Prospects at Rose City Tourney

The Rose City Showcase in Portland, Oregon, this weekend had a good amount of talent, including the #1-ranked 2011 prospect in the country. From the 2010 class, there was there was the 6-9 post, Josh Smith, but also a player who has emerged as the best point guard prospect in that class in the west...

Portland, Ore. The Rose City Showcase got underway Friday night and several of the top prospects in the Pacific Northwest area were in attendance…

Josh Smith, 6-9 C Kent (Wash.) Kentwood. Smith is carrying too much weight and that affects his play in a number of ways. He doesn't get to rebounds he might otherwise get, he's late on defensive help and he doesn't convert as many chances around the basket as he might. That being said, after a slow start in the first half, he dominated in the second Friday and did a good job of overpowering a smaller defender. It'll be interesting to see how Smith looks in July.

On Saturday: Smith was a force inside for Seattle Rotary Saturday night. He has good timing as a shot-blocker as he's learned to just keep his hands high and wait for the opposing player to commit. He's not yet where he was last July, when he was dominating at times. But he's a space-eater and changes the game when he's in the paint.

Stephen Holt, 6-3 PG Portland (Ore.) Jesuit. This was my first look at Holt since last summer and it didn't take long for him to confirm my opinion from last July. He's the best PG prospect in the west for 2010. Very good size, young face and body, excellent feel for the game and a deceptive athlete.

On Saturday: Shot wasn't dropping Saturday, but showed off his deceptive quickness several times when he blew by defenders to get to the rim.

John Gage, 6-8 PF Seattle (Wash.) Vashon. This was my first look at Gage and he was impressive. Basketball body, moves well, good feet and hands, and a very good stroke to the stripe. Easily one of the top four men in the west.

Terrence Jones, 6-7 PF Portland (Ore.) Jefferson. Competed very well in game against Seattle Rotary. Over-handles the ball at times on the perimeter – much better when he gets in the paint and uses his size to better effect.

Joe Harris, 6-4 SG Chelan (Wash.) High. Harris is another kid that I hadn't seen prior to this event. Very good frame, with long arms and he can shoot it. Can really shoot it to the stripe and played with toughness in a semifinal win on Saturday. Doesn't appear to be a high level athlete, but with his size and stroke he figures to draw plenty of interest at the mid to high major level.

Gary Bell, 6-1 SG Kent (Wash.) Kentridge. Good-looking kid with a strong body and an excellent stroke with three-point range. Handle looked pretty good. It'll be interesting to see if he has any chance to play the one in the next couple years.

Tony Wroten, 6-4 PG Seattle (Wash.) Garfield. Wroten doesn't look quite as explosive as he did a year ago and he does have a somewhat mature face/body. His shot is also inconsistent as it's very flat. However, he does possess outstanding passing ability. He has excellent vision and he was finding teammates all over the court last night.

On Saturday: Was hurt late in the game Saturday on a drive to the basket, but it didn't appear to be anything serious. At his best when he's finding teammates in transition. Great vision and passing ability.


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