West Coast All-Star Camp Session I

Derek Richie, Chris Wilson, Grant Parker, Billy White and Brenton Thomas are some of the top prospects at the West Coast All-Star Camp first session...

The talent level at the West Coast All-Star Camp Session I is down this year, as more players were invited to national camps now that Reebok has entered into the shoe wars. In years past, we've seen players such as Lorenzo Wade, Jordan Farmar and Artem Wallace at the first session of the West Coast All-Star camp. There are no upperclassmen at this year's camp who compare to those guys, but there are some younger prospects who have a chance to be pretty good.

Here's a look at some of the players who caught our attention yesterday.

Derek Richie, 6-1 SR PG Victorville (Calif.) Silverado. Great body, long and quick, with a decent lefty stroke. We liked him last summer at this event, but only saw him play limited minutes with his high school team this past season. Good-looking prospect with an upside. He should get looks at the mid-major level.

Chris Wilson, 6-1 SR PG Elk Grove (Calif.) High. We've liked Wilson since we saw him last fall the Super 100 camp in Northern California. Very strong body, with great shoulders and decent length. He's playing on a team where he's the second-biggest guy on the team, so he only played point guard for limited minutes yesterday. Shot is just fair, but he's a terrific defender and plays unselfishly. Mid-majors are interested.

Pierre Curtis, 6-2 SR SG Denver (Col.) High. Good-looking kid with long arms and good athleticism. Jumps very well. Not a shooter, but slashes well from the wing.

Alex Tiefenthaler, 6-8 SR PF Bethel (Wash.) High. Tiefenthaler has good size, but he was content yesterday to shoot from the perimeter. He's got a decent stroke to the stripe, but he really needs to dominate inside against this level of competition. He's getting looks at the mid-major level.

Grant Parker, 6-7 JR PF Englewood (Calif.) Cherry Creek. Very skilled and smart player with a nice feel for the game. Appears to be a little heavy-legged, but he's deceptively athletic. Nice stroke, good passer – solid prospect.

Bill Clark, 6-3 JR SG Palos Verdes (Calif.) High. Clark had a great day yesterday, showing off a nice stroke and some explosive hops. Good-looking prospect who bears watching.

Derek Oestreicher, 6-9 JR C Woodland (Calif.) Liberty Christian. Oestreicher has grown a bit since we last saw him and his body is filling out. Offensive skills are still raw, but he moves decent and competes well.

Jason West, 6-3 SO SF Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines. Very good body, long arms and a terrific athlete. He didn't show much of a shot, but he appears to have a considerable upside.

Billy White, 6-5 SO SF Las Vegas (Nev.) Del Sol. Great-looking lefty who can shoot to the stripe and dunk in traffic. Dominated play yesterday and is easily one of the top prospects in camp.

Brenton Thomas, 6-1 FR SG Danville (Calif.) Diablo Vista. A very impressive incoming 9th grader, Thomas got our attention in a hurry yesterday. Very good body, effortless athleticism and a good-looking stroke to the stripe. He didn't get a chance to handle the ball much, but he made 3-4 plays that suggested big-time talent and upside.

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