Norman Powell, 6-2 SG San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. After Shabazz Muhammad, Powell was the most impressive prospect at the event. He's strictly a two-guard at the offensive end of the court, but Powell has a chance to be a lockdown defender against point guards or shooting guards at the next level. He's got a terrific basketball body and he's a freak of an athlete. There were many times over the weekend when Powell would just blow by defenders in the open court. He's got a flat shot, but he made plenty of jumpshots in Denver. While he might be a short 6-2, Powell plays much bigger due to his impressive leaping ability. As of now, he and Gary Bell are the top two guards in the west for 2011.
Kevin Bailey, 6-5 SF Clovis (Calif.) Clovis East. Bailey has the prototype body for a three man and he's an explosive athlete. His shot has improved in the last year, but you still wouldn't call him a shooter. He's most effective when he's operating around 15 feet and in from the basket. His overall ball skills are solid, but he could tighten up his handle. He's a good, not great, rebounder and that's definitely an area where he could excel with his length and leaping ability. With a little more focus, he could also become an impact defender. He's got the lateral quickness to stay with shooting guards, but the strength to guard small forwards as well. He's a high major prospect with a considerable upside.
Collin Woods, 6-1 PG/SG Scottsdale (Ariz.) Horizon. Woods was one of the bigger surprises of the tournament. He's got a very good frame, with long arms and explosive quickness. While he's not a true one, he has the handles and physical tools to play the one. He's a good shooter to the stripe, but is more of a scorer than pure shooter. He's a high major prospect.
Kenyatta Smith, 6-7 C La Canada (Calif.) Flintridge Prep. A big-bodied post with long arms and surprising leaping ability, Smith is a very promising prospect. He's got big hands and very good feet, with the ability to score inside on a variety of moves. He's also a surprisingly good shot-blocker. Smith is one of the elite post prospects in the west for 2011.
Shabazz Muhammad, 6-5 SG/SF Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. The top prospect at the event, Muhammad had moments over the weekend where he simply dominated the action. He can score from multiple spots on the court, but it's his overall versatility that is most impressive. He'll block a shot, grab a rebound, lead a fast break…basically anything his team needs him to do in order to win the game. What really separates Muhammad from his peers is the fact that he has the whole package. Great athlete, terrific body, high skill level, but also outstanding competitiveness. He plays harder than anyone else and that's something you see from the great ones. He's one of the best prospects in the country for 2012.
Jordan Tebbutt, 6-5 SF Tualatin (Ore.) Horizon Christian. Tebbutt is ready for college right now in terms of his body. Very strong, with excellent body control and agility. He's got a nice stroke to three-point range, but he can also score in a variety of ways. He has a very mature game for a young kid. Good decision-maker and plays under control. He's also a very good competitor. Tebbutt is one of the elite prospects nationally for 2012.
Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral. Johnson is one of the more versatile prospects in the class of 2012. He's got a very good basketball body, with length and above average athleticism. He's not a great scorer just yet, but he shoots it well to the stripe and he can score inside over size. He's also a very good passer and rebounder. It's possible he eventually grows into a power forward, but he's one of the top prospects in the country regardless of the position he ends up playing.
Dalante Hoover, 5-11 PG San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker. This was my first look at Hoover and he was impressive. He doesn't have a classic basketball body, but he's strong for his size and he possesses deceptive athleticism. He got my attention when he came out of nowhere to block a shot in one game. His decision-making is very good, as is his feel for the game. He looks to be one of the elite point guards in the west for 2012.
Jordan Mathews, 6-2 SG Riverside (Calif.) North. Mathews was impressive each time I saw him over the weekend. He's got a solid stroke to the stripe, a good body that projects well and he plays the game the right way. The son of Phil Mathews, Jordan has obviously had good coaching growing up. He's an above average athlete and good competitor. He could end up one of the top 2013 prospects in the west.
Tyree Robinson, 6-1 SG San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. Robinson is a very good athlete (also plays football) and he's got a good-looking stroke with deep range. He probably will be able to defend both spots in college, but his approach appears to be more of a shooting guard than point guard. In any event, Robinson is one of the more promising guys in the west for 2013.