HAX Memorial Day Blast: Prospects, Part Two

Out latest thoughts on some of the top prospects at the Memorial Day Blast, including Stephan Hicks, Grant Jerret and Tre Johnson, among others...

Hawthorne, Calif. We continue our coverage of the HAX Memorial Day Blast with more evaluations on some of the top prospects at the event…

Stephan Hicks, 6-3 SG Agoura (Calif.) High. Good-looking wing with a basketball body and good skill level. He was especially impressive on defense, as he locked some people up. Hicks has apparently only been playing basketball for a couple years. Watching him play, that's hard to believe. And it bodes well for the future if he's come this far in such a short amount of time. He's one of the more intriguing wings in the SoCal class of 2010.

Tre Johnson, 6-6 PF Reno (Nev.) Hug. Good-looking four man with length and explosive athleticism. Plays with very good energy. Active rebounder and defender. Offensive skills need polishing, but he has some intriguing tools. Definitely worth a look at the mid major level.

Kaylen Evan, 6-6 PF Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview. Long, slender and very athletic four man. Will likely be able to defend small forwards, but offensive game is limited. Plays with very good energy, though, and has some upside.

J.J. O'Brien, 6-6 PF Alta Loma (Calif.) High. Body and athleticism are just fair, but O'Brien plays hard and has pretty good ball skills for a four man. He can be effective taking bigger players away from the basket. Likely mid major prospect.

Deonta Burton, 6-1 SG/PG Compton (Calif.) Centennial. Burton is a strong, athletic guard with decent overall ball skills. He doesn't really have the feel to play the one, but that's the position college coaches would hope he can play. He'll likely draw looks at the mid major level.

Jahii Carson, 5-9 PG Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe. There isn't much of him, but Carson has a sturdy body, fairly good quickness and above average skills. He's got a good feel for the game and the ability to make his teammates better. He committed to Oregon State at the end of the tournament.

Mikey Thompson, 6-1 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs. Good athlete with a nice frame and improved ball skills. His development was slowed by a major injury, but he looks to be fully recovered now and he's one to watch in the class of 2011.

Martyre Demarco, 6-1 PG Phoenix (Ariz.) Shadow Mountain. Average body and athleticism, but crafty with the ball and pretty good overall skill level. Nice feel – generally makes good decisions. Not a lot of upside due to body, but skill level will get him some looks.

Grant Jerret, 6-7 C/PF La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran. Long and lanky young post with nice hands and feet. Good frame that should fill out well. Offensive skills have improved quite a bit in last year. Showed some aggressiveness in attacking the basket and competed well over the weekend. An intriguing post with upside.

Justin Childress, 5-10 PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Body is just fair, but Childress has a very good feel for the game and solid overall skills. If he grows a bit, he's got a chance.


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