Here's a look at some of the notable players in this event. There weren't many that were of UCLA caliber, but some to at least be aware of watch:
Antonio Kellogg, 6-1 JR PG Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds. The surprise of the tournament, Kellogg has a good, strong body and he's very athletic – with quickness and explosive hops. He's extremely skilled with the ball – very good handle and vision. Terrific shooter. With his size and scoring ability, you could see him playing either guard spot – we'd like to see him in a real game to see how he handles playing the point. He does have some playground in his game that he needs to tone down, but he's a very gifted player. A candidate for the top ranking among either PGs or SGs in the west and an elite, high-major prospect. Academics are reportedly a question mark, and it could be unlikely that UCLA could recruit him.
Chris Miles, 6-10 JR PF Provo (Utah) Timpview. Great body, hands and feet. For a post player, that's a pretty good start. Miles showed more of an inside game than we saw in Las Vegas. He wasn't going against much size, but it was good to see some back-to-the-basket skills. He should develop a very nice inside/outside game in time. Miles has the upside to end up as good as any post in the west. An elite, high major prospect. UCLA has contacted him and he has said he has some interest in UCLA. But the recruiting word on Miles is that he more than likely won't leave the state of Utah and go to BYU. He has also said that he could play one year of college ball and then take his Mormon mission. It all doesn't sound like a good scenario for UCLA, but Miles is good enough that the Bruins need to check in completely to the likelihood of him coming to Westwood. He could be your center, or fit in very well playing next to your center as a power forward.
Kyle Spain, 6-5 SO SF Newark (Calif.) Memorial. The top prospect on the Oakland Soldiers team and it's not close. Terrific frame, with long, slender legs and a big upper body – he figures to be very strong when he gets to college. Sweet stroke with range, although he does need to get his release a bit higher. Very good feel for the game and very active – will rebound and defend. He's not real explosive off the floor, which can affect his ability to finish inside. Nevertheless, he's an elite, high major prospect. Spain has heard from UCLA, so he's on their list of sophomores. He could be a UCLA target if continues to improve at a normal rate.
Darrin Mahoney, 6-7 SO PF, Heber City (Utah) Wasatch. A big, strong kid with great shoulders. Moves well and plays hard. Not real skilled yet, although he did show one nice little jump hook. With continued development, he's a likely high major prospect. Mahoney's talent has gotten him early looks from some of the high majors in the west, including UCLA, who has sent him letters, and Mahoney has contacted UCLA. He's right on the border of someone UCLA could recruit talent-wise, but it's good that UCLA already knows about him and is giving him love. A little more athletic development and/or one more inch and he could be a UCLA target.
Harvey Perry, 6-4 JR SG Henderson (Nev.) Foothill. We wrote a few weeks ago that Perry had a big upside if the light ever came on. For this weekend, at least, Perry put it all together. He played with much better focus, took care of the ball and played solid defense (he did as good a job as anyone could on Dorrell Wright). His outside shot is getting better as well – he shot the ball extremely well at this event. Mid-major prospect, with a chance to end up a high major. Perry is someone UCLA will keep an eye on in the 2004 class.
Dorell Wright, 6-7 SR SF, Leuzinger (Calif.) Lawndale. Easily the most talented player at the weekend's tournament, Wright, as we've been writing for a year and a half, is immensely talented. His skills have continued to improve, especially his outside shooting touch. Since he played in various national tournaments this spring, he's blown up, and many national scouts are raving about Wright, which is great for him. A good kid, hopefully Wright will get his academics squared away with a year of prep school and be a serious target for some of the elite programs in the country. It's farfetched to think that UCLA could ever recruit Wright, but you never know...