Prospects at Best of Summer Tourney

The Double Pump Best of Summer doesn't have too many UCLA prospects participating in it this week, but the UCLA coaches showed up Wednesday to check out a few guys, like UCLA-committed senior Tyler Lamb and elite junior point guard Josiah Turner...

Los Angeles, Calif. The Best of Summer continued Wednesday at Loyola Marymount, and while there weren't many UCLA prospects, there were a number of very interesting guys...

Tyler Lamb, 6-4 SG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Lamb has spent much of July in summer school, so this week was my first chance to see him in about a month. He's clearly the top perimeter prospect in the west for 2010. Ideal body type for a wing, excellent skill set, deceptive athleticism and no real weakness in his game. Shot has improved in the last year and he can score in a variety of ways.

Keala King, 6-4 SG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. King is going to be a very versatile player at the next level, with the ability to play multiple spots at both ends of the court. A little rough around the edges, and needs some coaching, but a terrific athlete with ball skills and a very good motor. One of the top wings in the west for 2010.

Lonnie Pearson, 6-5 SF Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach. Pearson is extremely long with good ball skills. His shot goes down often enough that he should be fine as a shooter once he gets to college. He's a very good athlete and has a chance to be a great defender. He needs some polishing, but there's a significant upside here. He can play at the high major level.

Anthony Brown, the 6-6 wing from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View, isn't playing this week.

Most of UCLA's prospects in the 2010 class -- like Josh Smith, Ray McCallum, and Trevor Releford -- aren't participating in the Best of Summer.

Josiah Turner, 6-2 PG Sacramento (Calif.) High. Turner is a true point that can impact the game on his passing ability alone. He has excellent vision and plays unselfishly. Shot is playable and should be fine with more reps at the next level. The top point guard in the west for 2011.

Landen Lucas, 6-8 C Portland (Ore.) Sunset. Lucas is a promising young post with a solid frame/body and an advanced skill level. He's got a nice presence in the low post for a young kid and shows a good feel for the game. He's not a super explosive athlete just yet, but he does have a young face and could develop some more physically.

Sam Beeler, 6-9 C San Diego (Calif.) Poway. Beeler is a young post that is still maturing physically, but he has advanced skills for a sophomore post and he knows how to play the game. Unlike many young big kids, Beeler understands that he's an inside player. He may eventually develop some perimeter skills, but it's nice to see a young post that understands he's supposed to get his work done inside. He's not a big-time athlete, but Beeler has plenty of positive attributes to make him a potential high major prospect down the road.

I've seen a lot of players this summer that would be recruited at a higher level than they are currently being recruited at if they would only learn to play to their strengths and not constantly show their weaknesses.


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