Spring Classic, Pangos Sweet 16

2011 point guard Jahii Carson was the true standout, along with Robert Upshaw, Juan Anderson and Norvel Pelle this past weekend in the two tournaments in Las Vegas and Long Beach...

Las Vegas, Los Angeles We spent the weekend at the Spring Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. and the Pangos Sweet 16 in Long Beach, Calif. Here are some thoughts on a few of the top prospects we saw…

Jahii Carson, 5-11 PG Mesa (Ariz.) High. Carson recently opened up his recruitment after initially committing to Oregon State. After watching him Sunday, it's a pretty safe prediction that Carson will have plenty of high major programs recruiting him. Quick and explosive, Carson is a true point with the ability to score as well as distribute. He might be a short 5-11, but he's got a strong body and explosive leaping ability. He has very good vision and passing ability. He's in the running for the top PG spot in the west for 2011.

Norvel Pelle, 6-9 PF Los Angeles (Calif.) Price. Pelle's development has been slowed due to his sitting out this past season after transferring from Dominguez, but he's still got some very impressive physical tools. He dominated the game we saw Sunday with his defense and rebounding. He must have had at least 15 blocks and he grabbed every rebound in sight. He needs to learn to play with more consistent effort and his overall skill level still needs to improve. However, there aren't many 6-9 guys out there with his body and athleticism. He still has a huge upside if he decides he wants to be a player and he will no doubt have plenty of high majors watching him this summer.

Juan Anderson, 6-5 SF Castro Valley (Calif.) High. Anderson has improved a great deal in the past year. He's got a good body, with above average ball skills and athleticism. He showed a nice feel on Sunday, making good decisions and rarely forcing the action. He's got a chance to play at the high major level.

Rasean Simpson, 6-4 SF San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. Norman Powell gets most of the attention for Lincoln, but Simpson is a very good prospect in his own right. Long and lean, Simpson does a little bit of everything on the court. He scores in a variety of ways and always seems to be involved in the action. He's a no-brainer at the mid major level and will likely get higher looks as well.

Kyle Wilson, 6-2 SG Mission Viejo (Calif.) Trabuco Hills. Wilson is an intriguing prospect with a very good feel for the game and above average ball skills. He's got a nice stroke to the stripe, as well as a solid mid-range game. He's just an average athlete, but he's got a solid body and he knows how to play. He should get plenty of plenty of looks at the mid major level.

Landen Lucas, 6-7 C Portland (Ore.) Sunset. One of the better post prospects in the Pacific Northwest for 2012, Lucas has solid skills and a good feel for the game. A true post that understands he's a post, Lucas is comfortable playing with his back to the basket. He's not an especially explosive athlete, though, and will need to rely on his skill level and getting stronger at the next level. He's a potential high major prospect.

Robert Upshaw, 6-10 C Fresno (Calif.) Edison. Upshaw is still growing into his body and there's a chance he's still growing. He just doesn't look done yet. As a result, he's still a bit awkward when he's running and he misses some plays that he'll probably make a year from now. But his skill level has improved in the past year and he's actually got a very nice touch facing up to 16-18 feet. His low post game is still a work in progress as he is still learning footwork. But every once in awhile it comes together for him and you get a glimpse of the player he might be in a couple years. He still has a lot to learn, and some maturing to do, but he has quite an upside. He's a potential elite prospect with continued development.

Brynton Lemar, 6-0 PG San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine. We got our first look at Lemar this past weekend and he was impressive. He's very quick and adept at getting into the lane to create for himself or teammates. Good-looking kid with some upside.


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