that same speed and relentlessness, can really shoot it and is also a very good passer. You hope a kid so talented grows, but he'll have offers regardless.

Devearl Ramsey, PG, Cal Supreme: The improvement Ramsey has made from last year to this year is one of the best at the position nationally. He's a lightening bolt laterally and opposing guards are forced to play at his pace which is 100 miles an hour. Ramsey can get to the basket whenever he wants, has become significantly better as a creator and can get hot and hit from outside. He's small, but his toughness combined with his physical tools will help him be a productive player and a winning point guard at the next level.

Tim Harrison, PF, Gamepoint 16U: At about 6-foot-7, Harrison is a bouncy face-up forward whose specialty is his ability to hit midrange jumpers off the pull. He's active defensively, doing a strong job staying on his man, while also blocking shots and coming away with rebounds. Getting stronger will help him around the basket and he's still improving his skill set, but he's one of the top prospects at his position out west in 2016 as of now.

Renathan Ona Embo, PG/SG, Supreme Court 16U: Ona Embo played mostly off the ball at Findlay Prep but is getting a chance to be developed at point guard here and did a nice job on Saturday. He has good size and length, can really get to the basket and played unselfish basketball. He's more scorer than distributor, but played under control and smart basketball. He's a very good athlete laterally that's a year young for the class.

Jonah Mathews, SG, Cal Supreme 16U: Mathews played on the ball for Cal Supreme and while he can definitely run the point at this level, he's such a natural scorer that he's best looking for his shot. Mathews' best weapon is his pull-up jump shot, a shot he's been consistently able to hit from midrange and is improving from three. He always plays hard and while he's looking to score, he rarely takes bad shots.

DeAndre Ayton, PF, Supreme Court 16U: If you're going to rank the top prospects on the West Coast in order, regardless of class, Ivan Rabb is arguably going to be #1, but Ayton is right there and better than Rabb at the same stage. He doesn't have the same skill level of Rabb when he was a freshman, but at about 6-foot-10, with his size, length, athleticism and motor, it's scary how productive Ayton is for a kid who is just getting started. He has such good hands he can rebound in traffic with just one hand, he rebounds everything and probably had 20-plus in one game on Saturday, can face up and shoot up to about 15-feet, finishes well around the basket and defends. He'll be a national priority recruit.

* Double Pump Elite's Tramel Wilson has become a pretty impressive scorer with his quick first step and floater. He's a strong 2015 combo guard that plays hard and gets to the basket.

* Jimbo Lull, a 2015 center from Double Pump Elite, plays hard and does a nice job finishing around the basket. He showed his hook shot and rebounded well on both ends.

* Gamepoint 2015 center Jordan Dallas has definitely gotten better. He's an improved finisher and rebounder. While the skill set and strength are still coming around, the direction he's going should help his offer list by the end of the summer.

* Utah Basketball Club 2015 power forward Jariesse Blackmon is a terrific utility guy at the forward position. He's all over the glass, finishes well, blocks shots and plays hard. He's going to help someone win at the next level.

* Prodigy Elite's 2015 forward Kameron Edwards' skill level is still coming along, but he finishes well around the basket and rebounds. He has the frame, athleticism and can knock down midrange shots; let's see how his handle develops.

* Arizona Magic's Andre Adams is still available in 2014 and is a lefty with size who can step out and hit jumpers or finish around the basket.

* Tarion May of Team Zona is a 2015 point guard who is a blur in the open court. He has a pull-up jumper, ball skills and is tough to stop off the dribble due to his speed and strength.

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