West Coast All-Star Camp #2, Day One

The West Coast All-Star Camp second session has considerably more talent than the first session. Brendan Lane, Wendell Wright, Paul George, James Rahon and Justin Hamilton were among the players who stood out on the first day...

The West Coast All-Star Camp second session got underway yesterday. There were a number of interesting prospects on hand and it's possible a few more guys (who were in route from East Coast camps) will be in attendance today.

Here are my thoughts on the players I saw yesterday.

Brendan Lane, 6-8 JR PF/SF Rocklin (Calif.) High. Lane was easily the top prospect in camp. Good frame, pretty long and very skilled. Shoots the three, but also handles very well and he can post up in the paint. He's going to be one of the elite West Coast players in the class of 2009.

Wendell Wright, 6-5 SR SF Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair. Wright had a great spring and he's picking up right where he left off in April. Wright's body and length are prototype for the wing position. His handle, passing and shooting ability have all improved considerably in the last year. He plays with great energy and he's got a chance to be a terrific defender. I think he's one of the sleepers in the 2008 class.

Paul George, 6-7 SR SF Palmdale (Calif.) Pete Knight. George is another kid with a very good wing body and he's a deceptive athlete. He could be a little more assertive, but there's no question he's got a very big upside. He's a very good athlete and he has a well-rounded game.

James Rahon, 6-2 SR SG Encinitas (Calif.) Torrey Pines. Rahon shots the lights out yesterday. Every time I looked up, he was burying another deep jumper. But Rahon's not just a shooter. He's got deceptive quickness with the ball and he can make plays off the bounce. He's the best shooter I've seen in the west for 2008.

Justin Hamilton, 6-9 SR C/PF Highland (Utah) Lone Peak. Hamilton is an underrated prospect. He's got good length, he's bouncy and he's tough. He had multiple blocks yesterday and he also rebounded in traffic. He's worth a look at the high major level.

Shayar Lee, 6-4 SR SG Glendale (Ariz.) Apollo. Lee has a very good frame and a nice stroke to the stripe. He needs to play with more energy, and play some tougher defense, but his body and shot make him intriguing. He could be very interesting with some coaching.

Ken Rancifer, 6-5 JR SF Oakland (Calif.) Skyline. Rancifer was terrific yesterday, showing off surprising ball skills. He knocked down a few outside shots and got to the rim with ease a few times. He's a long and lean wing with significant potential. He's got a chance to be one of the top wings in the 2009 class.


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