Update on UCLA Prospects, Day 3

Stanley Johnson puts in a superior performance in the Peach Jam, Michael Humphrey continues to blow up in Philly, and back in L.A. 2015 shooting guard Jeremy Hemsley again displays the talent that makes him an elite high-major prospect...

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE:

Myles Turner isn't playing in Dallas (possible injury), so that's the reason Alford stayed at the Peach Jam for Saturday (day). He'll be flying back to L.A. early this evening.

UCLA has offered Michael Humphrey. Remember, Humphrey plays for the former AAU team, Arizona Magic, of UCLA assistant David Grace. Grace and UCLA should have an inside track.

Latest offers for Humphrey are Arizona and Indiana.

The latest is that Humphrey will not be at Pangos today, going to the UC San Diego team camp with his high school team. He will probably be at Pangos Sunday.


On Friday, Steve Alford spent time in South Carolina at the Peach Jam. He did witness what was deemed the best individual performance of the weekend at the event by Stanley Johnson of the Oakland Soldiers in the 9:00 a.m. game. Along with Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari, Sean Miller, and Andy Enfield looking on, Johnson went for 33 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots.


Alford also watched Cal Supreme, which features Aaron Holiday, Zylan Cheatham and Bennie Boatwright Howland Pulley with Reid Travis, and Houston Hoops with Justise Winslow and Kelly Oubre.


Holiday stood out with 13 points, Travis, the 6-7 power forward from Minnesota, had 29 points all from 15 points and in, and 10 rebounds. Justise Winslow, as he does at times in AAU ball, played point guard, and finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. He hit two of four from three-point land. OUbre had 14 points and 10 boards.

Assistant Ed Schilling was again at the Dream Vision game, watching Stephen Zimmerman and Namon Wright, watched Kevon Looney and Craig Victor, but also caught some of Jabari Craig. Coaches from Arizona and Ohio State were also on hand to watch Victor.

Alford is still at the Nike EYBL Finals at The Peach Jam Saturday morning watching Howard Pulley (with Reid Travis) take on Oakland Soldiers (with Stanley Johnson and Ivan Rabb). Also in attendance (among others): Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari, Bill Self, Sean Miller, Scott Drew, Richard Pitino (son), Dana Altman, Bo Ryan, Mike Brey, and Johnny Dawkins.

Alford will go on to Dallas, to watch Myles Turner in the Lone Star Classic.

In the Reebok event in Philadelphia, Michael Humphrey continued to blow up. Scout.com's Rob Harrington reported:

Humphrey was one of the camp's big winners. He emerged from a relative shadown within his own state of Arziona and now boasts national credibility -- and offers.

"USC came in and offered, I've been told Texas has offered and Iowa, Oklahoma State and Weber State have, too," he said. "I also got a call from Indiana, but they haven't offered yet."

Don't look for the tidal surge to subside anytime soon. In addition to his hoops talent, which included tremendous offensive consistency as well as strong rebounding work, Humphrey boasts a 3.9 (on an honors scale) GPA and thus enjoys intangibles appeal as well.

Given that he stands 6-9, Humphrey's presence on a football field as anything other than a punter surprises. He's a quarterback who recognizes that his knees likely will treat him better on the hardwood than the gridiron, but the perceives benefit from the sport and plans to play once again as a senior.

"I'm definitely just doing basketball in college, but football helps me with my footwork and just being physical," he said.

He added that he doesn't have a timetable and that he'll continue to receive incoming suitors during this period of rapid recruiting expansion.

Humphrey plays for the Arizona Magic, the team that UCLA's Grace used to coach, so there are some strong ties there.

UCLA target Rashad Vaughn was named the MVP of the Reebok Camp, and proved why he may have been the best talent at the event. The Minnesota guard poured in 33 points in the all-star game, even while guarded for stretches by top-five guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Vaughn mostly did his damage from behind the three-point stripe, knocking in deep -- I mean very, very deep -- threes throughout the game.

Although he did catch and shoot on occasion, as usual Vaughn entered his shooting motion off the dribble. That's a habit he'll need to curb, at least a little, for college, given that pressure defenders will take advantage of the time his dribbling affords them to jam his open looks. Of course, he's quick and strong enough to get to the rim as well.

In Los Angeles, more talent was evident as the Pangos Sweet 16 got underway. Between that event in Long Beach and the Pump Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim there was a good collection of UCLA-level prospects.

At the Pumps, the most notable prospect was Jeremy Hemsley, the 6-3, 2015 shooting guard from LaVerne Damien. Hemsley is a very talented player, a great athlete, skilled, game comes easy. He's not quite the passer that Jrue Holiday was, Hemsley is more shooting guard than point, but many things about Hemsley's game reminds you of Holiday. It's so easy for him to take defenders off the dribble, with his explosiveness, and he combines a great natural feel for the game and a constant motor to make him easily one of the best 2015 prospects in the west. He needs to be a top priority for UCLA in the 2015 class. We did an interview with him Friday here.

Michael Oguine, the 6-0 point guard prospect from West Hills Chaminade is another 2015 prospect, was also very impressive. Oguine is also a great athlete, with the ability to score but with also a point guard feel that he turns on at times. He's actually coming off the bench and playing off the ball most of the time for the Pump 16s team, which is ridiculous. His quickness is off the charts, being pretty much a one-man press (Greg Hicks' phrase) on defense, and unable to stay in front of on offense. He has a very pretty shooting stroke, too, and then loves to go inside and challenge for rebounds against the posts.

Lonzo Ball, the 6-2 2016 shooting guard from Chino Hills, is a no-brainer in terms of projecting him as an elite high-major. He has a very high degree of athleticism, skills and feel for the game.

Trey Kell, the 6-3 shooting guard from San Diego St. Augustine, is a prospect on UCLA's list. He is probably the best shooter in the west for 2014, and we saw him go 7 for 9 from three in his game Friday. He also has a very good feel for the game and knows how to play. He's just an average athlete, however, which limits him as a prospect. A few Pac-12 coaches were in attendance at his game, including Oregon State's Craig Robinson and his assistant, front and center.

Chance Comanche, the 6-10 2015 center from Los Angeles View Park, has a habit of looking improved every time we see him, and he did it again Friday. He showed more basketball I.Q. in things like holding the ball high and passing out of the post. He's still so young looking, that his upside is really remarkable.

Josh Palmer, a 6-5 small forward in the class of 2015 from Woodland Hills El Camino Real, is a prospect with a chance. He's a long athlete, who showed some scoring ability inside and outside.

At Pangos...

Thomas Welsh, the 6-11 2014 post from Los Angeles Loyola, looked very good in his first appearance. He did everything fundamentally sound, and then flashed some nice offense in some back-to-the-basket work and also hitting that money face-up from the free-throw line. It really is uncanny how much better of an athlete he is, with an ability to get rebounds in the air over opponents.

Robert Cartwright, the 6-1 2014 point guard from La Canada Flintridge, who plays on the same AAU team (Rockfish) with Welsh had an impressive game, running the team with precision and smarts.

Brekkott Chapman, the 6-8 SF/PF from Roy (Utah), had a poor outing. We were told he was just coming off a cold, and he looked it, sluggish and inactive. He tried to post up a few times but got stripped, missed his shots from the outside, and was frustrated on the defensive end a number of times. He was clearly distraught from his performance.

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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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