Scout on the Road

The local high school basketball season kicked off last week, and here's our first few viewings of UCLA prospects like Chace Stanback, Darnell Gant, and a couple of 6-8 freshmen twins...

Darnell Gant, 6-8 JR PF/SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. We had Gant as the top-rated power forward in 2007 going into the season and his performance last Wednesday only solidified that ranking. Gant finished the game with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks as Crenshaw blew out Hamilton in their first game of the season. Gant appears to have grown an inch since the summer and his upside is scary. A good shooter out to the stripe, Gant also has the ability to play inside. He's very long and gets up quickly. He's still relatively inexperienced, but you don't see many kids with his combination of physical attributes and skill level. Howland was at Gant's game Wednesday.

Chace Stanback, 6-6 JR SF/SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax. Stanback has filled out a bit since we last saw him and he showed a terrific all-around game in two viewings this week. A good shooter with three-point range, Stanback handles the ball well for his size and makes good decisions. He rarely forces anything and lets the game come to him. He rebounds well for a wing and plays solid defense on and off the ball. Stanback is a fluid and smooth athlete, which can sometimes make it appear that he's not playing with great effort. But that's not the case – he's just one of those players that makes the game look easy. Howland was at Stanback's game both Wednesday and Friday.

Corbin Moore, 6-9 SO C/PF Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. A skilled young post, Moore may end up at the four or the five. He moves well for a young big man and he's got a good frame that should fill out in time. He has an excellent stroke to 18-20 feet and that is currently the strength of his game. Right now, he's more comfortable facing the basket, but he should eventually develop into a a solid low-post scorer when he gets stronger. He has good feet and hands, with nice instincts, and some toughness. He will likely end up at the high major level. Whether he gets to the elite level remains to be seen, but he has a chance.

Travis and David Wear, 6-8 FR PF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. The Wear twins are lanky and skilled young forwards who have a chance to be among the best players in the 2009 class. Both can shoot it well and have very advanced games for their age. They both move well for their size and have very good ball skills. With continued development, they're potentially elite prospects.

Andy Brown, 6-7 FR PF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Brown doesn't have the shooting stroke of the Wear twins, but he's another outstanding young prospect. Good feet and hands; moves very well for a young forward.


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