Las Vegas, Day 3: West Coast

Josiah Turner, the 6-2 point guard from Sacramento, continues to shine during the July Evaluation Period, and a 2013 prospect is very impressive on Saturday...

Las Vegas, Nev.Josiah Turner, Hikeem Stewart and Chance Murray were among the standouts in Las Vegas Saturday…

Josiah Turner, 6-2 PG Sacramento (Calif.) High. Turner looks like a different player than the guy we saw in May. His body is leaner, he's quicker, his defense is much improved and he's making great decisions. Surrounded by a number of D1 prospects, Turner is playing like a true point while still taking advantage of scoring opportunities himself. He's by far the best passer in the west and he's making a strong case for top point guard.

Hikeem Stewart, 6-2 SG Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach. Stewart had a terrific game Saturday morning, draining jumpers and playing very good defense. He's not a point guard, but he's a good ball handler. He's got a good bball body and he's an above average athlete. He's one of the top shooting guards in the west.

Norman Powell, 6-2 SG San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. Powell was hobbled by several injuries during his game. He had his right index finger stepped on Friday and it was swollen pretty badly Saturday morning. He also has a bruised thigh that's been bothering him for some time now. He made some plays Saturday, but he clearly isn't right physically and he can use some time off prior to the Best of Summer tournament next week.

Spencer Dinwiddie, 6-4 PG Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. Dinwiddie's Pump team cruised to an easy win Saturday afternoon and he played his typical understated, yet efficient, game. He rarely forces the action and always does a great job of finding the open man.

Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Johnson has been out of action for the last month or so with a bruised knee and he showed a little rust as he didn't finish a couple plays he would normally make. But he knocked down a couple jumpers and he will no doubt be playing his usual stellar all-around game very soon.

Richard Longrus, 6-6 SF/PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Longrus doesn't get as much run with the Drew Gooden Soldiers as he should, but he's a terrific prospect. Great defender, good rebounder and excellent competitor.

Chance Murray, 6-0 SG/PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Price. Murray has a terrific stroke and he was showing it off during his two games Saturday. He hit the game winner in his second game with a big time move off the dribble. He projects as a two guard as of now, but it's possible he'll play some point down the road. He plays with great poise for a young kid and he has a very good feel for the game. In the last couple months, Murray has really blossomed as a prospect. With continued development, he has a chance to be one of the elite prospects in 2013.

Spencer Dinwiddie had coaches from San Diego, Santa Clara, UCLA, UNLV, Colorado, Arizona State and Washington on hand for his game.

Norman Powell had UCLA, Arizona and San Diego State in attendance at his Saturday morning game.


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