Vegas Notebook: Game of Chance

LAS VEGAS — Some lesser known prospects have revealed themselves during the course of this week, and although his name likely won't resonate beyond this week — as he's already committed to Creighton — Justin Patton has been extremely impressive.

Creighton REELS IN BIG TIME TALENT

The surprise of Friday was Creighton commit Justin Patton (Pictured Above).

Patton, who plays with the OSA Crusaders, has all the physical attributes you look for in a young post prospect. He has legitimate size at 6-foot-11, but he’s also equipped with wide shoulders and extremely long arms to go with good mobility and athleticism.

While Patton didn’t received many touches in an afternoon game at the Fab 48 he took advantage of them when he did. He calmly sank a 15-foot jump shot, tipped in misses and finished with his right hand.

Since his teammates rarely threw him the ball, where Patton really impacted the game was on defense.

“For this team I try to be a defensive threat,” Patton told Scout.com.

“I want to be a defensive player, but I also have a shot,” he added. “I can stretch the floor. I just want to impose my will on the game.”

Patton clearly has a lot of upside and Creighton is getting a special talent. Patton committed to Bluejays in June over interest from Junior College and Division II programs.

“I grew up right down the street and my favorite player is Doug McDermott, who played for them,” Patton said about his commitment to Creighton. “I feel like I’m at home when I’m on their campus.”

Enc-Roachment

As far it goes for being well known on the grassroots circuit, the Houston Rockstarz are anything but. An unsung crew from America's fourth-largest city, the Rockstarz nevertheless have delivered one of the country's fastest rising prospects.

Kerwin Roach, a 6-3 combo guard at North Shore, is a stellar athlete with an explosive first step who brings NBA-level size and quickness to the court. That's a heady statement, but it's also true. Roach's promise within the sport will revolve around his ability to transport the ball to the spots it needs to be delivered, and his potential mastery at that could make him a highly successful young person.

But he's more than a speedster. Roach is a fine playmaker who passes over the top of defenders — being 6-3 helps immensely — and unselfishly and creatively dishes to teammates. The Rockstarz are an athletic bunch, and Roach frequently lofts alley-oops that are on the money.

We've watched him for all of one day and he struggled with his jump shot, but his form looks okay and on other occasions he has knocked down long bombs at a satisfactory clip.

He's very thin and probably weighs 165 pounds soaking wet, but down the road as he matures he could evolve into a top-notch defender as well.

"I need to get stronger, that's a big thing that I'm working on," Roach said.

Roach also needs to begin culling a list of suitors that threatens to burst through the seams. Already, he claims offers from Texas, Rice, Houston, Wichita State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Tulsa, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Georgia State, Marquette, Louisiana Tech, Florida State, Fresno State, Memphis and others.

"I'm going to cut it down after the summer and get my list to 10 schools," Roach said. "My plan is to decide in November."

Comanche working hard to improve

It’s been a productive summer for 6-foot-11, 200-pound 2015 Los Angeles View Park center Chance Comanche.

On Friday, in a matchup with Top 10 center Skal Labissiere, Comanche held his own, getting steals and blocks on defense, while scoring in transition, on the offensive glass and with his drop step and right hook in the post.

While Comanche still has to get a lot stronger to be ready for college ball, he’s going in the right direction.

“He’s been working a lot on his face up game,” says Comanche’s trainer and assistant with Earl Watson Elite, Dash Harris.

“He’s shooting a lot of jump shots. He’s also working on his footwork in the low post area. He’s also doing a lot of running in the sand dunes to improve his agility. He’s working really hard.

“You can definitely see the progress. He doesn’t take a lot of threes but his range is extending to the three-point line. His shooting is getting a lot better. He needs to keep getting stronger and working on his skill.”

Comanche still hasn’t cut his list - Arizona, Arizona State, California, Connecticut, Georgetown, Kansas, NC State, Oregon, UCLA and USC are amongst the schools involved – but the plan is to narrow things shortly.

“I think at some point he’s going to cut down his list,” Harris said. “He has taken one official so obviously he has four more he could take. I know he’s looking forward to taking a few, but it’s possible he takes them and it’s possible he doesn’t.”

At this point, Comanche’s only scheduled official visit is for Arizona on Sept. 19.

Whether or not he makes a fall or spring decision remains up in the air, according to Harris.

Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report


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