More on the West Coast Camps

The two West Coast Camps aren't loaded with talent, but there have been some interesting players in attendance. There's a post player in the 2008 class to watch, and Greg Smith, the 6-8 junior from Edison is someone for UCLA fans to know, along with some other younger players...

I've spent time at the Fullcourt Press All-West Camp and the West Coast All-Star Camp the past couple days. Here are my latest thoughts on some of the players I saw.

Tim Williams, 6-8 SR C Antioch (Calif.) High. Williams has a very good body and he moves pretty well. He's still raw offensively, but he has a very significant upside. One of the better "unknown" big men in the west. UCLA, along with many other high majors, are just beginning to scout him.

Greg Smith, 6-8 JR C Fresno (Calif.) Edison. Great body, huge hands, huge feet, moves well…this kid has a ton of potential. He's got a decent touch facing up and a better handle than you might expect. He's got nice feet in the post. He's still got a long way to go, but he could end up being recruited by elite programs across the country before he's done.

Victor Rudd, 6-8 JR SF/PF Van Nuys (Calif.) High. Rudd has all the physical traits, and good enough skills, to be a big-time player. His improvement needs to come in the areas of approach and focus. He doesn't play with a sense of purpose. If that ever comes, he's going to be recruited at a very high level.

Angelo Chol, 6-7 FR PF/C San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. Going against older players, Chol held his own this week. Very good frame and an above-average athlete. Nice skills for a young post. With continued development, he's got a chance to be one of the elite prospects in the country.

Other Players of Note:

Demar DeRozan, 6-6 SR SF Compton (Calif.) High, committed to USC. After tearing it up at the Nike Camp, DeRozan came back to the All-West Camp to play against "lesser" competition. His approach in this camp was horrible. He didn't play with any energy or focus and basically acted as if he was above it all. DeRozan is a great prospect, make question about it. He's got the talent, body and athleticism to be an elite player one day in college. But he needs to learn that basketball is a game of habits and you need to play with good habits every time out.

Garrett Sim, 6-1 SR PG/SG Portland (Ore.) Sunset. Sim is a very impressive young guard. He might play either spot in college. He's got a good, live body and he's a better athlete than some people realize. Very good feel for the game. Nice stroke to the stripe. He's got a significant upside. It might come down between Stanford and Santa Clara for him.

Damian Lillard, 6-0 SR PG/SG Oakland (Calif.) High. Very interesting and versatile guard. Nice stroke, good feel and plays with toughness. Solid mid major guy with a chance to go higher.


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