UCLA Prospects, Eval Period, Day 2

UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford continued to put in the flight miles on Day 2 of the first July Evaluation Period. He made sure he saw the games of Stephen Zimmerman and Justise Winslow...

In the second day of the first July Evaluation Period, Steve Alford put in some miles on the private plane he has at his disposal. After spending Wednesday night in Philadelphia for the Reebok Breakout Classic, he was in Indianapolis Thursday morning for the adidas Invitational, and then by Thursday afternoon was in North Augusta, South Carolina, for the Peach Jam. He'll spend some of Friday morning at the Peach Jam, then fly to the Dallas area Friday to attend the Lone Star Classic. He'll then spend most of Saturday and Sunday back in Los Angeles attending the Pump Tip-Off Classic and the Pangos Summer Sweet 16.

On Thursday in Indianapolis, Alford watched Dream Vision, which features the #1 prospect in the nation for 2015, Stephen Zimmerman, and 2014 guard Namon Wright. At the Peach Jam, Alford made the day's second session, and it appeared that his first priority was to watch Justise Winslow, while he saw some of the games of Reid Travis and Trevon Bluiett. He then caught Cal Supreme, which features Zylan Cheatham and juniors Aaron Holiday and Bennie Boatwright, while also taking in the Oakland Soldiers, which includes Stanley Johnson and junior Ivan Rabb.

Zimmerman, of course, looked very good. Aaron Holiday led Cal Supreme to its win.

UCLA assistant David Grace was in Philadelphia, and will be in Dallas today. He and Alford will go to the Lone Star Classic to watch mostly one game of Myles Turner. Assistant Duane Broussard will continue to attend the Peach Jam.

Here are some evaluations of UCLA prospects from Day 2:

Goodluck Okonoboh, 2014 C, Mass Rivals – It was an excellent day for Okonoboh. One of the premier shot blockers in the country, he had that working as always, but he was more than just a defensive stopper. Okonoboh was scoring some offense, gave great energy, and looked to be as dominant as ever. His presence was the difference in getting the Mass Rivals an afternoon win, and then was even better in the evening. Overall his play was outstanding.

Roman Davis, 2015 SF/PF, Earl Watson Elite – Davis is a good, not great, athlete, but he is very productive. He has good skills down low with post moves, rebounds well, and is productive. On top of that he shows solid ability on the perimeter, so despite being undersized he can be difficult to guard. Still a little more prospect than producer, the future looks bright for Davis if keeps on improving. Davis has interest from California, Stanford, Rice, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, USC, and Washington.

Carlton Bragg, 2016 PF, Ohio Basketball Club – It was different day and same story for Bragg. The immensely talented forward put it on display and got the best of a highly touted opponent. Bragg is a big time athlete and he had several powerful dunks while playing hard and cleaning the glass. Bragg is as good as it gets in the class at what he does, and the potential is absolutely through the roof. Carlton Bragg had assistants from Ohio State, Illinois, and Indiana chasing him all day. Also Bob Huggins was a fixture at his games.

Chase Jeter, 2016 C, Dream Vision – In his matchup with Bragg, Jeter had some good moments. He stuck a three in Bragg's face, had a few nice rebounds, and scored with a post move, however in general Bragg's athleticism and motor bothered Jeter. Still there was a lot to like with Jeter. He has a world of potential and is just figuring out how to play and how good he can be. It is clear his best basketball is ahead of him.

Derryck Thornton, 2016 PG, Dream Vision – A bigger point guard with a lot of ability, Thornton is an absolute lockdown defender. Thornton can really pressure the ball and with his quickness and size makes it difficult on opposing guards. Offensively he will see better days, though he did do a pretty good job of getting to the rim and making things happen. Thornton has good floor vision as well, but his shot was off and that seemed to leave him frustrated.

Trevon Bluiett, 2014 SG, Spiece Indy Heat – One college coach put it simply. He said basketball is a "make or miss" game. Well what Bluiett does is make jump shots. He's an effective shooter from the three-point stripe. He has deep range, a quick trigger and is able to deck the ball and hit jumpers as well. He hit three three-pointers in Spiece's one-point win over Team Final. He tallied 22 points.

Trey Lyles, PF, Spiece Indy Heat – There isn't a better power forward scorer in the country. Lyles has a variety of moves on the block and has great touch in the paint. Lyles is also able to stretch the floor with jump shots from both mid and long-range. His scoring touch is terrific and Lyles finished 8-for-14 scoring 21 points and reeling in 14 rebounds in Spiece's Thursday evening win. Lyles said after his night session game that he doesn't have any favorites, but he did say he was down to Kentucky, Louisville, Duke, Florida, Butler and UCLA. John Calipari and Brandon Miller were front and center for Lyles' Thursday night game, along with assistants from Louisville, Florida, Duke and UCLA.

Michael Humphrey, 2015 C. Reviews emanating from Western sources pertaining to Humphrey tend to be mixed, but in Philly he has been outstanding. He compensates for fair quickness, leap and flexibility with tremendous scrap, high shoulders and surprising skill. He hustles on both backboards and compiled 10 rebounds in out Thursday outing, a significant accomplishment in a camp setting. He also scored on putbacks and confident jump hooks with either hand, hitting one lefty hook from six feet. His high shoulders enable him to play with the ball high at all times and serve as another tool by which he can have success against superior athletes. The question now is whether he can take this level of play home with him and align various eyeballs in his corner. Clearly, high-major interest is taking off, however, and that's most important of all.

Dominic Magee, 2014 PG. ust how good is Magee? That isn't a rhetorical question. Magee clearly has significant attributes in his favor: He features a quick first step, nice body control in traffic, a tricky southpaw advantage for finishing, long arms and above-average court vision. What we hope to observe more frequently is a consistent jump shot, as he missed most of his attempts on Thursday, and a pure point guard mentality. Right now he best slots as a combo, which is fine for someone 6-3, but as a point guard he'd bring excellent height to his position as well. We believe he can defend the position, he need only he can run the show and intertwine scoring with distribution.


Stephen Thompson, 2016 SG. Thompson presently lacks high-major burst, but he accomplishes productive things on the court thanks to his in-between game and floor awareness. Better athletes can trouble the very slender point guard, yet Thompson manages to succeed with runners, floaters and open three-point shooting. His strength and lateral quickness ideally will improve as he gets stronger and develops naturally with age, because he already carries an impressive complement of skills.

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Where the UCLA prospects will be in first July Evaluation Period:

adidas Invitational (Indianapolis) - Isaiah Bailey, Sedrick Barefield, Carlton Bragg, Jabari Craig, Idrissa Diallo, Kaiser Gates, Chase Jeter, Kevon Looney, Goodluck Okonoboh, Rex Pflueger, Derryck Thornton Jr, Craig Victor, Cameron Walker, Namon Wright, Stephen Zimmerman

Basketbull Summer Championships (New York) - Isaiah Whitehead

Double Pump Summer Tip-Off (Los Angeles) - Lonzo Ball, Chance Comanche, Jeremy Hemsley, Trey Kell, Kendall Small, Trevor Stanback, MIchael Oguine.

Lone Star Classic (Dallas) - Myles Turner

Nike EYBL Finals, Peach Jame (South Carolina) - Bennie Boatwright, Trevon Bluiett, Jalen Brunson, Zylan Cheatham, Montaque Gill-Caesar, Isaac Haas, Max Hazzard, Aaron Holiday, Stanley Johnson, Brodricks Jones, Trey Lyles, Thon Maker, Charles Matthews, Chimezie Metu, Malik Newman, JaQuan Newton, Kelly Oubre, Ivan Rabb, Devearl Ramsey, Elijah Thomas, Reid Travis, Justise Winslow

Pangos Summer Sweet Sixteen (Los Angeles) - Austin Armstead, Robert Cartwright, Brekkott Chapman, Tyler Dorsey, Vance Jackson, Jayce Johnson, Jordan McLaughlin, Malik Pope, Thomas Welsh

Reebok Breakout Camp (Philadelphia) - Vance Jackson, Dominic Magee, Jordan McLaughlin, Josh Perkins, Ray Smith, Stephen Thompson Jr, Rashad Vaughn.

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