West Coast Events: Tuesday

The Cream of the Crop Challenge gave us a chance to watch Tyler Johnson, Shabazz Muhammad and Ben Vozzola, among others...

Long Beach and Lynwood, Calif. We spent Tuesday covering the Fullcourt Press Cream of the Crop Challenge…

Ben Vozzola, 6-4 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial. Vozzola continued his excellent play this summer with a great game Tuesday afternoon. He was draining threes, attacking the basket and creating for teammates. His length and quickness give him a chance to be a good defender when he gets stronger.

Tyler Johnson, 6-1 SG/PG Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis. Very bouncy lefty with long arms and good stroke to three. This was my first look at Johnson and I definitely want to see him some more. He plays with great energy and might have a chance to play some point guard down the road. Certainly a mid major prospect and perhaps higher.

Josh Ritchart, 6-7 PF Auburn (Calif.) Forest Lake Christian. I hadn't seen Ritchart prior to this week, but he's clearly one of the better four men in the west for 2010. Great feel, very good passer, deceptive athlete and can shoot it to 17-19 feet.

Korey Thieleke, 6-2 SG Bakersfield (Calif.) Bakersfield West. Great athlete with length and quickness. Potentially a very good defender (completely locked up Kansas-bound guard Royce Woolridge). Shot is just fair and offensive game needs polish, but he has some upside.

Corbin Miller, 6-1 SG/PG Sandy (Utah) Brighton. I just had a brief look at Miller, but he's got a terrific stroke. Not sure if he can play the one, and just an average athlete, but stroke and feel for the game will get him plenty of looks.

Shabazz Muhammad, 6-4 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Muhammad has the whole package as a prospect. Very good body, terrific athlete, high skill level, good feel and a great approach to the game. He plays unselfishly and he plays to win.

Tyler Johnson said he's hearing from St. Mary's, San Francisco, Boise State, Fresno State and Northern Arizona.

Shabazz Muhammad had coaches from USC, Arizona, UNLV, BYU, UCLA, Kansas, L.A. Pierce and Cal State Dominguez Hills watching his game Tuesday afternoon.

Andre Hatchett had coaches from Colorado, Northern Arizona, Santa Clara and Boise State watching his game.


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