Rose City Showcase: Day One

Stephen Holt, Josh Smith and John Gage were among the top propsects in attendance last night at the Rose City Showcase...

Portland, Ore. The Rose City Showcase got underway Friday night and several of the top prospects in the Pacific Northwest area were in attendance…

Josh Smith, 6-9 C Kent (Wash.) Kentwood. Smith is carrying too much weight and that affects his play in a number of ways. He doesn't get to rebounds he might otherwise get, he's late on defensive help and he doesn't convert as many chances around the basket as he might. That being said, after a slow start in the first half, he dominated in the second and did a good job of overpowering a smaller defender. It'll be interesting to see how Smith looks in July.

Stephen Holt, 6-3 PG Portland (Ore.) Jesuit. This was my first look at Holt since last summer and it didn't take long for him to confirm my opinion from last July. He's the best PG prospect in the west for 2010. Very good size, young face and body, excellent feel for the game and a deceptive athlete.

John Gage, 6-8 PF Seattle (Wash.) Vashon. This was my first look at Gage and he was impressive. Basketball body, moves well, good feet and hands, and a very good stroke to the stripe. Easily one of the top four men in the west.

Joe Harris, 6-4 SG Chelan (Wash.) High. Harris is another kid that I hadn't seen prior to this event. Very good frame, with long arms and he can shoot it. Doesn't appear to be a high level athlete, but with his size and stroke he figures to draw plenty of interest at the mid to high major level.

Gary Bell, 6-1 SG Kent (Wash.) Kentridge. Good-looking kid with a strong body and an excellent stroke with three-point range. Handle looked pretty good. It'll be interesting to see if he has any chance to play the one in the next couple years.

Tony Wroten, 6-4 PG Seattle (Wash.) Garfield. Wroten doesn't look quite as explosive as he did a year ago and he does have a somewhat mature face/body. His shot is also inconsistent as it's very flat. However, he does possess outstanding passing ability. He has excellent vision and he was finding teammates all over the court last night.


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