With the California basketball coaching staff out in force this weekend at the EYBL in Los Angeles, the Pangos Spring Select in Las Vegas and the Adidas Exclusive Run in Dallas, Tex., we've assembled all the scouting information from the Scout.com network into one neat, little package, focusing on the Bears' primary targets.
Scouting report on Zylan Cheatham from the EYBL in Los Angeles (Jason Scheer): Cheatham is a tough player to evaluate. He did not show a lot of skill, which is not a bad thing because he has not been playing very long at all. What he did show, however, was a lot of potential. First off, there probably are not many better athletes in the class. He gets off the ground quickly, runs the court well, and uses his athleticism on offense and defense.
Cheatham finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds and his biggest struggles come when he settles for a jumper. There is no reason for him to do it because he is quick and athletic enough to get to the basket and make plays. It is all going to come down to coaching and whether or not a staff wants to take him knowing that it will need to work with him. Some staffs will do that and some won't, but the potential is absolutely there.
AztecReport.com's Andrew Payne also chimed in on Cheatham: "Cheatham really showed off his athleticism and jumping ability in his first game. He finished with 6 points and 7 rebounds in an 85-53 blowout win for California Supreme. Cheatham only had to play 16 minutes and was able to rest for the next day, but when he was in, he put on a show. Contesting every shot and rebound, Cheatham was a force in the paint. His rebounding and energy were the highlights of the game.
Scouting report on Ivan Rabb from the EYBL in Los Angeles (Jason Scheer): In the first game of the day, Rabb looked like the best player in the country at times. He completely dominated the first half and was easily the best player on the court at times. It was the first half that got the opposition to wake up and he was surrounded by defenders in the second half, which completely slowed him down. Rabb finished with 14 points and he was able to score with his back to the basket, facing up, and on the offensive glass.
In the second game, Rabb hit the glass harder and finished with 14 rebounds in addition to scoring 10 points. It's scary to think how much Rabb can still improve and get stronger and he seems to recognize that, which makes him even more intriguing as a prospect. Rabb deserves offers from just about everyone and showed why for the majority of his minutes on Saturday.
Other AAU Notes
Head coach Mike Montgomery was personally in attendance on Saturday to watch 2015 power forward Chimezie Metu, along with his son and assistant coach John Montgomery.
Metu runs the floor well, has decent handles and is very athletic for his size. Don't be surprised if he winds up as a top-20 player down the road.
Down in Dallas, Travis DeCuire is taking in the action, which includes 2014 commit Ahmaad Rorie and his Northwest Panthers, as well as 2015 guard Sedrick Barefield out of Corona (Calif.) Centennial, playing with the Compton Magic.
Barefield shows a lot of court awareness for such a young player, and is fearless driving the lane. At 6-foot-2, he has enough hops to dunk, and when he went toe-to-toe with Santa Monica this December in the title game of the Oaks Christian Holiday Invitational, he more than held his own. He's currently a three-star, but he'll surely wind up as a four-star before the summer is out.
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