Top Prospects at Invitational

The MLK Inland Invitational featured some top players from Southern California, including Tony Dandridge, Anthony Goods, Darren Collison and James Keefe, among others...

The MLK Inland Invitational, held yesterday at Martin Luther King High in Riverside (Calif.), was a terrific event and we had the opportunity to see a number of prospects that we hadn't seen lately. Thanks to MLK head coach Tim Sweeney and the rest of the event staff for a great day of high school hoops.

Here's a look at some of the players who impressed us yesterday.

Tony Dandridge, 6-6 SR PF/SF Cajon (Calif.) High. He's not really a pure four or three, but he probably plays power forward in college. Good, strong body, very explosive off the floor, but not real quick laterally – so he's probably better defending a four in college. However, he's an exceptional scorer from anywhere on the court. Excellent in the mid-post where he'll make turnaround jumps shots all day. But also has the range to step out beyond the arc. He scored forty four points yesterday and impressed a number of coaches who were in attendance. He'll likely draw interest from a number of mid to high major schools in the west.

Andrew Green, 6-6 SR PF Perris (Calif.) High. Big-bodied post with a very good shooting touch. Excellent passer with a very good feel for the game. One of the more underrated players in the west, he'll likely end up at the WCC, Mountain West, WAC level.

Davon Roberts, 6-5 SR PF Glendora (Calif.) High. He's not real skilled with the ball, but we like Roberts' body, athleticism and energy level. He's a very good defender and just gets a lot done on the court. He hasn't received much recruiting attention to date, but he can help someone at the low major level.

Anthony Goods, 6-2 JR PG Corona (Calif.) Centennial. We hadn't seen Goods in some time and we were extremely impressed with his development. Very good, live body with a solid frame and very good athleticism. Excellent stroke with range beyond the stripe. We didn't get a great look at his ball-handling abilities, as he went against a very disciplined and well-coached zone from Santa Margarita and there were few opportunities for penetration. But, based on what we saw, Goods looks to be one of the elite point guard prospects in the West Coast class of 2005.

Darren Collison, 5-11 JR PG Etiwanda (Calif.) High. We've seen Collison three times this year and he's gotten better with each outing. He's very slender and will need to add weight/strength for the next level. But he's got a terrific feel for the position. Great demeanor on the court, with no wasted motion or nonsense. Sees the court well, finds teammates off penetration. He doesn't have a textbook shot, but he's pretty accurate from three-point range. Collison also figures to be ranked among our top point guards for 2005.

James Keefe, 6-8 SO PF Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita. Good frame and shoulders, moves very well and skills are getting better every time we see him. Shoots it fairly well to 15-17 feet. Plays hard and unselfishly. One of the top power forwards in 2006.

Shane Hanson, 6-5 SO SF/PF Temescal Canyon (Calif.) High. Terrific shooter with a very nice feel for the game. Body is a little thick and question will be how he develops physically over the next couple years. He does have big feet – ideally, you'd like to see him grow into a really skilled four man. Among the best shooters we've seen in the 2006 class so far.

Quinton Watkins, 6-2 FR SG Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. One of several impressive young prospects on Bosco, we think Watkins has a chance to be among the top players in his class. Great body and very explosive. Outside shot and ball skills are still coming, but pretty good for a frosh. Could be a lockdown defender if he puts his mind to it. With development, an elite prospect.

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