Big Time Part 1

Here's a quick look at some of the west coast standouts from the first two days of the Big Time, including some known names and some new ones...

Ty Morrison, 6-6 JR SF, Phoenix (Ariz.) Browne. Bursting with potential, Morrison is long, athletic and active, and shows signs of good, developing skills. Potentially a big-time recruit.

Eric Henkel, 6-4 SR SG, Missoula (Wash.) Sentinel. One of the best shooters in the Northwest, he put on a shooting exhibition Monday leading his team to 40-point wins.

Adam Morrison, 6-5 SR SF, Spokane (Wash.) Mead. On the same team with Henkel, the Gonzaga commit looked confident and skilled.

Churchill Odia, 6-6 JR SG. A bit of a mystery, Odia is playing for Seattle Rotary Select and is apparently the cousing of a Seattle Supersonic. College coaches were asking, "Who is that guy?," after he had nailed a couple of long range threes and showed handle like a point guard. The word is he might enroll at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia – or be playing at Seattle Rainier Beach next winter.

Josh Love, 6-7 SR PF, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach. A frontcourt player that is long around the basket and a good rebounder, with a body that could get bigger.

Jimmy Goffredo, 5-11 SR SG, La Crescenta (Calif.) Crescenta Valley. Another who put on a shooting exhibition, Goffredo has college coaches seriously wondering how they could use him – being a 5-11 shooting guard.

Drew Gibson, 6-0 SR PG, Los Angeles Dorsey. Played really solidly for Rockfish yesterday, Gibson ran the team, handling the ball well with few mistakes and setting up his teammates to score.

Lorenzo Wade, 6-5 SR SG, Las Vegas Cheyenne. Keeps showing that he's one of the most impressive players on the west coast for pure talent.

Jeff Williams, 6-9 SR C, Portland Roosevelt. We haven't seen him yet, but very good sources say that he's showing he's a sleeper to be reckoned with and possibly a high-major recruit.

Marvin Williams, 6-8 JR PF, Bremerton (Wash.) High. College coaches are lining the walls at his games, and he's not disappointing them. He's floating outside for threes, but hitting a few. But he's also so active inside and playing above the rim.

Josh Heytvelt, 6-9 JR PF, Clarkston (Wash.) High. Proving he's one of the best frontcourt players in a loaded junior class, he has skills and athleticism. He's blowing up.

Rodney Stuckey, 6-3 JR SG, Covington (Wash.) Kentwood. A good-looking guard with great size who shoots it and handles it well.

Ray Reed, 6-0 SR PG, Inglewood. Reed has some games where you are amazed at how athletic and effective he can be. And even though they don't come all the time, he's had a couple in the last two days.

John Winston, 6-3 SR PG Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. Winston has passed the ball as well as any player we've seen in the tournament. Great vision and point guard instincts.

Kyle Jeffers, 6-8 SR PF Santa Rosa (Calif.) Montgomery. Looks to be recovered from two sprained ankles suffered last month. Moving better, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots.

Ayinde Ubaka, 6-2 SR PF Oakland (Calif.) High. Reaffirming his status as the #1 PG in the west. Pro scouts were marveling at a game he had last night.

Marcus Slaughter, 6-8 SR PF Riverside (Calif.) North. No one has improved their stock more in the last two weeks. Louisville is now looking at Slaughter and they won't be the only high major on him.

Jacob Bettinger, 6-8 JR PF Port Orchard (Wash.) South Kitsap. Big, skilled four man who can move and knows the game. A likely high major in next year's class.

Alan Branch, 6-7 JR PF Albuquerque (New Mex.) Cibola. At 6-7, 300 pounds, Branch gets your attention. Good feet and hands, very skilled. Can shoot out to the stripe or post you up in the paint. Has a chance to be a high major.

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