Recap of the Battle at the Beach

Recap of the Battle at the Beach event on July 18th. Top players in Southern California showcased their talents in front of dozens of college coaches in this stacked one-day event.

Battle at the Beach presented by Muscle Milk

Elite Prospects 50 - Oklahoma Magic 17u 55

2015 F Chance Comanche (View Park Prep/Elite Prospects) continued to show why he is one of the top young promising bigs on the West coast. Had a couple nice rebounds and a hook shot over his right shoulder but was slowed down by constant double teams by the Oklahoma Magic. Comanche lists offers from USC, Oregon, Arizona, and Colorado and recently said he plans on taking a visit to Arizona this upcoming August.
2014 G Ajon Efferson (Pasadena HS/Elite Prospects) is one of the top unsigned west guards in the class of 2014. Athletic point guard with energy did well against the smaller guards of the Oklahoma Magic. Saw Efferson ball out at the Nike EYBL: LA with ICP Elite as well at a Compton Magic Event with Belmont Shore back in May. Efferson is now the on court leader for the Elite Prospects. Had one really nice coast-to-coast finish that stood out.
2014 G Ethan Telfair (United Prep/Oklahoma Magic) showed off his great handles, and also was getting to the rim with ease. Didn't settle for jump shots, but also looked off open jumpers. Great at changing direction as well as an amazing between the legs move. Really needs to work on shooting for the next level but should be good. Lists offers from Loyola Marymount, Oklahoma, and Wichita State.

Compton Magic 17u 55 – Prodigy Elite 60

2014 G Isaiah Bailey (Compton HS/Compton Magic) showed the college coaches on hand many examples of his amazing athleticism. Within the first couple minutes of the game after whistle called the ball dead, Bailey grabbed the ball and cocked it all the back for a thundering dunk. Spent most energy on D guarding the big men of Prodigy Elite, got a couple nice rebounds and was able to put them back up for easy points. Also hit a nice contested corner 3 near end of game to bring Compton Magic closer. The 6'5 wing lists interest from Arizona State, Gonzaga, Oregon State, USC, San Diego State, Fresno State, as well as Pepperdine and UNLV.
2014 G Jordan McLaughlin (Etiwanda HS/Prodigy Elite) was constantly attacking the rim, as well as penetrating and finding open teammates. Great in the open court, had great vision and decision making, never settling for contested jumpers. By far the best player on his team and even on the court. SDSU head coach Steve Fisher was there for his entire game as well as assistants from UCLA and USC. Recently said UCLA, SDSU, and Gonzaga are the schools recruiting him the hardest.

Compton Magic Select 16u – Earl Watson Pangos Elite Silver 16u

2015 G Sedrick Barefield (Corona Centennial/Compton Magic Select) sat most of the first half with early foul trouble, but came back to dominate the second half. Had a coast-to-coast finger roll finish that awed the crowed, as well as an in and out to step back jumper right in a defender's face. Shot the ball well, hitting his open 3's. Michigan was there to watch his entire game. Lists offers from Michigan, San Diego State, Connecticut, Kansas State, Boston College, Memphis and Fresno State. With interest building from USC and UCLA.
2015 G Rex Pflueger (Mater Dei/Compton Magic Select) started the game off hot hitting 2 deep catch and shoot 3's. Most impressive move was when he backed down his defender along the baseline, spun towards the baseline and hit the fade away midrange in the defender's face. Not a lot of high school kids have that move down. Recently picked up offers from SDSU, Boston College, Cal Poly, and UC-Irvine. SDSU Coach Steve Fisher was there to watch the entire game of Aztec target's Barefield, Pflueger and 2015 F Cameron Walker.
2015 G Tommy McCarthy (La Costa Canyon/Earl Watson Pangos Elite) really showed off his leadership skills. With his team down big in the early first half, McCarthy continued to play hard and try and get his team going. Hit a deep three off a screen as well as 2 other contested 3's. Took 2 charges from Barefield, a very rare site in AAU basketball. McCarthy is a gym rat, and given more time he'll be racking in more and more offers/interests. Recently picked up his first offer from Univ of San Francisco, and has interest from Loyola Marymount, Boston College, Princeton, Stanford, Rice, and Boise State.

Cal Supreme 17u 68 – Louisville Magic 17u 66

2014 G Brian Beard (Orange Lutheran/Cal Supreme) led a short-handed Cal Supreme team to a victory with his 18-point performance. Later dropped another 18 in his 2nd game of the day. Recently awarded the MVP of the St. John Bosco Summer Tourney a couple weeks ago, look out for Beard to start getting some offers as other guards begin to commit. Lists interests from SDSU, Oregon State, UNLV, and Marquette.
2015 G Aaron Holiday (Campbell Hall/Cal Supreme) showed up late but once he entered the game was instantly the best player on the court. Coming off a huge performance at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam finals, where he averaged 16ppg and 3rpg. Picked up an offer from UCLA a couple weeks ago.

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