Sophs and Frosh to Watch

The Fullcourt Press All-Frosh-Soph Camp is annually one of the best events for young prospects in the west. We offer notes on Jordan Mackie, David and Travis Wear, Chase Tapley and several other players...

The Fullcourt Press All-Frosh/Soph Camp was held this past weekend at the SCBA Center in Cypress, Calif. and some of the top young players in the west attended the event. Here some thoughts on the top prospects at the camp.

David and Travis Wear, 6-8 SO PF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. The Wear brothers only played on Saturday, but that was enough to demonstrate that they were clearly the top players at the camp. Travis might be a little ahead of David as a prospect right now – moves a little more fluidly, slightly more skilled – but they're both terrific young forwards. They both have the skills to play inside as well as on the perimeter. They have a great feet for young, big kids and their approach to the game is outstanding.

Jordan Mackie, 6-3 SO SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey. Mackie is a long and gangly young wing with a ton of upside. He's still growing into his body, and his ball skills can still get better, but we thought he was the next best prospect at the event. He has a very nice shot to the stripe – especially off the dribble – and he's an effortless athlete.

Anthony Marshall, 6-2 SO SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Mojave. This was our first look at Marshall and he was very impressive. He's got a very good body – great shoulders – and he's also a terrific athlete. Lefty stroke is pretty good to 18-19 feet and he plays hard. He was very active at both ends of the court. He's definitely got a chance to be among the top guards in 2009.

Chase Tapley, 6-2 SO PG/SG Sacramento (Calif.) High. We've previously listed Tapley as a potential shooting guard but, after watching him here, we think he may play the one as well. He's very good with the ball and he loves to attack the defense off the dribble. His shot is good to the stripe and he has good vision. His body is already pretty filled out, so he may not be getting any taller. In any event, he's one of the elite guard prospects in 2009.

Jordan Finn, 6-4 SO SG/SF Etiwanda (Calif.) High. Finn is a good-looking young wing with an excellent feel for the game. He's more of a scorer than pure shooter and he consistently found shots from different spots on the court. Handle needs to improve, but he's one to watch in the 2009 class.

Jordan Hamilton, 6-7 SO SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey. Hamilton certainly looks the part – he's long and pretty well put together. He has a very good stroke to 20-21 feet. His handle and passing ability are adequate. He's a good, not great, athlete. He is somewhat mature physically, so there's a question as to his ultimate upside. Shot selection and approach to the game need work.

Kendall Williams, 6-1 FR PG Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos. A slender, young-looking point, Williams had several nice moments over the weekend. He's not a big-time scorer, but he made good decisions and played unselfishly. He's an intriguing young prospect.


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