Best of Summer: Wednesday

Brandon Cataldo, Tyler Lamb and Josiah Turner were a few of the players we saw in action Wednesday at the Best of Summer...

Los Angeles, Calif. The Best of Summer continued Wednesday and we saw a number of very interesting guys at the mid to high major level…

Tyler Lamb, 6-4 SG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Lamb has spent much of July in summer school, so this week was my first chance to see him in about a month. He's clearly the top perimeter prospect in the west for 2010. Ideal body type for a wing, excellent skill set, deceptive athleticism and no real weakness in his game. Shot has improved in the last year and he can score in a variety of ways.

Brandon Cataldo, 6-9 C Rainier (Ore.) High. This was my first look at Cataldo and I'm surprised I haven't heard more about him. He plays for the Portland Hook Kings, which isn't a big-time club program, but he's a terrific prospect. A big-bodied kid with soft, great hands and surprising agility, Cataldo is a true post that can do a lot of things well. He's got deceptively quick feet for a kid his size. He's a high major prospect and in the running for second best center in the west after Josh Smith.

Ajak Magot, 6-8 PF Tucson (Ariz.) Cholla. A long and slender post with very quick feet, Magot has a chance to be a terrific defender. He gets a lot of deflections and blocks, due to his long arms and surprising quickness. He's not much of an offensive threat at this time, but his tools are good enough that you take him regardless at the mid major level. And he might be worth a look higher.

Brandon Burnett, 6-3 SG Tucson (Ariz.) Cienega. The more I watch Burnett, the more I like him. He's got a solid body that is eventually going to be very strong. And he does a little bit of everything. Good shooter, good passer, rebounds well for his position, nice feel…he's a very interesting prospect.

Josiah Turner, 6-2 PG Sacramento (Calif.) High. Turner is a true point that can impact the game on his passing ability alone. He has excellent vision and plays unselfishly. Shot is playable and should be fine with more reps at the next level. The top point guard in the west for 2011.

Sam Beeler, 6-9 C San Diego (Calif.) Poway. Beeler is a young post that is still maturing physically, but he has advanced skills for a sophomore post and he knows how to play the game. Unlike many young big kids, Beeler understands that he's an inside player. He may eventually develop some perimeter skills, but it's nice to see a young post that understands he's supposed to get his work done inside. He's not a big-time athlete, but Beeler has plenty of positive attributes to make him a potential high major prospect down the road.

I've seen a lot of players this summer that would be recruited at a higher level than they are currently being recruited at if they would only learn to play to their strengths and not constantly show their weaknesses.

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