West Coast Camps: Weekend

Two 2011 point guards -- Jahii Carson and Spencer Dinwiddie, along with a fairly unknown 2011 small forward prospect, were among the top players that we saw over the weekend at the SoCal camps...

Carson and Long Beach, Calif.We caught the Pangos Live second day of action, as well as the first day of play at the West Coast All-Star Camp on Saturday…

Jahii Carson, 5-11 PG Mesa (Ariz.) High. Carson was very impressive Saturday morning, as he knocked down a couple threes and showed off his considerable athleticism. He's made great strides in the past year with his decision-making. He has very good vision and passing ability, with the quickness and strength to eventually be a good defender.

Spencer Dinwiddie, 6-4 PG Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. Dinwiddie has developed into a very accurate shooter and he connected on several threes in the game I saw. He was also more aggressive in taking the ball to the basket, something he's been a little hesitant to do in the past. As he gains strength, he will become a more consistent finisher. But he's a true point, with a terrific feel for the game, and he consistently makes very good decisions.

Juan Anderson, 6-5 SF Castro Valley (Calif.) High. One of the top small forwards in the west for 2011, Anderson had just a fair game Saturday night. But he's got a terrific combination of skills, athleticism and feel for the game. He's a high major prospect.

Grant Jerrett, 6-8 PF La Verne (Calif.) La Verne Lutheran. The top West Coast prospect at Pangos Live, Jerrett continues to show his very impressive skill set. He's got a variety of moves around the basket, he's an above average passer and he can handle well for a big man. Good rebounder, shot blocker…he's got a pretty complete game for a rising sophomore.

Demetrius Balark, 6-0 PG Glendale (Ariz.) Kellis. Lefty with a nice frame and good athleticism. He's adept at getting to the basket and creating shots for himself. Still learning how to run the point, but he's got some upside.

Jordan Tebbutt, 6-5 PF/SF Tualatin (Ore.) Horizon Christian. Tebbutt has solid skills for a rising sophomore, but there is some question about his position at the next level. He's gotten even bigger since the spring – huge shoulders and back – and his ability to defend on the perimeter at the next level is debatable. He plays with very good energy and toughness, and shoots it well enough, but his position in college is still to be determined.

Maurice Kirby, 6-7 C/PF, San Tan Valley (Ariz.) Poston Butte. Kirby is a very intriguing young post, with a good body and nice ball skills. He moves well and shows a nice feel in the paint. One to watch in 2013.

Juan Anderson had coaches from UCLA, Cal, UC Santa Barbara, Portland and Pepperdine at his game.

Robert Upshaw drew a big crowd with Washington, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Fresno State, San Diego State and UTEP all watching him Saturday night.

USC, Oregon, UCLA and Washington were all tracking Jordan Tebbutt.

Grant Verhoeven had Fresno State and Loyola Marymount on hand for his game.


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