Here's a look at some of the notable juniors at the recent Powerade Holiday Prep Classic in Las Vegas.
Antonio Porch, 6-6 SF Denver (Colo.) Denver East. Porch showed that he's clearly among the top handful of small forwards in the west coast junior class. He's long and quick, with good ball skills and a pretty nice stroke. Very quick off his feet and blocked several shots. Active at both ends and competes very well.
Zach Ryan, 6-6 SF Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces. A terrific prospect with a rangy, live bball body. Shot didn't always go down, but a good-looking stroke. Big-time hops and moves well. A high major prospect.
Liam Hughes, 7-1 C Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian. The big Englishman has made progress since the summer. Still very raw skill-wise, but plays hard and has a bit of a mean streak. He bothered super soph Robert Swift when they went head-to head. Will be a project when he gets to college, but he's developing better instincts and his size affects the game.
Chris Devine, 6-7 SF Eagle River (Alaska) Chugiak. Long-armed wing with terrific feel and vision. Not an explosive athlete. Nice mid-range game off the dribble, but needs to improve range on his shot. Mid to high major prospect.
Yahosh Bonner, 5-11 PG Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View. Studly body with fairly good quickness. Can hit the three and makes good decisions. Does a good job of making the simple play -- not a lot of frills to his game. Mid to high major prospect.
Kyle Shiloh, 6-2 PG Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces. Good size, quick, decent shot and can create for others. Potential mid-major prospect.
Ron Ligon, 6-3 SF Inglewood (Calif.) High. Good, strong body with long arms. Nice stroke, but doesn't get to show it much on out of control Inglewood team. We liked the fact that he was in a stance and defending, even when he didn't get many touches.
Rayshawn Reed, 6-1 PG Inglewood (Calif.) High. Fairly quick and athletic, but makes far too many bad decisions for a point guard. Constantly jumping in the air and out of control in the lane. Outside shot needs work..
Chris Brever, 6-6 SF Denver (Colo.) Denver East. Nice size and a good-looking shot that didn't fall as often as you'd expect. He came off the bench for a loaded Denver East team and seemed to be their designated shooter, so we assume those shots normally go down. Not real athletic, but you have to like the size and stroke. Someone to keep an eye on.