NikeX: Recap

The Mater Dei Nike Extravaganza on Saturday had no shortage of high major college prospects. Here's a rundown from the event.

2015 Checklist

Sedrick Barefield, PG, Centennial: The SMU signee has always been able to create his own shot and he’s had a lot of success off the dribble this season. His ability to score from the point guard position is impressive, but he also rebounded and found open teammates. Barefield has pretty consistently played hard throughout his career and this season has certainly been no different.

Chase Jeter, C, Bishop Gorman: With 19 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots, it was a pretty dominant performance for Jeter against Etiwanda. He was all over the offensive glass, but scored points not just around the basket but with his jump shot as well. He was active on defense, contesting shots and defending well in the paint.

Stephen Zimmerman, C, Bishop Gorman: A terrific passer for his position, Zimmerman is a serious offensive threat from the perimeter, where he can pass over the defense perfectly into the hands of cutting teammates. Zimmerman can also really shoot it, and scored with his jumper and hook shot, as well as on the offensive glass.

Paris Austin, PG, Bishop O'Dowd: Austin has made serious strides over his high school career and projects as a guy who will be very successful at Boise State. He has a nice feel for the point guard position, always looking to create for others first, which he does a good job of off the drive. He's also a very capable shooter and knocked down several jumpers off the catch and pull.

Ivan Rabb, PF, Bishop O'Dowd: Going up against a zone and double teams, Rabb didn't get as many opportunities to score as his team probably needed, but he still played an efficient game. He scored with both hands inside and made some terrific one-handed grabs to secure errant passes or tough rebounds. He competed on the glass and defensive end.

Dwayne Bacon, SF, Oak Hill: A physical and athletic small forward, Bacon's jumper wasn't always falling on Saturday and when he couldn't get his shot to go in, he relentlessly attacked the basket, having a lot of success in the process. Bacon's motor, athleticism and handle make him very tough to stop in transition.

Terrence Phillips, PG, Oak Hill: Phillips does a terrific job of pushing transition and getting his team in the open court every chance he gets, where his speed, handle, vision and unselfishness help him create for others. He also uses his physical tools and motor to play tough on the ball defense.

Daniel Giddens, C, Oak Hill: A big center who seems to take pride in his defensive ability, Giddens certainly has a lot of value in high school that will translate to the next level. He's a tough, physical defender. Giddens' teammates did a nice job getting him the ball around the basket, where he was extremely efficient finishing.

Lindsey Drew, PG, Fairfax: This is a kid who has made a big step forward as a senior. Drew has nice size at 6-foot-3, is unselfish and a nice passer, can create his own shot or find open looks for others, defends multiple positions and is a very good rebounder and shot blocker for the position. He projects as a quality player at the next level and was certainly a good commitment for Arizona State.

Lorne Currie, SG, Fairfax: Currie has made significant strides over his senior year. He's playing much more efficient basketball and taking better shots. He's very physically gifted and has the ball skills, athleticism and vision to help a team at the next level. He's a fine shooter and can create his own shot whenever he wants. There's a lot of untapped potential here if Currie can continue to play efficient and winning basketball.

Rex Pflueger, SG, Mater Dei: Pflueger has three areas that he's always going to do his best to help his team - with his jumper, passing ability and commitment to defense. While Pflueger's jumper wasn't always falling, he still found ways to help his team with his unselfishness and defense, while he did hit some big shots from midrange as well.

2016 Checklist

Eyassu Worku, PG, Los Alamitos: Worku is a nice prospect who continues to progress. He’s very good in transition where he can pushes tempo and uses his court vision to find open teammates or he can change speeds and get to the basket. Worku hit threes off the catch and pull, while he also hit midrange jumpers and had success attacking the basket. Worku showed nice anticipation on defense and got a number of steals and deflections on errant passes.

Ike Anigbogu, C, Centennial: You can see Anigbogu’s confidence as a player improve almost monthly. His touch is getting better and he’s finishing baskets he wouldn’t have at the beginning of the season. At 6-foot-9 with wide shoulders and long arms, he’s always had the frame, but is playing hard and it’s making him a tough player to score on. Anigbogu blocks shots, rebounds and plays increasingly smart defense. His upside is very high.

Vance Jackson, SF, St. John Bosco: At 6-foot-8, Jackson has nice size for the position and does a good job creating his own shot. Normally a very good shooter, the shots weren’t always falling for him on Saturday, but he did a nice job on the defensive glass and put himself in position to make baskets that often fall for him.

Lonzo Ball, PG, Chino Hills: It was a pretty typical game for the UCLA commit, as Ball showed why he’s one of the nation’s most versatile prospects. He showed off his elite vision and passing ability, rebounded, blocked shots, hit NBA threes and scored off the dribble. His team requires him to shoulder a heavy load so efficiency isn’t always easy, but he impacts the game in numerous ways.

M.J. Cage, C, Mater Dei: Not necessarily a huge back to the basket threat, Cage is a skilled center who can really impact the game with his passing ability from the low and high post, as he sees the floor very well and is a really unselfish player. Defensively, he protected the rim very well and didn't allow Fairfax to get any easy looks around the basket.

Donald Gipson, SG, Fairfax: A very tough and physical defender, Gipson is all business and has proven himself as one of the West Coast's top defensive players in 2016. He played relentless defense on Rex Pflueger, while also keeping Fairfax in the game with his jumper as well. Gipson started out his high school career as a non-shooter and ball handler but has made serious strides in both areas. He's a winning player.

2017 Checklist

Jacob Hughes, C, Servite: A quickly improving center with nice size and decent length, Hughes has a good motor and a skill set that is progressing nicely. He’s mobile, plays hard and a very willing defender and rebounder whose size, instincts and nice hands help him on that end. Offensively, Hughes can finish above the rim, with a hook shot or off the offensive glass. He’s one of the better 2017 center prospects on the west.

Myles Franklin, PG, Villa Park: Franklin is a very long point guard with nice size at 6-foot-3 and a good feel for the game. Due to his lack of strength, it’s tough for him to consistently penetrate, but you can see his vision through the way he passes from the perimeter, and he has a nice stroke that allows him to hit jumpers from both midrange and three. When Franklin fills out, his ability to drive and dish and attack the basket will only improve, which should take him to the next level as a prospect.

Chris Williams, CG, Orange Lutheran: Williams mostly plays off the ball on this team but has value at the one and the two. He’s a terrific passer who uses his high level court vision to always make the extra pass to teammates for easy looks. Williams is also a capable shooter who knocked down multiple threes off the catch and hit from midrange. Williams knocked down a three to win the game for his team.

Jalen Hill, C, Centennial: The young sophomore improves almost every time out. His athleticism and motor help him block shots and rebound inside, while he’s also improving as a scorer and shows nice touch around the basket. Hill has very good feet and a nice frame. He’s a good player today who is on path to being very good sooner than later.

Charles O’Bannon, Jr., SF, Bishop Gorman: O’Bannon didn’t play much at the beginning of the season, but is now being used as a scoring weapon off the bench and has been successful in the role. He has nice size and length for a wing and brings a scoring mentality every time out. O’Bannon’s upside is high and it’s good to see him moving from prospect to player.

Notes

* UC Davis signee Rogers Printup of Orange Lutheran always plays hard and against Sonora that led to a lot of rebounds on effort and motor. Printup buried jumpers from midrange and three and scored around the basket.

* Orange Lutheran’s 2015 point guard, C.J. Hankins, had a lot of success slashing to the basket and rebounded really well for the position.

* Corona Centennial 2016 shooting guard Jordan Griffin is one of the top shooters on the West Coast. He knocked down 5 of 8 triples against St. John Bosco.

* Rodney Henderson, an unsigned senior from St. John Bosco, is a hard-nosed forward who can defend, slash, rebound and hit open threes.

* Bishop Gorman’s 2016 center Zach Collins is most comfortable from the high post, where he’s a threat to hit jumpers or find open teammates in the paint. He’s a good passer for the position and plays hard.

* Unsigned Bishop Gorman senior forward Nick Blair is a very good athlete who is best in transition, where his size, length and athleticism help him finish well above the rim.

* Etiwanda’s 2015 forward Kameron Edwards, signed with Pepperdine, is best from midrange and in, as he can hit runners and pull-up jumpers or score around the basket.

* Mater Dei has one of the nation's top shooters in senior La'Vette Parker, who hit his share of big jumpers in the Monarchs' win over Fairfax.

School Lists

Jacob Hughes is hearing the most from California and U.C. Irvine.

Myles Franklin holds an offer from Cal State Fullerton with interest from California and U.C. Irvine.

Eyassu Worku is receiving interest from U.C. Irvine, Stanford, California, Long Beach State, New Mexico, Pepperdine and Boise State.

Chris Williams is hearing from California.

Jordan Griffin holds offers from U.C. Riverside, Southern Utah and San Diego with interest from Pepperdine and Montana State.

Ike Anigbogu holds offers from U.C. Irvine, Arizona State , Tulsa, SMU, New Mexico and San Jose State.

Jalen Hill has offers from UCLA, California, SMU, Kansas State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Arizona State and Oregon.

Charles O'Bannon, Jr. picked up recent offers from Arizona, Washington and USC. He's also hearing from Louisville, UConn, UCLA and Kansas.

Donald Gipson holds interest from Arizona State, USC, Cal Poly, Vanderbilt and Colorado State.

Lorne Currie is hearing from USC, UConn, Providence, Creighton and California.

Coaches Evaluating

USC and Pepperdine had assistants in attendance.


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