West Coast Events: Monday

Anthony Brown, Michael Kurtz, LaBradford Franklin and Chris McNealy were among the players we watched Monday at various events in Southern California...

Carson and Hawthorne, Calif. The West Coast All-Star Camp second session and Fullcourt-Press All-West all-star games took place on Monday, as well as the opening games of the Three Stripes tournament…

Anthony Brown, 6-5 SG Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View. A smooth and talented wing, Brown is still maturing physically. Very nice stroke to the stripe and an excellent feel for the game. When he gets stronger, he's going to be a very good player at the next level.

LaBradford Franklin, 6-1 PG Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak. Franklin has been creating a lot of buzz among college coaches the past couple weeks. Decisions can be shaky at times, but he shoots it to the stripe and he's a pretty good athlete.

Jordan Richardson, 5-11 PG Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's. Very quick and explosive point guard. This was my first look at Richardson. He looked a little wild, but he has talent and I'm anxious to see him play later this month.

Chris McNealy, 6-3 SG Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley. McNealy has a very good basketball body and the athleticism to go with it. Shot is fair to 17 feet or so, but he's got some real good physical tools and seems to have a pretty good feel. A potential sleeper in 2010.

Michael Kurtz, 6-10 C Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek. Slender big man with pretty good feet and hands, decent skill level and some shot-blocking ability. Needs a redshirt year, but he's a mid major prospect.

Dame Ndiaye, 6-4 SF San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. Very strong and physical wing who plays with energy and toughness. He is physically mature, so not sure about the upside, but stroke isn't bad and he gets after it.

Jordan Tebbutt, 6-5 SF Tualatin (Ore.) Horizon Christian. Tebbutt was draining threes in the Best of the Best all-star game. He's already very strong physically and he can play inside as well as on the perimeter. Position down the road remains to be determined, but he's talented.

LaBradford Franklin says Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Cal and Arizona have offered him, with Virginia, Virginia Tech, Stanford and Washington State all showing interest.

Kudos to Ron Holmes, father of standout 2012 wing Shabazz Muhammad. When Muhammad was named to the Fullcourt Press All-West Camp Top 30 All-Star game, despite not playing a minute in the camp, Mr. Holmes said, "Shabazz isn't playing in the all-star game. He didn't even play in the camp. Why would he play in the all-star game and take away a spot from another player that earned it by playing in the camp?"


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