Las Vegas West Coast, Day Two

Craig Brackins, Kyle Austin and Lathen Wallace stand out on the second day in Las Vegas...

The second day in Las Vegas didn't feature any new revelations in terms of West Coast prospects, but there were a few guys who reconfirmed their status as good prospects.

Craig Brackins, 6-9 SR C Woodland Hilss (Calif.) Taft, comes off the bench for the Pump N Run team, but he's clearly the top post prospect on the team. Brackins has explosive hops, very good feet and great quickness for a big man. He's not real polished offensively yet, but he'll show you a play every now and then that hints at just how good he could become in a few years.

Brackins' development has been slowed by the fact that he was academically ineligible this past season at Lancaster. If he had played this year, he would likely be a lot farther along and getting attention from national analysts as an elite prospect. But we expect he'll end up at a junior college and, two years from now, the top programs that recruit from the juco ranks will be all over Brackins.

Kyle Austin, 6-6 SR PF/SF Pasadena (Calif.) High, was terrific yesterday in a win over the Compton Magic. Austin isn't a flashy player, but he knows how to play and he makes open shots. He's an active defender and rebounder. We expect he'll end up at the mid major level and that's probably the right level for him,, due to his size and the fact that he's not really a true four or three.

Lathen Wallace, 6-2 SR SG Portland (Ore.) Jefferson, started out slowly yesterday, but he put on a show in the second half of a Portland Panther win. At one point, he knocked down four three-point shots in succession over a couple minute span. A streaky shooter, Wallace is very dangerous once he makes a couple in a row. He's got deep range and he'll just keep backing up when he's got it going. Wallace needs to learn how to make a contribution when his shot isn't falling, but there's no question he can find a role as a shooter.

Jervaughn Johnson, 6-5 SR PF Compton (Calif.) Centennial, was hyped at an early age as a big-time prospect, but he's pretty much had the same body since he was in the eighth grade. He doesn't have the body type to play on the perimeter and he's not big enough to play power forward at a high level. But Johnson does play hard and he has improved his skill level. If he can get better in the low post, we could see Johnson ending up at a low to mid major program.


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