With the conclusion of the spring evaluation period for D1 coaches, we thought it'd be a good time to take a look at those players who have helped themselves with their spring performance. Here's our take on ten West Coast juniors who have seen their stock rise.
Lorenzo Wade, 6-5 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. Put on a show at Pump Easter tournament that had many saying, "where'd he come from?" Long and skilled, Wade is a very versatile player with a high ceiling. Will likely be ranked #1 SG when we update our rankings in June. Recruitment is wide-open.
Dominic McGuire, 6-5 SF San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. Another fairly low-profile guy who is just starting to get some national attention. If the outside shot continues to improve, McGuire could end up a top 25 national level player. Committed to Cal.
Tron Smith, 6-1 PG Moreno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs. Rumored to have committed to Arizona St., Smith has been dazzling all spring. Shoots it as well as any PG in the west and could end up playing a lot of SG in college. Strong and tough, he will be physically ready for the college game the first day he steps foot on campus.
Mohamed Abukar, 6-9 PF San Diego (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo. Not there yet physically -- needs to get bigger and stronger -- but has as good an upside as any post in the west. Sweet stroke, with three-point range. Kansas and Georgia may be two finalists.
Alan Wiggins, 6-7 PF Poway (Calif.) High. Played extremely well in the Rockfish Spring League. College coaches weren't able to attend, as the league wasn't sanctioned, but expect Wiggins to draw a lot of attention at the mid-major level when coaches get a look at him.
Aaron Brooks, 5-11 PG Seattle (Wash.) Franklin. We haven't had a chance to see Brooks this spring, but those who have tell us that he's been terrific. Drawing a lot of interest from various Pac-10 schools and other high-majors.
Derek Ravio, 6-0 PG Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View. Pretty much unknown outside of the Pacific Northwest, Ravio made a name for himself in the Houston Kingwood Classic. Will likely get high-major looks.
Shaun Davis, 5-10 PG San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. Following a so-so junior year, Davis is another player who stepped up in Houston (30 points in one game). Size may keep him at the mid-major level.
Justin Hawkins, 6-6 SF Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair. The MVP of the Rockfish Spring League, Hawkins demonstrated a terrific understanding of the game and the ability to make plays from different spots on the court. Will likely get a lot of looks at the lower end of the high majors.
Jon Ziri, 6-1 PG Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza. We got our first look at Ziri in Vegas and we were very impressed. A good athlete, who might play either guard spot, Ziri should draw attention at the mid-major level.