Houston Kingwood Classic

Many west coast teams make the trip with so many college coaches in attendance. Some individual prospects fared well, including Marcus Williams, Ryan Appleby, and probably the best all-around prospect on the west coast, sophomore center Robert Swift...

The 8th Annual Houston Kingwood Classic was held April 26-28. A total of over 200 AAU teams competed, including 66 in the varsity level 17 & under division. The championship of the top division was won by Houston Hoops of Texas who defeated No Limit from Illnois.

A huge contingent of college coaches were in attendance, since it was one of the few -- if not the only event -- in the country that was certified that weekend.

Eleven teams from the west coast where there: So Cal All-Stars (Orange County, CA), California Team Select (Los Angeles), Portland Legends (Portland, OR), Belmont Shore/H-Squad (Los Angeles), Arizona Stars (Phoenix), Arizona Heat (Phoenix), Salt Lake City Metro (UT), Emerald City Pioneers (Seattle, WA), High Five America (San Diego), Copper State All-Stars (Phoenix), and the Arizona Stars Gold (Phoenix). Here are some of the standouts from the west coast teams. So Cal All-Stars:

6'3 Marcus Williams of Crenshaw (soon to be Oak Hill) was fairly effective penetrating the ball & demonstrated the ability to run a team at times. The only issue with this high-major talent is his willingness to run the show. If, he does, watchout.....

There are similar thoughts on 6'0 Jr. Rayshawn Reed of Inglewood H.S. Reed competed at a high level & made some gifted plays but he does continue to struggle with decision- making at times.

6'9 Mohamed Abukar of Rancho Bernando H.S. in San Diego had a solid but not spectacular tournament. He displayed an ability to score in a variety of ways, which will pay dividends at the next level (Kansas and Georgia are his finalists). His lack of physical strength is the issue at this point.

6'4 Soph Aaron Afflalo of Centennail H.S. in Compton had a decent showing, mostly as a scorer in transition. 6'6 Soph. Marcel Jones of Mater Dei had perhaps his best AAU tournament performance ever. He shot the ball very well from three and played with a confidence level rarely seen from someone his age.

California Team Select:

6'11 Soph. Robert Swift of Garces H.S. in Bakersfield proves once again he is the best prospect in any class in the west. He has a real ability to impact a game in many ways: blocking shots, rebounding, scoring inside (does need some polish) and passing. He is unselfish almost to a fault and does whatever it takes to win at this point. It will be an upset if he plays an college ball after high school.

5'9 Jr. Shaun Davis of Lincoln (San Diego) had a good showing and raise his stock to solid mid-major status. 6'3 Soph. Gabriel Pruitt of Centenal H.S. in Compton had a good showing offensively, playing both guard position. 6'9 Jr. Ekene Ibekwe of Carson H.S. was effective in transition & displayed a wide variety of offense in a half-court setting. 6'4 Soph Darryl Strawberry (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) had a fine all-round performance & drew the attention of many high-major coaches.

Portland Legends (OR):

6'0 Jr. Derek Ravio of Mtn View H.S. in Vancouver, Wash., was the star of the team. He played the PG spot on both ends and showed a great ability to run a team. Remember the name -- he won't be forgotten soon. 6'0 soph. Donnie Harrison of Grant H.S. Portland (OR), a combo guard, displayed solid shooting ballhandling skills. 6'2 Jr. DeMarcus "Boomer" Corney (Jefferson High Portland, OR) is another name to remember. Showing some upside was 6'10 soph. postman Sam Rayburn of Sunset H.S. in Beaverton(OR).

Belmont Shore/H-Squad (combination of both teams):

6'7 Jr. Brandon Bass of Capitol high in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, displayed a real aggressive attitude around the basket in scoring almost at will & rebounding. Bass is a legit high major. 6'3 Jr.Wesley Washington (Mater Dei) had solid performance coming off his committment to Cal. 6'3 soph. DeMarcus Nelson of Vallejo H.S. (Vallejo) displayed a high level of athletism & skill level, although inconsistent at times. He will be a impact player at the high major level. 6'3 Jr. PG John Winston of Salesian H.S.(Richmond) drew rave reviews from numerous high major coaches to his physical prowess & his ability to run a team.

Arizona Stars:

6'3 Jr. Gerard Punch of Brophy Prep (Phoenix) had a productive tournament. He's an athletic wing who scores effectively & rebounds well. A solid low- to mid-major prospect. 6'4 Brett Collins of Mt. Point (Phoenix) really competed and displayed scoring skills as a shooter, driver and post-up player. 5'11 Jr. guard Yohosh Bonner Mt.View H.S. (Mesa) played fairly well until a hamstring injury sidelined him. 6'6 Jr. Devon Evertsen of Moon Valley H.S. (Phoenix) showed some effectiveness in transition but was inconsistent as a scorer/shooter. The jury is really out on him. Probably a mid-major prospect.

Salt Lake Metro:

6'2 Jr. combo guard Josh Olsen of Alta High (Salt Lake City) turned in the best performance with great ballhandling skills in transition, the ability to shoot from the perimeter and rebound from his position. He's a low-major prospect. 6'6 Jr. Andy Palmer of Pine View high (St. George, UT) scored inside & out on a fairly consistent basis. 6'7 Jr. Troy Randall is a low major prospect out of East high (SLC, UT) He was slowed by a knee injury.

Emerald City Pioneers:

6'2 Jr. Ryan Appleby of Stanwood high (Stanwood, WA) was the star. He's a great passer in the half court & transition. He shot the ball well also. Pac-10 schools will battle for him as a high major prospect. 6'4 soph. guard Chad Troyer of Seattle Prep (Seatle) shot the lights out on a consistent basis and showed some nice ballhandling skills. 6'8 soph. Jacob Bettinger of South Kitsap high (Paulsbo, WA) had a respectable showing scoring inside. 6'4 soph. wing Jerry Carter was effective in transition, rebounded fairly well & showed good ball handling skills.

High Five America:

6'3 Jr. wing Jake Wohlfeil of Christian high (El Cajon) shot the ball well & drove to the basket effectively both in transition and in half court. He is a decent rebounder & solid ball handler, a solid mid major prospect.

6'4 Jr. Richard Moss of La Jolla (La Jolla) had a good showing. His athleticism and aggressiveness are his best qualities. He will likely be a sleeper mid-major prospect. 6'0 Jr. Kurt Attaway of Dallas, Tex., was impressive with his ballhandling and passing skills. 7'0 Jr. Jarred Boswell of El Capitan high (Lakeside,CA) rebounded well but didn't really finish his shots. He needs to be more consistent, but he did draw some looks from the coaches from Wyoming. He's a low/mid major prospect without a lot of upside. 6'5 soph. Grayson Moyer of La Jolla high (La Jolla) showed an ability to score as a shooter and a driver.

Copper State All-Stars:

6'3 Jr. Ryan Toolson of Gilbert high (Gilbert, AZ) is the main guy for this squad. He shot the ball well from three while functioning as the backup PG, with a decent handle. A mid-major prospect. 6'7 soph Ty Morrison of Trevor Brown high (Phoenix) has a decent inside game and he rebounded well. He needs some bulk and strength but has a hugh upside. 6'2 Jr. Dallas Renach of Mtn. View High (Mesa ) showed good ballhandling and passing skills. He shot is just okay. A low major prospect. 6'4 soph. Travis Galbidon of Desert Vista High (Phoenix), 6'8 soph James Lester of Thunderbird High (Phoenix) & 6'5 soph Gabe Freeman of McClintock High (Tempe) all showed D-I potential.

Arizona Stars Gold:

6'4 Jr. Mike Aumby of Mesquite High (Gilbert) was the most impressive of this group. He has a fine all around game and is a low major prospect. 6'2 Jr. Jerry Bryant fo Mesquite High (Gilbert) showed the ability to play all three perimeter positions effectively.

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