Las Vegas, West Coast: Day Three

Gary Bell, Garrett Jackson, Brandon Ashley and Richard Longruss were among the West Coast players that impressed on Friday...

Las Vegas, Nev. Several West Coast players had big days on Friday in Las Vegas.

Garrett Jackson, 6-6 SF Westview (Ore.) High. Jackson has been playing outstanding basketball over the last couple days. He's shooting the ball extremely well, but also making plays all over the court. He's got a terrific basketball body and he's a very good athlete.

Julian Caldwell, 6-2 PG/SG Ontario (Calif.) Colony. A good-looking young prospect who might play either guard spot in college. Solid body/frame, nice stroke to three-point range and good ball skills overall.

John Gage, 6-8 PF Vashon (Wash.) High. Gage is a skilled, face-up four man with a nice feel for the game. Needs to get stronger, but frame is fine and he should fill out well. He's a bit of a finesse player at this time, but that may change with added weight/strength.

Ryan Nicholas, 6-6 C Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep. A tough, physical low-post player, Nicholas is fun to watch. He seeks out contact at every opportunity and out-works bigger opponents. He's committed to Portland, and probably won't be a scorer for some time, but he makes his presence felt in the paint.

Gary Bell, 6-1 PG/SG Kent (Wash.) Kentridge. Bell had a terrific game Friday afternoon as he made nearly flawless decisions and knocked down several jumpers. He plays the game the right way and almost always looks to make the simple play. He's impressed a lot of coaches this week.

Richard Longruss, 6-5 SF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Longruss is an outstanding young prospect that can impact the game without scoring. A great, and relentless, defender who seems to always be involved in the action, Longruss has very good all skills are very good for a young wing. He has a terrific body and above average athleticism. Look for him to be one of the top wings in the class of 2012.

Brandon Ashley, 6-7 PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Ashley is another outstanding young prospect. He and Longruss should win a lot of games for Bishop O'Dowd in the coming years. He has great length, with a young face/body, and a ton of upside. Nice presence in the low-post for a young big kid.

San Diego head coach Bill Grier was bearing down on Garrett Jackson at both of Jackson's games on Friday.

Stephen Holt drew coaches from San Diego, St. Mary's, Washington State, Boise State, San Diego State, Utah State and SMU.

Terrence Jones drew a crowd of coaches from USC, North Carolina, Washington State, Georgetown, Cal and Arizona.

Washington assistant Paul Fortier was on hand to watch Richard Longruss and Brandon Ashley Friday afternoon.


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