SoCal Tourneys: Wednesday

Jahii Carson, Robert Garrett, Tyrone Wallace and Ben Carter were among the players who played in the two L.A. events Wednesday...

Carson and Long Beach, Calif.The Cream of the Crop Challenge and Three Stripes tournaments are underway and we had a chance to see several top players on Wednesday…

Norvel Pelle, 6-9 PF Los Angeles (Calif.) Price. Pelle sat out last season after transferring from Dominguez and the time off has slowed his development. He's still capable of the big blocked shot or dunk, but his skills are still somewhat raw. He also has developed the bad habit of not always playing hard. He still has the body and athleticism to someday be a very good player, but he needs to work a lot harder on his game if he is to ever fulfill his potential.

Robert Garrett, 6-11 C Sacramento (Calif.) High. Garrett had a terrific performance going against highly ranked Isaiah Austin. Garrett has a big, strong body and he always plays hard. His skills have been getting a little better each time we see him and it's obvious he wants to be a player. He earned himself some high major offers with his play yesterday.

Jahii Carson, 5-11 PG Mesa (Calif.) High. Carson is one of the elite point guards in the west, but he had a rough game in a loss on Wednesday. Usually a very solid decision-maker, he had a few turnovers and questionable shots. However, he has a very good combination of quickness, strength, scoring ability and playmaking potential.

Corbin Miller, 6-1 SG Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton. Miller had on off-day Wednesday, but it's clear he has a very good stroke with a quick release. He's just a fair athlete, but his scoring ability will have multiple schools offering scholarships.

Tyrone Wallace, 6-3 PG Bakersfield (Calif.) High. The top point guard in the west for 2012 isn't a great shooter, but he knocked down a couple threes in his game Wednesday. His quickness, defensive ability, ball skills and feel for the game are all very good and he has a very high upside.

Victor Robbins, 6-5 SF Compton (Calif.) High. Robbins needs to work on his defense and rebounding, but there's no question he's one of the better scorers in the west for 2012. He's able to score in a variety of ways and he's particularly adept shooting jumpers off the bounce. Good athlete, good body – he just needs to round out his game to be one of the top prospects in the west.

Tim Derksen, 6-2 SG Tucson (Ariz.) Amphitheater. A lefty with a terrific feel for the game, and a high skill level, Derksen is fun to watch. He was nearly flawless in his decision-making in the game I saw. He's a good, not great, athlete. But he can score, handle, pass it…one to watch in 2012.

Ben Carter, 6-7 PF Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Carter has improved quite a bit in the last year. He's much more mobile, with some bounce and ability to finish around the rim. Good footwork, good hands and a versatile offensive game. He's also a pretty good shot-blocker.

Jahii Carson had a host of coaches watching his game, including Arizona, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and Arizona State.

Robert Garrett had Iowa State, Oregon State and Washington State on hand for his game.

Collin Woods drew coaches from Arizona State and Colorado.


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