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Russell Westbrook, Landry Fields and Quinton Watkins are among the players we've seen recently in high school tournaments...

We spent the last week at various tournaments in Southern California. Here are some thoughts on the players we've seen recently.

Russell Westbrook, 6-2 SR SG/PG Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger. He's more of a two than a one, but he handles the ball well enough that he could play some point guard in college. He's got a great frame – excellent shoulders and length – with big feet and a young face. In other words, he might not be done yet physically. More of a scorer than a shooter, Westbrook can finish inside against size, as well as knock down the three. He's a good athlete, with the ability to defend either guard position. He's now second on our shooting guard list, trailing only Matt Bouldin. A lot of high major programs have missed the boat on this kid.

Landry Fields, 6-5 SR SG Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. Like Westbrook, Fields is also more than just a shooter. He moves very well without the ball and is adept at finding gaps in defenses. He's still very immature physically – body hasn't filled out yet – and he's all legs at this point. He may need a redshirt year when he gets to college, but he's a definite high major prospect.

Quinton Watkins, 6-4 JR SG Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. Watkins has long had the kind of body and athleticism that gets coaches excited, but his shot has been a question mark. In the game we saw earlier this week, Watkins knocked down several jumpers and looked good doing it. If he can shoot it consistently, he's a high major prospect.

D.J. Gay, 5-11 JR PG Sun Valley (Calif.) Poly. More of a scoring lead guard than a true point, Gay has a solid stroke with range, as well as the ability to penetrate. He's got a sturdy frame, with fairly good quickness. Feet are just ok – not great laterally – but he can score and should get plenty of looks at the mid major level.

Aaron Moore, 6-6 FR PF Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. Athletic young post with very good feet and hands. He's still learning the game, but he moves well and can score around the basket. With continued development, a potential high major prospect.

Chris Cunningham, 6-6 FR C Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch. Good-sized young post with a young face and some skills. Pretty good hands, moves fairly well for a young big. If he grows a couple inches, he could be very interesting in a few years.

Wendell Wright, 6-4 SO SF/SG Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair. Long and lean wing with some upside. Shot is a question mark, but he's got potential.

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