Las Vegas: West Coast, Day Two

The Las Vegas Spring Showcase and the Double Pump Spring Tournament competed for the attention of college coaches in Las Vegas this weekend. Several West Coast prospects looked good today...

The big news out of the Double Pump tournament Saturday night was the early departure of Pump N Run from the field. The tournament favorite, Pump N Run was missing star junior Jrue Holiday, who left earlier in the day to make his prom. I didn't catch the game, but I was told the Pump team also had players out with injuries. In any event, the Lakeshow White squad pulled off the upset and there will be some unhappy college coaches who don't get to see such top players as Jrue Holiday, Reeves Neson, David and Travis Wear, and Larry Drew.

The first game I saw this morning featured the Oregon Rebels, a team I had managed to miss the first couple weekends of the evaluation period. Michael Harthun, 6-3 JR SG Medford (Ore.) South Medford, had a solid game. Harthun has been forecasted by some as a point guard, but I think his future is more off the ball. He's got a very good shot and he's fairly adept at creating his own shot off the dribble. He's just a fair athlete, though, and his ability to defend high major guards is sitll a question mark.

His teammate, Drew Wiley, 6-6 JR SF Vida (Ore.) McKenzie River, had a rough game, but you can see his stroke is fine. Wiley made an early commitment to Oregon, but he'll need to play with considerable more toughness than we saw here if he's going to play in the Pac-10. He's certainly got a good enough body, and he move fairly well, but he needs to play with more physicality at the next level.

Tim Williams, 6-8 JR C/PF Antioch (Calif.) High, had a good showing playing for the California Hoops team against the Oregon Rebels. Williams has a good body, with long arms and good shoulders. He looks to be somewhat inexperienced, but he plays with good energy and has some upside. He's a potential sleeper and we'd like to see him some more.

D.J. Seely, 6-3 JR SG Lodi (Calif.) Tokay, had a rough first half, but came back to have a very solid second half in a loss to the Las Vegas Prospects. Seely is a very good athlete and highly skilled. He can get his own shot and his stroke to 18-19 feet looks pretty good. Seely is a definite high major prospect.

Luke Babbitt, 6-7 JR PF Reno (Nev.) Galena, had a very strong game against M33M (Mike Miller's team). Babbitt's shot is very soft and his range continues to get deeper.

Drew Gordon, 6-8 JR C San Jose (Calif.) Mitty, had a fair game in front of coaches from Washington, Duke, UCLA, Kansas and Cal, among other programs. Gordon's skills are still coming along, but he's a solid rebounder and defender at this time.

Inland beat Lone Peak in a game early this evening that featured Malcolm Lee and Michael Snaer. Lee, a 6-4 junior point guard from Riverside (Calif.) North, and Snaer, a 6-4 shooting guard from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, both had very good games. Lee's passing was outstanding and Snaer knocked down several deep jumpers.


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