Las Vegas, West Coast: Day Two

With three tournaments running non-stop in Vegas, we're in the car a lot trying to get to a different gym every couple hours. We've now hit all three touraments and we have some new player evaluations on West Coast players that we hadn't seen before...

The big buzz in Vegas right now is the news that Kevin Love, 6-10 SR C Lake Oswego (Ore.) High, plans on announcing his college choice either Monday or Tuesday. No one seems clear on which day it will be, but the last we heard -- about 2:00 West Coast time on Sunday -- Monday appeared to be the likely date. We'll obviously have an update up as soon as we get more information.

We didn't get a chance to see the Seattle FOH team in spring, so we were anxious to get a look at that team this morning. Terrell Smith, 6-5 SR SG/SF Federal Way (Wash.) High, had some nice moments, showing off a good stroke and a fair amount of athleticism. Smith didn't force any bad shots and generally made good decisions. We want to watch him some more, but he appears to be a possible mid to high major prospect.

Another interesting player for FOH was Luke Sikma, 6-7 SR PF/C Medina (Wash.) Bellevue. The son of former pro Jack Sikma, Luke is a nice prospect in his own right. We didn't get to see him do much with the ball, but he's got good size and he moves well. He showed a nice feel for the game -- made several good passes -- and he has good timing as a shot-blocker.

Jamelle McMillan, 6-2 SR PG Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea, is long and rangy, with the ability to defend either guard spot. His dribble is a bit high, and he needs to quicken up his shot, but he showed a solid understanding for the position of point guard.

The more we watch Isaiah Thomas, 5-7 SR PG Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis, the more we question whether he'll play the one in college. The best thing Thomas does is shoot the ball -- and he shot it well late in the game we watched. But his approach to the game is as a scoring guard and we're not sure that is ever going to change.

Scott Thompson, 6-11 SR C Meridian (Ida.) Mountain View, didn't get a lot of touches and wasn't much of a factor in the game. Thompson has a nice shot facing up out to about 19 feet, but his low-post game is still in the developmental stage. He needs to play with a little more physicality, as he doesn't get a lot of rebounds, despite his size.

We went to see the young Compton Magic team this morning and came away impressed with Joe Burton, 6-7 SO C Hemet (Calif.) West Valley. Burton is a wide-body, with very nice hands and good feet. His athleticism may improve as his body tones up. Right now, he doesn't get up real good. But he's fairly skilled and made several nice passes in the game we saw. He's someone to keep an eye on in the future.

Luke Babbit, 6-7 JR PF Reno (Calif.) Galena, drew a huge crowd of coaches for his game this afternoon. The skilled lefty had coaches from UCLA, Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Washington and numerous other programs tracking his game today. Babbitt has been outstanding just about every time we've seen him this spring and summer. We only saw the first half of his game today, but he showed a right hand jump hook that was very nice. If he gets that shot down consistently, he's going to be even tougher to defend than he already is now.

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