Scout On The Road: 12-10-08

Kevin Johnson, Jordin Mayes, Anthony Brown and Reese Morgan were among the top players we saw in the first week of action in Southern California...

Southern California We spent the first week of the Southern California high school season at various local tournaments. Here are a few early impressions on some of the top prospects we saw this past week.

Jerry Evans, 6-6 SR SF Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger. Evans has always been intriguing due to his innate physical tools. Very long, and a terrific athlete, Evans is now showing a much better feel for the game and his skills have improved considerably in last year. Has some work to do academically, but a high major prospect.

Solomon Hill, 6-6 SR SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax. Hill was terrific in the one game I saw him play. He makes plays all over the court. He'll grab a rebound, lead the break and finish the play with a perfect pass in transition. Multi-dimensional player who should have a great career in the Pac-10.

Keon Pledger, 6-2 SR PG Lynwood (Calif.) High. May not qualify out of high school, but this guy is a big-time talent. Deep range on his shot, great size and improved decision-maker. If he ends up at a juco, he'll be one of the more highly recruited juco players in the country in a couple years.

Jordan Mackie, 6-2 SR SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey. A lot of college programs are missing the boat big-time on Mackie. Needs some coaching, and has some rough edges to polish out, but there is a huge upside here. Terrific athlete and multi-dimensional player. Potentially great defender. Good kid and a terrific prospect.

Garrett Johnson, 6-5 SR SF Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch. Johnson was the biggest surprise of the tournament for me. He's got a good body, with above average athleticism and solid skills. He made good decisions in the game I saw and competed well. I want to watch him some more but, off of one viewing, he would appear to be a high major prospect.

Jordin Mayes, 6-1 JR PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Mayes continues to improve – this kid works on his game – and he's clearly one of the elite West Coast guards in 2010. He's gone from a decent to good shooter and he's always had a very advanced feel for the game. Rarely makes a mistake or bad decision. He was an average athlete in the past, but he's a little quicker/faster than before. He is going to have plenty of high major programs pursuing him.

Anthony Brown, 6-6 JR PG/SG/SF Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View. Still not yet physically mature, Brown just oozes upside. Very good skill level and a deceptive athlete. He moves easy and will surprise you sometimes with an explosive or quick move. Needs to get stronger, but he'll be one of the elite players in the class when it's all said and done.

Craig Carter, 6-3 JR PG Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Good-looking kid with length, solid ball skills and a nice feel. Adequate shooter, but very good slasher and makes teammates better. Chance to be a good defender. A sleeper among the 2010 guards in the west.

Richard Solomon, 6-8 JR PF Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery. Very slender, but good frame and moves very well. Lacks strength at this time, and team plays too fast for him to get many touches, but one to watch among 2010 big men.

Reese Morgan, 6-2 SO SG Palos Verdes (Calif.) Peninsula. If you're a basketball fan, you have to love Morgan's game. Incredible competitor, off-the-charts feel for the game, toughest guy on the court and a really high skill level. Athleticism is the one question mark as far as the next level, but plenty of college coaches are going to fall in love with this kid. A treat to watch.

Kevin Johnson, 6-9 SO C Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Massively big, very good hands, great feel in the post and an excellent touch around the basket. He's not real bouncy, and there may be some question about upside, but he's one of the elite post prospects in the west for 2011.

Miles Green, 5-11 SO PG Hawthorne (Calif.) High. Very explosive athlete and the quickest prospect I've seen so far this year. Shot is good enough at this stage, but it's his athleticism that makes him an exciting prospect. A bit wild, and needs some coaching, but there's a significant upside here if he figures it out.

Dillon Biggs, 6-6 SO SF/PF Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey. Intriguing young forward. Very slender, but good body control and nice feel for the game.

Anthony January, 6-4 FR SF Compton (Calif.) High. Long and very athletic young wing with surprising ball skills. Excellent body control for a young kid. With development, a potential elite prospect down the road.

Victor Robbins, 6-4 FR SF Carson (Calif.) High. Another good-looking young wing prospect with length and athleticism.

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