Scout On The Road: 1-5-09

Angelo Chol, Tyler Honeycutt, Robert Smith and Kevin Johnson were among the top players in attendance at the recent Johnnie Cochran Basketball Classic...

Carson, Calif. We offer some thoughts on players from the recent Johnnie L Cochran Jr. Basketball Classic…

Tyler Honeycutt, 6-8 SF Sylmar (Calif.) High. Honeycutt had a very impressive outing in his game at the Johnnie Cochran Classic. It wasn't so much the numbers he put up – he had plenty of points, rebounds, blocks, etc. – as it was his approach to the game. As another scout sitting with me said, "If anyone was ever going to try to lead the City in scoring, this kid would be justified in trying. He doesn't have any help on this team and it wouldn't be a problem if he shot the ball every time. Instead, he plays the game the right way, passes every time a teammate is open and plays unselfishly." Honeycutt's passing ability is exceptional and he did find open teammates time after time. The fact that they weren't able to convert a lot of those opportunities meant Sylmar ultimately lost the game, but Honeycutt did everything he could to help his team.

Robert Smith, 5-11 PG Perris (Calif.) High. Smith has very good strength and quickness for his position, as well as an above average skill set. Decisions can be shaky at times, and needs to learn to play at different speeds, but he figures to be a very solid player in the WCC.

Prince Obasi, 6-2 SG Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland. Obasi has a very good body, with a nice frame and good shoulders. A fairly explosive athlete, he's got a solid handle and he's a good passer. Jump shot is playable and should get better. He's definitely interesting at the low major level.

Allen Crabbe, 6-5 SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Price. Crabbe looks bigger since the summer and appears to be starting to fill out. He's still on the slender side, but he's got a nice frame and should fill out nicely eventually. While he's always been more of a perimeter guy, he's now playing inside more for Price since he's the biggest player on the team. He's developing a decent low-post game, which will only help him in the future. He's got a very nice stroke to the stripe, but still needs his improve his ability to put the ball on the floor from the perimeter. He should end up a solid player for Mike Montgomery and Cal.

Angelo Chol, 6-8 C/PF San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. A long lefty with a great basketball body, Chol was extremely impressive in his match up with fellow 2011 post Kevin Johnson of Serra. Chol is a very good athlete – runs extremely well – and he's very quick and bouncy. He's an above average shot-blocker already and his low-post game at the offensive end is advanced for a 10th grader. He's got a very nice jump hook that will be a great weapon in a couple years, as well as a solid face-up jumper out to 15 feet. He will likely have the defensive versatility to defend the four or five at the next level. With continued development, he figures to be among the elite prospects in the country for 2011.

Kevin Johnson, 6-9 C Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Johnson is a true five with a big body and an advanced low-post game. He has a great touch around the basket for a young kid. While he has good footwork in the paint, he doesn't have especially great feet. He's a decent athlete, but not especially bouncy. His skill level and size alone with likely make him a high major player, but whether he gets to the elite level remains to be seen.

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