Here's our take on some of the top sophomores from the Rockfish Spring League.
Gabriel Pruitt, 6-2 PG Compton (Calif.) Centennial. Pruitt has the talent to be an elite, high major recruit two years from now. He understands the game better than many college players do, he can score from anywhere on the court and he's a team player. He still needs to get stronger, but he's getting bigger every time we see him. Pruitt could play with a little more nastiness. His game is finesse oriented and he'll need to play a more physical game as the competition gets better. But we assume that will come as he adds weight and strength. He did attempt to dunk on someone in transition, which we'd never seen from him before, so it's possible that forcefulness is starting to come already.
Jonathan Heard, 6-5 SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Manual Arts. A slender and long-armed wing, Heard is active around the basket and possesses a decent shooting touch. A good, but not great, athlete, Heard is quick off the floor inside. Decent handle and ball skills. Could be very interesting if he gets bigger and turns into a four.
Kurt Graeber, 6-8 C Rolling Hills Estates (Calif.) Peninsula. A very interesting young big man, Graeber has good hands and feet, and runs well. Looks like he's had some coaching, as he understands how to post up and seal. He should become much more effective as he gets more experience. He was a little slow reacting at times, a half second behind the play. Skill level isn't there yet, but the ingredients are there for a player.
Robbie Haynes, 6-2 SG Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. Rangy guard who can really score. More of a scorer than pure shooter, but he's got a pretty nice shot as well. Good, not great, athlete. One concern might be how big he gets -- slender and a narrow frame.
Lorenzo Keeler, 6-1 PG Escondido (Calif.) High. Another really talented player who has a body-type concern. He's very small-boned and you wonder if he'll be big enough to play at the high-major level. But he's got skills, that's for sure. Shoots it, handles it and knows how to play.
Dawin Whiten, 6-2 SG North Hills (Calif.) Monroe. Whiten has a couple brothers who played football and he looks like he could as well (although we hear he's just focusing on bball). Quick feet for a guy built like a linebacker, nice stroke out to the stripe. A little bit stiff -- not a lot of shiftiness to him -- but a good athlete. Handles it pretty well and made good decisions. Could be very good if he grows a couple inches.
Matt Sargeant, 6-2 SG Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View. A very good shooter and crafty with the ball. Finds a way to get his shots, despite so-so quickness. Athleticism is a question mark, but he can score.
Kyle Brucculeri, 6-6 SF Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. One of the best shooters in the league, Brucculeri has improved his ability to put it on the floor since we last saw him. Mostly a catch and shoot guy before, he showed a couple nice shots off the dribble. Size and shooting ability make him someone to watch. Does need to quicken up his stroke. Ok athlete, but good size and could get bigger.