Best of Summer: Day Two

When the legs go, the shots stop falling. Normally good-shooting players struggled yesterday at the Best of Summer, but there were a few players who made an impression...

The quality of play at the Best of Summer tournament is deteriorating rapidly, as many kids look to be hitting the wall. It's been a long summer for the players. A lot of them have been playing constantly since Memorial Day. In June, there were team camps, summer leagues and other events. The legs are starting to go and the shots aren't falling. A normally good-shooting Belmont Shore team had four airballs in the first half of a game last night.

With fatigue becoming such a factor, it's difficult to get much real evaluating done at this point. There were, though, a few players who caught our attention yesterday.

Ray Hall, a 6-10 JR C from Denver (Col.) Mullen, put on a show in the last five minutes of a morning game to lead Colorado Pump N Run to a win. Hall had several big rebounds and putbacks, along with making a couple great catches/finishes in transition. Hall will rank among the elite centers in the west for 2006.

Kyle Coston, a 6-6 JR SF from Lynden (Wash.) High, is a good-looking prospect. He's very long, with a nice lefty stroke, and good feet.

Marcus Guffey, a 6-7 JR PF/SF from Cascade (Wash.) High, plays with Coston on the Whatcom Hoops team. He's another interesting prospect who may end up at either forward position. He needs to get stronger, but he's got a pretty nice stroke and moves well.

Steve Beck, a 6-2 SR SG from Gridley (Calif.) High, is a good athlete and effective slasher. We didn't see him take any jumpshots, but he's got a solid body and appears to have a decent feel for the game.

Andre Martin, a 6-3 JR SG from Spring Valley (Calif.) Mt. Miguel, is an effortless athlete with a big upside. He was all over the court yesterday, jumping the passing lanes and consistently breaking down his defender off the dribble. He's one to watch in the class of 2006.

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