Fall Hoops Classic Report

Jerard Moret, Deon Thompson, Quinton Watkins and Shane Hanson were a few of the players at the recent Fullcourt Press Fall Hoops Classic...

We spent some time recently at the Fullcourt Press Fall Hoops Classic. Here's a look at some of the players who caught our attention at that event.

Jerard Moret, 6-5 SR SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Moret had a solid summer and he picked up where he left off in July. His shot continues to look better and he's a strong defender. Very good body, nice upside – a solid prospect at the mid to low high major level.

D'Andre Bell, 6-4 SR SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Palisades. A very good shooter in the 15-17 foot area, Bell needs to improve his range on his shot. Average quickness makes it difficult for him to get separation from elite athletes. He's very crafty with the ball, and uses his strength at this level to get his shot off, but it's debatable whether he'll be able to get his own shot at the next level. We think he's a bit of a reach at the ACC level and believe the lower end of the high majors is probably a more appropriate level.

Deon Thompson, 6-8 JR C Torrance (Calif.) High. A big, wide-body with good hands and feet, Thompson has a chance to be a very nice player with better conditioning. He's very effective around the basket, with a nice touch and ability to post up. A likely mid major prospect with a chance to go higher.

Shane Hanson, 6-5 JR SF Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Temescal Canyon. Hanson has good size and strength, but he's an average athlete and struggles against quickness. However, he has a nice feel for the game, competes well and he's got a very good stroke with three-point range. Needs to play in a system, as he struggles to get his shot against quickness, but a nice player at the mid major level and possibly higher.

Quinton Watkins, 6-3 SO SG Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. Watkins has a great bball body and he's a terrific athlete. Lefty stroke is just decent at this point, but he's a big-time slasher and potentially a lock-down defender. Watkins has as big an upside as any wing we've seen so far in the 2007 class. With development, a potentially elite, high major prospect.

Morgan Grim, 6-6 SO PF Riverton (Utah) High. This was our first look at Grim and we came away very impressed. Long and lean, with good hands and feet, Grim competes well and has a significant upside. Outside shot is fair to about 17 feet. He's got a good frame and should fill out well. A potential high major prospect.

Ben Aird, 6-8 FR C Bountiful (Utah) High. A big kid, Aird is somewhat mature-looking, but he's a very effective low-post scorer. He's got a great feel in the post and advanced post moves for his age. We liked his physical approach – good toughness – and his competitiveness. An average athlete, but knows how to use his body down low. Definitely one to watch in the 2008 class of big men.

Malcolm Lee, 5-11 FR PG Riverside (Calif.) North. Good-looking young point guard with length and a very nice feel. Good quickness, nice instincts and vision. He's among the top couple point guards we've seen so for in the 2008 class.

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