Best of Summer: Day Three

Angelo Chol, Tyler Lamb, Anthony Marshall and Denzel Washington are all part of the story at the Best of Summer tournament...

Los Angeles, Calif. – We haven't had a chance to check out the End of the Trail tournament yet, but we hear it's very well organized. Meanwhile, at the Best of Summer, Tyler Lamb and Tyler Honeycutt play well and an Academy Award winner gives instruction to one of the top West Coast post prospects in 2009…

Tyler Honeycutt, 6-7 SF Sylmar (Calif.) High. Honeycutt is one of the best shot-blockers in the class and he put on a show Tuesday night against the young Pump team, swatting everything in sight. He also drained deep threes, rebounded well and generally demonstrated once again that he's one of the elite small forwards in the country.

Anthony Marshall, 6-1 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Mojave. One of the more versatile guards in the class, Marshall can make every play on a basketball court. He'll rebound, block shots (plays much bigger than his size), make a pass or score inside or on the perimeter.

Keegan Hornbuckle, 6-6 SF North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. Hornbuckle looks to be much more confident than he was during the high school season and much more assertive. He's a good shooter off the catch and he knocked down several threes yesterday. He looks a bit taller as well and he's got some bounce. Needs to improve his ability to create his own shot, but he has a number of schools at the mid to upper mid major level checking him out.

Bak Bak, 6-8 PF/SF Sun Valley (Calif.) Village Christian. A pretty good athlete with the ability to play inside and on the perimeter, Bak has had a solid summer. I'm not sure how much upside there is – looks much older than kids he's playing against – but he's got a pretty decent skill package.

Tyler Lamb, 6-4 SG Ontario (Calif.) Colony. Lamb hasn't yet received his due from many recruiting analysts, but that will change when they eventually figure it out. He was knocking down jumpers and finishing at the rim yesterday, as well as doing a great job at the defensive end. A big-time talent who will end up among the elite wings in the country when it's all said and done.

Jordin Mayes, 6-1 PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Mayes did his best to help an outmanned Pump Power team against the older Pump Elite team, but he didn't get enough help in a loss Tuesday night. However, Mayes showed over the course of the last month that he's clearly the top point guard in the west for 2010 at this time.

Simi Fajemisin, 6-9 C Lynwood (Wash.) High. A wide body with decent feet and hands, Fajemisin appears to have nice potential. He didn't get a lot of touches in the post, but he moves pretty well and looks like he has a clue. Also showed a nice touch on a face-up jumper. One to watch in 2010.

Angelo Chol, 6-7 C/PF San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. The young post needs to be more active and assertive, but he's clearly one of the elite prospects in 2011. He had a couple big time jump hooks over fellow San Diego post Vander Joaquim in the game Tuesday night.

I've seen some strange things in covering these events, but watching Denzel Washington on the bench of the Double Pump Elite team yesterday, actively coaching big man Anthony Stover, was one of the more surreal sights to date.

"All these AAU coaches could take a lesson from John Stockton, who is coaching his son's team here. He coaches his team, looks everyone in the eye, says thank you and then picks up all the water bottles under the bench at the end of the game. And he's one of the 50 greatest players in the history of the game." – A West Coast assistant coach

Anthony Stover drew coaches from UCLA, USC, Arizona, Washington, Arizona State, Oregon State and Gonzaga to his games Tuesday.

Keegan Hornbuckle had Penn, Michigan, Oregon State, Bucknell, Colorado, Loyola Marymount and George Washington checking him out.


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