SoCal Tourneys: Day One

Robert Upshaw, Grant Jerrett and Rosco Allen were among the impressive performers in the first day of action at the two Tip-Off tourneys in Southern California...

Carson and Long Beach, Calif.The Double Pump Summer Tip-Off and the Pangos Summer Tip-Off both started Tuesday morning.There's not a lot of talent at either event, but we saw a few players worth noting…

Amir Garrett, 6-5 SF Las Vegas (Nev.) Findlay Prep. Talented lefty was just ok Tuesday in a lopsided win, but he had a big spring. Streaky shooter, but tough to defend when he's on from the outside.

Denzel Johnson, 6-2 SG Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West. Strong, versatile guard with a nice feel for the game. Not great at any one thing, but pretty good in a number of areas.

Robert Upshaw, 6-11 C Fresno (Calif.) Edison. Although he was playing against weak competition Tuesday night, Upshaw was still very impressive. He scored around the basket, blocked shots and showed a very nice touch out to the three-point line. One of the more improved players in the 2012 class and a potential elite prospect nationally.

Grant Jerrett, 6-8 PF La Verne (Calif.) La Verne Lutheran. Showed off his versatile game in first game Tuesday. Great footwork for a young big and a willing defender. He had several blocks as he played with very good energy in an easy win.

Rosco Allen, 6-7 SF Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Allen showed off his terrific offensive skills Tuesday as he scored in a variety of ways. Body is filling out and he's attacking the rim with force now.

Grant Verhoeven, 6-8 PF Visalia (Calif.) Central Valley Christian. Fundamentally sound and skilled young post. Game has improved quite a bit in the last year and he will get plenty of high major attention.

Victor Robbins, 6-5 SF Compton (Calif.) High. A very good scorer, Robbins can create his own shot and he's terrific off the bounce. Still needs to work on other parts of his game, but he has a very nice upside.

Grant Verhoeven had coaches from Washington and Cal watching his game Tuesday morning.

Grant Jerrett draw a crowd of coaches from Arizona, Cal, UCLA, UNLV and Washington for his game.

Arizona, Washington and UCLA had coaches in attendance watching Rosco Allen and Robert Upshaw.

Denzel Johnson had Santa Clara, Fresno State, Pacific, Pepperdine and San Diego State at his game Tuesday morning.

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