We spent some time at the Ocean View Tournament of Champions last week. Here are our evaluations on some of the seniors who played in the tournament.
Ryan Meilleur, 6-8 PF Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia. Meilleur has the size and skills to play at the D1 level, but he'll need to play with a more consistent effort if he's to get a scholarship in the spring. He showed a nice jump hook, and some decent post moves, in the game we saw. He needs to become more active at the defensive end, as well as on the boards.
Ronald Allen, 6-8 PF Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia. Allen has a lot of natural ability and shoots the ball well for a big man. He too has trouble, though, in the areas of effort and staying focused. Allen is intriguing due to his size and skills and we've had a number of coaches inquire about his progress. Physically, Allen has the potential to play at the D1 level -- he just needs to work on his mental approach to the game.
Donovan Morris, 6-3 SG Cajon (Calif.) High. Morris showed signs last week of delivering on the promise demonstrated since his sophomore year. A strong, athletic two guard, Morris can come off screens well and gets his shot off quickly. He's still somewhat streaky from the outside, but he has shown improvement. He's also a very underrated passer, especially when he's creating off the dribble.
J.R. Reese, 6-3 PG Corona (Calif.) Centennial. Reese is a big, strong lead guard who can use his size effectively at the high school level. He does a good job getting to the hole off penetration and overpowers smaller guards with his strength. In order to play at the next level, though, he'll need to show a more consistent outside shot, as well as improving his decisions. He looks a bit too much for his shot and forces the action at times. Still, he's got good size, a fairly good handle and a decent-looking stroke. It may just be a couple years before he puts it all together.
Lance Soderberg, 6-9 PF Corona (Calif.) Centennial. Soderberg played with good aggressiveness and energy in the games we saw. He's still a bit mechanical at the offensive end, but he blocked some shots, rebounded well and generally impacted the game to a much greater degree than he did when we saw him last year.
Khalid Jones, 6-2 SG Inglewood (Calif.) Morningside. A quick lefty with a live body, Jones is effective slashing to basket and in transition. He's got a decent stroke, but has a tendency to play out of control. His game is still pretty raw, but could end up playing D1 down the road.