Full Court Press Frosh, Sophs

There were some standout youngsters at the Full Court Soph/Frosh camp this last weekend, including one who has the potential to be one of the best in SoCal in a long time, a man among boys as just a freshman...

This is not a comprehensive list, just some of the players that we thought stood out this weekend.

Jervaughn Johnson, 6-5 FR SF, Compton (Calif.) Centennial. He could be one of the best prospects to come out of Southern California in recent years. He's 6-5 and about 215 right now, as a freshman, with a high-major level body already. He's gotten better since the summer even. He's practically unstoppable -- as a freshman -- taking the ball to the basket. Big, strong, athletic and quick. And his outside stroke is getting better. His father is 6-10, and doctors project Jervaughn to keep growing. If he does, it's going to be sick. But even if he doesn't, the size he is now is already fine for a high-major small forward. Watching him this weekend, though, he didn't like to play defense (which many kids don't in these events), didn't hustle, didn't like to rebound, and wasn't too interested in the game unless the ball was in his hands. He's just a freshman, so hopefully he'll learn to play hard all the time. If he goes down the right road, he could be the name in SoCal in the 2006 class.

Jamal Boykin, 6-6 SO PF, Los Angeles Fairfax. Jamal was probably the most effective at the camp. Being 6-6 and having a big body, probably weighing 220, he's dominant playing among these youngsters right now. He has a great knack for scoring around the basket and a nice, deceiving touch. Something will probably have to change, though, if he's going to be an elite-level recruit by the time he's a senior. He's a power forward, at 6-6, with average athleticism. Right now he's dominating competition with his body and his ability to score around the basket, and how competitive he is. But, by the time others grow and catch up to him physically, he'll either have to grow an inch or two, or get considerably more athletic, or both, to be a high-major recruit. He does have huge feet, which is an indication that he could get bigger. And his athleticism has improved some in the last year.

Joseph Johnson, 5-10 FR PG, Gardena Serra. An impressive point guard prospect that already has a solid body as a freshman, combined with nice skills (pretty shot), quickness and ability to get to the basket.

Tyrone Shelley, 6-4 SF, 8th Grader, San Diego. We don't usually write about eighth graders, but Shelley was one of the best prospects at the camp. He's long and a very good athlete, in just the eighth grade, and had some good skills for being so young. He played hard on both sides of the court. If he continues to develop and his skills continue to improve, he definitely has the potential to be a big-named prospect.

Anthony Goods, 6-2 SO CG, Corona Centennial. Probably the best all-around guard at the camp, Goods is ahead of most others at the same age in his knowledge of the game and skills. He had perhaps one of the best few jumpshots at the camp, and probably the best grasp of how an offense should work for a guard. He's probably a two-guard down the line, with point guard awareness. If, with his court sense and skills, he improved his ballhandling and developed into a point guard, he could be among the best in the west for his class.

Marcus Carter, 6-4 SO SG, Claremont. Very long, with long arms that make him play even bigger, Carter has good athleticism and sees the game like a guard, and has the quickness for the perimeter. At his size, that's very promising. His skills are still a way off, but there were signs that he has something to work from, particularly with his shot.

Robere Lebeauf, 6-4 FR SF, Long Beach Wilson. Another very long kid with a good body, Lebeauf showed some nice athleticism and body control for a kid his age. If he develops skills, he could be a big-timer.

Joshua Guillory, 6-4 FR SF, Long Beach Poly. One of the best athletes to participate, Guilllory has some hops and very good quickness for how long he is. He's quick off his feet, blocks shots well, and even has a good, natural feel for passing. His skills aren't there, but heck, he's just a freshman. He has the type of body – and huge feet – that lead you to believe he could end up quite a bit taller, too.

Maurion Henderson, 6-0 SO PG, Los Angeles Fairfax. He could be one of the most naturally skilled young guards around. He has a natural ability and quickness to break down defenders and can get to the hoop well. Right now, though, he has the mindset that he needs to shoot the ball every time he handles it, either from distance or driving to the basket, which is killing his game. If he learns how to distribute the ball and play defense, he could be very good.

Todd Lowenthal, 6-0 FR PG, San Diego Torrey Pines. A lead guard that can get by defenders with ease and has good vision for the dish. He's still pretty slight physically, even though he apparently has a brother who is 6-5, so he could grow. If he just gets stronger, and plays a bit more under control, he has a great natural feel for the game that could take him a long way.

A.J. Laguana, 5-6 FR PG, Long Beach Poly. It's almost uncanny how Laguana is truly the second coming of Wesley Stokes. He not only has the same, big fro, but physically resembles him, even facially – and his game and his style are incredibly close to Stokes. He, like Stokes, has a great feeling for the game and is a good passer. He'll have to get bigger, at 5-6, to be a high-level recruit. He might play for Poly's varsity this year, which hasn't happened too often.

Clinton Parks, 5-10 SO PG, Riverside King. Parks had probably the most consistent outside jumper at the camp. He has a quick release and needs just a little room and he'll nail it out to 23 feet. He has a solid game to go along with his outside shooting ability. He has a narrow frame at this point, but if he gets bigger and stronger, he has a chance.

Joe Ford, 6-3 SO SF, North Hollywood Campbell Hall. While he's very raw, he's another long-armed athlete who scores through his athleticism and persistence. If he develops skills – a jumper – he has the athleticism to be a top level prospect.

Blake Wallace, 6-6 FR SF/PF, Anaheim Servite. Probably the most intriguing among the bigger guys, Wallace has pretty advanced skills – a nice shooting touch and ballhandling – that made him standout. He's so good with the ball he could take defenders off the dribble, or pull up for a 15 footer consistently. It was hard to determine if he had much explosion in his legs, but the skills were there with size, as a freshman, to make him very intriguing. If he gets bigger, he could be a skilled frontcourt player. If he stays about the same height, he has a chance to be a nice small forward.

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