Pacific Shores Tourney: Day 1, 2

The first two days of the Redondo Union Pacific Shores Tournament were highlighted by standout play from Zena Edosomwan, Tyrone Wallace and 2014 point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright...

Zena Edosomwan, PF, Harvard-Westlake: Even though Edosomwan wasn't finishing like he usually does, he looks like he's improved over the past few months. He showed better footwork, made some quick moves to the basket and played tough, fundamentally sound defense. Edosomwan's combination of strength, height, athleticism, skill and work ethic on and off the court should ultimately lead to him having a successful career at the next level.
Day Two:It was a little bit of a tough game for Edosomwan, whose guards haven't done a good job of getting him the ball and the four-star prospect has been visibly frustrated. Edosomwan has used his quickness and improved footwork to get to the basket when he does receive the ball, but he hasn't been finishing as well as normal. He's rebounded well and played good defense, but offensively Edosomwan and his squad are still trying to get comfortable.

Taj Adams, PF, Fairfax: Adams has a unique skill set at the four position with his passing and ball handling ability. He also made some nice moves around the basket to score. Getting stronger is going to be a necessity at the next level and the more consistent of a shooter he can become the better, but Adams is a good signee for LMU.

Keywhon Powns, PG, Westchester: Out of the point guards still available in 2012 out west, Powns may be at the top of the list. He's a strong, athletic, pass-first guard who is more of a distributor than a scorer but is adept from midrange and in. The three-point shot wasn't falling, but Powns made some nice dishes to open teammates and had some quick moves to the basket.

Tyrone Wallace, PG, Bakersfield: Redondo Union threw a box and one at Wallace and collapsed on him every time he tried to get to the basket, making it a frustrating game at times for the Cal signee. Wallace showed good body control on some drives to the paint, hit a three-pointer and was very unselfish, always looking to get his teammates involved. He's going to have to develop a midrange game and improve from the free throw line, but his height, athleticism and length will allow him to guard the one, two and three at the next level and his handles and passing should make him a good point guard for Mike Montgomery to build his team around in the future. He may need a year or two of college coaching and strength training, but Cal is getting a versatile player with plenty of upside.

Julian Harrell, SF, Loyola: Harrell plays with terrific effort and it led to numerous steals and lay-ups on Tuesday night against Dominguez. Harrell's pull-up jumper looked good but it was his effort on both ends that made him successful. He was strong on the glass, got to the hoop and had a competitive spirit the entire game. Harrell's work ethic on the court helps him get the most of his talent and he should have a good career in the Ivy League.

Marcus Jackson, SG, Pacific Hills: Jackson had a very impressive debut to the 2011-12 season with 26 points on seven three-pointers, five of which came in the third quarter. The long, slender wing plays hard and had some good drives to the basket, but there's no question that his strength is his perimeter shooting, where he was lights out on Monday.
Day Two: He didn't have the game he had on Monday, but Jackson showed why he's an intriguing prospect on Tuesday. Jackson's specialty is his three-point shooting and it also looked like he is developing a midrange pull-up game as well. Areas of improvement will be his handles, shot selection, finishing with his left hand and doing a better job of making his teammates better, but his shooting ability and frame will get him college attention.

Roschon Prince, SF, Long Beach Poly: In a battle with Pacific Hills, Prince ended up putting Poly on his back in the fourth quarter, finishing with 33 points, many of which came late in the game. Prince struggled from the perimeter earlier in the game but at this level he's very difficult to contain in the paint, where his height, strength and effort help him on the glass and around the basket.

Jordan Bell, PF, Long Beach Poly: Bell didn't get a ton of touches on offense, but did use his athleticism to his advantage on some blocks and rebounds. On one play, he made an athletic rebound, started the break and made a great alley-oop pass to a teammate. Bell's passing is one area he's shown more comfort on offense, and the more he can expand his shooting and post moves, the better.

Lamond Murray, Jr., PF, Bishop Montgomery: Murray has shown some advancement in his game and while being undersized hurts him as a prospect, he does have a good skill level and used it to his advantage on Monday. He did a good job facing up his defender and either knocking down the jumper or faking out the opponent and getting to the hoop for easy baskets.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG, Loyola: The little point guard is just a nightmare to guard due to his quickness, handles and overall savvy with the ball in his hands. Once he gets by his opponent - which he usually does with ease - he's quick to find an open teammate for a basket. Jackson-Cartwright isn't deterred going into the lane against bigger opponents and finishing tough lay-ups. After a freshman season that drew him national attention, Jackson-Cartwright's sophomore year is off to a good start.

Isaiah Bailey, SG, Compton: Bailey showed signs of being a very good prospect over the spring and summer, and did nothing to dispute that belief on Monday. His body control is terrific and is a very good scorer from midrange and in, as he can knock down the open jumper or glide to the rim. Bailey's athletic frame and quickness would make him impressive by themselves, but his skill level at his age is very good as well. He needs to keep working on his outside shot, but Bailey continues to go in a good direction as a prospect.

Thomas Welch, C, Loyola: Welch was intriguing in workouts this fall and his first game was an impressive one. He played hard, showed nice hands, soft touch and was very good on the offensive glass. Welch needs to get stronger and develop a skill set offensively but it's way too early to criticize him for that. He'll have the opportunity to see plenty of recruiting attention with continued hard work.

* With his outside shot not falling, you'd like to see 2012 Compton small forward Victor Robbins do more to impact the game closer to the basket, but it wasn't his night. Still, with Robbins' height, athleticism and scoring, if he qualifies he'll have some good offers in the spring.

* 2014 Compton guard Iziahiah Sweeney didn't get a ton of offensive attempts but showed a good looking midrange jumper. He's not the scorer his teammate Bailey is but his athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect.

* Utah signee Josh Hearlihy made some nice plays in the loss. The Harvard-Westlake small forward showed some savvy by drawing a foul on a three-attempt with his team down three with a few seconds left, but missed all three free throws. Still, he played hard, knocked down some threes and had a few good finishes around the basket.

* 2014 Bishop Montgomery point guard Justin Bibbins is small but his quickness and passing makes him intriguing.

* Mayfair small forward Dion Wright has had better games scoring, something the 2012 prospect specializes in. There will be a director correlation between how hard he plays and how much he scores. He has the talent to sign at the D-I level in the spring.

* 2013 Santa Monica combo guard Jordan Mathews gets to the basket in a hurry, but he wasn't finishing well on Monday. His competitive nature and work ethic on the court will impress colleges, but the more he improves as a shooter and distributor, the better.

* Fairfax has a sleeper in 2014 wing Sage Woodruff, who has a good frame and a very nice looking shot.

* 2013 Bishop Montgomery guard Leon Jacobs is a strong guard with terrific athleticism. He'll have to add to his skill level but he'll get recruited based on his athletic ability alone.

* 2013 Dominguez point guard Estavan Johnson has a good burst to the basket, knocked down some outside shots and was strong to the hoop. He'll have to get stronger but is definitely a D-I point guard prospect.

* Pacific Hills 2012 point guard Brandon Taylor's speed helped him get to the basket at will. He played hard the entire game and at times put his team on his back.

* 2013 Redondo Union guard Derek Biale had the game of his life against Bakersfield, hitting a halfcourt buzzer beater at halftime, nailing a three in overtime to extend the game and hitting a fadeaway three-point shot at the buzzer to win the game in double overtime.

UCLA head coach Ben Howland and assistant Scott Garson watched Zena Edosomwan and Parker Jackson-Cartwright.

Two California assistants were in the gym for Edosomwan, Jackson-Cartwright and Tyrone Wallace.

Gonzaga was in the gym for Marcus Jackson and Edosomwan's game.

A USC assistant was in attendance for Edosomwan, Jackson and Jackson-Cartwright.

Pepperdine head coach Marty Wilson was in the gym most of the night, along with assistants from San Francisco and Cal State Northridge.

Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was in attendance to watch his son, Dave Winfield, Jr., a 2013 center on Harvard-Westlake who sat out injured.

Santa Clara head coach Kerry Keating and assistants from UCLA, USC, Oklahoma Gonzaga, San Diego State, San Diego, Cal State Fullerton, San Francisco and U.C. Irvine were in attendance for the bulk of Monday's action.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright's school list remains the same, but mentioned that UCLA and USC have done a good job recruiting him and that UNLV's win over North Carolina, which he watched on TV, intrigued him due to the Rebels' style of play.

Thomas Welch hasn't received any recruiting attention to date.

Marcus Jackson is hearing from U.C. Davis, San Diego and U.C. Irvine.

Zena Edosomwan says his school list of Harvard, USC, Texas, Washington and California remains the same and he won't make any cuts until he makes a decision.

Isaiah Bailey is getting attention from Arizona, USC, Alabama, Auburn and Arizona State. He says Arizona is his favorite.

Keywhon Powns has offers from LMU and Cal State Northridge. He's hearing from San Diego State, Marquette and Florida State. Right now LMU is his favorite.


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