As is typical in these type of camps, there was very little real basketball being played. There was little individual or team defense, no sharing of the ball and no activity off the ball. There were a lot of lob passes, players leaking out early looking for dunks and an unbelievable amount of bad shots. Overall, this was a very poor environment to evaluate players, as there were very few guys actually playing basketball. With that in mind, here are some quick impressions of some of the West Coast guys in attendance.
Drew Gordon, 6-8 SO PF San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty. Gordon can run and jump with the best of them. He loves to make the spectacular play and he had a number of impressive dunks and blocks at this event. Gordon is still fairly raw in terms of things like footwork, low-post moves, sealing defenders, etc., but he has all the physical tools to become an outstanding player.
Jamelle Horne, 6-6 JR SF San Diego (Calif.) High. Horne wasn't quite as sharp as he was in April. The relaxed atmosphere, with nothing really at stake, leads to a lot of questionable decisions and Horne had his share. His jumpshot, though, is better than it was a year ago. He's an outstanding leaper and he flushes everything close to the rim. His ball-handling, and low-post game, both need to improve.
Austin Daye, 6-9 JR SF/PF Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge. Daye wasn't as sharp as we saw him at the Cactus Classic, but we can't really blame him for not being completely focused here. He drained his usual number of deep shots, but didn't really do much beyond shoot the ball. He still needs to add strength and weight before he can get much done in the paint. In any event, his offensive skills are considerable and he has a chance to be an impact player at Gonzaga.
Matt Simpkins, 6-9 JR C Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian. Simpkins is reportedly trying to get reclassified but, since that is unlikely to happen in California, we expect his last year of high school eligibility to be next season. He could obviously go to prep school after that but, for our purposes, we're ranking him in the class of 2007 until we hear otherwise. In any event, Simpkins has a very good body and he moves extremely well. He plays the game for dunks, though, and that's not a good thing. He frequently cherry-picked in this event, as he often leaked out trying to get dunks. He does have a high physical upside, but his feel and approach to the game need to improve if he is to reach his potential.
Wendell McKines, 6-4 JR PF Richmond (Calif.) High. McKines is very strong and physical, with good leaping ability. He plays with toughness and he gets a lot done in the paint. He'll be undersized at the next level, but he competes so well that we think he's a very good prospect at the mid major level.
Donnell Beverly, 6-3 JR PG Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger. Beverly has good size for a point and a very nice feel for the game. He played unselfishly at this event and did an excellent job of setting up teammates. He knocked down several open shots, but didn't force anything – which was truly an accomplishment in this camp of selfish players. He's a definite mid major prospect and may go a bit higher.
Zare Zagaryan, 6-6 JR PF Glendale (Calif.) Hoover. Zagaryan has a decent body, with very good ball skills and a nice feel for the game. He's just a fair athlete, but his decision-making stood out at this camp. He's got a pretty good shot with three-point range and he's a good passer. Someone to keep an eye on at the mid major level.