LeBron Camp: UCLA Prospects, Part 2

There were quite a few UCLA prospects that put in standout performances at the recent LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas, including UCLA-committed guard Zach LaVine, and point guards Stevie Clark and Parker Jackson-Cartwright...

LAS VEGAS - Several UCLA targets had impressive performances at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

The Bruins have done a good job recruiting 2013 Oklahoma City Douglass point guard Stevie Clark, and on Monday he continued to show his scoring prowess. In the morning session, the 5-10 Clark nailed six three-pointers in one game, showing NBA range on his shot.

When Clark wants to distribute he can, but schools recruiting him are getting a player that can pile up points from outside in a hurry.

While Clark is more of a scorer, 2014 Los Angeles Loyola point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright is one of the best in the country at making his teammates better and he definitely did that at this event.

Jackson-Cartwright, at just about 5-8, wasn't negatively impacted by the size and speed of some of the elite talents he was going up against, which is a great sign for those who are skeptical of him making a big impact on the next level due to his small stature.

A player who looked to have just a solid camp was 2013 Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict Prep point guard Tyler Ennis. A pass-first point guard, you could see that schools are impressed by the 6-2 prospect's basketball IQ, and he did have success going to the basket, but Ennis never got into a real comfort zone in the games we watched.

UCLA commit Zach LaVine, a 2013 combo guard from Bothell (Wash.), was terrific. LaVine's best attribute is his shooting and that was there, but he also showed plenty of point guard attributes, playing pass-first basketball and doing a good job creating for his teammates.

Also having a big camp was 2013 Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley big man Marcus Lee. The fact that Lee checked in at 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-1.5 wingspan is an already great sign for a prospect who keeps going in the right direction as a player.

Lee has a reputation for being raw offensively, but he's clearly making progress and you can see him become more comfortable on that side of the ball on an almost month to month basis. Regardless, his athleticism, length, shot blocking, passing and motor all make you really like him as a prospect.

When he wants to dominate, Jarell Martin, the 6-8 post from Baton Rouge Madison Prep, can do it. That said, on Monday afternoon he focused on his outside game and definitely had some success. He hit two midrange baseline jumpers and looked comfortable stepping back and shooting. He also put the ball on the ground and got to the basket, and there wasn't much stopping him once he got to the paint.

Another post that UCLA has been recruiting is 2014 Salisbury (Conn.) power forward Chris McCullough. In one viewing Monday he played hard the entire game, snatching rebounds on both ends and scoring in transition. He was comfortable putting the ball on the ground for a big guy and took his opponent off the dribble a couple times for easy lay-ups.

A unique post prospect that the Bruins are recruiting is 2013 Montverde (Fla.) Academy power forward Devin Williams. At about 6-7 to 6-8, the big guy has an inside/out game and showed he's both comfortable knocking down jumpers on the perimeter and scoring around the basket. He played hard in the couple times we watched.

One of the breakout players of the event was 2015 Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd power forward Ivan Rabb, who was terrific on Monday. Rabb can score from midrange, or take his opponent off the dribble and score with either hand.

He's athletic, plays hard and there's every reason to believe he'll be one of the top players in his class when it's all said and done.

Recruiting Notes:

* UCLA has aggressively recruited Marcus Lee, and the Bruins are up against a good amount of schools national for him. He does have some schools he wants to check out before he's able to narrow things down.

"I hope to narrow things down by the end of the summer and then go from there," Lee said. "I want to be able to get to Texas and visit Duke and maybe Texas A&M too. I don't have any schools that stick out, but I want to start focusing on everything more at the end of the summer."

* The Bruins have done a good job at getting back involved with 2013 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco shooting guard Isaac Hamilton and he mentioned UCLA as one of the schools he remains interested in.

"I'm looking at Florida, Washington, the locals, USC, UCLA, UNLV, San Diego State, UConn and UTEP," Hamilton said.

"I've been talking to Florida almost every day. That's probably one of the schools that constantly keeps in touch with me. All those other schools hit me up about once a week to see how I'm doing."

* A player that really emerged nationally this weekend was Ivan Rabb, and it's early in his recruitment, so he's not sure whether or not he'll want to remain close to home.

"I got offered by California last week," Rabb said. "My grandfather loves California and it means a lot because it is so close to home, but I am not sure if I want to stay close to home yet. I am just looking at everything and taking my time."

* Three schools stand out for Parker Jackson-Cartwright, and the Bruins made the cut.

"There are no real favorites right now," said Jackson-Cartwright. "But if I had to name a top three it would be UCLA, Arizona and N.C. State. Those three schools are at the top of my list. I'm really looking at those but I am still considering everyone. I'm wide open still."


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