News and Notes - Rose City Showcase

PORTLAND - The Dawgman staff - Aaron Beach and Jason McCleary - traveled to Beaverton, Ore. over the weekend to attend the annual Rose City Showcase. The showcase brought in over 50 AAU teams ages 8-17. The Rose City was filled with talent from all across the country. Here is a rundown of national and local prospects that attended the event, as well as additional news and notes.

2012 Prospects - McCleary Notes:
Mckenzie Moore - Team 94. Moore is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who can do a little bit of everything. The St. Mary's commit can rebound, assist, and score. The athletic guard will most likely play the wing position in college. Moore showed signs on why he was an under-the-radar prospect for the class of 2011. The wiry guard is comfortable with the ball in his hands and beating his opposition off the dribble. A very intense player who didn't shy down on defense, Moore will take the prep school route and graduate in 2012.

Caleb Dressler - ICP. Standing at 6-foot-10, Dressler showed signs of what he is capable of doing. The big man can rebound well and displayed some post-up moves that were effective. At other times, Dressler looked like he didn't know how to assert himself in the offense. Defensively, he will have an advantage with his height and long arms. Dressler will have to work on lateral defensive foot work and containing bigger big men in the post. Once he gains confidence in his game, Dressler could turn out to be a good D1 prospect.

Patrick Holloway - Boo Williams. Holloway was running the point guard position, but will most likely be a shooting guard in college. A 6-foot-2 guard, the skinny kid can shoot. Displaying a nice outside stroke, Holloway looked more comfortable at the two. Lack of size will be an issue at the next level as the players will be bigger and more athletic. Holloway doesn't possess much bulk, and will have trouble finishing at the rim with contact.

2012 Prospects - Beach Notes:
Daddy Ugbede – Califoirnia Supremes. Ugbede is an undersized post player who dominates the paint with his muscular body and relentless motor. He's a garbage player, dominating the offensive glass and swallowing up rebounds for easy put-backs. He led all scorers with 21 points during his team's opening-round win over the New England Playaz, and his points came almost entirely within five feet of the basket. He's smallish for the position, checking in around 6-foot-6, but he'll be a dominating rebounder at the mid-major level.

Zach Banner – Seattle Rotary. There's no denying the blue-chip offensive tackle's passion for the game of basketball. He's a fiery leader for Seattle Rotary, and adds an intimidating court presence to the team. That said, Banner's long-term basketball potential is limited. Physically, he's similarly built to UCLA post Josh Smith, but lacks Smith's explosiveness and mobility. Ironically, the 6-foot-9 Banner plays his game below the rim, anchored to the floor by his massive trunk. He's got soft hands and has the ability to overpower opponents, but lacks a consistent post move beyond lowering his shoulder like a battering ram. He would be a nice pick up for a mid-major program in need of a space eater, but that not going to happen since he's one of the most coveted football players in the country.

Terry Brutus – New England Playaz. Phyiscally speaking, Brutus appears better equipped for the football field than the hardwood. He's ripped, and was more than a match for the California Supremes' hulking front court. Brutus is a versatile scorer, and uses his big body to create separation, attacking the basket or peppering his opponents with mid-range jumpers. He's a bit of a tweener forward at the next level, but well suited for an up-tempo system that can utilize undersized perimeter-oriented forwards.

Jordan Chatman – Seattle Rotary. Chatman is a natural scorer, with a quick trigger who loves to camp in the right corner behind the three-point line. He's well built, possessing average athleticism, but sees the floor well when running the point. He's more of a combo guard than a true point guard, but his instincts are solid with the ball in his hands. His shot has an odd release, rarely clearing the basket cleanly, though his jumper fell consistently. As one of Rotary's primary scorers this season, expect Chatman's stock to rise significantly this summer, which should result in high major looks.

2013 Prospects - McCleary Notes:
Tucker Haymond - Seattle Rotary. Haymond is an intriguing player who has a motor that doesn't stop. A very hard worker on the court standing at 6-foot-4, Haymond can play the wing and forward position. If Tucker grows, he has the tools to play the forward position; if not, he has the tools to play on the wing. Haymond won't flash you with his game, but gets the job done. The physical guard showed signs of being comfortable with the ball in his hands and showed great court vision with some of his passes. Haymond likes to bang down low and enjoys contact. On defense, Tucker can guard a wing player, post player, get into the passing lane for steals and block shots.

Daeshon Hall - Seattle Rotary. The 6-foot-6 power forward has a true back-to-the-basket game. It's rare these days to find that in a big man. Hall showed an array of different post-up moves in the paint. If he grows a couple more inches, don't be surprised to see Hall develop into a high level D1 prospect. The long forward can block shots and rebound well. Confidence and heart will be the key to Hall's progression on the court.

Jordan Bell - California Supreme. A very athletic 6-foot-6 power forward who plays above the rim, Bell is a tremendous shot-blocker who showed some good moves in the post. Bell will need to fill out to be a consistent player down in the paint. The long-armed forward doesn't shy from post play, and has a nice mid-range jump shot. College coaches will be getting a good one in Bell.

Troy Williams - Boo Williams. Williams is likely the most athletic player in his class. At 6-foot-6, the kid can bounce out of the gym, but he will need to work on a bit of everything to reach his full potential. Once the athletic forward finesses his rebounding, on-ball defensive skills, and dribbling skills, he will be trouble for opposing teams. Williams will no doubt be on a high-caliber D1 roster in the near future.

Torren Jones - California Supreme. Jones is a 6-foot-7 power forward with a nice-sized frame. He will need to fill in more to bang down low with the big men. An athletic big who has skills to be a versatile player in the paint, Jones can pass well and block shots. He will need to work on his lateral movement to keep players in front of him.

2013 Prospects - Beach Notes:
Emanuel Ndumanya – California Supremes. Standing 6-foot-11 the Nigerian giant uses his huge, sculpted frame to clear space around the basket, while actively pursuing rebounds. In limited offensive looks, he didn't look to score despite a significant size advantage. He opted to pass out of the post almost immediately upon receiving the ball. He's mobile and runs the floor well for a player his size. He'll be an asset to a program willing to invest time into developing his limited offensive skill set.

D.J. Fenner – Seattle Rotary. The son of former Seattle Seahawk Derrick Fenner is back in Seattle after playing a season back east. Fenner had a tough weekend in Portland. He definitely passes the look test, checking in a muscularly built 6-foot-5. Not surprisingly given his NFL pedigree, Fenner is an excellent athlete, with a speedy first step and high-level mobility. His jumper is fluid, with range that extends beyond the three-point line. What he lacked however, was any idea what to do with himself once he slashed his way to the basket. He struggled to find any rhythm against Boo Williams Friday night, attacking the basket but unable to execute with any consistency once he got there. There's obvious potential given Fenner's impressive physical tools, but something was missing on this weekend.

Bryson Scott - Spiece Indy Heat. The crafty 6-foot point guard was an assist machine during his team's opening night win over ICP Portland. The Purdue commit scored just six points, but was an otherwise commanding presence, putting his excellent speed, muscular frame and relentless energy to pick apart the ICP backcourt. He stood out as the only "true" point guard in the tournament.

2014 prospects - McCleary Notes:
Donovan Dorsey - Team Mocha. Dorsey is about 6-foot-6 and is more comfortable on the wing than down in the paint. The skinny small forward can handle the rock and has a nice jump shot. While in the paint, Dorsey showed a nice fadeaway shot that he can get off anytime. His long arms and high release is hard for opposing players to block. Defensively, Dorsey could guard a wing player right now, but would be hard to contain a big in the post due to his thin frame.

Michael Rollins - Team Mocha. Rollins is a tough-nosed point guard. Standing around 6-foot-2, the young man can take it to the rim with the best of them. Rollins doesn't back down on the court from anyone. In order to play the point at the next level, Rollins will need to learn to contribute more and change his mentality to a pass-first point guard.

2014 prospects - Beach Notes:
Trey Lyles – Spiece Indy Heat. Sporting bright pink hightops, the 2014 Indiana commit showed why he is regarded as one of the top sophomore prospects in the country. Lyles showed off a host of stellar post moves, and also dropped a number of impressive mid-range turnaround jumpers Lyles' game is silky smooth, and his overall skill level is off the charts for a forward his age.

Kameron Chatman – ICP Portland. The baby-faced sophomore wing draws raves for his overall feel and approach. He's physically immature, but already blessed with ridiculous length. Chatman defies any positional description at this point in his young career. He's a natural scorer, just as at ease under the basket as he is directing the offense from the point. He's a suave passer who sees the floor well, possessing a point guard's handle in spite of his length. Checking in a 6-foot-3, he's clearly not done growing, and his size and versatility make him one of the more unique prospects in the west coast for 2014.


McCleary Notes:
- Jordan Bell is hearing from pretty much every Pac-12 school. The Washington coaching staff has shown interest but Romar hasn't officially seen him play as of now.
- Tucker Haymond is hearing from UW.
- 2011 PG Andrew Andrews was at the event and told Dawgman that he will redshirt at UW next year.
- Caleb Dressler doesn't seem like he would fit in the system Romar runs.
- Justin Holiday was in town, working out for the Blazers.
- A true back-to-the-basket forward is hard to find these days. Forwards are more comfortable handling the rock and being more versatile these days which isn't bad. There still isn't nothing like a true big man who likes to bang with other bigs down low.

Beach Notes:
- Several things stood out to me during the course of the three day event, but none more pronounced than the dearth of serviceable point guards represented by the top divisions of the showcase. Some of the better prospects were at the NBA camps taking place in Charlottesville, Va., but the overall depth at the point position is definitely down. During the Friday night opening round, only Purdue commit Bryson Scott stood out as a high-level point guard prospect. There were plenty of athletic six-foot scorers attacking the basket and launching threes. They'd be better served learning to pass…

- Seattle Rotary's drop-off in talent is striking, and it mirrors the overall state of prep talent in the Puget Sound. The region's most popular AAU program is getting flattened wherever they play. Rotary has delivered a steady stream of top-notch D1 talent over the last decade, with their most recent contribution to the college ranks being UW-bound prep phenom Tony Wroten, Jr. There's no Wroten on this team though, and they're clearly missing him.

Even with talented guard Anrio Adams, who was absent from the roster this weekend, they lack the scorers or post players to stay competitive against the better AAU programs in the country. That's not typical of Rotary. The good news is that Rotary's 16-and-under team is stocked with quality talent from a stronger 2013 prep class. Whether or not players like Garfield's Tucker Haymond, Daeshon "De-De" Hall, or O'Dea's DJ Fenner become legitimate high major prospects remains to be seen, but at least they will compete at a higher level during next summer's AAU circuit.

- It was a bit surprising there weren't more Seattle-area teams represented in the showcase. In past tournaments, Rotary was often joined by Friends of Hoop, Emerald City Basketball Academy, and the Northwest Panthers, generally regarded as the top AAU programs in the Pacific Northwest. They weren't there this year, and it diminished the competitiveness of the showcase, despite the presence of bigger national teams.

- That being said, there's still talent in the northwest funnel. Looking down the road, there appears to be a definite power shift occurring in the talent tug-of-war between Seattle and Tacoma. There may be a time in the near future where the south sound develops as much D1 talent as the Emerald City.

- Finally, 2011 Husky recruit and Portland native Andrew Andrews was on hand Friday night to catch some of the action. The Benson High star is an exceptional combo guard prospect; however UW fans may have to wait a little bit longer for his anticipated debut.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to redshirt this season," he shared with Dawgman.com Friday night. "I'll learn the system and come out ready to play the following year."


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