Double Pump May Tournament: Top Prospects

The Double Pump May Tournament held in Carson this past weekend featured a number of top young prospects from the west...

Carson, Calif. The Double Pump May Tournament had a number of intriguing young prospects in attendance, including Josiah Turner, Kyle Caudill, Xavier Johnson and Byron Wesley

Tyler Lamb, 6-4 SG/PG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. The top wing in the west for 2010, Lamb has the physical tools and skill level to do just about anything on a basketball court. He can grab a rebound in traffic, block a shot, find a teammate with a good pass, knock down a jumper or make a play off the dribble. He was terrific in this event, hitting several deep jumpers in the game and a half I saw him play, as well as playing solid defense. He's got the ball skills to potentially play some point guard at the next level.

Lonnie Pearson, 6-4 SF Seattle (Calif.) Rainier Beach. Great wing body, with very long arms, and nice skill level. Shot is better off the bounce than catch. Made good decisions and showed a nice feel for the game. He has the potential to be a very good defender. I liked his approach and competitiveness. I want to see him some more but, off one viewing, he looks to be a potential high major prospect.

Chris McNealy, 6-2 SG San Ramon Valley (Calif.) High. Great-looking wing with a bball body and athleticism. Very good quickness and bounce. Outside shot is just ok and he deferred a lot to teammates at this event. But he certainly looks the part and he has a considerable upside. A potential sleeper in the 2010 class and worth a look at the mid major level.

Kevin Mulloy, 6-5 PF Oxnard (Calif.) High. Mulloy has a basketball body, with very long arms, a nice frame, a young face, high skill level and very good feel for the game. He shoots it well to 16-18 feet, he's willing to play inside and he moves very well. Size is really the only issue that might keep some schools at a higher level from recruiting him. But he's definitely worth a look at the mid major level.

J'Quon Wroten, 6-0 PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. Very quick lefty who can get to the basket at will. Decision-making needs a lot of work, though, as he tends to get sped up and force the issue. Shot is good enough at this time. Needs a lot of coaching, but there is some upside here.

Kendall Williams, 6-2 SG Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos. Williams had a rough go of it in the game and a half I saw him play. His shot wasn't dropping and he forced the action way too many times when there wasn't anything there, resulting in a number of turnovers. The big issue for Williams is he's kind of a no-position guard – not a shooting guard and not a point guard. He doesn't have the ball skills or the feel to play the one. At this point in time, I have him as a potential prospect at the mid major level.

Josiah Turner, 6-2 PG Sacramento (Calif.) High. Already committed to Arizona State, Turner is one of the elite point guards in the country for 2011. I'm trying to think of a high school sophomore point guard I've seen in the past with better vision, feel and passing ability and I can't come up with anyone. A good, not exceptional, athlete, Turner has excellent size for the position. His shot is plenty good enough at this point in time and he's really developed his ability to score inside with his left hand. But it's his command of the position and his ability to distribute the ball that makes Turner special.

Kyle Caudill, 6-10 C Brea (Calif.) High. The top center prospect in the west for 2011, Caudill has improved as much as anyone in the class in the last year. Like most young big kids, Caudill has taken some time to grow into his body. But he's getting better each time out, as his coordination, quickness and ability to run have all shown dramatic improvement. He's got a nice feel in the paint, with the ability to score with either hand. And he's huge, which means he's going to one day be really difficult to defend one-on-one. With continued development, he figures to be one of the better post players in the country for 2011 when it's all said and done.

Byron Wesley, 6-4 SF Highland (Calif.) Cajon. Wesley doesn't look the part of a big time wing prospect – body isn't the prototypical long and slender type you usually associate with wings. He is, though, very strong and that strength allows him to abuse other players inside. And if you defend him with a bigger player, he can take you to the stripe and knock down shots from deep. He's got an excellent feel for the game and his overall ball skills are outstanding. He might have some issues defending high-level quickness on the perimeter – we'll see how his body goes in the next couple years -- but opponents are going to have a very tough time defending him. For now, he's one of the elite prospects in the west for 2011.

Dillon Biggs, 6-5 SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey. A long and athletic wing, Biggs has a ton of potential. His shot looks better now than it did four months ago and his overall ball skills have improved as well. He did just about everything you could do on the court in one game I watched, as he blocked shots, grabbed a bunch of rebounds and scored in a variety of ways. He still needs a lot of polishing, but Biggs has a very high upside.

Dylan Gerrity, 6-0 PG Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison. Gerrity doesn't look like much, with just an average body and athleticism. But he's a true point guard, with a great feel for the game and an above average skill level. I was really impressed with his approach to the game, as well as his toughness. It's difficult to project on him given the average physical attributes, but I like watching this kid play and I'm guessing some college coaches eventually will as well.

Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF Temecula Valley (Calif.) Chapparal. The best prospect at the event, Johnson is a lot of fun to watch. He's got a great wing body, with tons of athleticism, and a high skill level. He makes plays all over the court and he especially loves to block shots and rebound, which is great to see from a young wing. His stroke is really starting to improve – knocked down multiple threes in one game – and he's an exceptional passer. He has a great approach to the game and competes very well. I don't scout the entire country, but I can't imagine that there are ten better prospects in the national class of 2012.

Robert Upshaw, 6-10 C Fresno (Calif.) Edison. Upshaw is a very good-looking young post, with a good frame and huge feet. Like most young bigs, he's still a bit gawky and growing into his body. But he's got good hands, very good ball skills and a nice feel for the game. He doesn't run great at this time, but he's just a young pup. He's got a chance to be really good down the road.

Sam Beeler, 6-8 C Poway (Calif.) High. Good-looking post prospect with long arms and a young face. He's got a decent frame – bit narrow through the shoulders – but he moves well and he has above average skills for a young big. He also showed some toughness in the game I saw. He has quite a bit of potential and is one of the more intriguing posts in the west for 2012.

Landen Lucas, 6-7 C Portland (Ore.) Sunset. Another intriguing young post prospect, Lucas has a young face and frame. Moves pretty well, with nice hands, and some fairly good skills in the post. Another young big to watch in the class of 2012.

Matt Shrigley, 6-5 SF Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon. Shrigley has very good ball skills, and a solid feel for the game, for a young prospect. Good shooter with range to the stripe. He's a decent athlete and how his body goes in the next couple years will likely determine his ultimate level.


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