2012 NW Premier and Seattle Summer Showcase

BELLEVUE - Despite lacking the star power of past years, a the Pacific Northwest is bursting at the seams with quality mid-high major guard prospects. Here's a look at some of the standouts this weekend from the 2012 Summer Premier Showcase, held at Bellevue College (formerly Bellevue Community College).

Will Dorsey - Rainier Beach. The crafty point guard may be undersized checking in at 5-foot-8, but he still manages to manage the game as well as any player in the 2013 class in the Northwest. Dorsey is a quality passer with excellent handle, good quicks and fine overall feel for the game. He demonstrates a confident demeanor on the floor and a quality three point stroke as well.

Perrion Callendret - Bothell. With high school and AAU running mate Zach LaVine out of town, Callendret was the primary scoring threat for Friends of Hoop this weekend. Callendret is a good overall athlete, possessing a quality three point stroke as well as a polished mid range pull up jumper. The long armed 6-foot-2 combo guard was also a factor around the basket and delivered a rim-rattling put back tip dunk that brought the sidelines to their feet. If Callendret can raise his overall intensity level, he's a good bet to find his way onto a high major roster.

Skyler White - Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon. The skilled 6-foot-10 post prospect lacks athleticism, but possesses a high degree of skill which is earning him mid-major looks from across the country. His effort never flags and he has soft hands and keeps the ball high in the paint making him a quietly effective. The former Eastside Catholic player also possesses a solid three point stroke with a high release point that makes him tough to defend from the corner.

Peter French - Lakeside. The solidly built seven footer is a relative newcomer to basketball, but his height and surprising mobility make him a player to keep an eye on. He's extremely raw and needs work in the weight room but he can get off the floor and showed decent touch around the basket in limited looks.
Josh Martin - Seattle Prep. Martin remains an enigma. He's the most explosive athlete in the state of Washington and possesses broad shoulders and a fabulous frame at 6-foot-7. Martin fancies himself a wing however, which he is not, though he can step out and hit an occasional three pointer. He's most effective when he's bullying his way around the paint and mowing down bodies, but he needs to finish better around the cup and polish his post skills. Right now he's a bit of a tweener and should thrive as a mid major forward though his upside is considerably higher if can develop his post game.

Jason Todd - Jackson. The touted 6-foot-5 pitching prospect has put his baseball aspirations on hold as he focuses on the hardwood and the extra time appears to be paying off. With a mature sculpted frame, Todd is a hard-nosed jack of all trades on the court, possessing a quality jump shot yet equally at home battling in the paint. An above average athlete, Todd is a bit another tweener forward in the mold of current Virginia wing and Friends of Hoop alum Joe Harris.

Donovan Dorsey - Timberline. Of all the 2014 prospects in the State of Washington, Dorsey may have the highest upside of any of them. Checking in at a solidly built 6-foot-5, Dorsey's play has been inconsistent since I first caught him in Portland two years ago. At times he can be dazzling, possessing stellar body control as he knifes fluidly through the paint. He has a decent stroke from outside but is at his best with the ball in his hands. Dorsey is an above average passer with a good handle and can be very active in the paint. Unfortunately he tends to disappear at times when the ball moves away from him and needs to deliver a more consistent effort to maximize his immense potential.

Kameron Chatman - Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. The superbly skilled 6-foot-6 wing/forward is beginning to grow into his maturing body. His length, high basketball IQ and point guard mentality make him one of the more unique prospects in the west for 2014. Though he did connect on a couple of high arching mid-range jumpers Chatman struggled for the most part this weekend.

DeeShawn Tucker - Federal Way. The lightning quick, 6-foot-1 point guard is one of a couple of intriguing prospects from Federal Way High School. Tucker possesses a high octane motor, is always near the action and keeps the pressure on opposing defenses. He's an advanced, energetic defender and a blur in transition, though he often over-penetrates in traffic. As a result of his superb speed, he often finds himself out of control and needs to work on finishing through contact and his decision making, which was suspect at best this weekend. He connected on several mid-range jumpers and has the physical assets to earn a spot on a high major roster if he polishes up his floor management.

Deonte Anderson - Federal Way. Checking in at a muscular 6-foot-6, Anderson's game is still evolving. Right now it mainly involves monster transition dunks and put-backs. He showed a serviceable turnaround jumper from 10 feet but lacks a high basketball IQ. He's going to generate interest purely due to his exceptional physical assets.
Greyson Smallwood - Leap, Ore.. The lanky 6-foot-9 center is starting to open eyes among Northwest observers with his pogo-stick legs and soft touch around the basket. His footwork is starting to improve, and while he's not the fleetest of players his length and secondary leaping ability make him a handful to deal with in the paint. Smallwood lacks strength and gets pushed around easily, but he's maturing into one of the top post prospect in the region.

Joel Johnson - Tigard, Ore.. ICP's 15U squad is loaded with young post prospects and Johnson is one of them. At 6-foot-7, Johnson is an above average athlete with a high degree of skill. He's a fundamental rebounder and though lacking strength fights for position in the paint. Johnson is another quality Oregon post to keep an eye on for 2015.

Patrick Myers - Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic. A versatile player in the mold of E.J. Singler, the 6-foot-5 Meyers demonstrated a versatile all-around offensive game, decent handle and surprising mobility for the solidly built wing/forward. He's more mature physically than his teammates and made his presence felt consistently under the basket.

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