SoCal Camps, Part Two

The West Coast All-Star Camp and Fullcourt Press All-West Camp have a number of interesting prospects on hand. We spent more time at both camps yesterday and came up with some new prospects that we hadn't seen before...

We spent the day yesterday at the Fullcourt Press All-West Camp and then the evening at the West Coast All-Star Camp. Here are the players who stood out in yesterday's action.

Luke Babbitt, 6-7 JR PF Reno (Calif.) Galena. Babbitt was going against senior power forward Craig Brackins and he took the Iowa State-bound prospect to school. Babbitt showed why he'll be such a tough match up in college, as he posted up the 6-9 Brackins and used jump-hooks and great footwork to score several times inside. Then he took Brackins to the three-point line and nailed several deep threes. Babbitt is not a great athlete, so he may not ever go to the pros early. But he's going to be an outstanding college player and he might be a four-year guy.

Robert Jones, 6-5 SR PF San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan. Jones is quickly becoming one of our favorite players in the class. He's highly skilled, with a great feel for the game, and he's very light on his feet for a big-bodied kid. He's much bouncier than you think and he'll surprise opposing players when he blocks their shot. But his sense of spacing, his passing ability and just overall great understanding of how to play makes him a unique prospect. If he were two inches taller, he'd be recruited by every school in the country. Being a bit undersized, we think he ends up at the WCC, Mountain West or WAC level.

La'shard Anderson, 5-11 JR PG San Diego (Calif.) Serra. This is our first look at Anderson and he's been extremely impressive. He's got great quickness, with good balance and the ability to get in the lane and finish against size. His shot is adequate at this time. But he's got pretty good vision and he found teammates several times in the game we saw yesterday. We want to watch him play in a more structured environment, but he looks like a major sleeper in the 2007 West Coast class of point guards. We'd expect him to get serious interest at the mid major level.

Andy Shannon, 6-8 JR C Sacramento (Calif.) El Camino. Slender young post – a bit narrow through the shoulders – but moves pretty well and has a decent touch.

Xavier Thames, 6-2 SO SG Sacramento (Calif.) Pleasant Grove. We only got a brief look at Thames, but he caught our attention pretty quickly. Very good athlete with the ability to get his own shot. Pretty good stroke and looks like a scorer. One to watch in the future.

Moses Morgan, 6-2 FR SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde. Great-looking young prospect with some length and a nice-looking shot. His dad was apparently a player at Indiana back in the day.

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