Pump Spring Classic: Day Three

LAS VEGAS – California Supreme had it rolling Sunday at the Pump Spring Classic. Behind a strong game from Kevin Johnson, Supreme took it to Pump ‘n Run for the title.


Brandon Jefferson, PG, Texas Monarchs: For a guy without a Division I offer, he's pretty good. Low and potentially mid-level programs who need a vocal, competitive winner need to check him out. Pumps guard duo couldn't do anything with him and he's hard to trap. On offense he's an excellent reader of defenses, a good passer and his strong 5-10 frame allows him to get into the lane. He had 18 and controlled the game. He's going to get his scholarship and he's got nice grades.

Kevin Johnson, C, California Supreme: After missing most of the season, Johnson's understandably rusty. However, he came into the spring in reasonably good shape and when challenged on Sunday, he responded. Johnson had an answer to Landen Lucas and then did damage to Pump inside in the title game. On a couple occasions, Johnson showed inside moves. The next step for him is the mental part of the game. There's too much talent not to drop the hammer each time out. If Johnson falls in love with putting out maximum effort, the attention will follow.

Kevin Bailey, SF, Double Pump: You learn a lot about a kid in the first game of the day on the final morning of the event. Bailey brought energy and a live body in his team's morning playoff win. He can shoot it off the catch in rhythm. Credit him for playing hard and cranking it up in the playoffs.

Jordan Tebbutt, SF/SG, Pump: As the playoffs continued, Tebbutt cranked his play up a notch. He's so physical and savvy. He's one of the few wings who legitimately posts up and has an offensive game from that area. Even in the title game when the end wasn't in doubt, Tebbutt kept playing hard. There will be a West Coast war for him in 2012 and we'd expect the national guys to follow suit.

Anthony January, PF, D.P. Elite #2: This is a kid with a lot of athletic ability. He's able to play facing the basket and sports a live body. We saw him twice and each time he peaked our interest in spurts. Would like to see him replicate consistent halves. Has a chance to be a high-major player.

Jamel Taylor, PG, Pump 15s: The chatty lead guard has a lot of talent and isn't afraid to woof which worked a little against him Sunday morning when his team lost to a group of rising 9th graders. He's got a nice stroke from different parts on the floor and can go from scorer to creator. Nice future.

Really like that Jordan Tebbutt not only doesn't mind contact, but he seeks it and embraces it. Powerful 2012 wing player. … Marquise Lee of Cal Supreme is one of the best wing defenders we've seen here. He's also a big time football player which makes sense given his relentless, hard-charging approach. … Cal Supreme's Ryan Anderson impressed us again. A block kid in high school, he's free to roam and take perimeter shots. He makes his share. … Damon Truman-Newsome was big versus one of the Pump teams. He's an Alaskan 2011 junk yard dog small forward. …

Jordan Daniels, the Pump point guard, has a go-to-move that should be the envy of his peers. Daniels has a pull-up game and he'll mix in an accurate floater. For a small point guard, those are necessary tools and he's comfortable and confident with each. Now it's off to the weight room. … Byron Wesley was on top of his game. The Supreme wing can shoot it but we love his body and how he slashes to the rim. …

Damon Truman-Newsome has Alaska-Anchorage, Portland State and Oral Roberts keeping tabs on him. … Ryan Anderson has Washington State, UCLA, Arizona and San Diego State keeping tabs. …

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