One elite prospect who did show well Friday night was Jeff Withey, 6-11 JR C San Diego (Calif.) Horizon. Withey has shown significant improvement from a year ago. He's added weight and strength, and he's finishing much better around the basket. Withey has always had good feet and hands, but he didn't always play with the necessary aggressiveness inside. Last night, though, Withey did a good job of attacking the basket. He's currently our top-rated post prospect in the west for 2008.
Hollis Thompson, 6-5 SO SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, has gone from being a long, gangly kid with limited skill level to possibly the best small forward prospect in the west for 2009. And he's done it in a span of about six months. Thompson's development in such a short time has been nothing short of astonishing. And his baby face, long arms and huge feet hint at the possibility he may not be done growing yet. Thompson's upside is off the charts, when you combine his physical traits and skill level with the fact he carries a 4.1 GPA.
Tyree McCrary, 6-7 JR PF San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove. McCrary is a long and bouncy prospect who thrives in the wide open style of camp ball. He was making plays all over the court in his one game last night. He may have some work to do academically, but McCrary has the kind of athleticism and length that will get your attention in a hurry.
Cameron Bell, 6-2 SO SG Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne. Bell is an intriguing young prospect that we hadn't seen much in the past. He's got good size, with a nice frame, and he had a solid showing in his first game. He's someone we want to take a long look at this weekend.