Stars Shine at Best of Summer

Jabari Brown, Norman Powell and Juan Anderson were among the top players on one of the last days at the Best of Summer...

Anaheim, Calif. The Best of Summer tourney had a terrific game between the Drew Gooden Soldiers and the Oakland Rebels, two Bay Area teams that are very familiar with one another. The Soldiers prevailed in the end, but they had to come back late and overcome a great effort by the Rebels. Multiple players in the game played well…

Juan Anderson, 6-5 SF Castro Valley (Calif.) High. Anderson led the charge for the Oakland Rebels, as he made plays all over the court. He's got a great nose for the ball and a very versatile game. The knock on him is that he's not a shooter, but his shot isn't broke and he will no doubt improve in that area over time. But his body, length, athleticism, ball skills and feel for the game make him the top small forward in the west for 2011.

Jabari Brown, 6-4 SG Oakland (Calif.) High. Brown is a very good scorer and he gets his points from a variety of spots on the court. He's got a solid body and he's able to take contact at the rim and still finish. Like a lot of young players, he still has to work on his defense, but he's one of the elite shooting guards in the west for 2011.

Norman Powell, 6-2 SG San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. Playing on a depleted San Diego Magic team, and nursing an injured leg, Powell still managed to get his team into triple overtime before they lost in sudden death when their opponent made a free throw to win the game (you don't see too many Duke/UNC games end that way). In any event, Powell showed in July why he's the top shooting guard in the west for his class. He's got a different level of athleticism than anyone else in the west and, when he's healthy, he can make every play you want on the court.

Kyle Wiltjer, 6-9 PF Portland (Ore.) Jesuit. Playing on a Soldiers team in which the guards dominated the ball, Wiltjer didn't get a lot of touches in the game Thursday. He's a very skilled player – very nice stroke to the stripe – and he's improved as an interior scorer. He still needs to be a little more assertive physically inside, and improve as a rebounder, but he's the most skilled post prospect in the west for 2011.

Brendan Keane, 6-8 Alameda (Calif.) St. Joseph. Keane won't wow anyone with his athleticism and a somewhat average body. But he played well Thursday and scored a couple times in the paint when he had the opportunity. He plays hard, is willing to bang and he's got a nice touch around the basket.

Brandon Ashley, 6-8 PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Ashley suffered the same problem as Wiltjer, in that his Soldiers teammates didn't get him the ball on the block when he was open. He's still maturing physically and will no doubt be a very good low-block scorer a year from now when he's bigger and stronger. But you have to love his frame, length, feel and approach to the game. He's among the elite post prospects nationally in 2012.

Richard Longrus, 6-6 PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Watching the Soldiers has been a somewhat frustrating experience this month, as Longrus hasn't played many minutes. All he does is make winning basketball plays and he was key in the win on Thursday. He's gotten bigger in the past couple months and he most likely has to play the four at the next level. But he defends and rebounds at a high level. And his shot is getting better too. One of the sleepers in the west for 2012.

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