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Marcus LoVett, Aaron Holiday and London Perrantes are among the players we've profile in our latest look at some SoCal prospects...

Los Angeles, Calif.A couple of impressive freshman guards highlight our latest look at some of the prominent prospects in Southern California…

London Perrantes, 6-0 PG Encino (Calif.) Crespi. A true point guard in every way, Perrantes is only lacking high level athleticism. He's a decent athlete, but there is a question of how he will fair against very quick athletes at the next level. However, he has so many other positive attributes that he projects as a high major prospect regardless. He has an exceptional feel for the game, with great vision and passing ability. He's a good shooter to the stripe and he's improved his ability to create his own shot off the dribble. In fact, his overall game has improved significantly since July and it will be interesting to see where his game is a year from now.

Tyree Robinson, 6-2 SG Lincoln (Calif.) High. Robinson is a difficult player to evaluate for the next level. There's no question he's got talent, with a strong body and good stroke to beyond the stripe. He's a good, not great, athlete and he's something of a straight-line guy. The big question on him is his feel for the game. His shot selection can be questionable and he needs to learn to impact the game when his shot isn't falling. He's got a ways to go in terms of his approach to the game, and learning how to play to win, but he does have ability.

Quentin Taylor, 6-2 SG Palm Springs (Calif.) High. A versatile prospect, Taylor can do a lot of things to help his team win. He's a good rebounder for his size, he's unselfish, he can post up a defender, knock down the occasional jumper and defend. He plays with a purpose, with isn't as common as one might think. He's a very good competitor and a deceptive athlete. He's not great at any one thing, and he does need to improve his perimeter ball skills, but he's a winner.

Chance Murray, 6-2 SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Price. Murray has struggled with being assertive, but he did a better job in that area in a recent game. He was putting the ball on the floor and trying to get to the rim, instead of just floating on the perimeter and waiting for jump shots. He's always had a smooth stroke, with pretty good ball skills overall. He needs to learn to go hard all the time and find a way to impact the game when he isn't scoring. But he does still have potential with his ability to score.

Idrissa Diallo, 6-9 C Los Angeles (Calif.) Ribet. Diallo is an impressive physical specimen, with a great body and good athleticism. The question with him, as is the case with many Africans, is his skill level and feel for the game. Because they often come to the game late, they typically have a hard time catching up in those areas. Diallo has some great tools to work with, but it remains to be seen if he can use them to good effect at the next level.

Bear Henderson, 6-5 SF/PF Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany. A very mature sophomore, Henderson has a strong body and a nice lefty stroke with three point range. He's something of a straight line athlete and there's a question about this ability to defend on the perimeter as he gets older. It's possible he will end up being a four at the next level. Right now, he's a good spot-up shooter, but he needs to improve his perimeter ball skills. He's more power than finesse at this point, but his ability to knock down shots is going to get him attention.

Aaron Holiday, 5-10 PG/SG North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. The younger brother of Jrue and Justin Holiday, Aaron is a terrific prospect in his own right. He's got a great body and he's probably a more explosive athlete at the same stage than either of his brothers. He can get to the rim at will and he's a good enough shooter for a ninth grader. Where he trails his brothers, though, is his feel for the game. And it's a significant concern. He takes way too many bad shots and there is a question whether he will ever have the feel to play point guard. He is, however, only a freshman and he has a lot of time to work on his approach to the game.

Marcus LoVett, Jr., PG Burbank (Calif.) Providence. LoVett is similar to Holiday in that he's an extremely talented young guard with the ability to create his own shot pretty much any time he wants. However, LoVett is a little farther along than Holiday as a point guard. He doesn't always choose to pass but, when he does, he's a very good passer. He's also a better shooter, with range beyond the three-point line and very good ball skills overall.. He needs to work on finding a balance between scoring and creating for his teammates, but he's an exceptional talent for a ninth grader.

Malik Anderson, 6-6 C Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany. The son of Nick Anderson, Malik is a long and raw young prospect. He's got a terrific frame, and really long arms, but he's still somewhat gawky and his skill level is still very rudimentary. He doesn't know how to play the game just yet, but there's obviously a lot of time for him to learn. He's an intriguing prospect if it all comes together for him.


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