Here is our evaluation of some of the notable juniors who participated in last week's Pacific Shores tournament.
Wendell White, 6-4 SG Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union. White was just ok in the early games of the tournament, but he showed up for the championship game against Fairfax. White was the best player on the floor in that game, playing with intensity that had been missing earlier in the week and single-handedly keeping Redondo Union in the game with a barrage of jumpers. White is in the mold of a Mitch Richmond -- a big, strong guard who can shoot the lights out and uses his strength to overpower smaller guards. White looks a little too big in the posterior, though, and he might be a little quicker if he dropped a few pounds. Quickness, ballhandling and consistent intensity are the areas where White could use improvement. He doesn't put the ball on the floor real well and defenders at the next level will take away the jumper if he's not a threat to go by them. When he does get to the rim, White finishes well -- he's got very good hops and the strength to score against bigger players. He also can come off a screen and square up nicely for his jumper. White is a very good player -- we have him ranked among the top shooting guards in the west -- but there's still a lot of room for improvement.
Fred Washington, 6-5 SF Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery. Washington is forced to play inside on a Bishop Montgomery team that has no size, but we like him as a small forward at the next level. A lefty with a terrific feel for the game, Washington is a versatile player who just gets things done. He's got an odd-looking knuckleball set shot, but it's going in more frequently now than a year ago. He's long, with a nice frame, and he's stronger and more explosive than he looks (he had a couple of very impressive dunks in transition). Washington has solid fundamentals, is good with his right hand around the basket and he's also a very good passer. With improvement in his ballhandling and shooting, Washington should get high major looks.
Dorrell Wright, 6-6 SF Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger. Long, bouncy and slender, Wright oozes potential. His skills are still developing, but he's got a pretty nice stroke and can handle the ball fairly well. He's very quick off his feet and blocked several shots in the games we saw. His game is still somewhat raw, with questionable decisions and some careless passes, but we like his upside. A mid major prospect right now, but could be considerably better six months from now.
Alex Bausley, 6-6 PF Los Angeles Fairfax. Bausley's body has slimmed up some in the last year and he's also grown an inch or two. He's got a nice stroke from the three-point line and he moves pretty well for his size. He's not real comfortable with his back to basket, preferring to go outside and face up. Where he ends up in college will depend on whether or not he keeps growing. Right now, he looks like a mid major prospect.
Kevin "B.J." Bell, 5-10 PG Los Angeles Fairfax. Fairly quick, and strong for his size, Bell's decision-making has shown improvement in the last year. Still looks to shoot a bit too much for our taste, but he does knock down the three if left open. Plays with a lot of confidence. Size will probably keep him in the low to mid major range.
Franklin Williams, 6-4 SG San Diego (Calif.) Horizon. Slender two guard who can spot up and hit the three. A decent athlete, Williams needs to work on his ability to put it on the floor. Possible low major prospect.
Donnell Wright, 6-8 PF Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger. Limited skills, but good size and moves pretty well. Needs to become more aggressive and active. Potential low major prospect with work.