Teams representing Mater Dei, Dominguez, Long Beach Poly, Los Alamitos, Pasadena, Bishop Montgomery, Temecula Valley and Leuzinger all demonstrated why they'll be among Southern California's best next season.
But the most impressive individual on display in the event Saturday played for Canyon High (Anaheim Hills) – a potential UCLA target from the Class of 2008, 6-1 Jerime Anderson.
Saturday, Anderson led his team to victories over Leuzinger and Ocean View (it played its final game at JSerra Sunday morning at 11:30 against Ramona of Riverside) with near-flawless play from his point guard position.
His decision making in fast-break situations was impeccable as he demonstrated the ability (and willingness) to give the ball up early to streaking teammates or to push it to the free-throw line before dropping the ball off.
He didn't "hunt" shots but scored rather easily off of penetration moves (he finished well a few times despite drawing heavy contact) and on jumpers – off the dribble or after passes – to the 3-point arc.
Anderson, who reportedly played very well during the Rose City Showcase for the Pump-N-Run team in a victory over the Atlanta Celtics and a competitive loss to the Southern California All-Stars, is a more polished prospect than (now) former Bruin Jordan Farmar was at the same stage at Taft High and much more advanced than UCLA sophomore-to-be Darren Collison was going into his junior season at Etiwanda.
You don't have to watch Anderson play very long at all to realize why the Bruins and so many other programs think so much of his college potential.
Anyone who can't figure out why he's an elite level prospect better pay a lot closer attention the next time they have an opportunity to see him play.
He is scheduled to participate in the Bruins "Elite" Camp in Pauley Pavilion Wednesday-Friday of this week and you can safely assume Ben Howland and his staff will be watching very closely each time he's in action during drills and scrimmages.
With the amount of talent scheduled to participate, UCLA's Elite Camp this week is actually shaping up to be one of the best "events" on the west coast this summer. In fact, for UCLA, it gives them a great opportunity to see three of their potential targets for guards in the 2008 class all playing against each other in Pauley Pavilion – Jerime Anderson, Larry Drew of Woodland Hills Taft, and Malcolm Lee of Riverside North. Other standouts during the J Serra Classic have included sophomores-to-be Travis Wearand David Wear (both 6-8) and 6-5 Andy Brown of Mater Dei, along with 6-9 junior-to-be Corbin Moore (Los Alamitos) and 6-3 senior-to-be Donnell Beverly (Leuzinger). Each is also scheduled to play in the UCLA camp this week.