West Coast Dominates ABCD

The west coat definitely made its mark at the Adidas ABCD Camp, with nine of the 30 players in the Senior All-Star game from California. Here's a look at all of the west coast players, including elite center Robert Swift, and a trio of elite senior guards, as well as some talented underclassmen.

It was definitely a bit of a different turnout for west coast players at the Adidas ABCD Camp than it was at the Nike All-American Camp. While Nike had 19 west coast players participating, ABCD had 32. Plus, there were seven west coast kids in addition to that participating in the camp that are prep schoolers. The west coast was truly well-represented, particularly the state of California. In the senior all-star game, 9 players of the 30 total were from California. The writer for the Long Beach Press Telegram, Louis Johnson, tagged ABCD as "Camp California."

Overall, here's just a sampling of how well the west coast fared:

;-- Arron Afflalo, the guard committed to UCLA, ended his effort by leading the entire camp in scoring, with an average of 17.8 points a game. It was slightly skewed since a few players who were ahead of him in scoring average - west coasters Andre McGee among them - decided not to participate in their last competitive game, which lowered their scoring average. It's safe to say, though, that those three west coast players, Afflalo, Nelson and McGee, would have been three of the top four scorers in the camp for the week.

-- In fact, six of the top ten scorers in the camp were from the west, including preppers Robert Swift.

-- The west coast seniors that participated in the all-star game were: Afflalo, Nelson, Swift, Gabe Pruitt, Bryce Taylor, and preppers Dudley and Robey.

-- The west coasters that played in the underclass all-star game were: McGee, Mario Chalmers, Dior Lowhorn, and Taylor King.

-- And this was all with elite west coast power forward, Marvin Williams, who recently committed to North Carolina and is considered a top 15 national prospect, not participating due to injury.

Here's a look at each west coast player:

Andre McGee, 5-10 JR PG, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs. He's putting on a show here, actually leading the camp in scoring. That's right, a 5-10 point guard from Moreno Valley, California, is leading the ABCD camp in scoring. How does that happen? First, McGee's style of play suits the camp environment perfectly. He's very difficult to guard, and at a camp like ABCD, no one plays defense anyway, so that's a lethal combination.

Secondly, McGee can really shoot his outside set shot, which is also perfect at this camp since everyone jacks up shots almost as soon as they pass the halfcourt line. He's shooting an astounding 73% from the three point line. So, really, if the playground, camp-style of game was how basketball was really played in college, Andre McGee would be the #1 prospect in the country. However, it isn't, and he isn't. But while McGee's performance here might get overblown by many national scouts that only judge on performance rather than as a college prospect, you still can't deny what McGee has accomplished. Even though it's an artificial environment, one that's the perfect habitat for him, and he won't ever find it in college, McGee has to be given credit for how well he's flourished in it. Quite simply, he is unguardable, as we wrote about him earlier this spring. He's just so incredibly quick, has great one-on-one moves and handles the ball so well. He also can simply really score, even at his size, among players much bigger than he is, when driving the lane. Now, once he gets to college and is guarded by real, high-major level players who know how to play defense, it could be another matter, since he is only 5-10.

But McGee has dominated here to such a degree you have to start to believe that he's so good at doing what he does, which is 1) shooting from deep 2) breaking someone down and then scoring or 3) breaking someone down and then dishing, that he'l be able to carry some of this over to the high major college level. He' very talented, and if he ever played more like a point guard (and to be fair, how would anyone know what a point guard really looks like at a freestyle camp like this?), he actually could have a chance to be among the best players in the country. He'll undoubtedly now get ranked among them by many national scouts. And heck, again, he's dominated so much here at Adidas that you have to consider it.

Robert Swift, 6-11 SR C, Bakersfield (Calif.) Highland. Verbally committed to USC, Swift is truly the real elite high major prospect from the west coast here. We wrote a story two years ago when he was going into the summer before his sophomore year, that he was the best prospect on the west coast regardless of class, and he very well could be proving us prophetic (or lucky). He went up against Dwight Howard Wednesday night, who many consider the best post player in the country, Thursday night and at least held his own. Possibly if you threw in a little west coast bias, you might say he edged Howard in their one-on-one matchup. And all week, from what Iâ've been told by reliable sources, he's been doing it. He's definitely taken his game to the next level, being able to physically dominate the competition here. Around the basket, he's a bear, and if he continues to get bigger and stronger, like he has done in the last year, his potential is limitless. To think that he has a full year of high school left would lead you to believe that he very well could continue to improve enough that he could put his name into the NBA draft with no worries. Given the level of talent that has done it in recent years and been drafted high, he's almost certainly good enough now.

The biggest news about Swift that many on the west coast have known about but haven't reported for some time is that he's possibly going to transfer to Los Angeles Westchester. It's by no means a done deal, but it's a distinct possibility.

DeMarcus Nelson, 6-3 SG, Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon. Nelson is so good at what he does that he's able to dominate here. You could almost say that Nelson is a bigger, stronger version of Andre McGee, which is a very potent possibility. He's so good at shooting, breaking down defenders (but with his strength rather than quickness like McGee), or breaking down defenders and dishing, that there aren't many here that can stay with him.

What makes Nelson really so potent is his continually improving outside shot, which is so good now that defenders have to come out and defend him. Well, not here at this camp, but in college they will. Nelson simply is proving that he's so good at his style of play, in much the same way as McGee, that he deserves to be ranked among the best shooting guards in the country.

Arron Afflalo, 6-5 SR SG, Compton (Calif.) Centennial. While some have said that Afflalo has had mixed results here in the first few days, the last few days he was one of the best all-around players at the camp. he ended up leading the camp in scoring, He not only shot the ball well, but handled it very well, hit teammates with great passes, and drove the lane with success. He's not explosive off the floor, which is evident here among the athletes, but he's light years ahead of so many other players here in knowing how to play and how the game works. While you can argue forever about who's the better prospect between him and DeMarcus Nelson, it really doesn't matter; suffice it to say that the two west coast shooting guards are among the best in the nation.

Gabriel Pruitt, 6-3 CG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. The scary thing is, Pruitt could have more upside than any guard in the west. That includes Nelson and Afflalo and even Jordan Farmar. Pruitt has continued to get bigger, being maybe 6-1ish a year and a half ago, and fill out. If he continues down this path he could end up a 6-3 to 6-4, 190-lb. NBA-level point guard. The way his athleticism has grown has been one of the most enjoyable things to watch in the last couple of years in high school basketball on the west coast.

He threw down an alley oop dunk Thursday that was one of the best dunks of the day, which is saying something considerable since ABCD is such a dunk fest. He’s also putting on display his great feel and passing ability. Yes, Pruitt is actually passing the ball here, which comes as a surprise for many of his teammates. He's playing on the same team as McGee and Swift (all future Trojans?), so he might be getting overshadowed. But if you understand basketball, it's easy to see how good Pruitt is, and to recognize his limitless potential. Pruitt is one of the elite players in the west, even though many national scouts might not be able to see it.

Lorenzo Mata, 6-8 SR PF, South Gate (Calif.) High. Swift ate up Mata Thursday, but there is still no denying that Mata is an elite power forward on the national level. He is so physical, plays so hard and gets off the floor so quickly that many elite high-majors are starting to get involved. And he's just at the beginning of his learning curve. His offense is still in the very initial stages, with flurries of nice scoring moves here and there.

Combine that with his athleticism and aggressiveness and you have a potential beast. And he doesn't seem to understand how not to play hard. Thursday an opponent had a breakaway dunk, but Mata ran back on defense, went up and swatted the dunk and practically took his opponents head off. His academics will be the only limitations of his recruiting, precluding many schools from recruiting him. He deserved a place in the all-star game.

Bryce Taylor, 6-4 SR SG, Studio City (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake. He averaged 10.6 points a game for the week, which was very good. In a year when there weren't great shooters at the camp, Taylor had to be among the best pure shooters in attendance. In the senior all-star game, where he scored 8 points, 4 rebounds and made two of three threes.Tim Pierce, Oakland (Calif.) Hercules. In the senior all-star game where he had 14 points, 4 rebounds and was 2 of 7 from three. For the week he had 9.6 points a game. He showed off his hops quite often; in fact, in one game, he threw down three alley-oop dunks.

Marcus Everett, 6-1 SR SG, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. The usually steady Everett has stepped up his scoring ability here, hitting his outside jumper and finding room for his mid-range effectively. With his already known ability to run the point and be a good defender, showcasing some scoring talent adds another dimension to his game. Some high major school are spending some serious time scouting him, which includes Stanford;, since Everett has good academics.

Taylor King, 6-6 FR PF/SF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. He is the rave among the younger players in the camp, putting on a show with his ability to shoot and then score around the basket with his crafty moves. What's so impressive is that, as such a youngster, he's come here to compete with literally no fear. Maybe he's too young to be nervous. But King seems pretty clued in, so it's probably more a case that he's just one of those unusual kids that is fearless and talented.

He was only one of two freshmen to make the underclass all-star game, and despite having a disapointing game where he was pretty fatigued, he definitely used the camp to make a name for himself on a national scale. And again, he's only going to be a freshman at Mater Dei this year.

Curtis Allen, 6-4 SR SG, Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.) Rolling Hills Prep. He had a good week, shooting the ball well, and averaging 11.3 points a game. He's continuing to refine his game, utilize a mid-range shot and play under control, which has increased his effectiveness. Pac-10ers are interested and a recruiting update is forthcoming.

Dwight O'Neil, 6-2 SR SG, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union. O'Neil looked solid here, scoring with his athleticism, which is the thing to do at this camp. But he played hard, and was active, leading him to score 12.4 a game. He's solidified as a mid-major.

Matt Sargeant, 6-3 SR SG, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View. Among the better athletes here he sometimes got lost, but he had stretches in games that were impressive. On the last day he must have hit four or five threes in a row and score close to 20 points in a game. He was running the point here quite a bit, but is better as a catch and shoot guy. He'll probably continue to get low- to mid-major looks.

Lyndale Burleson, 6-2 SR PG, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin. Burleson still has the look physically of a player, but is caught between positions. He's trying to make a go of being a point guard, but doesn't yet have the mentality, and he can't score well enough to be a shooting guard. He, though, is improving in running an offense from the point, and tried to do it in this camp environment, which is an accomplishment in itself. He's a low-major at this point.

Hector Hernandez, 6-8 SR SF/PF, Denver (Col.) Lincoln. Hernandez was limited here by his lack of athleticism, being overwhelmed sometimes by the better athletes he was facing. But his skill level is still impressive, as is his energy. He's probably a mid-major at this point.

Quentin Thomas, 6-2 SR PG, Oakland (Calif.) Tech. He had scouts shaking their collective heads for the week. He showed flashes of greatness at the point here, but then looked very raw and out of sorts. Again, it's hard to determine much from this loose of a camp environment, but it's pretty clear that he'll have to step up his level of play this July for the high-majors that have been recruiting him to move on him.

Marcus Lewis, 6-7 SR PF, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Lewis looked good here, among the top 10-15 rebounders in the camp, averaging 6.3 a game, while also scoring 8.6 a game. He was shut down at times in the post, but when he stepped out and opened it up a bit, taking defenders with a short dribble, he showed good quickness and was effective. He certainly helped his stock as a solid mid-major with a tinge of high-major.

Vince Oliver, 6-2 SR PG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Oliver struggled some, going up against guards as big as he was but quicker. At this camp, though, there's also the issue of whether you have a good fit in the team you're on, and Oliver didn't. He's more of a heady type of point guard, and there is no place for headiness here. He'll probably look much better the rest of the summer playing in AAU ball, which is a reflection on the camp play in itself.

Lamar Roberson, 6-7 SR SF, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. Okay, we have a long-running policy of not writing about any player who is supposed to be transferring to a west coast school. But Roberson is currently enrolled in classes at Dominguez, so I guess that qualifies. He looked much this spring with Dominguez than he did here. At first, he had to play as a four on his camp team, and struggled, but in the last couple of games he went back to the three and looked better and more comfortable. He's certainly long, has a good body and athleticism. With all that, it's just a matter of how he can develop his skills. Right now he's between a mid-major and the lower end of the high-majors.

Marcel Jones, 6-6 SR SF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. In a camp where everyone shoots just about every time they touch the ball, Jones was a Roman in Rome. He shot the ball quite a bit, and didn't shoot at a high percentage, so he didn't come off well. Jones will have to show college coaches he can give up the ball and play within a team concept this July to improve his stock.

Seniors who didn't participate: C.J. Giles, 6-10 SR C, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach; Sean Ogirri, 6-1 SR PG, Denver (Col.) East; Ty Morrison, 6-6 SR PF/SF, Phoenix (Ariz.) Trevor Browne; DeVon Hardin, 6-9 SR PF, Newark (Calif.) Memorial

Other Underclassmen:

Mario Chalmers, 6-2 SR PG/SG, Anchorage (Alas.) Bartlett. While it was plain that the level of talent here affected him, Chalmers did prove, though, that he's one of the best junior guards on the west coast with his performance here. His combination of scoring and passing ability all week was good enough to get him on the underclassmen all-star game, where he easily held his own. As he gets bigger and stronger, and more comfortable with this level of competion, Chalmers has some serious upside. Definite high-major.

Dior Lowhorn, 6-5 JR PF, San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan. You have to give props to Lowhorn, who recognized a niche and took advantage of it. In this camp style, not many players want to do the dirty work inside, but Lowhorn dedicated himself to it, and came away as the sixth best rebounder in the camp, averaging 6.8 per game, and a spot on the underclass all-star game. He's gotten in quite a bit better shape than when we saw him on Memorial Day, which has improved his energy. He has some good athleticism, and he uses it well to make up for his lack of height as a post. But he did his thing in the all-star game and grabbed rebounds and scored on putbacks and looked good. A mid-major as of now.

Ed White, 6-3 JR SG, Studio City (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake. White is a limited athlete with a nice shooting touch and a good feel for the game - not a great combination to succeed at a camp like this. Also, with so many athletes flying at him, he didn't shoot the ball really well.

Lamar Falley, 6-3 JR SG/PG, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango. A bit overwhelmed at times playing against this level of competition, Falley, though, as the week went on, gained confidence, ending up scoring 7.3 points a game, which was decent. He's at the higher end of the mid-majors at this point.

Marcus Williams, 6-5 JR SG, Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt. As we've stated before, Williams is a very intriguing player. He has very good size, but still looks like a baby and could have some growing to do. He has some nice skills, which sometimes make him look like anything from a point guard to a small forward. His physical development might end up determining what position he ultimately fills on the college level, but with his ability to shoot, pass and handle the ball, combined with his size, he's got a chance to be special. He also rebounded well here, which makes you believe he might end up a small forward as he gets physically bigger. A high-major.

Trevon Willis, 6-2 SO PG, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union. Willis played a lot of point at the camp, and he pulled it off fairly well. His ballhandling was strong enough to hold up, while his decision-making broke down sometimes. He wasn't afraid to put the ball up, either. His body, though, is what's so promising. As a sophomore, at 6-2ish with a good, wide-shouldered frame but good quickness, he's very intriguing. He's at least a mid-major and with development, potentially quite a bit more.

Didn't participate: Titus Shelton, 6-6 JR PF, Bakersfield (Calif.) High

West Coast Kids Going to Prep School Who Participated: Sylvester Seay, San Bernardino; Dorell Wright, Los Angeles; Jared Dudley, Leucadia; Richard Roby, San Bernardino; Joel Smith, Lompoc

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