Road Show in Los Angeles

It happens every year, the shoe camps end and focus shifts primarily to the Nike Peach Jam. However, there are still plenty of events around the country and the city of Los Angeles is home to a handful of events that are loaded with West Coast talent.

In an effort to mix it up a little, the Road Show decided to hop a plane and spend some time in Cali. Through one day -- spent at the West Coast All-Stars Camp, session 2 -- the decision is looking like a good one.


P'Allen Stinnett - When asked about who was recruiting him, the 6-2 native of Las Vegas mentioned Kansas along with Iowa State and others. A Cyclone signee during the ill fated tenure of Wayne Morgan, Stinnett is prepping for a year and checking his options. Here's the deal, he's a bit wild, he's prone to taking a bad shot from time to time and he's extremely skinny. However, he's also an explosive scorer with a slick handle, 23 feet of range and he's absolutely the craziest wing athlete the class of 2007 has to offer. He's going to have to earn the trust of coaches to excel on the high major level but he's a top 100 level talent and it's hard not to watch him when he takes the court.

Jeff Withey - Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend was in the house watching every step the fluid 6-11 big man took. He runs the floor with ease, likes to dunk everything he can and has very nice touch on jump hooks and short jumpers. He a bit on the slender side
at 215 pounds, but he's not worried about any lack of bulk and plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Only heading into his junior year, this kid has loads of potential and even dropped a triple double on the Stanford bound Lopez twins during the Cali state playoffs last spring. Arizona, UCLA, Louisville and others are heavily involved as well.

Matt Simpkins - It's still not a hundred percent certain, but the long armed and springy 6-8 forward is more than likely going to be a member of the class of 2008. He lacks polish, but man oh man can he run and jump with the best of them. You have to like a guy who can beat a shot up off the glass, snatch the loose ball, start the fast break with a good outlet pass and then beat everybody else down the court to dunk a missed lay-in. He's got some decent handles and a nose for offensive rebounding but his game still has maturing left to do. He's going to be watched very closely by some really good programs.


How can you not enjoy an event in Los Angeles? The weather, the people, the places to go and the way the camps are set up there's actually some time to get out and enjoy the scenery. Any event where you can spend part of your day at the beach in Santa Monica is a good one.

Jrue Holiday has been getting loads of ink lately. The 6-2 -- tops -- rising junior is considered by some West Coast observers the best wing prospect in years. A smart wing who shoots with a smooth stroke and plays fundamental hoops with flashes of athleticism, he's clearly a top 15 talent in his class. People who really enjoy watching the game played the "right way" will fall in love with his game.

Iowa State landed themselves a really good one in 6-10 BF Craig Brackins. He's long and lean, runs like a wing and has a knack for grabbing boards despite not being a huge fan of putting a body on somebody. The body will eventually fill out and he's got a chance to be a pretty productive Big 12 player.

On tap for Wednesday is a few more games at the West Coast Camp before moving onto Dinos Trigonis' always loaded Fullcourt Press All-West camp. Top Stories