Brayden Bell, 6-9 JR C Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton. Bell had the most impressive day of any prospect we saw, putting together two very solid games. We've had Bell ranked as the #2 center in the west since last summer. Easily the most skilled big man in the west, Bell can drain threes consistently. But he's now added a very nice jump hook to his repertoire. He handles and passes extremely well for a big man. With a little more focus in the areas of defense and rebounding, Bell has a chance to become the top ranked center in the west.
Chase Budinger, 6-6 SO SF La Costa Canyon (Calif.) High. Budinger showed why we consider him among the top wings in the 2006 class. A very solid, all-around player, Budinger does a lot of things well. He's got a very good stroke, but also has the ability to draw contact and finish inside. His feel for the game is advanced for a sophomore. Very good vision, solid handle and passing ability. Budinger has added a little weight/strength in the last year and his rebounding has improved as a result. The one question may be if his body thickens up in the next couple years. He's fine now – moves well on the perimeter – but how his body will look two years from now is unknown.
Tyler Newbold, 6-4 JR SG Payson (Utah) High. Newbold played point guard for Salt Lake Metro last night, but he's a two-guard in college. However, the time at the point allowed him to show a pretty fair handle and good instincts. A good athlete, Newbold jumps very well and is active around the basket. He can shoot it to the stripe, but also showed a nice mid-range game. Somewhat of a sleeper nationally, we think he's among the top shooting guards in the west.
Coby Leavitt, 6-9 JR C Washington (Utah) Snow Canyon. Leavitt looks like he's grown a couple inches since we last saw him. Very long, with a good frame and nice feet, Leavitt looks like he's still growing into his body. He played with excellent energy yesterday, blocking shots and rebounding very well. He's got a decent touch to about fifteen feet and developing low post moves. A big man to watch in the spring and summer.
Marcus Lawrence, 5-10 SO PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. We liked Lawrence when we saw him a few weeks ago in San Diego and he impressed us again yesterday. Very solid, low-key game. Can knock down the open jumper, but understands that a point guard's role is to get others involved. While he isn't real tall, he's got a little length to him and it wouldn't be shocking to see him get a little bigger. He's got good quickness – solid defender. If he gets any bigger he has a chance to be among the elite point guards for 2006.