Here is a breakdown of the top prospects in attendance at the first session of the West Coast All-Star Camp.
Jared Cunningham, 6-1 SO PG San Leandro (Calif.) High. Long and lean, Cunningham shows signs of being an exceptional player down the road. He's got a soft touch to beyond the stripe, as well as a very nice floater that he shoots on the way up in the lane. He has an excellent change of pace off the drive. He's very good at lulling defenders to sleep, then exploding by them as he gets to the rim. Cunningham is a very good athlete and has a chance to be a terrific defender if he puts his mind to it. One of the most glaring omissions from the Best of the Best game, Cunningham has a chance to be an elite, high major prospect someday.
Jacob McLemore, 5-11 SO PG Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High. Another potential elite point guard in a few years, McLemore also should have made the top all-star game. He's got an excellent feel for a young point, showing great vision and unselfishness throughout the camp. Unlike some other selfish point guards in this camp, McLemore was constantly throwing the ball into the post. He's got a nice pull-up off the dribble and he's an accurate three-point shooter. He's not real strong yet, though, and his shot will improve as he gains strength. With long arms and young face, McLemore has the look of someone who isn't done growing yet (his brother is 6-2). With continued development, a likely high major prospect.
Josh Smith, 6-7 FR C Kent (Wash.) Kentwood. Smith is a very big young post, with long arms and some baby fat. But he's got soft hands and good feet, as well as a fairly high skill level for a young post. He hasn't even started high school yet, so he still has a long way to go before we can really project him as a college player. But he shows signs of potentially being a very good college player someday.
Garrett Sim, 6-0 JR PG/SG Portland (Ore.) Sunset. A good-looking young guard with a high skill level and very good feel for the game. Sim has a solid frame, with good shoulders and some length. He's got a very nice stroke, with the ability to make shots from multiple spots. We were impressed with his fundamentals and his willingness to make the simple play. A very intriguing prospect at the mid major level and maybe higher.
Aaron Dotson, 6-3 SO SF/SG Seattle (Wash.) Garfield. Dotson looks like he's in-between positions at the moment, but he's still young. He is an explosive leaper, which he puts to good effect any time he gets near the basket. He's also a very accurate shooter from 17-19 feet. He's a bit mature-looking for a sophomore, but he's got a high upside. Ball skills need to improve for him to play on the wing at a high level. A potentially very good prospect down the road.
Wendell Wright, 6-4 JR SF/SG Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair. Wright has grown maybe four inches in the last couple years and he's got a chance to be a high major player. He's got a very good body for a wing, with long arms and big feet. He moves easy on the court and his outside shot is improving. He needs to get better at creating his own shot, but we love his upside and his unselfishness.
Tyler Bernardini, 6-6 SR SF San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker. Bernardini does not have a lot of upside – he's just a fair athlete – but he might have been the best shooter in the camp. He's got a terrific stroke. At the next level, he'll have to work hard to defend players on the perimeter, as he's not great laterally. A likely mid major prospect.
Mark McLaughlin, 6-4 JR SG/SF Kenmore (Wash.) Inglemoor. McLaughlin has the look of a player. Great actions, young face, long and lean body, nice stroke and a solid handle. He moved without the ball throughout the camp and showed an advanced feel for the game. We also liked his activity level. We want to watch him play in a more structured environment, as he looks like he could be quite a player in a few years.
Jeremiah Ostrowski, 5-9 SR PG Honolulu (Hawaii ) Punahou. Ostrowski has quickness, a very good shot to the stripe, a solid handle and a nice feel for the game. The only thing he's missing is height. As a result, he probably ends up at the low to mid major level instead of a high major.
Robert Curtis, 6-7 SR PF Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley. This was our first look at Curtis and we were fairly impressed. He's got a strong body, with good hands and nice feet. We didn't see him do much away from the basket, but he appeared to have a pretty nice low-post game. We want to see more of him this summer.