Projecting kids who haven't yet played their sophomore or freshman year in high school is obviously not an easy proposition. In many cases, their bodies haven't yet matured and there's no way to know how they'll end up in 2-3 years. So we would caution players, and parents, that these are very early evaluations. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the prospects who caught our attention at this event.
Omondi Amoke, 6-6 SO SF Oxnard (Calif.) High. The best prospect at the event, Amoke has a very advanced skill set. He sees the court very well, is a terrific passer and ball-handler, and he can step out to the stripe with a good-looking stroke. Amoke has good size and strength – at times, he looked like a man among boys. He's got an excellent feel for the game and has a chance to be among the top prospects in his class.
Justin Holiday, 6-5 SO SF North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. Holiday has improved tremendously in the last four months. We saw him in June at a tournament and his progress is remarkable. He's very long and lean, with quick feet, and he's a very good defender. He showed a decent-looking shot, but slashed very well off the wing. Holiday has a very high upside and currently projects as a likely high major prospect.
Kenton Walker, 6-7 SO PF Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High. A transplant from Indiana, Walker just moved to the San Diego area this year. He's got a great frame – long arms, very good shoulders and he moves well. His offensive game is limited at this point, but he's got good hands and projects as a potential high major prospect.
Melvyn Oliver, 6-9 SO C Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. A big-bodied post who has a chance to be very good if he gets in shape. Oliver is carrying some extra weight, but he's got soft hands and good feet.
Gerald McClemore, 6-2 SO SG Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High. McClemore has a nice frame, with good quickness. His shot is just adequate at this point, but he's got a nice feel for the game.
Evan Wiley, 5-11 FR PG Dublin (Calif.) High. Good-looking kid with a point guard's feel for the game. Good quickness, nice stroke and stays under control.
Jarrid Bryant, 6-0 FR SG/PG Corona (Calif.) Centennial. Bryant has a solid frame, with good quickness and strength. Lefty stroke needs work, but an intriguing prospect, particularly if he can play the one. Potentially a very good defender.
Jamual Bryant, 6-2 FR SG Corona (Calif.) Centennial. Jamual is longer than his brother and probably ends up a wing at the two or three. His shot also needs work, but a good athlete with an upside.
We'll profile more prospects at this event in part two of our story.