Young Talent at Local Camp

The Fullcourt Press All-Frosh/Soph Camp featured some of the top young players in the west for 2012 and 2013, including Xavier Johnson, Roscoe Allen and the little brother of a current Bruin player...

Long Beach, Calif. The 2009 Fullcourt Press All-Frosh/Soph Camp was held this past weekend at Cabrillo HS. Here are our thoughts on some of the top prospects that stood out…

Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF/PF Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral. The top prospect at the event, Johnson is a multi-dimensional player that can make every play on a court. He's an exceptional rebounder, very good passer and a threat to score from multiple spots on the floor. What separates Johnson from most prospects in his class, though, is his approach to the game. He plays hard all the time, regardless of the competition, and he has a great feel. He'll have his pick of colleges when it comes time for him to choose a school.

Rosco Allen, 6-6 SF Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. The second-best prospect at the event, Allen doesn't possess the same level of athleticism as Johnson. However, Allen is every bit as skilled and a superior shooter. Allen is also a very good competitor and he was making plays all over the court. His ball skills and feel for the game are impressive for a young kid his size. He too will be recruited at a national level by the top programs in college basketball.

Grant Jerrett, 6-7 PF La Verne (Calif.) La Verne Lutheran. Jerrett is one of the top post prospects in the west coast class of 2012. He's surprisingly agile for a young, big kid and he's got a nice stroke facing up to 16-18 feet. His progress over the last year has been extremely impressive. He plays hard at both ends of the court and he's got a nice feel for the game. He's a likely high major prospect down the road.

David Andoh, 6-6 PF San Jose (Calif.) Santa Teresa. Andoh is an intriguing prospect with good ball skills and size. He's comfortable on the perimeter handling the ball and should eventually be an offensive threat inside as well. He's got a chance to eventually be recruited at the high major level.

Matt Shrigley, 6-5 SF/PF Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon. Shrigley is very skilled with an advanced feel for the game. Good shooter to 16-18 feet. His ultimate position will depend on how his body goes, but he's a promising prospect.

Demetrius Balark, 6-1 SG Peoria (Ariz.) Kellis. Bouncy lefty with a good frame and quickness.

Gary Stewart, 6-3 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. Very good athlete with length and a nice frame.

Chris Cook, 6-2 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Legacy. Another Vegas kid with the physical attributes – length, quickness, frame – to be a player.

Eric Cooper, 6-2 PG/SG La Verne (Calif.) La Verne Lutheran. Cooper is the top prospect in the west for 2013 as of now. He's got a great frame, above average athleticism and a very high skill level for a young guard. In one game at this event, he had a sequence where he drained three consecutive jumpers from beyond the NBA three-point line. It's incredible to think that he has yet to play a high school game. Assuming continued development, he'll be one of the top prospects nationally for his class.

Chance Murray, 6-0 PG/SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Price. Murray is another outstanding young guard prospect. He's grown since July and it wouldn't be surprising if he gets bigger still. He has a great stroke and his ability to create for himself and teammates at this event was impressive. He too has a chance to be recruited on a national level down the road.

Aaron Gordon, 6-6 PF/C San Jose (Calif.) Mitty. The younger brother of UCLA's Drew Gordon, Aaron is a talented prospect in his own right. He's not quite the athlete that Drew was at the same age, but he's got a higher skill level and better feel for the game. He's definitely one to watch in the class of 2013.

Ikenna Iroegbu, 5-11 PG Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin. Quick and talented young point with ability to create own shot. Needs to work on decision-making, and getting teammates involved, but he has ability.

Marcus Allen, 5-8 PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial. Quick, young point with a nice stroke to the stripe. Very intriguing if he grows.

Darian Johnson, 6-2 SG/PG Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin. Good-looking kid with a basketball body.


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