Jeff Withey, 6-10 FR C San Diego (Calif.) Horizon. After watching Andy Poling last week at the Rumble In The Bay, we would have been very surprised if anyone told us there was a comparable 2008 center on the West Coast. But Withey has a chance to be right there with Poling. Withey's got a great frame, with wide shoulders, and he moves very well. He's got good hands and feet, with a nice stroke out to about 15 feet. He's not quite as polished as Poling in the low post, but he might be a little better athlete overall. If he develops the way we think he will, Withey has a chance to be an elite, high major prospect.
Jrue Holiday, 6-2 FR SG North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. The best shooting guard prospect we've seen so far from the class of 2008, Holiday has a chance to be outstanding. He's pretty strong already – plays quarterback in football – and he's a good athlete. What makes Holiday special, though, is his ability to score from anywhere on the court. He's got a great stroke to beyond the stripe – very quick, compact and effortless – but he can also take defenders off the dribble and get to the basket or pull up for a mid range shot. Holiday has a good feel for the game and plays efficiently. There's not a lot of wasted motion to his game. He competes well and is a willing defender. With continued development, he has a chance to be recruited by all the top programs in the country.
Quincy Pondexter, 6-6 JR SF Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial. Pondexter has the physical attributes to be a big-time player – great basketball body, long and bouncy, with very good quickness for his size. His overall ball skills are fairly good, but he needs to improve his shot if he is going to play at the elite, high major level. Shot selection was a problem for Pondexter at this camp, but you could say that about a lot of players this past weekend. We've seen him make much better decisions when playing in the more structured environment of his high school team. Pondexter is a good defender, with the chance to be a great defender as he gets more coaching. The upside here is considerable – now it's just a matter of Pondexter polishing up his game and delivering on that potential.
Jonathan Malloy, 6-5 JR SF Compton (Calif.) Centennial. Malloy has a great upside, with a long, lean body and explosive athleticism. His ball skills are much better than they were a year ago – he made some great passes this weekend. Outside shot is still a work in progress, but it isn't broke. A likely mid major prospect who might go higher if the shot comes around.
Justin Holiday, 6-6 SO SF North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. Jrue's older brother is quite a prospect in his own right. While Jrue is compact and strong, Justin is more long and lean. Justin's a very good athlete – great lateral quickness for his size – and he flies all over the court. He played with as much energy as anyone we saw this past weekend. He's very good at slashing to the basket and his jumpshot is improved from where it was a year ago. Justin is a very good defender right now, but could be a great defender with better technique. He has a chance to be a high major prospect.
Reggie Guyton, 5-11 JR PG Hillsboro (Ore.) High. Steady, smart point guard who doesn't make many mistakes. On the small side, but can make open shots and has some quickness. Possible low to mid major prospect.
Joe Johnson, Jr., 5-9 JR PG Gardena (Calif.) Serra. A pure point with fairly good quickness, Johnson doesn't have one attribute that really stands out, but he knows how to play the position and run a team. His shot is still somewhat inconsistent, though, and he'll need to improve in that area. Possible low to mid major prospect.
Jon Atkins, 6-2 SO PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Trinity. We didn't get a very long look at him, but we liked what we saw from this young point in Vegas. Good quickness and pretty good stroke.
Brandon Richardson, 6-0 SO PG Hawthorne (Calif.) High. Strong, sturdy frame with wide shoulders and good quickness. Didn't see him shoot it much, but looked like he had a decent stroke. Someone to keep an eye on from in the future.