Prospects to Watch at Camps

We've written about the usual suspects quite a bit -- Jrue Holiday, Jerime Anderson, and Luke Babbitt -- but here are a few other potentially UCLA-level recruits to be aware of in the 2008 and 2009 classes that are playing currently in two local L.A. camps...

We've written about the same prospects over the last week, and how they've been faring in various camps.

With the start of two camps in Southern California -- the Pump's West Coast All-Star Camp and the Fullcourt Press All-West Camp -- there are some other guys to make be aware of.

At these camps were some clearly-known high majors, like Brandon Jennings, and other UCLA prospects we've written about like Jrue Holiday, Jerime Anderson, Luke Babbitt and Reeves Nelson. They were getting crowds of coaches watching them.

But here are some other guys to watch:

Jeff Withey, 6-10 JR C San Diego (Calif.) Horizon. Pretty good frame, moves well. Shows pretty well in an open-court situation; had a lot of dunks in game we watched. Skill level with back to basket still an open question. Withey didn't stand out at the UCLA Advanced Skills Camp, but it was his first time in a competitive environment after being out for a period of time with an injury. His athleticism and large frame make him intriguing.

Ryan Kelly, 6-2 JR PG/SG, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala. Good-looking kid with a nice frame and good stroke. Very interesting if he ends up a point guard.

Jordan Higginbotham, 6-3 JR PG/SG Antelope Valley (Calif.) Antelope Valley Christian. Very long and rangy young guard. Quick actions and looked like he had a clue. One to watch.

Kelly Kaigler, 6-1 JR PG/SG San Jose (Calif.) Oakgrove. Strong body, pretty quick. Not sure if he plays the one or two, but showed good passing ability.

Dalton Groskreutz, 6-4 JR SG St. George (Utah) Snow Canyon. Very skilled wing with a nice stroke and excellent feel. Very good decisions and has some considerable bounce.

Rome Draper, 6-5 SO SG Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda. Very good-looking young wing. Excellent body, with long arms, and a smooth athlete. Very nice shot, plays under control. A likely high major prospect.

Tim Harris, 6-2 SO SG San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian. Explosive athlete with a high skill level. Can get his own shot, more scorer than shooter. A potential high major prospect.

Michael Snaer, 6-3 SO PG/SG Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. Long and slender prospect who might play either guard spot. Very good athlete with a fairly good shot to the stripe. Decisions can be a little shaky, but there is a significant upside here. A potential high major prospect.


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