USA Camp: West Coast Recap

How did the West Coast prospects fare at the USA Basketball Developmental Camp? gives its evaluations.

2015 Class

Chase Jeter, C, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman: There’s been consistent progress in Jeter’s game over the last year and while he wasn’t the dominant player he’s been at times over the last several months, he still had successful weekend in Colorado Springs. Jeter’s hook shot has become a go-to move for him and while he had success knocking them down with his right hand with or without the glass, he also was able to score with his left. Jeter was tough to defend from the high post, where he found cutters or knocked down jump shots. He rebounded pretty well on both ends, securing defensive boards and scoring on putbacks. Jeter was committed defensively and played strong on the ball defense, while also blocking shots.

Allonzo Trier, SG, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep: One of the nation’s top shooters and scorers, when Trier gets a clean look at the basket and the shot isn’t forced, he hits at a high rate. He’s ball dominant but has been on teams where he’s often been the primary ball handler and counted on to do the bulk of the scoring, so that’s expected. Trier gets very good arc on his shot and when he’s feeling it, the threes drop in bunches. When Trier drives, he has very good touch around the basket and can finish with both hands. He also gets good lift on the run and can finish well above the rim. While he’s shoot-first right now, Trier possesses good vision, which will aid him at the next level when he’s not required to score as much. Moving forward, he’ll have to be more efficient with his dribbles, but there’s no doubt he’s a very talented scorer.

Stephen Zimmerman, C, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman: A very good athlete as an underclassman, Zimmerman didn’t have the same bounce in his step as a junior, while he also didn’t play with the same motor that he helped build his name on. Over the last few months, he’s made strides regaining his athleticism and motor, and both appear to be all the way back. It’s tough to argue that anyone outplayed Zimmerman this weekend. It’s not just the size, length, athleticism and motor, but just as importantly the skill. He’s a terrific passer and can really shoot it, both of which make him as much of a weapon from the high post as he is from around the basket. He also has terrific timing as a shot blocker and rebounds well. He’s always been an elite prospect, but his stock is now trending back in the right direction.

2017 Class

Troy Brown, PG, Las Vegas Centennial: The biggest question about Brown has never been whether or not he’s an elite prospect – he is and that likely won’t change – but whether or not he would out-grow being pegged into the point guard position and become someone who can play anywhere on the perimeter. Right now we still like him on the ball, but it remains possible that he’s best defending wings at the next level. Regardless, this is a kid who is one of the more versatile talents in high school basketball. At 6-foot-5 he can really pass but the biggest improvement in his game has been his outside jumper, a shot he had a lot of success with in this camp. A good athlete, Brown will likely be able to defend and play multiple positions at the next level. He remains one of the top prospects in the 2017 class.

Jaylen Hands, PG, Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei:’s read on Hands heading into Colorado Springs was that he was one of 2017’s top point guard prospects nationally, but wanted to see him prove it against the best competition in his class. He did. At 6-foot-1, Hands has good size for the position and is an explosive athlete who thrives in transition. He has the size and length you’re looking for a young point guard, and he’s still growing into a body that still has plenty of maturing left to do. Hands can create space with his handle and knock down the pull-up jumper, get to the basket or find the open teammate.

Markus Howard, PG, Gilbert (Ariz.) Perry: An early commitment to Arizona State, Howard is one of the West Coast’s top producers in his class. While he loves to play fast, Howard does a nice job of staying in control. You often see young point guards who want to play in transition consistently over-penetrate and that’s not Howard. His best weapon is his pull-up jumper, a shot he can knock down from midrange and three. Howard will need to develop more as a point guard who creates for his teammates in the halfcourt, but he has the vision to do it.

Ira Lee, PF, Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon: At no taller than 6-foot-7 and maybe smaller, there’s always going to be some skepticism about Lee’s ultimate upside. He’s an undersized four and those don’t grow on trees at the highest level. That being said, Lee is a kid who is a flat out winner and is going to really help someone at the next level. He has a level 10 motor and is an elite rebounder for the position. Lee’s ball handling has improved and he’s become better at attacking from the high post and finishing below or above the basket. He plays hard on defense and often blocks shots on the help side. Lee is a very good athlete who gets the most out of his physical ability and has made serious strides in his game over the last year.

2018 Class

Marvin Bagley, PF, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol: Considered one of the top prospects at his age in Arizona history, Bagley only played on Saturday but he did more than enough to prove that the hype is real. He has very good size for the position at 6-foot-10, can step out and shoot, score with a sky hook, attacks the offensive glass and is an impressive athlete. Bagley has nothing but room to gain strength and grow into his body, and when he does his game should go to the next level. He’s one of the top prospects nationally in 2018.

Jordan Brown, PF, Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek: A power forward with good size and length, Brown is much of what you want a young prospect at his position to be. He’s best around the basket right now and has nice touch in the paint. He plays hard on both ends and contests shots on defense. Brown’s jumper wasn’t falling, but it’s clearly a shot he’s working on. Because he has so far to go physically, Brown relies on his size and quick feet inside, but when he gets stronger and adds to his post game, he’ll really take his game to the next level.

Harrison Butler, SG, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei: A strong wing, Butler’s specialty is his scoring ability and while he didn’t always have success with his jump shot, you can tell he’s comfortable scoring with it. He plays hard and is an aggressive attacker on offense. Butler has the handle and strength to score more efficiently off the drive, while he also has the physical tools to eventually be a good defender if he works hard at it.

2019 Class

Cassius Stanley, SF, Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon: Just a middle schooler, we’re not going to dig deep into this eval, but since he participated in this event he’s worth a mention. Stanley has good size for a wing at about 6-foot-5 and is a high level athlete who plays hard. How much his skill set develops will completely determine his stock as a prospect.

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