Nike Camp Kicks Off

The summer evaluation period is officially underway. The Nike Camp in Indianapolis completes its first two scrimmages and some west coasters fare well, including senior wings Fred Washington and Devon Evertsen, and junior guard Gabe Pruitt...

The 2002 basketball summer recruiting period is underway – and about to really get into gear today when the Nike Camp conducts its first full day of activity with college coaches in attendance.

The first two days have consisted of two night sessions of what Nike calls "controlled scrimmages."

It hasn't been really enough to draw any conclusions, but you can start to get a feel for the camp, and the talent in attendance.

It might sound like a broken record, but the talent level is down – both from a national perspective and a west coast perspective – at this camp. It's not as much a reflection on the Nike Camp itself as much as that of the class of 2003, which is very limited talent-wise. It has made this Nike Camp probably the least talented in the last five years.

There are 24 players from the west coast, which is a smaller number than in past years. And there truly isn't that level of really elite west coast talent as we've seen in recent years here. But you can look at it in two different ways – that it's not a good year for west coast talent, or that the year that the talent level is down in the west luckily coincides with the talent being down across the country, which gives the west coast kids a better opportunity than had it been a year with better talent nationally.

In the first two days, there have been a couple of west coast standouts. Fred Washington, 6-3 SR SF/SG, Torrance Bishop Montgomery, has looked athletic and active. He hasn't taken many outside shots, but he's been great in transition and physically overpowering defenders. Perhaps the best performance from a west coast kid yesterday came from Gabe Pruitt, 6-2 JR SG/PG, Compton Centennial. Pruitt was near-flawless in his game Sunday night, hitting two pretty threes, dishing out a couple of nice passes, playing nice defense and letting the game flow to him. Devon Evertsen, 6-6 SR SF, Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley also has played well, driving to the basket with quickness and power, while playing hard on both ends of the floor. Marcus Johnson, 6-5 SO SF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester, looked good Tuesday, handling and the passing the ball like a guard while being active on the boards and playing solid defense. Mikel Watson, 6-0 SR PG, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino, ran his team well, pushing the ball very effectively in transition, while making the smart pass. He also hit a nice mid-range jumper, which, if he continued to do it, would really add a nice dimension to his game.

Here are the remainder of the west coast participants at Nike:

Wesley Washington, 6-1 SR SG, Santa Ana Mater Dei
Vince Scott, 6-9 SR C, Phoenix (Ariz.) Greenway
Rodrick Stewart, 6-3 SR SG, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
Maurice Shaw, 6-9 SR C, Gilbert (Ariz.) High
Nick Fazekas, 6-9 SR C, Arvada (Col.) Ralston Valley
Thomas Huff, 6-3 SR SG, Phoenix (Ariz.) Camelback
D.J. Strawberry, 6-3 SR SG, Santa Ana Mater Dei
Marcus Williams, 6-2 SR PG, Los Angeles Crenshaw
Adam Morrison, 6-5 SR SF, Spokane (Wash.) Mead
Derek Raivio, 6-1 SR PG, Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View
Ryan Appleby, 6-2 SR PG, Stanwood (Wash.) High
Derrick Low, 5-11 JR PG, Honolulu (Haw.) Iolani
David Pendergraft, 6-4 JR SF, Brewster (Wash.) High
Robert Rothbart, 7-0 JR PF, Cupertino (Calif.) Monta Vista
Harrison Schaen, 6-8 SR PF, Santa Ana Mater Dei
Chester Giles, 6-9 JR C, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
Antonio Porch, 6-6 SR SF/PF, Denver (Col.) Denver East
Kevin Bell, 5-8 SR PG, Los Angeles Fairfax

Injury news: Lodrick Stewart, 6-4 SR SG, reportedly is suffering from tendinitis and will not participate in the camp. Sean Phaler, 6-9 SR PF, Villa Park (Calif.) High, was also invited to the camp but declined because of injury.

We'll have write-ups on each west coast player participating over the next few days, and a look at the best national players participating, as well as recruiting updates on just about every west coast senior in the camp.

So stay at Prep West Hoops for the best west coast coverage of the Nike Camp…

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