UCLA Prospects at Rumble Tourney

The Rumble In The Bay, held this past weekend at Santa Clara, had several promising prospects that could potentially be UCLA level, including Tyler Honeycutt, Josiah Turner and Kevin Johnson, among others...

Santa Clara, Calif. The Rumble In The Bay yielded several new intriguing West Coast prospects…

Tyler Honeycutt, 6-7 JR SF Sylmar (Calif.) High. The best prospect at the event, Honeycutt is seemingly getting better (and taller) by the day. Honeycutt is the best shooter among the West Coast junior forwards, but he's also a great passer. He made several plays over the weekend that had me shaking my head. He has exceptional vision, with a terrific feel, and the game seems to come pretty easy to him. A year from now, look for Honeycutt to be mentioned with the elite players in the country. As we stated in our UCLA recruiting analysis, UCLA is starting to get on Honeycutt and he's coming to their Elite Camp in June.

Eric Hutchinson, 6-8 JR C Longview (Wash.) Mark Morris. A raw-boned post prospect with a good motor, Hutchinson was very impressive in one viewing. He's got good feet and he runs very well. His low-post game is solid at this time. He's got a good frame that should fill out well. A potential high major prospect, but probably not UCLA level.

Kevin Panzer, 6-8 SO PF Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley. Panzer might be the biggest sleeper in the west at the moment. He's got a good frame, length, some bounce and a great stroke with deep range. If there's a better shooting forward in the west for 2010, I haven't seen him yet. He needs to work on his back-to-the-basket game – his game is more finesse than power at the moment – but he certainly looks to be a high major prospect.

Kory Theileke, 6-4 SO SG/SF Bakersfield (Calif.) Bakersfield West. A very long and slender young wing, Theileke made quite an impression in the one game I saw him play. He's got good ball skills, a live body and a big upside. With his long arms and quickness, he could be a great defender. He's still not physically mature, and lacks strength, but he has a very high ceiling if it all comes together for him.

Thomas Frye, 6-3 SO SG/SF Richmond (Calif.) Kennedy. Frye is another very interesting young wing. He's got a big, strong frame and very good quickness/explosiveness. He's got a nice stroke to 17-18 feet and looked like he had a clue. One to watch in the 2010 class.

Josiah Turner, 6-0 FR PG Rancho Cordova (Calif.) Cordova. Remember the name – this kid has a chance to be special. Good frame, length, very quick, outstanding feel (advances the ball every time), good shot, quick hands, unselfish, ambidextrous, high skill level…he's a great prospect as a 9th grader. With continued development, he has a chance to be one of the elite players in his class. One of the best freshman point guard prospects we've seen in some time.

Kevin Johnson, 6-8 FR C Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Johnson appeared to be one of the top 2011 prospects when I saw him in December. Now, there's no doubt – he's the best 2011 center I've seen to date. Great frame, excellent hands and good feet. It's amazing what a difference six months can make in a young player. Where he was previously struggling to convert inside opportunities, Johnson is now finishing with regularity. He's growing into his body, becoming more coordinated and moving much better. Another kid who projects to being one of the elite players in 2011. He's on his way to being UCLA level.

Kyle Wiltjer, 6-7 FR C Portland (Ore.) Jesuit. Very young-looking post with nice outside shot to stripe. Nowhere near close to maturity yet, and lacks strength, but looks like he has a clue and fairly good skills. If he grows, he could end up a very nice player down the road.

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