Vegas Day One: West Coast

Grant Jerrett, Brandon Ashley and Josiah Turner were among the West Coast prospects in action Thursday that UCLA is targeting...

Las Vegas, Nev.The Las Vegas Fab 48 and Adidas Super 64 are underway in Las Vegas and we saw several talented West Coast prospects in action on Thursday..

Josiah Turner, 6-2 PG Sacramento (Calif.) High. Turner looks much better physically than he did when we last saw him in May. His body is more toned, he's dropped a few pounds and he's moving better. His game Thursday was a blowout win and he made several terrific passes. He's easily the best passer in the west and he's improved his ability to create shots for himself as well.

Gary Bell, 6-1 SG/PG Kent (Wash.) Kentridge. Bell showed off his versatile game Thursday, as he knocked down jump shots, defended very well and set up teammates for easy scores. He's got a good, strong frame and a terrific feel for the game. His Seattle Rotary teammate Tony Wroten has received more early hype in his career, but it's not close between the two now, as Bell is clearly the superior player and prospect.

Norman Powell, 6-2 SG San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. Playing with an injured left thigh, and tendonitis acting up in his knee, Powell didn't look like himself during his 8:00am game Thursday. Then again, a lot of kids don't look their best at that time in the morning. Powell struggled to play with his normal energy and just had an off game.

Robert Garrett, 6-11 C Sacramento (Calif.) High. Garrett had a very solid game Thursday morning, as he played physical defense and grabbed several impressive offensive rebounds. He's not real polished when it comes to offense, but he continues to get better and there aren't many kids his size available. As one college coach noted, he's always got good body language and he always competes. He's one of the most improved players in the west over the last year.

Chris Carvin, 5-10 PG Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek. Carvin has a somewhat squat body, and he's a just a decent athlete, but he can play. He's got a very good feel, he's unselfish, he defends and he competes. He doesn't look the part, but he's going to play somewhere at the next level.

Grant Jerrett, 6-9 PF La Verne (Calif.) La Verne Lutheran. Jerrett doesn't always touch the ball a lot on his club team, but he's very productive whenever he does get a chance around the basket. He's got a great feel in the pain and terrific body control. His post moves are very advanced for a young big and he's got excellent hands. One of the elite post prospects in the country for 2012.

Brandon Ashley, 6-8 PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Ashley isn't a big-time scorer just yet, but his physical tools are impressive. Great body and length, very nimble and agile for his size, and he might still be growing. He plays hard at both ends of the court, even when he's not getting a lot of touches on offense. I love his approach to the game.

Dakari Allen, 6-2 SG/PG Elk Grove (Calif.) Sheldon. Good-looking young kid with a bball body and athleticism. He doesn't play a ton of minutes on a very good Play Hard Play Smart team, but he's a prospect to watch in 2013.

Norman Powell had coaches from San Diego State, Arizona and UCLA on hand for his early game Thursday morning.

UCLA, Washington, Cal, Pepperdine and Portland were all watching Kenyatta Smith.

Robert Garrett drew a large contingent of coaches, with reprentatives from Iowa State, Washington, Washington State, Portland, Santa Clara, Cal, Pepperdine and St. Mary's in the gym.


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