PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- A handful of talented big men, including Chance Comanche, M.J. Cage and Cody Riley, performed up to expectations on Saturday at the Max Preps Holiday Classic at Rancho Mirage High School.
COMANCHE PLAYS WELL IN FRONT OF MILLER
With his future head coach looking on, Chance Comanche
did what a highly touted senior big man is supposed to do against inferior competition: control the paint.
Comanche competed on both ends of the floor, owned the glass, protected the rim and finished off plays on the offensive end. Comanche’s mobility also stood out, as he consistently races down the court and was able to get an easy basket early in the game because of it.
Offensively, Comanche was aggressive with his opportunities. He finished with both hands at the rim and dropped in a right jump hook. He will need to add some polish on that end of the floor and add weight, but he’s an impressive prospect with a lot of upside.
In all, Comanche finished with 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field in just three quarters of play. He also added 12 rebounds, three blocks and a pair of assists.
CLASS OF 2016
, PG, Folsom – It took some time for Ford to get dialed into the game, but once he did he showed why he’s getting so many college looks. In the second half, Ford made multiple three-pointers, dropped in a floater, showed good vision and made good decisions with the basketball. He’s just OK athletically, but he does change speeds well
, SG, Damien – For the second day in a row, Peters showed off his scoring arsenal. On a team with other good guards (Jeremy Hemsley
& Malik Fitts
), Peters has been arguably Damien’s best scoring option. A solid athlete, Peters is a good shooter from three and connected on multiple long-range shots against Folsom. He’s also effective off the bounce, as he can slice his way to the rim and finish once there.
, PF/SF, Moreau Catholic – Frayer, an early commit to California, is a gifted athlete. Frayer is a quick leaper and bounces off the ground with ease. Around the basket he’s able to reel in rebounds, put back misses and can finish off plays in transition. He hit multiple three-pointers in a game on Saturday, but that’s an area he’ll need to gain some consistency.
, C, Mater Dei – In my third viewing of Cage this season, he answered the bell. In at match up with Moreau Catholic, Cage, a 6-foot-9 post player, made the plays around the rim he’s expected to. Cage finished at the basket, had what seemed like a half dozen dunks, made a mid-range jump shot and boarded his area. Cage has A+ hands and catches everything thrown his way. Also because of his 7-foot-3 wingspan he’s able to get his hands on shots and protect the rim.
CLASS OF 2017
, PF, Sierra Canyon – After a rough outing on Friday night, Riley, a 6-foot-7 power forward, bounced back in a big way. Riley played strong, aggressive and physical in the paint. He pursued the ball and reeled in a bunch of rebounds, which is arguably one of his biggest strengths. Riley also showed his ability to finish around the rim. Perhaps his best play of the day was ripping down a rebound, pushing the ball up the floor and finishing through contact at the rim.
NEWS & NOTES
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei guard La’Vette Parker is a heck of a high school shooter. When he has time and space from three, Parker is usually pure. He’s one of the better catch and shoot three-pointers shooters I’ve seen the past few years. At 6-foot, he’s more of a two guard but can handle the ball in situations.
Jordan Poole, a sophomore guard out of Milwaukee (Wisc.) Rufus King, had some buzz at the Max Preps Holiday Classic. A wiry 6-foot-2 guard, Poole has a smooth game and an impressive looking jump shot. He hit multiple three-pointers and a pair of mid-range pull-ups in the half I saw him play on Saturday.
IN THE STANDS
Arizona coach Sean Miller was at the Max Preps Holiday Classic to watch Cody Riley, M.J. Cage and 2015 signee Chance Comanche. USC head coach watched Christian Terrell, Riley, Devearl Ramsey, M.J. Cage and a host of others.
Assistant coaches from Washington, Notre Dame, Oregon State and American were also spotted at the event on Saturday.