UCLA Advanced Skills Camp, Part Two

The UCLA Advanced Skills Camp, held last week in Westwood, had some of the top players from the west participating. In part two of our report on the camp, we focus on Edgar Garibay, Jeff Withey, Jonathan Wills and several other prospects...

The UCLA Advanced Skills Camp featured some of the top talent on the West Coast. Here are some more evaluations from the camp.

Edgar Garibay, 6-9 JR C Compton (Calif.) High. Garibay had a generally solid showing at the camp. He's got an excellent frame and good feet. He's better facing up than with his back to the basket. Nice touch to 15-16 feet and he moves well for a young big. He hasn't had a lot of coaching to this point, but he has good instincts. A likely high major prospect.

Jeff Withey, 6-10 JR C San Diego (Calif.) Horizon. Withey was hurt during the spring and he's just now getting back to the court. So his performance at the camp needs to be viewed in that context. That being said, Withey struggled in this environment. We saw him with his high school team during the season and it was evident then that his progress had slowed somewhat. In this camp, Withey struggled to finish inside and was generally ineffective going against any kind of size. He was slow to pick up on the concepts being taught in the drills. However, he's a young, big kid and he's still growing into his body. You don't see many polished post players who have just finished the 10th grade. But Withey will need to play with much more energy and focus if he's to play at a high level in college.

Jonathan Wills, 6-5 SR SG Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair. Wills has a very good bball body and he's got good quickness and hops. His outside shot is very streaky, but he's tough to handle when he gets it going. His range extends to beyond the three-point line. He needs to improve his ball handling, as well as his passing, but he's a possible high major prospect on upside alone.

Garrett Green, 6-8 JR PF Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. Green has all the physical tools you look for in a young post prospect. He's got a great frame, very good feet and long arms. He moves well and he's pretty bouncy. His shot to 18-19 feet is solid (although a big long in the release). He played well at this camp, knocking down jumpers and doing a good job inside. Green had a very disappointing sophomore season, but that may have been due to inexperience. He often was late on plays and just didn't seem to have a good feel at times. It will be interesting to see if Green can take his play from this camp and have it translate into production in real games. He has the potential to develop into a high major player someday, but he's still a long way from that level.

Wendell Wright, 6-4 JR SG Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair. Long and slender, Wright has grown several inches in the last two years. He's a good athlete, with some quickness and bounce. His outside shot has improved considerably in the last year, but he's still not what you'd call a shooter. However, he slashes well and, if his shot can become consistent, he's got a chance to play at a high level. Wright plays with good energy and he should be a very good defender someday. A possible high major prospect.

Alex Renneman, 6-8 JR PF Vancouver (Wash.) Skyview. Renneman has a pretty good body, with some length, and he moves well. He's got a decent touch to about 16-17 feet. He should get looks at the mid major level.

Tre Brewer, 6-3 JR SG Alta Loma (Calif.) High. Nice wing body with fair level of athleticism. Has some ability to slash off the wing and jump shot to 18-19 feet isn't bad. Ball skills in general need to improve. But physical attributes are there and he has some upside.

Keegan Hornbuckle, 6-5 SO SG/SF North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. Nice young wing prospect with a very good stroke to the stripe. He's got a good frame with some length and he's much bouncier than you'd expect. Ball skills need to improve, but he's an intriguing prospect.

Aalim Moor, 6-0 SO PG Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's. Good-looking point with a young face and some length to him. Nice shot to 17-18 feet and played with poise throughout the camp. Solid handle and passing ability, showed good court awareness. One to watch in the future.

James Johnson, 6-4 FR PF North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. Johnson will be a freshman at Campbell Hall this season and he should be a very effective high school player. He's got a very good body and he's strong for a young kid. He's got a nice touch around the basket and competes well. His ultimate level in college will depend on whether he gets any bigger.


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