Michael Snaer, 6-4 JR SG Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. He's in a battle with Avery Bradley for the top shooting guard spot in the west. And lately I've been leaning to whomever I've seen most recently, as both players have been very impressive each time out. Snaer's got good size, and underrated athleticism, as well as a much-improved stroke with deep range.
Scout.com's Evan Daniels reported: Every time we saw Snaer this weekend he competed, it was no different on day three. His strong play carried into the all-star game, where he eventually took home the games MVP trophy. He has deep range on his jumper, attacks the rim hard and competes every possession.
It will be interesting to see if Snaer comes to the UCLA Elite Camp later this month, and if UCLA works hard to get him there. It would be critical for him if he wants UCLA to seriously recruit him.
Victor Rudd, 6-8 JR PF Van Nuys (Calif.) High. Played a great game in the afternoon on Saturday. Rudd might be the most talented player in the west for 2009. He doesn't always use that talent to the best of his ability. However, if he puts it all together and learns to play with consistent focus and energy, he's an elite prospect. It's doubtful UCLA will get involved with him, unless something drastic changes.
Anthony Brown, 6-5 SO SG Ocean View (Calif.) High. Brown has been one of the more intriguing players in his class for a couple years and he's now starting to realize his potential. A baby-faced kid with great length and a nice frame, Brown has a sweet stroke and above-average ball skills. Brown is still not yet done physically and it's hard to say just what level of athlete he'll become. He's very smooth and fluid, though, and plays with the game with a nice sense of pace. He's rarely out of control and he plays with a great demeanor. His ability to pass the ball has really improved in the last year and it's possible he ends up a big point guard someday. Defending quicker, smaller players might be an issue at that position, but his feel and vision are good enough for him to be a primary ball-handler. Right now, he projects as a potential elite prospect in the class. However, his ultimate level, and position, will depend in part on how his body goes. He might get bigger or he could stay the same size. As of today, though, he's among the top few prospects in the west for 2010.
Kevin Johnson, 6-8 FR C Gardena (Calif.) Serra. As I wrote last week at the Rumble In The Bay, Johnson is an elite freshman post prospect. Great hands, very good feet and an advanced feel for the game in such a young post. You don't see many frames like his and he figures to just keep getting better. As of now, the top post prospect in the west for 2011.