Here's our evaluation on some of the seniors who participated in the Holiday Prep Classic.
David Paris, 6-8 PF Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian. Paris was outstanding in this tournament and improved his stock greatly in our eyes. He's trimmed down, and toned up, since the summer and it's made a noticeable difference in his game. He's much, much quicker than before and showed a far more versatile game than he had in the past. Whereas before he was locked into the low-post, Paris can now step out to the perimeter, put the ball on the floor and create for himself or teammates. He's got great hands, a nice touch, quick feet for a guy his size and he'll be a tough match-up for four men in the Pac-10. After the summer, we felt Paris wouldn't really contribute at Cal until his sophomore/junior year. But he's a completely different player now and it wouldn't surprise us if he's able to step in and play right away as a freshman.
C.J. Watson, 6-2 PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. If you consider Chris Rodgers a combo guard, Watson is now the clear-cut choice for top point guard prospect in the west. He's quick, skilled with the ball, has an excellent feel, three-point range on his shot and a great frame to grow into. Sources close to Tennessee tell us that C.J. will probably play major minutes right away for the Volunteers. After watching C.J. last week, it's easy to see why that would be the case. A terrific get for Buzz Peterson and the Tennessee staff.
D'Angelo Collins, 6-8 PF Inglewood (Calif.) High. NBA scouts followed Collins around all week and he showed them both the good and the bad D'Angelo. He's got a great body, good athleticism and a very nice outside shot. He also has no low-post game, shaky fundamentals and a tendency to play lazy at times. Whether that will ever be an issue for a college coach to deal with is very questionable. With a lot of coaching, hard work and a change in his approach to the game, D'Angelo could end up a very good player. Whether that ever happens is anyone's guess.
Jayson Obazuaye, 6-2 SG San Jose (Calif.) Andrew Hill. Obazuaye opened some eyes in this tournament, showing off a chiseled body (he must've added ten pounds of muscle since July) and a slightly improved jump shot. The shot still isn't there yet, but it's getting better. What is there, and has been for some time, is a competitiveness and toughness that's second to none in the west. Obazuaye's a warrior who, if nothing else, will be an outstanding defender in college. If the shot keeps getting better, he could end up being a very nice player for Colorado.
Tim Drisdom, 6-2 PG Downey (Calif.) Calvary Chapel. Drisdom has lost some weight since the summer and he appears to be moving a little better as a result. He's still not quick, and will probably struggle to guard point guards in the Mountain West, but he's got a very nice shot and good leadership ability.