Here is our evaluation of the freshmen and sophomore prospects that participated in the last week's Pacific Shores tournament.
Joshua Shipp, 6-4 SG Los Angeles Fairfax. Brother of current Cal player Joe Shipp, Josh projects to being a better player down the line. He has a better basketball body, moves better and is a more versatile player. Like his brother, Josh has a pretty stroke with deep range, but he's a much better playmaker. He can put it on the floor and create for teammates. Good vision and passing ability. And he plays with uncommon poise for a sophomore. A high major prospect who should draw national attention.
Thomas Woods, 6-2 SG Los Angeles Fairfax. The Lions have a loaded team this year with Evan Burns, but they'll probably be better in a couple years when Shipp and Woods are seniors. Woods is a big-time run and jump athlete with impressive skills. A lefty with a good stroke out to the stripe, Woods plays fierce defense. Some compare him to Jeff Trepagnier, but his skills are far superior to Trepagnier's at the same stage. Another high level prospect who will hear from elite programs.
Jamal Boykin, 6-5 PF Los Angeles Fairfax. Boykin is a thick, physical young post player, with an advanced feel for the game. Very good skills and footwork for a kid his age. He isn't real explosive off the floor, though, so he needs to grow some more (he does have big feet). If he gets to 6-7 or 6-8, he'll be recruited by the top programs around the country.
Corey Counts, 5-10 PG Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades. Poised and polished young point guard. Not super quick, but a solid playmaker. Fairly good shooter. Plays under control.
Maurion Henderson, 5-11 PG Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades. Might be more physically gifted and skilled than Counts, but Counts plays ahead of him due to his superior feel at this point. Henderson has ability, though (can really heat up from the three-point line), and could turn into a heck of a player when he calms down a bit.
D'Andre Bell, 6-4 PF Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades. Didn't get to play much, but we liked what we saw in limited minutes. Good hands and feet, competes well.