Las Vegas: EBO Next Year

The Lopez twins, Derrick Jasper, Tre'Von Willis and Quincy Pondexter should all be back next year for the EBO club team...

We spent our final day in Las Vegas at the Adidas Super 64 tournament, which was won by a very talented EBO team. With power forward Titus Shelton the only senior on the team, EBO figures to be the most talented club team in the west next year. Here's a look at the guys who should play a prominent role next year.

Brook Lopez, 6-10 JR C Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial. Brook has now clearly surpassed his brother Robin as the top center prospect in the west for 2006. He's more advanced in his skills – showing off a very nice outside shot to 18-20 feet – and he generally has a better feel for the game. Brook figures to be recruited by the top programs in the country.

Robin Lopez, 6-10 JR C Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial. Although not as skilled as his brother, Robin has the same solid frame and good feet. He's not quite as aggressive as Brook, but he's a legit high major prospect in his own right. Look for him to be part of a package deal with his brother. Stanford is thought to be the early leader for the twins.

Derrick Jasper, 6-5 JR SG Paso Robles (Calif.) High. Jasper has a very good stroke with range to the stripe and a nice feel for the game. He generally lets the game come to him and makes good decisions. He's a deceptive athlete, with good hops and strength. He needs to work on his ability to create his own shot, but he's among the top wings in the west for 2006.

Tre'Von Willis, 6-2 JR SG Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union. Willis spends some time at point guard for EBO, but he's a two-guard at the next level. A prolific scorer, Willis can shoot the three or get in the lane with dribble penetration. He's not a great athlete, but he's got good quickness and he's fairly explosive. Decision-making can be shaky, but another high major prospect.

Quincy Pondexter, 6-5 JR SF Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial. Pondexter continues to improve, adding a developing jumpshot to an already impressive game. He's a terrific athlete, with a long, lean frame and good quickness/leaping ability. He too has a chance to be a high major prospect.

Charles Anderson, 6-5 JR SF Bakersfield (Calif.) High. Anderson played limited minutes in Vegas, but we've always been intrigued by his great body and good athleticism. His outside shot looked a little better than we remembered it and he seems to be coming into his own. He's got a pretty high ceiling and it will be interesting to see where he is a year from now.

Todd Lowenthal, 6-2 JR PG Poway (Calif.) High. Lowenthal did a good job of running the show in Vegas, as he made good decisions and got the ball to his talented teammates. He's a pretty good scorer in his own right, though, with an accurate shot out to the stripe.


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