Pump Spring Classic: Prospects

It's a youth movement...with sophomores, point guard Josiah Turner, center Kyle Caudill, and wing Byron Wesley, and freshman shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad among the top prospects in Las Vegas this past weekend...

Las Vegas, Nev. With college coaches no longer allowed out in April, the spring events in the west are a bit watered down compared to past years. There were a handful of guys in Las Vegas this past weekend, though, that looked to be intriguing prospects…

Kyle Collinsworth, 6-5 SF Provo (Utah) High. Collinsworth had a very productive tournament and was consistently one of the top players on the court. Very good ball skills and feel for the game. Outside shot is questionable, though, and will need work for the next level. But with the rest of his tools in his game, he's a high major prospect.

Jordin Mayes, 6-2 PG/SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Mayes' ultimate position at the next level is still to be determined, but we're listing him as a one for now due to his advanced feel for the game. Outside shot has become a real weapon and he consistently makes good decisions. A solid, but not exceptional, athlete, Mayes is a kid that constantly works on his game and it shows in his development over the past couple years.

Kendall Williams, 6-2 SG Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos. Williams struggled in the one game we saw him play, as his shot wasn't dropping and he had trouble separating against the Utah Pump N Run guards. We've seen him shoot it the past, though, and he's generally a decent three-point threat.

Kyle Caudill, 6-10 C Brea (Calif.) High. Had a very good showing in the second game we saw him play this past weekend. He was very active inside, calling for the ball and converting on several chances around the basket. Caudill has a very good feel for the game, he's a good passer and he's huge. Combine that with a good work ethic – he's really changed his body in the last year – and you have one of the elite post prospects in the west for 2011.

Josiah Turner, 6-2 PG Rancho Cordova(Calif.) High. Turner was clearly one of the top prospects at the event, demonstrating a very high bball IQ and the best passing skills of any West Coast player in his class. Outside shot is improving and he's now able to score in a variety of ways. As of now, the best true PG in the west for 2011.

Byron Wesley, 6-4 SF Highland (Calif.) Cajon. Wesley was one of the top prospects at the event. He's a very smart player, with a high skill level, and very strong for his size. His shot is improved from earlier in the season and he makes very good decisions. The one question on him might be his ability to defend high level wings on the perimeter at the next level, but the rest of his game is very solid for a high school sophomore. One of the top players in the west for 2011.

Angelo Chol, 6-7 PF/C San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. Chol is coming along quite nicely, as he continues to develop his low-post game and he starts to fill out. May have a chance to defend the four or five at the next level and shows potential as a shot blocker. Left hand jump hook is a weapon now and should be very good by the time he enters college. Great body, very good athleticism and a high upside.

Kevin Johnson, 6-8 C Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Travel ball isn't the best environment to evaluate a true, low-post big man and it's not surprising that Johnson didn't get a ton of touches in the game we saw. But he's a big boy, with good hands and a very nice touch around the basket. Doesn't have a lot of lift, but with his size and skill level he'll be recruited at the high major level.

Ryan Anderson, 6-7 PF Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Face-up four man with a nice touch to 16-18 feet. A bit narrow through the shoulders, and not especially explosive, but has a chance down the road.

Shabazz Muhammad, 6-3 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Big-time lefty with a great body, high skill level, athleticism and a great approach to the game. For a young kid, he has remarkably few holes in his game. There's obviously stuff he can get better at, but there is no glaring weakness in terms of evaluating him overall as a prospect. With continued development, he will likely be one of the elite prospects in the country for 2012.

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