Pump Spring Tournament: Day Two

Xavier Johnson, Jordan Tebbutt and Jordan Mathews were among the top performers Saturday in Denver...

Denver, Col.The Double Pump Spring Tournament continued Saturday and we saw some top young talent from the West Coast…

Norman Powell, 6-2 SG San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. A great-looking prospect, Powell might be the best athlete in the West Coast class of 2011. He's a blur in the open court and he's an outstanding leaper. You have to love his intensity and willingness to play defense. And when he's knocking down jumpers the way he did Saturday, it's easy to see him ending up as one of the premier guards in the west for 2011.

Kevin Bailey, 6-5 SF Clovis (Calif.) Clovis East. Bailey is another big-time athlete with an excellent basketball body. His jumpshot is still a work in progress, but he's improved his ability to knock down mid-range shots. He's most effective when he's slashing to the basket and using his superior athleticism to get to the rim. He's another guy with a chance to be an impact player at the defensive end of the court. He's a high major prospect and a potential elite prospect if his jumper becomes more consistent.

Resean Simpson, 6-4 SF San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. A long, slender wing with good ball skills, Simpson is a very intriguing prospect. He's a little rough around the edges, and needs some coaching, but he has some interesting tools. He has deceptive quickness and, once he fills out, the potential to be an excellent defender.

Jordan Tebbutt, 6-5 SF Tualatin (Ore.) Horizon Christian. Tebbutt is a physical specimen with a college-ready body. He's very strong and has excellent body control and balance. He showed off a versatile offensive game on Saturday with a number of drives to the basket and mid-range shots. His stroke to the three-point line is solid and he's got an excellent feel for the game. He's one of the elite 2012 prospects in the west.

Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral. Johnson is playing on a Pump team that doesn't have a lot of size and as a result he's having to spend more time inside. He had a slow start in a game Saturday night, but turned it on late and scored on a number of opportunities inside. He's going to be an offensive threat both inside and outside at the next level. He's a fairly accurate shooter to the stripe, but does need to quicken up his stroke in a bit. Johnson is among the elite prospects in the country nationally for 2012.

Dalante Hoover, 5-11 PG San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker. A true point with deceptive athleticism, Hoover showed very good decision-making and ball skills in the game Saturday. He's got a chance to be the top point guard in the west for 2012.

Jordan Mathews, 6-3 SG Riverside (Calif.) North. The son of Nebraska assistant coach Phil Mathews, Jordan is a terrific looking prospect. He's got a very good frame, with length and above average athleticism. He shoots it to the stripe and shows good overall ball skills for a young kid. And you could tell Dad taught him something about the game when he took a charge when his team was up by 40 in an AAU game Saturday. He's got a chance to be one of the better 2013 prospects in the west.

Tyree Robinson, 6-1 SG San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. Robinson is a terrific athlete (also plays football) and his ball skills have improved considerably from last year. He's got a nice, compact stroke and he shoots it deep. He has a chance to be among the top guards in the west for 2013.


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