The San Diego Super 60 League runs from April to May and it's a good opportunity for us to catch up on some guys that we don't get a chance to see much. Here are our thoughts on some of the players that we saw in a couple trips to the league.
Moulaye Niang, 6-10 SR C El Cajon (Calif.) Christian. Niang looked terrific in the two games we saw him play, showing improved skills with the ball. He's filled out physically, yet still moves very well for a big man. He's got very quick feet (spent some time guarding PG Mikel Watson and gave Watson problems). Similar in some ways to Dan Gadzuric. Not quite as big, but very good athleticism and plays with great energy (sometimes too much -- gets reckless). And like Gadzuric, Niang's feel and instincts for the game aren't there yet due to a late introduction to the game. Niang will make an incredible spin move in transition and then throw the ball off the backboard because he's not sure where he is on the court. His low-post skills are still very rudimentary. But one area where he's far ahead of Gadzuric is with his outside shot. Niang hit three jumpers in the games we saw, including a three-pointer from the top of the key.
Mohamed Abukar, 6-9 JR PF Poway (Calif.) Rancho Bernardo. After Sean Phaler, Abukar is the best perimeter shooter among big men in the west. Doesn't quite have the range that Phaler has, but Abukar can go out beyond the three-point line and knock it down. Has a tendency to spend a little too much time on the perimeter -- he'll need to develop an inside game for the next level. Fairly good, but not great, athlete. Runs well, ok hops. Not especially explosive. Biggest concern is probably a narrow frame and how much bigger he can get. He'll need to get considerably stronger to play inside in the SEC (he's committed to Georgia). Hopefully, as he gets stronger, he'll play with more aggressiveness and toughness. Right now, there's a little too much finesse. Still, a very promising big man who, with some more development, has a chance to be among the better posts in the country.
Mikel Watson, 6-1 JR PG Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino. Long and quick, with a deadly outside shot (deep range), Watson is still a ways away from fully realizing his potential. He doesn't have the polish that some other top West Coast PGs have and that may be due tin part to playing mostly against lesser competition. He doesn't seem to realize just yet how good he could be. Needs to develop a mid-range shot -- relies primarily on floating runners in the lane (he does make a lot of them though). Also needs work on his left-hand -- dribbles almost exclusively with his right. Showed very good defensive ability with his high school team. He sees the court very well in transition and will advance the ball by passing rather than dribbling. A high major recruit, but needs to smooth out some rough edges.
Keith Spencer, 6-6 JR SF San Diego (Calif.) Eastlake. Very active wing with raw skills. Showed some quick spin moves around the basket. Not much of an outside shot. Fairly good athlete with good-sized feet -- could be intriguing if he gets bigger. Possible low major.
Jarrod Boswell, 6-10 JR C Lakeside (Calif.) El Capitan. Big body that needs some toning up. Decent hands, and has some aggressiveness, but skills are still very rudimentary. Has a tendency to play small -- doesn't always use his height to good advantage inside. Athleticism might improve with better conditioning. Possible low major prospect right now.
Craig Austin, 6-8 SO PF Carlsbad (Calif.) High. Good frame, long arms and moves pretty well. Nice touch out to fifteen feet. Showed decent footwork on a couple post moves. Still growing into his body and needs more strength. Potential mid to high major with development.
J.R. Griffin, 6-4 SO SF Spring Valley (Calif.) Mt. Miguel. Good-sized wing with a big frame and long arms. Body-type may lead to too much weight for the wing. Fairly good athlete. Can shoot it from three-point line, but it's a set shot with a low release. Pretty good handle in transition, couple nice passes. Interesting prospect depending on how his body turns out.
Marlon Howe, 6-8 SO C Fallbrook (Calif.) High. Good size, but not real fluid. Body is a bit of a concern. Decent hands, somewhat raw skills. Coasted for much of the game we watched, but then turned it on towards the end and made a couple of impressive plays. Had once nice catch and spin move in the low-post.
Chike Ekweozer, 6-6 SO PF San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma. Good athlete with very good bball body. Looks like he could get bigger. Not very skilled at this point, but could be interesting if he grows.
Grayson Moyer, 6-5 SO SF La Jolla (Calif.) High. Pretty good size, fairly nice shot. Nice feel for the game -- couple very good passes. Average athlete, but may get bigger.