West Coast Tournaments: Monday

A couple of California senior big men are very impressive as we hit two Southern California tournaments on Monday...

Carson, Hawthorne, Calif. – We spent time Monday at the Three Stripes and Cream of the Crop tournament. Victor Rudd, Sam Hicks and Chris Manresa were among the players we watched in action…

Chris Manresa, 6-7 C Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Tesoro. Manresa committed early to San Diego and he's going to be a great player for the Toreros. He's just a fair athlete, but more than makes up for it with a very high skill level and outstanding feel for the game. He can score inside or from the perimeter, he's a good positional rebounder and an excellent passer. Manresa's game is so solid and old-school that he looks out of place playing in summer basketball. In terms of feel for the game, he looks like a ten-year NBA veteran compared to most of the players he's competing against. The vast majority of basketball I view is hard to watch, which is why it's such a pleasure to watch a guy like Manresa.

Sam Hicks, 6-8 C Redding (Calif.) Liberty Christian. Hicks helped himself Monday morning when he was very impressive in front on a large contingent of coaches. He's got a solid body, nice frame and a great approach to the game. He plays hard all the time, he's physical, rebounds in traffic and challenges every shot. He's going to be hearing from plenty of mid major and I expect some high majors as well.

Victor Rudd, 6-8 PF Van Nuys (Calif.) High. Rudd has all the ability in the world and when you see him on the right day you start thinking about him playing for money some day. Monday was one of those days. Rudd was drilling jumpers from deep, getting to the rim for dunks and making good decisions with the ball. He reportedly has some academic work to do, which might explain why there were very few high major schools watching him on Monday. But there's no question he's one of the elite talents in the 2009 class. With a more consistent and focused approach, he's got a chance to be a big-time player someday.

Eric Lawton, 6-1 PG Hemet (Calif.) West Valley. Lawton has already committed to San Diego State and he has the potential to be an impact player for the Aztecs down the road. He was a blur in a game Monday morning, as he shook defenders to get to the rim or stopped on a dime to bury jump shots. He doesn't have much of a body, but he's wiry strong and very quick. He's also very hard to guard. Not a true point, and needs a lot of improvement in terms of decision-making, but he is a talent. Reportedly has some academic work to make it to San Diego State, but he could be a terrific player if and when he gets to the Aztecs.

Thomas Feeney, 6-0 PG Anchorage (Alaska) West Anchorage. After watching Feeney in the camp setting, I wanted to get another look at him with his club team. He's definitely got some positive attributes as a prospect. Solid body, good quickness and nice ball skills. His decision-making was decent and he looks like he could be a good defender if he puts his mind to it. He's definitely one to watch in terms of the West Coast 2010 point guard list.

Angelo Chol, 6-8 C San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. One of the elite post prospects in the country for 2011, Chol is developing a very nice jump hook that will be very tough to defend. He gets great extension on the shot, which will allow him to shoot it over taller players. He's still growing into his body, and isn't completely comfortable yet, but his progress in a year has been impressive. Assuming continued development, he's an elite, high major prospect.

Sam Hicks said he's been hearing from Idaho State, UC Irvine, Princeton, Liberty and Colorado.

Tyler Honeycutt had coaches from UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, Cal and Washington on hand for his games.

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