The Fullcourt Press All-Frosh/Soph Camp was held this past weekend at Cabrillo High in Long Beach, CA. This event typically has a lot of good, young talent and this year's version held true to form. The first day of action was a little ragged, as a couple players jumped from team to team, and way too many guys were playing selfishly and chucking up bad shots. But the second day had improved play, particularly in the all-star games. These all-star games are typically dunk fests, with little or no defense, and very few passes being thrown. But the two all-star games this year were pretty competitive, with the play sometimes actually approximating something close to basketball. Overall, this was one of the better "showcase" events that I've seen recently.
Here are my thoughts on some of the players who caught my attention at the event.
Jeremy Tyler, 6-9 SO C San Diego (Calif.) High. Tyler dominated the action in every game he played. Too big, too strong and way too talented for kids his own age. He's very effective around the basket and he seems to realize that's his strength. After floating the perimeter a bit in the earlier games, he got in the paint during the all-star game and dominated. He's got some things to work on in terms of his approach – way too much cherry picking and he over-handles the ball – and he needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions, but he's the best post prospect in the west, regardless of class.
Dwayne Polee, Jr, 6-7 SO PF/SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Polee didn't play until the all-star game Sunday, but he put on quite a show in that game. After a shaky start initially – a couple of bad decisions/shots – he got hot and led his team to a comeback win. Polee has always been a very athletic prospect (extremely bouncy), but his skills haven't been too impressive. But after sitting out much of the AAU summer ball, he appears to have really developed in the skill department. His ball-handling and shooting, in particular, are much improved. He's got three-point range now and his stroke looks much better. His feel for the game, decision-making, and approach to the game still need to get better, but he's definitely made huge strides as a prospect in the last year. With continued development, he has a chance to be among the elite prospects in the class of 2010. He is verbally committed to USC.
Angelo Chol, 6-7 FR C/PF San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. Chol's just a young pup, and he has a somewhat understated game at this time, but remember the name. He's got a chance to be one of the elite players in the class of 2011. He's got a solid frame, with good length, to go with good hands and feet. He's developing a nice low-post game and he understands that he's a post player. His skill level is above average for a 9th grade post prospect. Originally from the Sudan, Chol is a very good student and he's got a great demeanor on the court. He shows all the signs of becoming a big-time prospect down the road. Chol attended UCLA's camp in July.
Moses Morgan, 6-5 SO SF/SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde. This was my second straight weekend of watching Morgan in action (he was at a Las Vegas showcase two weeks ago) and he was very impressive each time. He's got a very good wing body and he moves effortlessly (excellent first step). His stroke is good to 18-19 feet and he's a very good finisher around the basket. He's also got good instincts for the game – he took the only two charges I saw all weekend (and the ref missed both of them). He needs to raise his intensity level a bit, and play with more consistent focus, but the tools are there for an elite, high major prospect.
Deonte Burton, 6-0 SO PG Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo. Burton has a very good body for a young guard and he's one of the stronger sophomore guards I've seen in some time. Kids just seem to bounce off him and he's tough to stop when he's going to the rim. His shot is adequate at this time, but his overall skill level is good and he's a superior athlete. He needs to work on his decisions, and learn to be more of a true point guard, but he's got a high upside. He has a chance to be one of the elite West Coast point guards in 2010 if he can improve his feel for the position.
Jordan Salley, 6-6 SO PF La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat. Salley had a very good showing at this event. He's got a solid frame, with good length and very nice hands. He's got a good touch around the basket and he showed some toughness inside. He's one of the more intriguing West Coast four men in the class of 2010.
Kevin Mulloy, 6-6 SO PF Oxnard (Calif.) High. This was my first extended look at Mulloy and he was very impressive. Good size and frame (great shoulders), moves well, has some bounce and very good skill level. He's got a good stroke and he handles/passes well for his size. His ultimate level will depend on how his body goes in the next couple years, but he's got a chance to be a high major player.
John Bailey, 6-7 SO PF/C Mesa (Ariz.) Dobson. Another good-looking young post player, Bailey has good feet and hands, with a nice frame. He has an advanced feel for the game, with good fundamentals and an above average overall skill level. He can play inside – nice footwork – but also has the ability to knock down shots to the stripe. He competed well all weekend. Definitely a post prospect to watch in 2010.
Deon Jackson, 6-3 SO SG San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. Jackson is a big-time athlete – very bouncy and seems to glide around the court. His shot has come a long way in the last six months and he's now a threat to the 17-18 foot range. He needs to work on his handle, and make better decisions, but his game is much improved from the first time I saw him. He's a potential sleeper in the 2010 class.
Keala King, 6-4 SO SG Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. A smooth and impressive wing, King has good size and athleticism. He had several nice passes in the all-star game and showed very good vision. His shot is just adequate at this time, but he's got the tools to be a very good player in time. A possible high major prospect down the road.
Clint Bozner, 6-7 SO PF Villa Park (Calif.) High. Bozner is a very interesting prospect. His shot has improved dramatically in the last year and he's moving better as he grows into his body. He's much more fluid now than he was twelve months ago and the possibility of what he might become in a couple years is intriguing. However, he does need to work on his shot selection. He shot it way too often at this event. But he does have a nice stroke and shows signs of developing a mid-range game. He needs to work on his handling and passing ability, as well as applying himself a bit more at the defensive end, but he's definitely a potential high major prospect.
Nick Johnson, 6-2 FR SG Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland. Johnson has a somewhat understated game, but he's bouncy and he's got a smooth stroke to the stripe. Good feel for the game and generally makes good decisions. He's one of the better 2011 guards I've seen to date.
Jabari Brown, 6-3 FR SG Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. Good-looking young wing with a nice feel for the game. Nice stroke and a solid wing body. One to watch in 2011.
A Look at Some Young Prospects
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