Player Evaluations, Part Two

We continue with our evaluations of players we've seen recently in Southern California tournaments...

Here are some more takes on players we've seen in recent weeks.

David Burgess, 6-9 JR C Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge. His body continues to firm up and he has a great feel for the game. Soft hands, good feet, knows how to use his body and a space-eater inside. He showed a little more bounce off the floor and blocked multiple shots in a recent game. Burgess projects as an elite, high-major player. He doesn't have the athleticism that makes pro scouts take notice, but he's going to be one helluva college post player.

Jon Winder, 6-8 JR SF Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge. We went to see Burgess and came away very impressed with Winder as well. Physically, he's somewhat similar to Mike Dunleavy at the same stage. Not as skilled as Dunleavy, but he's got a nice stroke from three-point range, good hops (big-time volleyball player) and he's a pretty good passer as well. Definitely a prospect at the mid-major level and, quite possibly, at the high major as well.

Khalif Ford, 6-0 SR PG Diamond Bar (Calif.) High. Ford looks better than he did in the summer. He's making better decisions and he looks better physically as well. Good, not great, quickness and a solid outside stroke. His shot is the one big plus to his game. He's gotten pretty good at creating space for his jumper with a nice stepback move. He's not a pure point who creates for others -- more of a scorer than distributor -- but he's not selfish either. Potentially a very good defender -- with his quickness and long arms he can cause some problems. He's definitely going to get hit hard by a lot of mid majors looking for a point guard in the spring and it wouldn't be surprising to see high majors on him as well.

Tyler Smith, 6-1 JR PG Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita. Built like his older brother Travis (now starting as a frosh at San Diego), Tyler has a chance to be a very good player in his own right. Better shot at the same stage than his brother, with fairly good ball skills. Handle could use a little work, but he made several nice passes in a recent game. Still needs to refine decision-making, but we like his aggressiveness and toughness (two qualities he shares with Travis). He's not super explosive off the floor, but he's pretty good laterally and he's got a nice, strong frame. An interesting prospect at the mid major level.

Todd Follmer, 6-10 JR C Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita. A slender big man with fairly good hands and a decent touch around the basket. Follmer needs to get stronger and tougher to play at the next level, but he does have a chance. Tends to be a bit too passive inside -- not a good rebounder at this point in his development. Catches most of the balls that come his way and converted a pretty good percentage of his opportunities in a recent game. Needs to play with more fire and assertiveness, but a prospect for mid majors to keep an eye on.

Jervaughn Johnson, 6-5 FR SF Compton (Calif.) Centennial. The subject of much hype already, Johnson may be one of the increasingly rare players who actually lives up to the hype. Great body, very good athlete and skilled with the ball (inside and out). He's quite capable of becoming a big-time power forward -- if he keeps growing -- or staying at the three and being one of the top players at that position. His shot gets better and better, and he's very tough around the basket. Great feet and explosiveness off the floor make him a tough match-up inside. He plays with exceptional poise and understanding for such a young player. A likely elite prospect nationally.

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