It's tournament time in Los Angeles and Scout.com made it's way out to the West Coast to check out the action at the Rose City Roundball Classic in Pasadena on Friday and the Westchester Tip-Off Classic on Saturday. The events featured plenty of talent and a heavily anticipated match up of L.A. area heavyweights in the finals at Westchester.
Recent Montana commitment Kareem Jamar caught fire from deep in Westchester's win over Taft in front of a packed house at Westchester. But, Jamar wasn't the only one putting in work over the weekend.
Allen Crabbe, SF, Price- Even though his shot wasn't dropping, Crabbe made a strong impression. Still growing, he's a big and strong wing who can shoot from deep and makes a lot of plays between the rim and three point line. California has landed themselves a guy who looks to have huge upside and should be a productive Pac-10 player
Deonte Burton, SG, Compton Centennial- How well did Burton play at the Westchester tourney? Consider this, his team finished fourth but he was still named MOP of the event. An athletic and attacking wing, Burton uses a quick first step and strength to get to and finish at the rim. His jumper is just streaky enough to command respect and he's starting to see high major programs jump in on his recruitment.
Kareem Jamar, SF, Westchester- The 6-foot-4 senior celebrated his verbal to Montana by going off from deep against Taft. Normally a versatile guy who does all of the small things for his team, he showered the net with deep three point buckets to help Westchester build an insurmountable lead. Good looking pickup for Montana.
Gelaun Wheelwright, PG/SG, Corona Centennial- The USC commitment was sizzling from outside as he helped his team into the finals at Pasadena. Very quick with long arms and outstanding body control, he creates separation with ease on the offensive end. Those same traits serve him well on the defensive end where he's capable of harassing defenders and forcing mistakes. He's not the biggest guy for a combo, so continued focus on his PG skills will be important.
Byron Wesley, SG/SF, Etiwanda- Like Wheelwright, Wesley offered up an early commitment to the USC Trojans. A well built wing scorer, he finds ways to put the ball in the hoop. He can stretch defenses with his jump shooting, or he can put the ball on the floor and attack from spots all over the floor. Because of his strength, he's a strong finisher at the rim and gets to the free throw line a ton.
Amir Garrett, SF, Leuzinger- Since we first saw him as a freshman, Garrett has moved to the L.A. area from Las Vegas and has the look of a high major prospect. A lefty with good size and athleticism, he has to play in the paint a bit for his team due to their lack of size. But, he gets plenty of opportunities to handle and shoot on the wing and looks good doing so. Went for 26 and six to lead his team to third place at Westchester.
DeAndre Daniels, PF/SF, Taft- Taft fell short to Westchester, but it wasn't for lack of effort and production from the future Texas Longhorn. Daniels smoked jumpers from deep, attacked the rim off the dribble, went to work on the glass and simply made plays during an impressive 29 and 14 outing. He's starting to handle the ball and has a great looking jumper when he is balanced and not rushing things.
Wesley Saunders, SF, Windward- His team needed him to utilize his size and athleticism around the rim, so he went to work. By the time he was done, Saunders had put together one heck of a 43 point and 12 rebound outing. He mixed in a few jumpers and drives to go along iwht his interior finishes and was relentless in getting himself to the line 24 times. If he wasn't already, he should be squarely on the radar for high major programs.
Skylar Spencer, PF, Price- This young lefty made a strong impression with his tough play. A long and lean insider with 6-foot-7 size, he runs the floor, has active hands and will score when given the chance. Really liked the way he made catches with contact and powered through to the rim. Price has a lot of size so he has the luxury of being brought along without a lot of pressure on him.
Grant Jerrett, PF, La Verne Lutheran- If the Jerrett we saw is the real Jerrett, he's emerging as a big time prospect in the paint. Still growing, he looks like he's gotten close to 6-foot-9 and he's added some strength to his still lean frame. Very skilled, he scores over either shoulder and has a great motor. Once he adds some strength, look out.
Victor Robbins, SF, Carson- It was a very productive day for this nice looking wing prospect. A solid ball handler, he loves to utilize the one or two dribble pull-up jumper from between 12 and 17 feet and he generally buries them. He's got good length, will work the glass and looks to play under control. Went for 27 and 17 without forcing much.
Eric Cooper, SG/PG, La Verne Lutheran- One of the better looking freshman guard prospects we've gotten a chance to see, he's very poised and skilled. Shoots a very soft shot that looks like it's going down every time, handles with his head up and doesn't seem to force anything. Certainly a guy to keep an eye on down the road.
Isaac Hamilton, SG, Crenshaw- One of Texas freshman Jordan Hamilton's two younger brothers, he's a very nice looking 6-foot-4 shooting guard. A terrific jump shooter with deep range, he plays under control and with poise. Shook off a nasty roll of his ankle that cost him most of the 2nd quarter to score 23 points including a deep three and a driving bucket plus the foul in the final 15 seconds to erase a 4 point deficit and give his team a victory.
As metioned in the intro, Kareem Jamar just offered up a verbal commitment to Montana earlier in the week. Junior big man Kevin Johnson has landed at Taft High School. The 6-foot-9 center looks like he's been working on his body and informed us that he'll be eligible to play as soon as he can get a hardship hearing. … Another junior sitting out after transferring is Price's Norvel Pelle. Like Johnson, the swift 6-foot-9 big man is awaiting a hardship hearing. Price coaches hope to have him eligible within the next week or so. …
Pasadena junior wing Todd Lewis, Jr. is a kid who looks like he should be getting some low to mid level looks. He's long, athletic and very active from his wing spot making energy plays on both ends of the floor. … Gelaun Wheelwright is just one of an impressive trio of juniors for Corona Centennial. New Mexico commit Dominique Dunning and unheralded point guard Michael Caffey looked strong as well. Dunning, a 6-foot-4 wing, is a terrific glue guy and has done some great work to his frame and is a versatile wing who knocks down shots, makes shots in transitions and helps out on the glass. Caffey, is quick, tough, defends, gets others involved and knocks down some timely jump shots. His recruitment has been relatively quiet, but mid level programs in the West should be looking soon. … We will be curious to see where Rialto Eisenhower sophomore Bernard Ireland is a year from now. The 6-foot-4 wing is toothpick skinny, but he makes a lot of plays thanks to his activity level. Makes some jumpers, handles a bit and looks to be a bit of a natural leader. …
Eric Cooper has a lot of young talent at his disposal at La Verne Lutheran. In addition to Grant Jerrett and his son Eric, Jr., there are several other division one prospects on his squad. We like his nephew, CJ Cooper, as a junior point guard and his backcourt mate Bruce English is an athletic wing finisher. Sophomore big man Xavier Jones and freshman shooter Nick Colletta also show plenty of promise. … Hopefully we'll be able to get another look at Washington Prep junior Michaelyn Scott. The 5-foot-10 point guard was terrific at Westchester during a 39 point outing. Always under control, he got to the rim over and over again or pulled up for short jumpers. … Westchester senior Jordin Mayes is going to get a lot of looks as an available guard. A good shooter from deep, his handle is a bit shaky and whether or not he can sell schools on playing him as a point rather than a shooting guard could make a huge impact on his recruitment. …
Saturday night, Arizona State's Herb Sendek joined an assistant at Westchester. Also in the gym were two assistants from UCLA and assistants from Long Beach State. Friday, we noticed assistants from UNLV and Arizona State watching the games in Pasadena. One of the NBA's all time greatest assist men, Mark Jackson was on hand to watch his son Mark Jr. play for Taft.