Tyler Honeycutt, 6-7 SF Sylmar (Calif.) High. Honeycutt is one of the best shot-blockers in the class and he put on a show Tuesday night against the young Pump team, swatting everything in sight. He also drained deep threes, rebounded well and generally demonstrated once again that he's one of the elite small forwards in the country.
Anthony Marshall, 6-1 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Mojave. One of the more versatile guards in the class, Marshall can make every play on a basketball court. He'll rebound, block shots (plays much bigger than his size), make a pass or score inside or on the perimeter. Marshall had a great battle with elite junior guard Tyler Lamb in the best game of the day Wednesday between the Las Vegas Prospect and Pump N Run Elite. Marshall's team prevailed in double overtime and Marshall was the difference. He makes enough outside shots to keep you honest and he's a great competitor.
Tyler Lamb, 6-4 SG Ontario (Calif.) Colony. Lamb hasn't yet received his due from many recruiting analysts, but that will change when they eventually figure it out. He was knocking down jumpers and finishing at the rim Tuesday, as well as doing a great job at the defensive end. A big-time talent who will end up among the elite wings in the country when it's all said and done, Lamb has really stepped it up this week and become the go-to guy for Pump N Run Elite, along with Honeycutt. His defense on Anthony Marshall was impressive, as was the rest of his game. Look for him to be one of the elite two-guards in the country for 2010.
Anthony Brown, 6-5 SG/PG Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View. Silky smooth guard with a feathery touch. Brown still looks like he's 12 years-old and he could still be changing physically. Very high skill level and another elite 2010 guard prospect.
Jordin Mayes, 6-1 PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Mayes did his best to help an outmanned Pump Power team against the older Pump Elite team, but he didn't get enough help in a loss Tuesday night. However, Mayes showed over the course of the last month that he's clearly the top point guard in the west for 2010 at this time.
Simi Fajemisin, 6-9 C Lynwood (Wash.) High. A wide body with decent feet and hands, Fajemisin appears to have nice potential. He didn't get a lot of touches in the post, but he moves pretty well and looks like he has a clue. Also showed a nice touch on a face-up jumper. One to watch in 2010.
Stephen Holt, 6-1 PG Portland (Ore.) Jesuit. We hadn't seen Holt much prior to this tournament and he's definitely made an impression. Pretty good quickness, nice feel for the game and a good passer. He's got a chance to be one of the top point guards in the west for 2010.
Angelo Chol, 6-7 C/PF San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. The young post needs to be more active and assertive, but he's clearly one of the elite prospects in 2011. He had a couple big time jump hooks over fellow San Diego post Vander Joaquim in the game Tuesday night.
I've seen some strange things in covering these events, but watching Denzel Washington on the bench of the Double Pump Elite team yesterday, actively coaching big man Anthony Stover, was one of the more surreal sights to date.
"All these AAU coaches could take a lesson from John Stockton, who is coaching his son's team here. He coaches his team, looks everyone in the eye, says thank you and then picks up all the water bottles under the bench at the end of the game. And he's one of the 50 greatest players in the history of the game." – A West Coast assistant coach
Anthony Brown had coaches from Arizona State and UCLA watching his game Thursday afternoon.